Cal men’s golf alumnus Collin Morikawa wins Barracuda Championship

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Collin Morikawa Fairfax, CA - OCTOBER 11, 2016: Cal Men's Golf During the Alister MacKenzie Invitational at the Meadow Club.

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Just two months after graduating from Cal and starting his professional golf career, Collin Morikawa secured his first PGA Tour win at the Barracuda Championship this past weekend. This brings Morikawa’s streak of top-four finishes at PGA Tour events up to three after he finished tied for second in the 3M Open and tied for fourth in the John Deere Classic.

Morikawa has now secured his PGA Tour status for next year and is 46th in the FedEx Cup, which guarantees him a start in the first two playoff events.

“I think I’m ready; this proves that I am ready,” Morikawa said in a press release. “To get this first win off my back means a lot. It’s going to open just a lot more confidence and doors for me.”

After beginning the final day in third, Morikawa made a series of three consecutive birdies, propelling him into first. Although he was challenged to remain on top as eventual second-place finisher Troy Merritt led for a brief period, Morikawa finished the tournament with a victory by a margin of 3 points in the Modified Stableford scoring format.

Morikawa’s win, which was televised on the Golf Channel, makes him the 10th Cal golfer to win a professional golf event and the second to win this season, following Max Homa at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“It’s been a great year for the program to have Max and Collin win on the PGA TOUR this season,” said Cal men’s golf director Walter Chun in a press release. “They are providing inspiration to all the players within the Cal golf program that it’s doable out there, but you have to first believe in yourself and then have to put in the hours.”

Morikawa, Cal men’s golf’s only four-time All-American, earned a long list of accolades with the team, including being named an All-America Scholar for the second time in his career last week.

Morikawa was Golfweek’s Men’s Player of the Year in 2018 and is a two-time finalist for the Ben Hogan Award. In 2019, after winning the Pac-12 Championships, he was named the Pac-12 Men’s Golfer of the Year.

Akshara Majjiga covers men’s golf. Contact her at [email protected].