Morikawa targets primary rating


LOS ANGELES:

Two-time main winner Collin Morikawa tries to overhaul Jon Rahm for the world primary rating by profitable the US PGA Tournament of Champions, which teed off Thursday in Hawaii.

World quantity two Morikawa, the reigning British Open champion, is amongst 38 gamers who will start play in 2022 at Kapalua’s 7,596-yard Plantation Course.

The 24-year-old American will take the highest spot with a victory until Rahm finishes alone in second. Morikawa may end as little as third and nonetheless topple the Spaniard for primary.

“It has been a dream my entire life to get to number one in the world, but it’s not just about getting to number one. It’s about sustaining that,” stated Morikawa.

“Having the chance right here, it is all in my management. All I can do is attempt to win the event and that is all I’m going to give attention to.

“But it’s a huge goal. It always has been and it means something that when you do get there it means you’re doing something right or at least a good amount of things right.”

Morikawa has been making loads of appropriate strikes since making his professional debut in June 2019, beginning along with his first PGA triumph the next month on the Barracuda Championship.

In 2020, Morikawa received the PGA Championship in solely his second main begin, a final-round 64 making him the third-youngest winner of the occasion.

Last 12 months, he captured the Claret Jug at Royal St George’s, changing into the primary participant to win two totally different majors in his debut and the primary participant since Bobby Jones in 1926 to win two main titles in eight begins or fewer.

In November, Morikawa received the DP World Tour Championship, changing into the primary American to seize the Race to Dubai.

Now he has achieved a career-high within the rankings with just one increased spot to climb. Even so, Morikawa says that might convey new challenges.

“It’s just about continuing that process,” he stated. “It’s not like that’s a peak, I get to number one and I can go retire and relax on the beach. There are still so many things that I’m going to keep pushing myself if or when that does happen.”

Reigning US Open champion Rahm has the same philosophy in regards to the prime spot whilst he clings to it.

“I’m number one because of how I played in the past, so if I want to stay here, I got to keep playing at the level and trying to get better,” Rahm stated Tuesday.

“I attempt to enhance my recreation and enhance my stage of golf. If I can try this and play the best way I do know I can play, every thing else ought to deal with itself.

“I’m not thinking constantly, ‘He’s number two,’ or ‘He’s coming for me,’ I need to do this or that. I’m trying to play the best that I can and hopefully win a tournament.”

Morikawa will likely be with out green-reading books below a brand new rules change.

“It’s huge,” he stated. “I used them a lot for my approach shots… so it’s going to be an adjustment.”

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