Shanks for the memory! Morikawa strikes new first in Japan

Collin Morikawa has actually currently won 2 majors in his new professional profession, however the 24-year-old American handled a brand-new very first at the PGA Trip’s Zozo Champion on Saturday.

The world number 3 was playing from the fairway at the par-five 6th hole in his 3rd round at Narashino Nation Club outside Tokyo when he suffered a feared shank — every golf player’s worst headache.

A shank is a dreadful miscue where the ball is struck by the hosel — the base of the shaft — rather of the club face, and normally leads to the ball flying off at ideal angles to its desired target.

“Well, I did something in my career that I haven’t done yet, that was shank a shot,” confessed the British Open champ after his round of 67, three-under par.

“I shanked a pitching wedge straight into the trees. So a really good way to start the day after being one-under through five,” he smiled.

Morikawa handled to get up and down for par in spite of the aberration, however stated it was symptomatic of an unpredictable day, which was restored by a chip-in for an eagle 3 at the 18th after a “bad second shot”.

“I really had no clue where the ball was going to go, I was kind of just trying to make contact and thankfully the putting was working today,” stated the 2020 United States PGA Champion winner.

“Obviously really nice to finish on a couple lucky breaks with the tee shot left ending up in the fairway, hitting a bad second shot and then chipping it obviously to end the day.”

His rushing left him at four-under par for the competition, inside the leading 10 however 6 shots adrift of leader Hideki Matsuyama who completed at 10-under par.

“Obviously I’m going to have to go make birdies tomorrow,” yielded Morikawa.

“Hideki’s obviously not going to make a bunch of bogeys, but we’ll see where the day ends.

“We constantly seem like we’re constantly within striking range and simply got to leave to an excellent start. On the front 9 there’s a couple of birdie holes, specifically these very first 2 holes, so we’ll see what we can do then.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.