American edges countryman Justin Thomas on 3rd playoff hole for his 2nd PGA Tour title since turning pro last spring
2: Number of victories on the PGA Tour, in 26 starts (24 as a professional), for American Collin Morikawa, who edged Justin Thomas on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday to win the inaugural Workday Charity Open in Dublin, Ohio. Morikawa, 23, and Thomas, 27, had tied at 19-under 269 after 72 holes at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Morikawa won with a par on the third extra hole, the par-4 10th, after he and Thomas had matched birdie-par scores in two extra trips on the par-4 18th. Morikawa joins Tiger Woods as the only players to post a second victory on the PGA Tour before missing a second cut. Morikawa had made 22 consecutive cuts upon turning pro last spring, highlighted by a victory at the 2019 Barracuda Championship, before he failed to qualify for the weekend two weeks ago at the Travelers Championship. Morikawa and Viktor Hovland, 22, were locked in a shootout as Thomas, the 54-hole leader and third member of the final three-ball grouping because of anticipated storms later in the day, struggled early. Morikawa played his first five holes in 4 under, including a tap-in eagle at the par-5 sixth hole, to pull even with Hovland, who was 3 under through five holes. But Hovland played his final 13 holes in 2 over to shoot 71 and finish third at 15-under 273. Thomas, meanwhile, regained his form after a 2-over start through three holes and played the next 12 holes in 7 under before bogeying two of the final three to allow Morikawa to pull even. The tournament was the first of two consecutive events at Muirfield Village, which will host the Memorial Tournament this week (scores).
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