Morikawa feels healthy, back on track at Whistling Straits
American Collin Morikawa, who broke through to win the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park, captured his second major championship this summer when he won The Open Championship at Royal St. George’s in England. It put him in great position to have a good run in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, but a back injury sustained in the opening round of the Olympic Games slowed his momentum.
Yeah, it was just bad timing,” Morikawa said Wednesday. “The biggest thing I learned from those three weeks (the Playoffs) was to never play injured. I think I've learned that. I'm never going to do that again, no matter what it is.”
Morikawa said bad habits in his swing crept in as he compensated for a strained muscle in his back. This week at Whistling Straits, he said he is 100 percent healthy, and looks forward to a great week ahead.
“It feels good,” he said of his back. “I was talking with Xander (Schauffele) yesterday, and he looked at me, and he's like,
‘You're back,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, I'm back.’ The cuts (fades) are back, and it's a good time to have that shot.”