Monday, May 16, 2022

Morikawa back in Middle East to start race for Dubai defense

It’s been half a year since Colin Morikawa won the British Open and he’s used to being billed as the “champion golfer of the year”.

This week marks the first time the Californians have been referred to as “the reigning race for Dubai champions” and they love that too.

“There’s a lot of weight on (my) shoulders right now,” Morikawa said on Tuesday. “It’s a good weight and I want to come back as strong as ever.”

1 on the European Tour, Morikawa is back in the Middle East to begin a year-long title defense that he so memorable claimed in November in Dubai.


He is this time down the shoreline of the United Arab Emirates, making his first appearance at the Abu Dhabi Championship – an event that for many marks the start of the European Tour.

And for Morikawa, it’s about maintaining the high standards he set in his first few years as a professional, even if it’s a big question for someone already having two Majors and a standout Ryder Cup debut. Is.

“This 2 1/2 years of turning professional is very unusual for me, obviously with COVID and a lot of other things in the world,” said Morikawa, who won the US PGA Championship in 2020. – I think the biggest thing is how I enjoy the time wherever I am in the world.

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He’s also seen a lot of the world in recent months. take the place of their previous five events: the CJ Cup in South Korea; Zozo Championship in Japan; World Tour Championships in UAE; World Challenge in the Bahamas; And, most recently, the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

Morikawa has been no less than seventh in that period, and is ranked No. 1 in the Bahamas after losing a five-shot lead in the final round and finishing fifth, an unlikely turn of events for a player who has proven so confident under pressure.

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