Collin Morikawa is ranked No. 3 in the world, and has enjoyed stellar sophomore season, highlighted by two big wins including a second major title at The Open Championship.
If the 24-year old California native were to win this week at East Lake, he’d be a lock for the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year award.
Yet, during Wednesday’s virtual press conference, ahead of the TOUR Championship, some media clown asked the two-time major winner if he “deserves to have a chance to still win after the last two weeks.”
Morikawa was kind of confused, and said, “Do I deserve to have a chance? I think everyone has a chance.”
The media dunce tried to clean things up but made it worse: “I know, but in the playoffs, if you have two, one bad week, you would be out of a playoff, but you’ve had kind of two poor weeks. Do you feel like you deserve a chance to still win this thing?”
Morikawa replied, “I mean, I don’t think, I think everything’s earned. Do you deserve to be here on this camera? Like, do you deserve your job? Is that, I mean that’s, it’s kind of a, you know, it’s a — deserve I don’t think is the right word.
“Everyone sets themselves up to make a run at the playoffs. I set myself up more throughout the regular season and obviously I played poorly those first two tournaments, but I had enough of a cushion where I knew I was going to be here.
“If I took those first two playoff events off, you guys would all be calling me crazy. I would still be sitting here at 11th. I think I would be sitting here at 11th and then you would ask me, Do I deserve to win? I would have said, Oh, I would have rested for two weeks, you know?
“Like, I don’t, I mean, you’re going to ask Patrick Reed, does he deserve to win this TOUR Championship?
“I mean, the dude had double pneumonia. Like, that’s awful. So deserve is not, I would never use that word because we have all earned our position here, right, whether it’s from the fall, I mean, you could have, what if you won both majors in the fall and then you didn’t play well?
“Do you deserve to make it to the playoffs? I mean, yeah, you played well. That’s what the season’s about.”