Collin Morikawa Asked Dumbest Question, Ahead of TOUR Championship

Collin Morikawa Wins 149th Open Championship Royal St Georges
Collin Morikawa celebrates after his shot on the 14th hole during Day Four of The 149th Open at Royal St George’s Golf Club on July 18, 2021 in Sandwich, England. (Photo by Chris Trotman via Getty Images)

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?”

Collin Morikawa Wins 2020 PGA Championship
Collin Morikawa celebrates making his final putt on the 18th green with caddie Jonathan Jakovac during the final round of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on Aug 9, 2020 in San Francisco, CA. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

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.”


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