Winner’s Circle: Collin Morikawa Claims Double Victory in Dubai

Collin Morikawa Wins 2021 DP World Tour Championship
Collin Morikawa poses alongside the 2021 Race to Dubai trophy after winning the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Nov 21, 2021 in Dubai, UAE. (Photo by David Cannon via Getty Images)

Collin Morikawa carded a flawless final-round 66 to win the 2021 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai and claim the European Tour’s season-long points race.

Morikawa finished his final day at Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth course with 12 pars and six birdies, highlighted by four over his final five holes, en route to a four-day total of 17-under par.

With the win, Morikawa earned €2,640,975 and 2,000 Race To Dubai points, becoming the first American to be crowned Europe’s No. 1.


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Pro-File

Collin Morikawa Wins 2021 DP World Tour Championship
Collin Morikawa walks on 3rd hole during the final round of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Nov 21, 2021 in Dubai, UAE. (Photo by Warren Little via Getty Images)

Name: Collin Morikawa
Nationality: American
Height: 5′ 9″
Weight: 160 lb
Birthdate: Feb, 6, 1997 (age 24)
Native: Los Angeles, Calif.
Resides: Las Vegas, Nevada
College: U Cal, Berkeley
Turned Pro: 2019
PGA Tour Rookie: 2020
Highest World Rank: 2nd (current)
Equipment: TaylorMade


Final Scores: Top 10

Collin Morikawa Wins 2021 DP World Tour Championship
Collin Morikawa poses with tournament trophy after winning the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Nov 21, 2021 in Dubai, UAE. (Photo by Luke Walker via Getty Images)

Pos-Player-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Collin Morikawa -17 (-6)
2. Alexander Bjork -14 (-2)
2. Matt Fitzpatrick -14 (-6)
4. Nicolai Hojgaard -13 (-4)
4. Robert MacIntyre -13 (-1)
6. Dean Burmester -12 (-3)
6. Ian Poulter -12 (-5)
6. Rory McIlroy -12 (+2)
9. Adri Arnaus -11 (-6)
9. Paul Casey -11 (-4)
9. Shane Lowry -11 (E)
9. John Catlin -11 (E)
9. Joachim Hansen -11 (E)
9. Sam Horsfield -11 (+2)


Morikawa’s Winning Numbers

Collin Morikawa Wins 2021 DP World Tour Championship
Collin Morikawa hits a tee shot during the final round of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Nov 21, 2021 in Dubai, UAE. (Photo by Mateo Villalba / Quality Sport Images via Getty Images)
Top-line Stats

Distance: 293.5 yards (19th)
Fairways: 30/56, 54.5% (17th)
Greens: 50/72, 69.4% (4th)
Putts/Per GIR: 1.8 (17th)
SG: Total: +2.50 (1st)
Scoring: 21 Birdies, 47 Pars, 4 Bogeys


Morikawa’s 2021 Euro Tour Season

Collin Morikawa Wins 149th Open Championship Royal St Georges
Open Champion, Collin Morikawa celebrates with the Claret Jug on the 18th hole during Day Four of The 149th Open at Royal St George’s Golf Club on July 18, 2021 in Sandwich, England. (Photo by Oisin Keniry via Getty Images)

Starts: 10
Cuts Made: 10
Wins: 3 (WGC-Workday, The Open, DP World)
Additional Top 10s: 2
Earnings: €6,792,749 (1st)
RTD Pts: 5,856 (1st)
World Rank Before/After: 2/2


Morikawa’s Tour Career

Collin Morikawa Wins 2021 DP World Tour Championship
Collin Morikawa lifts the tournament trophy after winning the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Nov 21, 2021 in Dubai, UAE. (Photo by Pedro Salado / Quality Sport Images via Getty Images)

Turned Pro: 2019
First Full Season: 2020
Best World Rank: 2nd
Wins: 6
Titles:
2021 DP World Tour Championship (EUR)
2021 Open Championship (EUR, USA)
2021 WGC-Workday Championship (EUR, USA)
2020 PGA Championship (EUR, USA)
2020 Workday Charity Open (USA)
2019 Barracuda Championship (USA)


WITB: Collin Morikawa

Collin Morikawa Wins 2021 DP World Tour Championship
Collin Morikawa tees off on the 18th hole during the final round of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Nov 21, 2021 in Dubai, UAE. (Photo by Andrew Redington via Getty Images)

Other than a sand wedge, Collin Morikawa plays a full bag of TaylorMade gear, including SIM driver and a TP5 ball.

Driver: TaylorMade (TM) SIM (8°)
3-Wood: TM SIM (14°)
5-Wood: TM SIM (19°)
Low Irons: TM P770 (4)
High Irons: TM P730 (5-9)
Gap: TM Milled Grind 2 (50°)
Sand: Titleist Vokey SM8 (56˚)
Lob: TM Hi-Toe (60˚)
Putter: TM Juno
Ball: TM TP5
Hat: TaylorMade
Shoes: Adidas Tour 360


Quotable

Collin Morikawa Wins 2021 DP World Tour Championship
Collin Morikawa gets emotional during victory speech at the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Nov 21, 2021 in Dubai, UAE. (Photo by Andrew Redington via Getty Images)
“It Means Everything.”

“It’s special, it’s an honour, really, to be the first American to do that on the European Tour to put my name against many, many great Hall of Famers, it’s special,” said Morikawa during his victory speech. “I get touched up just talking about that.

“Two years ago, it wasn’t my thought. It was, ‘yeah, let’s go play around the world’ but we didn’t know what the cards were going to be dealt.

“To have this chance and finally close it out, and not just closing it out with a top 10 or something, but to actually win the DP World Tour Championship, which concluded with the Race to Dubai, not a better way to finish – what a great way to finish.

“To close out the season-long race, the Race to Dubai, it means everything. Obviously I won some big events and that obviously helped catapult me up to the top.

“There are still a lot of scenarios that could have happened, especially today on this final round. Guys are not giving up, and I knew those guys that had a chance to possibly win and kick me out that have first spot, they weren’t going to give up.”


Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media


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