Morikawa feels PGA crown is no burden

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Collin Morikawa doesn't feel that being the "DC" - defending champion - puts any extra pressure on his young shoulders as he attempts to secure back-to-back victories in the US PGA Championship.

Morikawa lifted the Wanamaker Trophy at Harding Park last August in just his second major appearance and got his first look at this week's venue of Kiawah Island the day after finishing in a tie for 18th in the Masters last month.

He's already won four times on the PGA Tour in his short career, but the US PGA will be the 24-year-old's first title defence.

Victory in the Barracuda Championship in 2019, which was played in the same week as the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational, helped open the door to bigger events, while the Workday Charity Open he won in July 2020 was a one-off to fill a gap in the schedule due to COVID-19.

"People came up to me this week and called me "DC" and I was like, I don't know what that means," joked Morikawa, who also won the WGC-Workday Championship in February this year.

"Obviously, (I know) it means 'defending champion' now.

"But I don't feel an extra weight. I feel like people look at you and they know you won last year, but I'm coming out here to win and I see these guys every single day and I see them every week that it really doesn't change much.

"I think if we were at Harding Park again I might feel a little different, but to be honest I think everyone is coming out here to win, and I don't think there's an added pressure."

Morikawa added: "This golf course is going to test your ability to adapt and then be ready for change.

"You're going to have nine holes that are into and nine holes that are against, and how are you going to be able to figure out how to just stay patient and play some great golf.

"Overall I feel really good. Game is trending in a great direction and I've just been really trying to go out and play golf, and I think that's the best thing you can do coming into a major."