Collin Morikawa's hilarious trophy blunder after PGA triumph

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Collin Morikawa, pictured here dropping the lid off the Wanamaker Trophy.
Collin Morikawa didn't realise the lid of the trophy comes off. Image: Getty

Everything went right for Collin Morikawa on Sunday as he won the US PGA Championship in dramatic fashion.

Well, almost everything.

The 23-year-old won his maiden major title courtesy of a late surge to claim the PGA Championship at San Francisco’s TPC Harding Park.

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The American, playing just his second major, shot a 64 for a 13-under-par total and a two-shot win from England veteran Paul Casey (66) and overnight leader Dustin Johnson (68).

Everything the rookie phenom touched seemed to turn to gold, that is until he actually got his hands on the Wanamaker Trophy.

Morikawa lifted the trophy in the air and shook it triumphantly, only to realise the lid actually comes off.

The lid clattered to the ground as the gallery burst into laughter, with Morikawa looking very sheepish as a result.

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However he probably won’t care considering his incredible surge to victory.

“It's amazing,” Morikawa, who will pocket $US1.98 million for the win (AU$2.76m), said after being handed the Wanamaker Trophy.

“It's been a life goal (to win a major), as a little kid, watching all these professionals, and this is always what I've wanted to do.”

It was one of the most dramatic finishes to a major championship in recent memory.

A whopping seven players were tied for the lead late in the round before Morikawa chipped in for birdie at the 14th to break the stalemate.

Collin Morikawa, pictured here celebrating with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 2020 PGA Championship.
Collin Morikawa celebrates with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 2020 PGA Championship. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

He then smashed a 293-yard drive at the short par-4 16th and drained the seven-foot putt for an eagle to cruise to victory.

Jason Day, the 2015 PGA Champion, gave hope of a late surge with a birdie at the 10th and a 40-foot birdie at the 11th to lift his spirits.

He had a birdie putt lip around the edge of the cup at the 14th hole and fall miraculously in the hole to keep his title hopes alive - but he still came up short in his quest for a second career major.

Morikawa joins an illustrious group of golf greats to have won a major before the age of 24 including Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros and Rory McIlroy.

It is Morikawa's third US PGA Tour victory since he made his professional debut in June last year.

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Day (66), Matthew Wolff (65), Bryson DeChambeau (66), Tony Finau (66) and Scottie Scheffler (68) were tied fourth at 10 under.

Day's countryman Adam Scott picked up two shots with a final round 68 and he finished the first major of 2020 at a respectable four under for the championship.

Cameron Smith rounded out the Australian contingent and a closing 70 gave the Queenslander an even-par total.

Tiger Woods signed off in style when a 67 improved his tally to one under for the championship

Woods mixed five birdies with two bogeys for his lowest round of the week in just his fourth tournament of 2020, but finished a dozen shots off the pace.

with AAP