This past week, the first major of the year took place at Harding Park in San Francisco. This being a major, all the stars came out to play, including Tiger Woods. Let's take a look into how all the stars played out in 2020's first major.
It's only right to start off with the winner of the tournament, Collin Morikawa. If you haven't heard of him, since he is only 23 years old, he is golf's new rising star. Morikawa had a big day on Sunday shooting a 64. That score is tied for the lowest scoring round ever by a PGA Champion. His biggest shot came with one of the best drives of the year. He drilled the putt for an Eagle to give him a two shot lead with only two holes to go.
We had two players who were the runner ups to end this tournament: Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson. Both of these players finished two shots back of the lead. Johnson, who was the 54 hole leader, shot a 68 to finished second. Paul Casey, who was also in contention, shot a 66 to get his highest place finish in a major in his career.
Another player I kept an eye on was rising star Bryson DeChambeau. Bryson, who was in contention all weekend, ended up finishing tied for 4th, which was also his highest finish in a major in his career. Although he is most known for his number of 400 yard drives, he is a great putter as well. During his 3rd round on Saturday, Bryson made a 95 yard putt on the 18th hole to end his round on a very high note.
A couple of notables who didn't make the cut were Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler. As almost all golf fans know, Fowler has yet to win a major in his career. That streak continued as he shot a 73 and 69 which combined to be a +2 overall finish.
This wouldn't be a golf article without mentioning Tiger Woods. In this first major of the year, he finished tied for 37th; his best round came on Friday with a - 3. Coming into this tournament, I didn't think Tiger was at his best golf-wise. He did surprise - overall, a very positive tournament for Woods.
A few players who made the cut struggled in the final 2 rounds. Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, and Bubba Watson all finished +4. For Spieth, it has been a little while since he has won a major. His last major win came in 2017 in The Open. This tournament is the only one that he needs to complete the career grand slam.
Defending champion Brooks Koepka was in contention all weekend long until Sunday hit. Shooting a 73 is not a positive look on paper for Brooks, and three bogies in a row is not going to help him win. I still believe his knee is injured after undergoing knee surgery just a few months ago. The fact the Koepka can still contend in a major tournament while being in a little but of pain is a very positive sign.
This was a great week for the entire sport of golf. We saw every star compete in the first major of the year. Collin Morikawa won his first major at the young age of 23, and we saw some great and exciting golf for 4 straight days. The next major of the year will be the U.S. Open from Sep-17-20.