Morikawa leads the way

10 July 2020 19:13:15 GMTPlus10

Rising star Collin Morikawa leads the way after round one of the Workday Charity Open following a fine opening 65 at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Morikawa made the cut in his first 22 PGA Tour starts as a professional but failed to qualify for the weekend for the first time at the Travelers Championship two weeks ago.

However, the 23-year-old Californian, who won the Barracuda Championship in July 2019, bounced straight back to form as he fired six birdies and an eagle to forge ahead in Ohio.

I can take a lot of positives heading into tomorrow.

Collin Morikawa

It could have been even better for Morikawa, who was eight-under heading up 18, but a closing bogey saw his lead cut to one shot over Canadian ace Adam Hadwin.

Muirfield Village hosts back-to-back events on the PGA Tour with the Memorial Tournament, which will see the return of Tiger Woods, taking place next week.

Several big names are intending to tee it up at both events, including Justin Thomas, who shot a bogey-free 68 to sit three shots behind Morikawa in round one of the Workday.

Other key contenders who are in close attendance include Hideki Matsuyama, who fired a 67, and Patrick Reed, who carded a 68 in his opening round.

Speaking afterwards, Morikawa was disappointed with the late blemish on his scorecard but was pleased with the rest of his round.

"It happens, I think it was just slight fatigue," he said. "If I look at the entire day it was very consistent and I can take a lot of positives heading into tomorrow."

Morikawa is 1.03 to win the Workday Charity Open with Thomas available at 15.00 and Matsuyama at 4001.00.

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