Cal alum Collin Morikawa birdied the last three holes Sunday to win the PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship in Reno.
Morikawa, 22, closed with seven birdies against no bogeys in the modified Stableford scoring system, giving him 14 points in the final round at Montreux Golf and Club.
That score would translate to a 65, meaning Morikawa has averaged 66.83 in the final round of his six PGA Tour events since turning pro. His highest Sunday score was a 69 in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
Though he already was assured of a PGA Tour card for next season with his good results, the victory gives him membership immediately, with his points retroactive. Morikawa is at No. 46 in the FedEx Cup, and he cracked the top 100 in the world ranking.
He still has the Wyndham Championship this week before the FedEx Cup playoffs begin.
“This win means everything to me, and to get into the playoffs is something special,” Morikawa said.
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Morikawa finished with 47 points for a three-point victory over Troy Merritt, who had the lead on the back nine until Morikawa made his final charge with four birdies over the last five holes.
Merritt had a chance to win on the par-5 18th with an eagle, but his chip raced 12 feet by the hole and he missed the birdie putt. He finished with seven points in the round.
World Golf Championships: Brooks Koepka had three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the front nine and cruised to a three-stroke victory over Webb Simpson in the St. Jude Invitational in Memphis.
Koepka closed with a 5-under-par 65 at TPC Southwind for his seventh PGA Tour title. He finished at 16-under 264.
“It’s a thinker’s golf course,” Koepka said. “I probably don’t get enough thought process going through my mind sometimes, just get up and hit it. It gets very routine.
“A lot of times, it’s drivers, but out here you’ve really got to position yourself off the tee depending on where the pin is.”
Koepka wrapped up the regular-season points title a week early and is assured to going into the FedEx Cup playoffs as the No. 1 seed.
LPGA Tour: Jin Young Ko fired a 4-under 67 in the rain-swept final round to finish at 15-under 269 for a two-shot win over Jennifer Kupcho (66), Hyo Joo Kim (74) and Shanshan Feng (68) in the Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains, France.
Winner of the season’s first major, the ANA Inspiration in April, Ko closed out the victory after Kim — Ko’s playing partner — lost control of the tournament with a triple-bogey at the par-3 14th.
PGA Tour Champions: In Lytham St. Annes, England, Bernhard Langer beat Paul Broadhurst by two shots to win the Senior British Open for his record-extending 11th senior major title.
Starting three shots off the overnight lead held by Broadhurst, Langer fired a 4-under 66 to finish at 6-under 274. He turns 62 next month.
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