This story first was published in 2019.
GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA | The day will come soon enough when 22-year old Collin Morikawa will take a breath and fully absorb all that has happened since he turned pro earlier this summer.
But not yet.
Fresh out of a four-year college career at the University of California where he was a three-time first team All-American and two-time finalist for the prestigious Ben Hogan Award, Morikawa has deconstructed the notion that PGA Tour rookies need time to learn their way around.
In six starts since turning pro, Morikawa has three top-10 finishes including a victory last Sunday in the Barracuda Championship, catapulting him to full PGA Tour membership and 46th spot in the FedEx Cup race as the playoffs approach.
Were it not for his fellow rookie Matthew Wolff, who beat him on the 72nd hole at the 3M Open last month, Morikawa might be a multiple winner already.
The only learning curve for recent college stars Wolff, Morikawa and Viktor Hovland, it seems, is figuring where to stay and directions to the golf course. The winning thing is taking care of itself.
“We believe in ourselves,” Morikawa said.
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