While his victory in his second major may have come as a surprise to many, this is not the case for Morikawa, who said he “felt very comfortable from day one”.
“I got a little glimpse of what it’s like to win a major league, what these other players have won before, and I definitely want it.”
‘Learn every day’
“It means I’m doing something right. Whatever I’m doing, whatever I’m practicing, what I’m up to, it’s all on track to hopefully someday be in the conversation of maybe some of the games. . large, ”he explained.
“I’m learning every day. I’m going to learn a lot from this win, obviously, but I really have to sit down and figure out what I can do a little better because there is always something for someone else to do. trying to beat you. or trying to copy you, or really improve and beat yourself every day. “
Although the California course was eerily calm as Morikawa sank the winner on the 16th hole, the rising star – who describes himself as a “competitor” – attributes his success in part to having his girlfriend, Kat, at one of its tournaments. for the first time since the lockdown.
And, he says, having a strong family has been the platform on which his success has been built.
“I think I was very fortunate to have great parents, a great family, an amazing support system,” he said. “My girlfriend, Kat, and I have been dating for over three years now.
“I’ve really built a team and it’s all about building a team. Everyone pays attention to the ranking; you only see one name at the top. But there is so much that can be done to build this team.
And he celebrated with his family following his victory on Sunday, calling his parents who “screamed” when they answered the phone.
“My girlfriend and I faked them after the lap as I waited for everyone to finish and they turned around, they moved the camera, covered the camera, absolutely excited for the win.
“It was crazy because on Friday – my mom never told me that – but they blew a balloon from someone else’s yard up their trees in our house, and it was just a number a ball). It was a balloon balloon floating right in the trees, and it never jumped, it just stayed there. So you know it’s pretty special. I think that ball meant something, and maybe they knew it from the start of the week. “
Back to its roots
Morikawa was born and raised in the United States, but is also of Chinese and Japanese descent. However, he admits that his ties to Asia “are not as strong as a lot of people would think or believe,” with his family living in California or Hawaii.
He hopes his victory in the first major of 2020 will have helped boost his reputation in Asia.
“But every time I got to go back to Japan – I’ve never been to China, we’ve been to Korea – it was nice,” he explained.
“It was like going back to where a lot of my story started. So it’s always cool to go back to the roots. It has that extra feeling of feeling and emotion that you couldn’t find anywhere else in the world as your nationality or ethnicity.
“So that’s very cool, but was I really able to go out and publish my name? I don’t think so. Who knows how my name spreads like over there, but I hope I get bigger because the La next time I come back, I hope it will be a very, very exciting week. “