sport news Collin Morikawa holds off challenge from Paul Casey to win US PGA Championship

Collin Morikawa holds off challenge from England's Paul Casey at the US PGA Championship to win his first major aged just 23 Collin Morikawa wins the US PGA Championship at Harding Park, San Francisco Morikawa shot a six-under-par 64 in his final round to pull clear of the pack An eagle at the 16th after chipping in for birdie at the 14th proved crucial England's Paul Casey finished second, two shots behind Morikawa on -11 

By Derek Lawrenson for MailOnline

Published: 01:56 BST, 10 August 2020 | Updated: 01:57 BST, 10 August 2020

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The next great American golfer is a mantle to terrify the vast majority but it has always sat easily on the slim shoulders of the nerveless Collin Morikawa.

The 23-year-old Californian confirmed his fitness for the title with a thrilling victory in the 102nd USPGA Championship at Harding Park on Sunday over the luckless Englishman Paul Casey, who shot 66 and hardly put a foot wrong.

A thrilling day's golf deserved to be decided on a stroke of genius and it came from the undemonstrative Morikawa at the driveable par four 16th. There might not be a better stroke played all year than his tee shot that finished 9ft from the hole, and he knocked in the eagle putt. 

Collin Morikawa celebrates chipping in for birdie on the 14th hole at Harding Park

Collin Morikawa celebrates chipping in for birdie on the 14th hole at Harding Park

Morikawa, who shot a faultless, bogey-free 64, only earned his first PGA Tour victory last month and now he has his first major. The only other players to win the PGA so young are Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Rory McIlroy. Not bad company to keep.

Casey finished joint runner-up by two strokes alongside Dustin Johnson, with a quintet comprising Jason Day, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Matt Wolff and Scottie Scheffler a further stroke behind.

The final round got off to an explosive start thanks to – who else? – the irrepressible DeChambeau. Is there any way of keeping him out of the news these days? Not when he has tap-in birdies on the first two holes and two more at the 4th and 7th. Bogeys at the 8th and 9th, however, left him with too much to do.

Who could have foreseen from the grouping of Brooks Koepka and Casey that it would be the man from Surrey who would challenge so hard for the Wanamaker Trophy? This was the 43-year-old's 64th appearance in a major and, since 2002, no-one has played so many without a win. This was one of those days which make you wonder why he hasn't contended for more. He played beautifully in his quest to become the first Englishman to win this title in more than a century.

England's Paul Casey provided the sternest challenge for young American Morikawa

England's Paul Casey provided the sternest challenge for young American Morikawa

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