‘I don’t want to let this go’: Open champion Collin Morikawa reveals his determination to become the FIRST American to win the Race to Dubai after missing last year
- Collin Morikawa could become the first American to win the Race to Dubai
- The world No. 2 also had a chance to headline the Order of Merit last year.
- Morikawa wants to make history after putting herself in a strong position
Open champion Collin Morikawa is determined not to miss another chance to become the first American to win the Race to Dubai.
Morikawa had a chance to headline the Order of Merit by winning last year’s DP World Championship, in what was his first regular European Tour event.
Twelve months later, the two-time Major winner has a 236-point lead over compatriot Billy Horschel in the standings and could even finish last in the 53-man field and still succeed Lee Westwood as number one in Europe.
World No. 2 Collin Morikawa seeks to become the first American to win the Race to Dubai
The 24-year-old world number two, who was awarded honorary lifetime membership to the European Tour on Wednesday in recognition of his triumph at the Open at Royal St George’s, said: ‘I will not take this week lightly.
“I’ve worked a lot in the last week, the last days to get ready and come here and play the best I can.
“ I think I said this last year, you don’t know how many chances you will have to win a Race to Dubai, and I have been very lucky to play well this year in a Major and in the WGC (World Golf Championship Events) to put myself in this position ‘.
Morikawa also topped the FedEx Cup standings at the end of the regular season on the PGA Tour, but a persistent back injury contributed to a missed cut in the first play-off event and a tie for 63rd in a field. of 69 men in the second.
That meant he had slipped to 11th heading into the Tour Championship in Atlanta, resulting in a seven-shot deficit to leader Patrick Cantlay under the controversial handicap system.
“We are at the end of the season and I made that mistake with the way the PGA Tour and the FedEx Cup were, injuring myself and feeling a bit unfortunate about the way the play-offs worked,” Morikawa added.
“I worked so hard during the regular season to put myself in a good place that I don’t want to let this go. It would mean a lot to be the first American winner of the Race to Dubai. “
The absence of world number one Jon Rahm, third in the ranking, means that six players can win the Race to Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Victory for Morikawa or Horschel would guarantee them the title, while Tyrrell Hatton, Min Woo Lee, Paul Casey and Matt Fitzpatrick need to win and see other results to reach the top.
“When it comes to tournaments like this and you have a chance to win a one-season race like the Race to Dubai, you can’t worry about what if or what points they could score,” Morikawa added. ‘The objective is to win the tournament.
‘I’m not really (aware of the scenarios). Normally I am a person who likes to know everything, to know the points, to know where to go.
“I’m sure there are a lot of scenarios, but if I start to worry about them, they could come true and I could be on the bad side of that.”