Collin Morikawa is a star in the making on the PGA Tour. After winning the 2021 Open Championship to secure his second career major victory, the 24-year-old has already established himself as one of the best golfers in the world.
Besides his actual play on the course, though, Morikawa has already earned a heck of a living just three years into his PGA Tour career. After banking another $2.07 million at the British Open, the young superstar has now earned nearly $14 million as a professional golfer.
Collin Morikawa wins the 2021 British Open and the $2.07 million prize
Morikawa entered the 2021 British Open with plenty of doubt surrounding his debut at golf’s oldest major championship. The California native came in with little experience on links courses, as his start at last weekend’s Scottish Open was the first time he played a links-style course on Tour. After a T71 finish in the tournament, fans didn’t have much optimism about Morikawa heading into his first British Open start.
But this dude’s game is already so polished that it can fit any course design in the world as long as he’s on. And he was on from the jump at Royal St. George’s this weekend.
Morikawa opened the championship with a 3-under 67 to sit three strokes back of the early leader, Louis Oosthuizen. He followed that up with a blistering, 6-under 64 on Friday to get within two. A Saturday 68 got him one stroke closer to Oosthuizen heading into the final round, and he used his major championship experience to cruise past the field with a Sunday 66 to win The Open by two strokes at 15-under par.
So much for links golf experience.
Along with the Claret Jug, Morikawa took home the $2.07 million prize for winning the fourth and final major of the year.
Morikawa has already earned $14 million on the PGA Tour
Morikawa has only been a full-time PGA Tour player for three years, but he’s already earned enough money to last him the rest of his life. After banking $2.07 for his British Open victory, Morikawa pushed his young career earnings to $13.95 million.
He’s still just 24 years old.
Incredibly, Morikawa has now won two major championships in his debut at the events. He won his first major last year at the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park.
That’s now two wins in just eight major championship starts for Morikawa. Expect many more to come in the near future.
A bright future ahead
Morikawa was a rising star everyone in golf had their eyes on when he first stepped on the scene in 2019. But no one could’ve expected this kind of success from the Californian this early in his career.
Justin Ray of The Athletic shared some mind-boggling stats from Morikawa’s second major victory, and they might just foreshadow the bright future ahead for the young superstar.
By winning his second major at age 24, Morikawa became the first golfer since Bobby Jones to win two majors in eight or fewer starts. He’s also the second player in history to win The Open and the PGA Championship before age 25. Tiger Woods is the other. Morikawa is the third player to ever win two majors when trailing entering the final round before the age of 25. Jones and Jack Nicklaus did it before him.
The sky is the limit for Morikawa going forward.
Career earnings courtesy of PGA Tour