Collin Morikawa fuming after Trevor Immelman comments about his PGA Tour career

Colin Morikawa was furious during his post-round interview at the World Wide Technology Championships in Mayakoba after being told what commentator Trevor Immelman had said about his golf career so far.

Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis was speaking to Morikawa moments after the two-time Grand Champion signed the third round of 68, which left him inside the top 20 heading into the final in Mexico.

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After a brief discussion of his brilliant plan 63 on Friday and 68 on Saturday, Luis Morikawa asked the following question:

“You know, Trevor Immelman mentioned that in our broadcast when watching you play, that you went out and played really well early in your career, maybe that was your level, your level, did you go through that?”

Morikawa smiled at first, looking a little shocked, and then replied:

“Wow, it’s hard to hear from him.

“To be honest, I didn’t really care what he said there because I don’t think that’s my bar.

“I think I have a lot to improve. I was close to the last time in playing mode and I don’t think I’ve finished getting close to being average in shooting. If I get in average position, I think there is a lot to improve.

“So I don’t know, I don’t know where that came from but that kind of stings out there, I don’t like hearing that.”

Follow Lewis with:

“He said it was a compliment that you played so well.”

Morikawa replied:

“I don’t know if it’s a compliment, I’ll be honest. If he does, that’s probably wrong from what I’ve heard.

“For me, I’ve never seen a ceiling. I just want to keep improving. Obviously we’ve taken a few steps back this year, but he’s just trying to get better every day and improve on the little things.

“I expect myself to play well, I’ve set high goals for myself and it’s bad when they don’t achieve that.”

Emelman sat in the comment box listening to Morikawa’s every word on the live broadcast.

Consider it a misunderstanding.

The 2022 International Presidents Cup captain said he will call Morikawa later this evening to discuss exactly what he means.

Emelmann said:

“Yes, I think he misunderstood what I said.

“What I was saying was he got off to such a great start in the early part of his career, winning two majors really quickly, and in a lot of ways you start to put extra pressure on yourself to keep going.

“I think the extra pressure wasn’t really required. Maybe you take a step back, get some perspective, understand how amazing that is, and then let that come to you a little bit more.”

“We all know how great he is. I’ve said over the past couple of days how I expect him to be back in a race like this.

“But don’t put too much pressure on yourself, because he’s been saying so many times in the last few weeks that maybe his swing wasn’t comfortable, but when I look at the stats last season, he’s still third in strokes gained and it’s a formidable weapon. Incredible element in your game.

“Maybe there’s a slight misunderstanding there. I’ll call Colin later today.”

Morikawa broke the blocks upon joining the PGA Tour by winning the 2019 Barracuda, a points-scoring tournament.

He then followed that up by winning the 2020 Workday Charity Open in Muirfield Village during the Covid lockdown, shortly before he won his first major on his second major start in the US PGA Championship.

Morikawa was the third youngest golfer to win an American PGA Championship when he won it at the age of 23.

He then won the 2021 WGC Workday Championship, five months before winning his second major title at The Open.

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Morikawa, 25, hasn’t won anywhere around the world since he carved his name on a Claret Jug last year.

The five-time PGA Tour winner began working with coach Stephen Sweeney this week at Mayakoba in an effort to improve his stats for the Greens ahead of 2023.

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