Daniel Berger beat Collin Morikawaon the first playoff hole at Colonial Country Club to earn his third career PGA Tour win. Berger loves the second week of June – the final round of his three victories have come on June 12, June 11 and June 14.
Morikawa missed a three foot par putt on the first playoff hole after missing a six-footer at 18 that would have given him the win in regulation. The playoff miss was his only missed putt from three feet and in all week. Morikawa ranked third in the field for the week in strokes gained tee-to-green and sixth in strokes gained approach.
This was the 21st PGA Tour start as a pro for Collin – he has not yet missed a cut since turning professional. That is the longest cuts made streak to begin a pro career since Tiger Woods made 25 straight in 1996-97.
Less than an hour before Morikawa’s miss in the playoff at 17, Xander Schauffele missed a par putt inside five feet that proved to be fatal for his chances at victory. Before that miss on the 71st hole, Xander was 51-for-51 putting inside five feet for the tournament.
Bryson DeChambeau was part of a quartet to finish one stroke out of the playoff. Much was made of Bryson’s bulked-up frame and distance increases (he led the field in strokes gained off-the-tee), but he put together a well-rounded statistical performance this week. Bryson ranked first in scrambling, third in greens in regulation and third in approach shot proximity.
Justin Rose also finished one shot out of the playoff, at 14-under-par. Rose shot in the 60s in all four rounds this week at Colonial, the first time he has done that in a PGA Tour event since his win 18 months ago at Torrey Pines.
It was an encouraging week for Bubba Watson, who was playing at Colonial for the first time in a dozen years. Bubba closed with 65, his lowest final round score on the PGA Tour since his win at the 2018 Travelers Championship.
Rory McIlroy closed with a disappointing 74 and finished tied for 32nd. It was the first time McIlroy has finished outside the top-five in a PGA Tour event since August 18 – 302 days ago.
The PGA Tour shifts to South Carolina for the RBC Heritage, a tournament originally scheduled for the week after the Masters. It will be the first time in tournament history that each of the top-five players in the World Ranking will be in the field, and the first time the top-three has each been there since 1996.