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I was curious.. Tiger vs Morikawa Stats

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Firstly, this post is not meant to spark debate on whether Collin Morikawa is the next Tiger Woods - they’re clearly two very different types of players. However, in the 24 events Morikawa has played as a professional, his stats and recent accomplishments are certainly Tiger-esque. 

In route to his recent PGA Championship victory, Morikawa became one of only three players to win a major championship by the age 23 (Tiger, Nicklaus and Rory,) he shot the lowest weekend score in major championship history, and he submerged from a pack of elite players on Sunday by hitting shots that will go down in Major Championship history. But you all know this. 

What you maybe didn’t know was that in 2016 Morikawa played in the Air Capital Classic, a Web.com tour event, as a 19-year-old amateur who just finished his freshman year at Cal. He shot 63-63 over the weekend to earn a spot in a 3-man playoff where he eventually finished second to Ollie Schneiderjans. This guy has been championship-ready for years. 

Here’s a side by side comparison of Tiger and Morikawa through the first 24 events of their careers after turning professional: 


Tiger’s first few seasons on tour will very likely never be matched, however, I was impressed by how close their records are. I can’t think of a better start to a career in modern golf than Morikawa’s. He certainly won’t be the long-hitting phenom who destroys fields like Tiger did, but he might be the silent assassin who racks up his fair share of wins and major championships with incredible accuracy and consistency. Time will tell! 

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  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Tasmania to CanadaMembers  14099WRX Points: 2,923Handicap: 3.1Posts: 14,099 Titanium Tees
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    Thanks for sharing

    on paper and right now he looks amazing as a prospect

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  • sonnygolfsonnygolf Members  240WRX Points: 52Handicap: 24Posts: 240 Fairways
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    Too early to say we been here with Speith and Rory

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  • NaptimeNaptime Members  697WRX Points: 132Posts: 697 Golden Tee
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    I think Collin is one of the more interesting stories in golf these days, and his win was great. The hard part is playing at that level long enough to get 78 more wins and 14 more majors. Injuries, family stuff, swing changes etc. All the previous "young guns" aren't that young anymore, and all the "next Tiger" prospects have mostly fizzled out. Time will tell, but agree he's off to a great start.

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  • bscinstnctbscinstnct Members  29567WRX Points: 6,468Posts: 29,567 Titanium Tees
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    He’s got the game, that’s **** impressive.

    Equally as important is how strong he is mentally and able to excel under pressure.

    Very unusual to see if that age and if he just keeps the blinders on (and stays on social media 😂), sky is the limit.

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  • Krt22Krt22 East BayMembers  9564WRX Points: 3,179Posts: 9,564 Titanium Tees
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    Would be interesting to see their stats, but we can already say Morikawa's mental approach is light years ahead of Spieth. Spieth won on grit and emotion, Colin is winning with preparation and determination which IMHO has a longer shelf life

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  • brew4eaglebrew4eagle VAMembers  3836WRX Points: 797Handicap: 8.2Posts: 3,836 Titanium Tees
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    Collin's putting will have to improve significantly to rack up Tiger-esque numbers.

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  • Titleist 670Titleist 670 Members  1886WRX Points: 216Posts: 1,886 Platinum Tees
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    I don't think Tiger won 2 majors in his first 24 events....

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    If Tigers first event as a pro was the 1996 GMO, that would put his 24th event as the 1997 PGA.

    After the 1997 Masters, Tiger's next major victory came at the 1999 PGA, his 65th start as a professional.

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