BRADENTON, Fla. — Collin Morikawa's plan was to wear a red shirt with his black pants Sunday to show support for Tiger Woods as the 15-time major champion recovers from career-threatening leg injuries sustained Tuesday in a car crash.
The clothes shipped to Morikawa never arrived, so the 2020 PGA Championship winner did the next best thing in the final round of the Workday Championship at The Concession: He played like him.
Staked to a two-shot lead, Morikawa shook off an early mistake, regained control around the turn, delivered two clutch putts and then played a steady hand on a course known for calamity.
Just like Woods has done so often, Morikawa forced everyone to try to catch him. No one did, and his 3-under-par 69 gave him a three-shot victory, his first in a World Golf Championship.
"With how good the field was, how good my game felt, to close it out with such a stacked leaderboard coming after me, it really means a lot," Morikawa said.
He became the 24th player to win a major and a WGC title, and the 24-year-old Californian joined Woods as the only players to win both before turning 25. Woods was 23 when he won the first of his 18 World Golf Championships.
Morikawa, who finished at 18-under 270, won for the fourth time in his past 34 starts on the PGA Tour. He finished three ahead of Brooks Koepka (70), Viktor Hovland (67) and Billy Horschel (70), who played with Morikawa in the final group and witnessed the supreme iron play that made him so hard to catch.
As for that red shirt? Morikawa thinks it got stuck in Tennessee because of the weather. He even sent his caddie to the distribution center to see if it arrived.
Several other players wore the ensemble that Woods made famous, and Tony Finau took it an extra step by arriving at the course with his cap turned backward.
Woods incurred serious injuries to his right leg and foot when his SUV went off the road and tumbled down a hill in the Los Angeles suburbs. After a prolonged surgery to put the shattered bones back together, he is recovering and was said to be in good spirits.
"Red and black, we know that's what Tiger does on Sundays, so just to join in and just let Tiger know we're supporting him in the best way we can," Finau said. "We're still playing and we miss him out here, but it was cool just to be a part of that."
Baylor School graduate Harris English (80) finished 66th at 10 over.
'Emotional day' for Grace
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico — Branden Grace closed eagle-birdie to win the Puerto Rico Open, an emotional triumph in the wake of his father's death in January after a month-long fight with the coronavirus.
Grace holed out from a greenside bunker for an eagle on the par-4 17th and birdied the par-5 18th for a one-stroke victory over Jhonattan Vegas at windy Grand Reserve.
"This morning I had a tear in the car when I was talking to my wife," Grace said about his father, Peter. "It was an emotional day. I thought about him a hell of a lot out there, especially the last tee shot. I was really struggling the last hole, because I knew he was watching over me. I knew he was guiding me."
The 32-year-old South African won for the second time on the PGA Tour and 13th time worldwide, closing with a 6-under 66 to finish at 19-under 269. He earned a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a spot in the PGA Championship in May.
Vegas, from Venezuela, birdied the 18th for a 65. Puerto Rican player Rafael Campos and Grayson Murray, tied for the third-round lead, each shot a 70 to share third at 16 under. Campos had his third top-10 finish in his home event; he tied for eighth in 2016 and tied for 10th in 2017.
Former Baylor School and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga standout Stephan Jaeger (72) tied for 58th at 3 under.
Another Korda victory
ORLANDO, Fla. — Jessica Korda opened the LPGA Tour season last month by winning the Tournament of Champions. It was little sister's turn Sunday.
Nelly Korda followed in Jessica's footsteps with a three-shot victory that looked easier than it felt. She seized control with three birdies through six holes of her final round, closed with 12 pars and shot a 3-under 69 at Lake Nona to win the Gainbridge LPGA.
"Yeah, Jess' win, I was like, 'OK, I've got to get one now,'" Korda said. "We were close that one year. She won in Thailand and I was leading in Singapore. But it's nice to get back-to-back Korda wins now."
More than just matching her sister, Korda won for the first time on American soil. The other three victories for 22-year-old Nelly were in Australia and twice in Taiwan. It also was the first time she won with her parents watching. Her father, Petr Korda, is a former Australian Open tennis champion.
Nelly, who finished at 16-under 272, began the final round with a one-shot lead over rookie Patty Tavatanakit, the former UCLA star who fell back quickly and wound up with a 74 to share fifth with Sarah Kemp (69) at 10 under. Lydia Ko (69) and Lexi Thompson (68) tied for second, with Jin Young Ko (71) fourth at 11 under.
World Golf Hall of Fame member Annika Sorenstam wrapped up her return after more than 12 years of retirement with a par on the ninth hole for a 76, finishing 29 shots behind Korda and last among the 74 players who made the cut. The 50-year-old Swede was making this one-time appearance because Lake Nona has been her home course for two decades.
Senior success for Sutherland
TUCSON, Ariz. — Kevin Sutherland chipped in for the only birdie on No. 16 during the final round, then tapped in to pick up a stroke on the next hole, closing with a 4-under 69 to overtake Mike Weir in the Cologuard Classic.
Sutherland trailed by two to start the day and was down four after Weir birdied the par-5 eighth in blustery conditions at Omni Tucson National Resort. The 56-year-old from California cut Weir's lead in half with two birdies in his first three holes to start on the back nine, and he chipped in from short right of the 183-yard, par-3 16th.
Sutherland tapped in on 17 after putting through the fringe on the par-5 hole and just missed another birdie on the difficult 18th to close out his second victory in his past three PGA Tour Champions starts and fifth overall. He finished at 15-under 204 in the 54-hole event, two ahead of Weir (73) and three up on Scott Parel (71) and Steve Stricker (68).
Weir, the left-handed Canadian who won the 2003 Masters, has twice been a runner-up on the PGA Tour Champions since turning 50 last year.
Phil Mickelson's long-shot bid to win his first three senior starts came to a screeching halt with a triple bogey on the par-4 ninth. He shot a 73 to finish 11 shots back and tied for 20th.