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Putter struggles leave PGA champion Collin Morikawa short of a crazy low round at RBC Heritage

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Collin Morikawa’s considerable abilities have been nicely documented: supreme ball-striker, correct driver, top-shelf psychological sport, performs with out concern, comes up clutch.

Add one other – short-term reminiscence.

“I already forgot about it,” Morikawa stated Friday after the second round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links.

“It” was in reference to a troublesome day on the smallish greens. The reigning PGA champion’s placing turned a round that conceivably might have been as low as 63 into the 68 he signed for, a rating that also saved him on the primary web page of the leaderboard.

“Everything felt good. Just was probably about a foot short on speed all day,” he stated. “Could have had five, six more birdies out there. If I hit it with a little more pace, I could have more birdies out there.

“But overall, when you have a bogey-free round you’re doing a lot of things well, so hopefully keep the mistakes out of play and have a low weekend.”

Morikawa missed 5 birdie possibilities from inside 12 ft, his most irritating inexperienced being the second the place he had 49 ft for eagle and three-putted. Still, among the many early leaders, the world No. 4 was in a good place to win his fifth PGA Tour title as he stood two photographs again of pace-setter Corey Conners, who added a 64 to his opening 67 to face at 11 underneath.

“After I three-putted on 2 I knew there was still a lot of birdie opportunities and I just had to keep hitting good shots. I mean, I kept doing that, which was good. I didn’t play too aggressive when I didn’t need to,” he stated. “It was tough not seeing a few birdies in. I got kind of a lucky birdie on 6, but we’ll work on a few things and be fine for the weekend.

“Even though my speed wasn’t great today, overall, my putting has felt great. When I’m over the putt everything feels confident. I had a lot of putts today that looked like they were going in; just fell a little short. So just got to keep that going, keep the ball striking going, but everything feels really good.”

Morikawa tied for sixty fourth in his first journey to Harbour Town final yr and the course appears a excellent match – small greens, tight, tree-lined fairways that reward precision. While Morikawa believes he can win on any course, he actually doesn’t thoughts seeing programs like Harbour Town.

“When you show up to a course like this that has smaller greens, yes, it gives you a little boost of confidence knowing that you can get a little advantage on some other guys,” he stated. “But you still got to make the putts. They were rolling in yesterday; didn’t get as many today.”


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