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Brandt Snedeker tips Collin Morikawa to reach world number one

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Collin Morikawa
Collin Morikawa

Brandt Snedeker believes golf's newest major champion Collin Morikawa has no weaknesses in his game and can become world number one.

Playing in just his second major and 28th tournament since turning professional 14 months ago, Morikawa won the PGA Championship in sensational fashion on Sunday after a thrilling final round in San Francisco.

The 23-year-old emerged from a seven-way tie for the lead in the closing stages by chipping in for a birdie on the 14th hole and then producing a stunning eagle on the 16th by driving the green on the 294-yard par four and holing from seven feet.

A closing 64 equalled the lowest round of the week and gave Morikawa a two-shot victory - his third since turning pro - over England's Paul Casey and overnight leader Dustin Johnson.

World number five Morikawa is not in the field for this week's Wyndham Championship, but his performance at Harding Park simply confirmed to Snedeker what he thought after seeing his game up close earlier this year.

"He doesn't have a weakness," Snedeker, whose second victory in the Wyndham Championship in 2018 included an opening 59, told a pre-tournament press conference at Sedgefield Country Club.

"I played with him at Sony (Open) this year the first two rounds and he was leading after the first round. I remember walking off the range and talking to some guys and saying, man, I just played with a guy who's got a chance to be number one in the world from what I saw in the first two rounds.

"He drives it so straight, plenty long enough. Iron play's phenomenal, probably one of the top five iron players out here. Got a great short game, and then when he putts great he's going to be right there with a chance to win.

"The thing that impressed me most was his attitude, his demeanour, the way he handled himself. He's a 23-year-old living in a 40-year-old's body because of the way he thinks and plays.

"He's really good at kind of being unemotional on every shot, right? Every shot is what it is, deal with that shot, move on, kind of leave it in the past.

"That's really hard for a pro to do who's my age, 39, let alone a 23-year-old out of college who's playing as great as he has.

"(I've) been very impressed with him. He's a great kid. We're lucky to have him on Tour because you won't find a bad thing to say about him and the way he plays only adds to that."

- TEAMtalk media

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