Merritt had an eagle chip on the last that
could have won it for him but could not convert it. He finished
at 44 points.
The format, designed to reward aggressive play, gives eight
points for an albatross, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero
for par and subtracts a point for bogey and three for
double-bogeys or worse.
Merritt, who was the third round leader, birdied the par-four
15th hole to move into the lead by a point but could not keep
pace with the scorching Morikawa and parred his final three
“Once I got to 16 I hit a really good shot, so I just believed
in myself,” Morikawa said. “I was able to hit some really good
shots and come through.”
Morikawa, 22, has enjoyed great success since turning
professional in June. He nearly won the 3M Open earlier this
month but Matthew Wolff birdied the 72nd hole to beat him.
“I think the gates are open,” Morikawa said following the win.
“I’ve been knocking on the door the last month or so. It was
something really special to finally get the win.”
John Chin and Robert Streb finished in a tie for third at 40
(Writing by Jahmal Corner; Editing by Ian Ransom)
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