Collin Morikawa is one of only 84 men’s golfers to win multiple major championships, and his success in this year’s Open Championship added to his 2020 PGA title.
He’s one of five American players to receive honorary lifetime membership on the European Tour, despite the fact that he’s only 24 years old. The award was given to Morikawa on Wednesday in Dubai, where the season’s last event, the DP World Tour Championship, was held.
Morikawa is the only American-born player to get the honor, along Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Patrick Reed.
“That is not something I take lightly,” Morikawa remarked. “It’s a formidable list.” And if you’re a part of that group and you’re able to make history as the first American to win the money list, perhaps that sets the tone for the rest of the globe to understand that this is a growing game.”
Morikawa’s next ambition is to become the first American to win the Race to Dubai, formerly known as the Order of Merit, on the tour. No American player has ever finished first in the season-long points (or money) standings.
Morikawa is in top place going into the final round, with fellow American Billy Horschel in second. Tyrrell Hatton, Min Woo Lee, Matt Fitzpatrick, and Paul Casey are four more who can catch them, but each of them would have to win this week to have a shot.
Following this tournament, the European Tour will be renamed the DP World Tour.