Collin Morikawa never looked like a winner at Muirfield Village he tapped in for par on the third playoff hole, capping off a wild finish Sunday in Dublin, Ohio.
Morikawa trailed Justin Thomas at the Workday Charity Open by three shots with three holes to play and managed to get into a playoff with a 6-under-par 66. Then, after watching Thomas hole a 50-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole, he had to make a 25-footer just to stay alive. He could only watch as Thomas had a 10-footer to win on the 18th on the second playoff hole.
It finally ended on No. 10 when Thomas had to lay up from behind a tree and made bogey, and the 23-year-old Morikawa took two putts from just inside 10 feet for his second career victory, and first against a strong PGA Tour field.
"Amazing," Morikawa said.
Thomas lost a two-shot lead at the start in three holes but then ran off four birdies to build a three-shot lead through 15.
Thomas made two bogeys in the final three holes of regulation for a round of 69. He then looked like the winner when his 50-foot birdie putt found the center of the cup on the 18th.
"I never assumed it was over," Thomas said. "Percentages would say that it heavily is close to being that way."
Morikawa, who lost a playoff at Colonial last month by missing a 3-foot putt, wouldn't let this one go. There have been two playoffs in five events since the PGA Tour resumed from its pandemic-imposed shutdown, and Morikawa was involved in both of them.
Now, they get ready to do it again. Muirfield Village is closed Monday so crews can get ready for the Memorial, which starts Thursday.
Fish holds on
U.S. Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish won the American Century Championship, holding off former Buffalo defensive tackle Kyle Williams a day after a record-setting round in Stateline, Nev.
The 38-year-old former tennis player from Edina — who birdied the final five holes Saturday for a course-record 9-under 63 — jumped into Lake Tahoe in celebration.
"I've wanted to play well here for a long time," said Fish, a six-time winner on the ATP Tour. "It just doesn't suit my eye very well, so I haven't put it all together. And thankfully I put it all together yesterday because it wasn't today and it wasn't Friday."
The celebrity event was played without fans at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. The $600,000 purse and additional money will be donated to organizations supporting COVID-19 relief efforts, the Equal Justice Initiative and Lake Tahoe regional nonprofits.
Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz was third and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was fourth.
Carrying his own bag, Marc Warren closed with a 2-under 70 for a one-shot victory at the Austrian Open, the first European Tour event since the tour shut down in March.