Whereas his victory in simply his second main might have come as a shock to many, it did not to Morikawa, who stated that he “felt very snug from day one.”
“I bought a little bit style of what it is wish to win a significant championship, to what these different gamers have received earlier than, and I positively need it once more.”
‘Be taught each single day’
“It signifies that I am doing one thing proper. No matter I have been doing, no matter I have been practising, gearing up for, it is all been on the proper path to hopefully in the future be within the dialog of perhaps a few of the recreation’s greats,” he defined.
“I study each single day. I’ll study loads from this win, clearly, however I actually have to take a seat down and determine what I can do some higher as a result of there’s at all times one thing that another person is attempting to beat you at or attempting to repeat you, or actually get higher and beat you each single day.”
Though the Californian course was eerily quiet as Morikawa sunk the profitable placed on the 16th gap, the rising star — who describes himself as a “competitor” — credit his success partly to having his girlfriend, Kat, at certainly one of his tournaments for the primary time since lockdown.
And, he says, having a robust household arrange has been the platform his success has been constructed on.
“I believe I used to be simply very lucky to have superb dad and mom, a tremendous household, a tremendous assist system,” he stated. “My girlfriend, Kat, and I’ve been relationship for over three years now.
“I’ve actually constructed a group and it is all about constructing a group. Everybody simply pays consideration to the leaderboard; you solely see one title on the prime. However there’s a lot that goes into constructing this group.”
And he celebrated along with his household following his victory on Sunday, calling his dad and mom who had been “screaming” once they answered the telephone.
“My girlfriend and I, we Facetimed them after the spherical after I was ready for everybody to complete up they usually had been flipping out, they had been shifting the digital camera, protecting up the digital camera, simply completely enthusiastic for the win.”
Again to his roots
Morikawa was born and raised within the US, however can also be of Chinese language and Japanese heritage. Nonetheless, he admits that his ties to Asia “usually are not as sturdy as many individuals would suppose or imagine,” along with his household both residing in California or Hawaii.
He hopes his victory on the first main of 2020 has helped improve his fame in Asia.
“However each time I have been in a position to return to Japan — I’ve by no means been to China, we went to Korea — it felt good,” he outlined.
“It felt like I used to be going again to that is the place quite a lot of my historical past had began. So it is at all times cool going again to the roots. It has that further sense of feeling and emotion that you just may not get wherever else on the planet apart from your nationality or ethnicity.
“So it’s extremely cool however have I been in a position to actually go on the market and put my title out? I do not suppose so. Who is aware of what my title is spreading like on the market, however hopefully I am getting larger on the market as a result of the following time I am again, hopefully it will be a really, very thrilling week or so.”