Collin Morikawa had a disappointing week in San Diego, missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open after a tough second-round 75. But it hasn’t been all bad for the California native so far this year, as he tied for fifth at the season-opening The Sentry in Hawaii.
This week, he’s focused on the PGA Tour’s second signature event of 2024, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Morikawa has never played in the Crosby Clambake, but he did tie for 35th at the 2019 U.S. Open, an event hosted on the shores of the Monterey Peninsula.
“I’m excited. We flew up Sunday and I actually forgot how nice this piece of land is in the entire world,” the world No. 12 told media Tuesday during his pre-tournament press conference. “It’s gorgeous and we are very lucky to be here. It’s great to be back in northern California again. Look, just obviously kind of beginning of the season and want to get off to a good start. Didn’t play well last week, but like I said, it’s the early part and the game’s feeling good. Just got to find fairways and hopefully we can get put together four good rounds.”
In between questions about his game and Cali connection, Morikawa was asked about how golf’s product on television could be improved.
His sentiment sounded a lot like thousands of fans on social media.
“Well, I mean, you first need to see more golf shots. Like that’s like — that’s like the No. 1 bullet point. How do I make it more interesting? That’s a great one. Hit better shots, stop hitting — stop playing so poorly.
“Look, golf isn’t — like golf’s not going to be as high speed, you know, body contact, people tackling. Like that’s just golf, right? But I think most fans understand that and we can’t — like I’m not going to go dance down the fairway or celebrate differently on a birdie putt on the sixth hole on Friday. But just seeing birdie putts and seeing more shots, that’s going to bring more viewers in because you can actually watch golf, right?
“So that’s already going to make it entertaining of itself. You can’t change what golf is. You can’t change the aspect of we’ve got 18 holes, you’ve got players to start on Thursday, you’re going to have two waves, all this stuff, you can’t change…