KAPALUA, Hawaii – There is a flicker of excitement in the dark eyes of Collin Morikawa at the mention of playing golf in Hawaii.
Front Street in Maui is where his grandparents were born and once owned a restaurant.
“Every time we walk by, my dad, I know he just kind of goes back to being a kid,” Morikawa said. “Like you could tell he wishes it was still there. I wish it was still there.”
Morikawa also wishes he could win a PGA Tour event in 토토사이트 the Aloha State and notch his first victory since the 2021 British Open. He’s off to a good start, following up 64 with a bogey-free 7-under 66 on Friday to improve to 16-under 130 and take a two-stroke lead into the weekend.
Nothing would bring Morikawa more joy than doing so in front of so many family and friends.
“We had about 15 people here yesterday. So I think they will sprinkle in here and there throughout the week,” he said. “But for me, it’s just stay focused and get the job done.”
On another picture-postcard day, Morikawa came out of the gate hot, carding four birdies in his first five holes. He shot 66 despite failing to birdie two of the par 5s, Nos. 9 and 18. Through 36 holes, he’s the only player in the 38-man field that is bogey-free.
Morikawa, who recently started working with putting coach Stephen Sweeney, is having an exceptional week on the greens. He ranks first in Strokes Gained: Putting (+3.623).
“Before, it was just rolling the dice and guessing. So it’s just I have a little, I’m at ease now, knowing if I hit a bad shot or a good shot, just what I’m doing,” Morikawa said.
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Scottie Scheffler hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the second round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions golf tournament at Kapalua Resort – The Plantation Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Scottie Scheffler finished with four birdies in a row to shoot a second straight 66 at the Plantation Course and is tied for second, trailing Morikawa by two strokes. He will play alongside Morikawa in the final pairing on Saturday.
Scheffler, who’s currently ranked second in the world, is poised to return to No. 1 by finishing in a two-way tie for third or higher this week. Rory McIlroy, the current No. 1 and reigning FedExCup champ, opted to skip the first designated event of the season.
Scheffler’s off-season included an anniversary trip with his wife, co-hosting a College Golf Fellowship two-day retreat with Sam Burns and celebrating Christmas with the family.
To the untrained eye, Scheffler already looks to be in mid-season form, but he said he feels otherwise and rushed off to practice after his opening round to work on some changes he’s still perfecting.
“I’m hoping all it takes is a little feeling,” he said. “I’m just trying to knock off the rust.”
Scheffler held the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking for 30 weeks until McIlroy knocked him from the top of the mountain with a win at the CJ Cup in October.