SAN FRANCISCO – Social distancing protocols were ignored Sunday at TPC Harding Park in the final round of the 102nd edition of the PGA Championship.
In the end, however, Collin Morikawa stood alone with the Wanamaker Trophy.
On a raw, gray day that broke with dense fog, the crowded leaderboards at TPC Harding Park were volatile and seriously lit with a superb and large cast of the game’s best players delivering heart-pounding drama that kept the viewing public and players alike on edge.
In all, nine players held at least a share of the lead at one time or another in the final round of the first major of the year. Deep into the back nine, 10 players were within two shots of the lead and seven players were sharing residence at the top of the leaderboards.
“There was a lot of kind of whiplash,” 2015 PGA Championship winner Jason Day said. “Everything was coming and going.”
And then the California Kid stole the show. In just his second major, Morikawa, a pup at 23 and the shortest hitter among the contenders, grabbed the outright lead by chipping in for birdie from 40 feet on the 14th and…