Collin Morikawa didn’t like an analyst’s critique. His reasoning reveals plenty about pro athletes

Collin Morikawa didn’t appreciate an analyst’s seemingly innocent critique of his golf game, and he made it known.

Was it simply a misunderstanding, or a complex issue that involves the stubbornness and competitiveness necessary to be one of the best golfers in the world?

Morikawa blitzed the PGA Tour when he turned pro in 2019, recording three top 10s in just nine starts and winning the Barracuda Championship.

He didn’t slow down the next year. He won twice more, grabbed his first major title (the PGA Championship) and backed that up with another two-win season in 2021,

which again included a major title. His victory at the Open Championship gave him two majors in just eight starts.

His win at Royal St George’s put him among historic company, too. He tied Bobby Jones with the fewest major starts needed to win twice,

Through it all, he’s risen as high as No. 2 in the world. And despite a winless 2022 (he did finish second twice), he still had eight top 10s and ranked 9th in the world.