Collin Morikawa reveals why he can't play in DP World Tour Championship...

Collin Morikawa has revealed he won't play in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai this week, the tournament he sensationally won in 2021.

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Mon, 14 Nov 2022
Collin Morikawa reveals why he can't play in DP World Tour Championship...

Two-time major champion Collin Morikawa has revealed why he won't be playing in the DP World Tour Championship this week, the finale of the 2022 DP World Tour season.

Morikawa became the first American to win the season-ending event in 2021. He carded a final-round score of 66 to win by three shots from Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick.

He also became the first player from across the pond to win the Race to Dubai crown too. It capped off a wonderful year for the 25-year-old who had won The 149th Open Championship just four months earlier.

But Morikawa won't be seen at the Earth Course on Jumeirah Golf Estates this year and earlier this afternoon, he revealed why on social media.

"I was looking forward to returning to Dubai to defend my @dpwtc, but I, unfortunately, will not make it back due to some upcoming personal commitments. Last year was such a special moment in my career and I look forward to getting back there in the future," Morikawa tweeted.

Last week, Morikawa's fiance Katherine Zhu posted a picture of herself on Instagram at her bachelorette party. This could suggest that their wedding could be just days away.

The five-time PGA Tour winner, regarded as one of the world's best iron players, was ranked 35th in the DP World Tour Rankings. He wasn't in a position to win the Race to Dubai in back-to-back seasons.

Morikawa has played three times on the PGA Tour since winning the Presidents Cup with the US team. He didn't make a top-10 but finished tied for 15th at Mayakoba.

He was slightly put off by some comments that Tour commentator Trevor Immelman had about his game during the week in Mexico, but the International captain confirmed the issues were resolved over a phone call.

Morikawa didn't register a victory on Tour in 2022 and in a bid to return to form, he has appointed putting coach Stephen Sweeney. Sweeney is the first putting coach that the young star has ever had.