Collin Morikawa is assured he can bounce again shortly from a uncommon disappointment as he eyes one other shot on the world primary spot this week.
Morikawa squandered a five-shot lead on the ultimate day on the Hero World Problem within the Bahamas in December, costing him the prospect to supplant Jon Rahm because the world’s high participant.
It was an unfamiliar setback for the American, who on the age of 24 has already claimed two main titles and final 12 months received what’s now the DP World Tour’s Race to Dubai.
The present world quantity two has one other alternative to maneuver to the summit within the coming days as he returns to the United Arab Emirates for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Victory at Yas Hyperlinks — a brand new venue for the occasion — will see Morikawa go high if Rahm finishes worse than tied seventh on the American Specific event in California.
Morikawa stated: “If I used to be nonetheless pissed off about it, I’d not have the ability to play this event to the perfect of my skills. I used to be pissed off for a pair days or a day, and also you recover from it after which I’m motivated.
“I recover from issues fairly simply. For me it’s motivation. How do I be taught off these unhealthy occasions and the way do I, if I miss a lower or no matter it could be, not have that occur once more?
“I don’t have a look at it as highs and lows. For me, it’s simply you’ve gotten an excellent week, you’ve gotten a nasty week, issues occur and that’s what we do. There’s going to be some unhealthy days.
“Clearly what occurred within the Bahamas wasn’t nice nevertheless it’s studying about these issues and ensuring I by no means have these occur once more.”
It’s a huge 12 months for Morikawa, who will defend his Open title at St Andrews in July.
“It’s actually particular,” he stated. “Everytime you’re defending a event, it means you’ve executed a terrific factor within the earlier 12 months however when it’s the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Open Championship, clearly there’s a variety of weight in your shoulders.
“There’s going to be a variety of obligations on my again for that whole week nevertheless it’s a spot that I’ve by no means performed golf at, a spot that I’ve by no means been, so I’m nonetheless going to need to do not forget that, like each different week, I’ve bought to be prepared by Thursday.”
Competitors begins in Abu Dhabi on Thursday and England’s Tommy Fleetwood, a two-time winner within the emirate, is hoping to place a irritating 2021 behind him.
The world quantity 41 stated: “Final 12 months was powerful, I by no means performed effectively, however I’ve had success right here.
“There’s a variety of good issues going for me this week and I’m simply excited to get going.”