This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
The transformation of Talor Gooch since the new PGA Tour season began has been nothing short of sensational. For Collin Morikawa, sensational has become the norm. They both won tournaments half a world apart on Sunday in the final big week of golf this year.
Let's begin with Morikawa, especially because his big win in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai coincided Rory McIlroy's free fall on the back nine.
Morikawa became the first American to win the Race to Dubai with a come-from-behind three-stroke victory in the European Tour's season-ending tournament. McIlroy, who led for most of the tournament, was not even the runner-up. That honor instead was shared by Matt Fitzpatrick and Alexander Bjork.
In reality, Morikawa's European Tour championship should come with an asterisk, as his Open Championship victory went a long way toward deciding things.
Perhaps more notably, Morikawa moved closer to overtaking Jon Rahm for No. 1 in the world rankings, and he actually can overtake him in two weeks – but only if he wins the Hero World Challenge and, even then, it would be only for one week before Rahm regained the top spot. All that comes via noted OWGR expert @VC606 on Twitter.
But there is no doubt who the best golfer in the calendar year of 2021 was – and no, it certainly wasn't Patrick Cantlay. Morikawa won a major and a WGC event before Sunday's big win, and he was finished runner-up twice. He