Collin Morikawa said that he is trying to avoid burnout as he enters the opening event of the FedExCup Playoffs this week in New Jersey. He said he wanted to be ready for the season-ending Tour Championship.
The Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey City begins on Thursday. It is the first of three events over the next three weeks.
Morikawa said he almost burned out during last year’s playoff opener not long after winning the PGA Championship. He said he wanted to avoid the same thing from happening this year.
“The way I looked into the playoffs last year, I was so focused, especially after that PGA win, let’s go win, win, win, and I think I was almost burnt out by the time I got to that third week,” said Morikawa. “Not everyone has the luxury of knowing where they’re going to stand coming to the Tour Championship, but I at least know I’m going to be there, I’m going to have a chance with four rounds no matter where I stand.
“It’s just thinking about how do I rest up? How do I feel great about myself body-wise by the time I do get there? I’m going to kind of look at this a little differently throughout these next couple weeks leading up to the Tour Championship and just see if I can plot my way to really peak in that third week rather than burn myself out in the first few.”