Who is Katherine Zhu? All about Pro Golfer Collin Morikawa’s wife

Professional golfer Collin Morikawa finished at the third spot at The Masters 2024, as he was unable to win his first ever green jacket. The 2021 Open champion was cheered on in Augusta by his longtime girlfriend turned wife, Katherine Zhu.  

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However, many wonder about her life and story, and we’ve got it for you:

Katherine Zhu was born in Vancouver, Canada, on January 13, 1996. She definitely gets her athletic genes from her father, Mike Chu, who was a tennis player, and her mother, who was a track athlete. 

She completed her schooling at Zhuji Hailiang Private High School in China, from which she graduated in 2014. 

She moved to Malibu after high school to major in international management at Pepperdine University, where she ventured into collegiate golf. As a D1 athlete, Zhu earned many collegiate accolades, like WGCA All-American Scholar, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar, and WCC All-Academic.

It was at college that she first met Morikawa, despite him attending the University of California, Berkeley. “I am very lucky to have her,” Morikawa said in an interview with Golf Central in 2020. “Kat has been by my side through it all. She would hate me if I didn’t say this, but I didn’t start winning in college until she showed up in my life, so thanks, Kat.” 

He continued, “She knows golf can take a toll on you, whether it’s a good or bad day. I’m very lucky to have her.”

After graduating in 2018, Zhu went pro and competed on the China LPGA Tour. However, the Vancouver native’s golf career was short-lived. In 2023, four years after retiring from professional sports, she turned her attention to another sport: marathon running. Zhu completed her first half marathon in November 2023, while also playing golf as a hobby.

The duo got engaged in November 2021, around four years after they began dating. In 2022, with the PGA Tour, Morikawa said he found proposing to be harder than playing elite golf. “[I was] way more nervous proposing. It’s not even the same. It’s not even in the same boat. It is so far gone,” he explained.

I mean golf I do it every day. It’s normal. Proposing is not,” he added. “That morning I practiced with my caddie in the Bahamas and we were on a cart and I was driving into ropes and going all over the place. It was nerve-wracking.”

The couple married in November 2022 at Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. They shared the day with around 100 close friends and family, and a 10-piece wind and string orchestra played. 

We found each other by chance, but we chose to share our lives and dreams together,” Morikawa told PEOPLE at the time. “Marriage means to be in love with each other for the rest of our lives.”

Meanwhile, Zhu shared pictures from the occasion on Instagram, writing, “11.26.22 A day we will remember forever 🤍.”

The couple also share a dog, a goldendoodle named Koa. Their furry friend was present at their wedding and wore a tuxedo to the nuptials.

What does Katherine Zhu do for a living?

Zhu is a golfer, social media influencer and entrepreneur. Katherine has a huge following on Instagram, with close to 75k as of April 2024. In 2022, she attended the Par Three Contest at Augusta National Golf Club with her then-fiance before the Masters. In 2020, she revealed that she had been fostering dogs.

Like any happy couple, Morikawa and Zhu love going on dates.

The couple can be seen exploring cities where he is playing tournaments, adventuring in the countryside, winning and dining at plush restaurants or, their personal favourite, a day at the beach.