British Open 2021: Collin Morikawa wins The Open Championship for second major at age 24
Collin Morikawa was making one of the most satisfying walks in golf, down the 18th fairway as a prospective British Open champion, when he gazed toward the enormous show off encompassing the green.
It was loaded up with spectators, who right off the bat were hailing and before long giving an overwhelming applause to a 24-year-old American making a historic beginning to his significant title career.
So extraordinary to 11 months prior, when Morikawa won his first major – the PGA Championship – at a empty scene.
“I hope the thing is off the table,” Morikawa said, “that I can play with fans and I can play well on a Sunday.”
Fans. No fans. Parkland. Presently even connections. Morikawa is the real deal, beyond a shadow of a doubt.
The mature-beyond-his-years Californian shut with an intruder free, 4-under 66 at Royal St. George’s and won the British Open in his presentation Sunday, turning into the principal player to catch two unique majors on the first attempt.
Also, this time there was a crowd, at 32,000 the greatest since golf returned following the coronavirus outbreak.
Subsequent to tapping in for standard to win by two shots over Jordan Spieth, he gave a fist pump prior to hailing the spectators.
In a little while, he was being given the claret jug that so many go their whole vocation without winning. He looked adoringly at it, then, at that point push it into the air and gave it a kiss.
“Those are the moments, the few seconds that you embrace so much,” he said. “And you look around, every seat is packed. Everywhere is packed with people.”
They were seeing a youthful player effectively most of the way to the vocation Grand Slam after eight beginnings, the first since Bobby Jones in 1926 to win two majors in scarcely any appearances. He follows Gene Sarazen, Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Spieth in winning various majors prior to turning 25.
His complete of 15-under 265 was a 72-opening record in 15 British Opens at Royal St. George’s. In 13 of them, the triumphant score has been 5 under or lower.
“When you make history,” he said, “it’s hard to grasp, it’s hard to really take it in … At 24 years old, it’s so hard to look back at the two short years that I have been a pro and see what I’ve done because I want more.”
He did it with style amid immaculate weather on the connections off Sandwich Bay, flushing shots with his irons and getting all over on the uncommon events he discovered difficulty. He called his putting show truly outstanding of his short vocation, transforming a factual shortcoming into a strength.
Beginning the final round one shot behind Louis Oosthuizen, Morikawa was tied for the lead after four openings and afterward made three straight birdies on Nos. 7-9 to surpass the South African, who hadn’t followed since the twelfth opening of his second round.
Morikawa made key standard recoveries – pumping his clench hand the multiple times – at Nos. 10 and 15, between which he moved a birdie putt over-top an edge and into the cup on the fourteenth to assemble a two-stroke lead he won’t ever lose. Spieth parred his final four holes and furthermore shot 66.
By making par at the last after another ideal drive, Morikawa played his last 31 openings without an intruder on a course that has confounded numerous incredible players due to its quirky bounces and undulating fairways.
Even more remarkable was that this was his first significant test on a seaside links. Morikawa had little involvement in this style of golf prior to playing the Scottish Open last week at The Renaissance Club, which is anything but a traditional links yet included the sort of close lies and moving landscape that pre-arranged him for it. He even had three new irons in his sack this week.
He finished an accomplishment accomplished by Ben Curtis on a similar course in 2003, winning golf’s most seasoned title in his links debut.
For Oosthuizen, who was looking for a wire-to-wire win and a subsequent claret container – he had a runaway triumph at St. Andrews in 2010 – it was another close to miss in a lifelong loaded with them. He was second place this year at the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open, two of his six runner up completes at majors.
This time Oosthuizen tied for third with U.S. Open hero Jon Rahm (66) subsequent to shutting with a 71 – his first round not in quite a while this week. He never recuperated from losing his lead with a ugly bogey on the par-5 seventh hole. He got an excessive lot of ball out of the greenside bunker with his third shot, which bounced onto the putting surface and arrived in a dugout on the opposite side.
Morikawa made a routine birdie on the opening to push two forward of Oosthuizen. Spieth had made hawk at No. 7 a few minutes earlier.
“Well I do know one thing, the fans at the Open are second (or third) to none,” Oosthuizen said on Twitter, having declined to talk to reporters. “Thank you for the incredible support this week, and congrats to Collin Morikawa who played with class and grit today.”
Spieth had his nearest bring in a significant since winning the British Open in 2017 at Royal Birkdale. Missing a 8-foot standard putt at No. 4 and hitting his tee shot into a fortification at No. 6 prompted dropped shots. He compensated for those with his eagle and played the last 10 openings in 4 under.
“I did everything I could in the past few hours to win this championship,” Spieth said.
It was his bogey-bogey finish on Saturday – he missed a 2-foot standard putt on the eighteenth – that Spieth for the most part lamented.
“Had I finished par-par, I’d have been in the final group,” he said. “And if you’re in the final group, you feel like you have control.”