In a year of firsts in the majors, Collin Morikawa might have topped them all.
His performance over four days at the British Open was unlike anything seen at Royal St. George’s, even in such ideal weather for the English coast.
In his first real test of links golf, Morikawa didn’t make a bogey over his final 31 holes, blowing past mistake-prone Louis Oosthuizen and never flinching as Jordan Spieth made one last charge late Sunday afternoon.
Morikawa made three straight birdies at the turn to build a four-shot lead. He made a 20-foot birdie on the 14th when Spieth had closed to within one. He saved par with a 10-foot putt on the next hole for breathing room.
SANDWICH, England – It seemed Collin Morikawa was destined for history after shooting a 64 in the second round of The Open. His 131 strokes capped the lowest opening 36-hole total in a debut at the oldest championship in golf. Entering the final round one stroke back of Louis Oosthuizen, Morikawa maintained his streak of 31-consecutive holes without a bogey, carding a 66 (-4) on Sunday to win The Open by two strokes.
“Collin really makes us all so proud,” Alex and Marie Shipman Director of Men’s Golf Walter Chun said. “He has put in so much time and has made many sacrifices to get where he is today. Cal has so much to be thankful for as he represents our university so well. Go Bears!”
As is the case after every major, the #stats and #numbers are pouring in at a fast-and-furious pace. Even more so after this 149th Open Championship won by Collin Morikawa, who continues to rewrite the record books with this remarkable start to his career.
Collin Morikawa made golf history Sunday by becoming the first player to win two different major championships on his first try.
Morikawa, a graduate of La Cañada High, shot a bogey-free, four-under-par 66 in the final round of the British Open at Royal St. George’s to secure a two-shot victory over Jordan Spieth. Eleven months earlier, Morikawa won the PGA Championship at Harding Park.
(CNN)Collin Morikawa won the Open golf tournament on Sunday, finishing two shots ahead of Jordan Spieth.The 24-year-old came into the final day of the major a shot behind Louis Oosthuizen, but a run of three straight birdies on the back nine helped propel the American past the South African, who had topped the leaderboard over the tournament’s previous three days.Morikawa produced some steady and brilliant golf at Royal St George’s in Kent, UK, to hold off the persistent challenges of Spieth, Oosthuizen and Jon Rahm and finish 15-under par on what was an enthralling day of golf at the famous major.
SANDWICH, England — He waved to the crowd, clapped his show of appreciation and then stepped to the microphone like he’s been giving speeches for years. Collin Morikawa might have called it the “British Open,” but he nonetheless handled the ceremony as coolly as he did the course at Royal St. George’s.
Morikawa is just 24 years old but plays, acts and talks like he has been around for decades. Competing in his first Open, he won it — a feat accomplished just twice previously in the past 25 years.