Collin Morikawa of the U.S. celebrates with the Claret Jug after successful The Open Championship.
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Collin Morikawa received the British Open on his hyperlinks debut and become the primary participant to seize two other majors on the first strive.
The 24-year-old American closed with a bogey-free, 4-under 66 Sunday for a two-shot victory over Jordan Spieth to practice up his victory finally 12 months’s PGA Championship on debut, simply 11 months in the past.
This time he did it in entrance of a crowd, with 32,000 spectators at Royal St. George’s on an afternoon of immaculate climate to witness a Californian creating a historical begin to his profession within the majors. Morikawa is the primary participant since Bobby Jones in 1926 to win two majors in 8 or fewer begins, and his general of 15-under 265 was once a 72-hole document ranking on the Sandwich hyperlinks.
He made 3 directly birdies from the 7th gap to overhaul Louis Oosthuizen, who was once in quest of a wire-to-wire win and a 2d claret jug, after which made key par saves at Nos. 10 and 15, pumping his first after each. A birdie putt up and over a ridge at the 14th inexperienced gave him a two-stroke benefit he by no means misplaced.
By means of making par on the closing following a tension-free stroll to applause — after which a status ovation — down the 18th fairway, Morikawa did not drop a shot in his ultimate 31 holes on a direction that has confounded most of the international’s biggest gamers as a result of its quirky bounces and undulating fairways.
The entire extra exceptional was once this was once his first hyperlinks take a look at.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion and runner-up on the closing two majors, had every other near-miss in a profession filled with them. He by no means recovered from shedding his lead — for the primary time because the twelfth gap on Friday — after making bogey by means of hitting from one bunker to every other on the par-5 7th gap, and shot 71.
He tied for 3rd position with Jon Rahm (66).