Collin Morikawa wins 149th Ope...


Collin Morikawa wins 149th Open Championship at Royal St. Goerge's

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

06:38 18 Jul 2021

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Collin Morikawa has won the 2021 Open Championship at Royal St. Goerge's.

The California native finished up on 15-under-par, two shots clear of the chasing pack.

He also became only the sixth player to shoot four rounds under 70 at the Open with rounds of 67, 64, 68 and 66.

The win marks his second Major victory after winning the PGA Championship last year.

It was his first appearance at the British major and Morikawa became the first man to win both the PGA Championship and the Open on his debut at the tournaments.

The 24-year-old came into the final day a shot behind Louis Oosthuizen.

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.

Speaking to Sky Sports after receiving the Claret Jug, Morikawa was understandably emotional.

“It’s amazing. I tell everyone I’m not the biggest history guy, but I want to add myself to history and make memories for myself.

"To be holding the Claret Jug is one of the best memories I’ll have in my lifetime.

"This was the best experience, the most amazing fans, everything about this week was very special.

"And to cap it off on my caddy’s birthday, on the Sunday, is even more special!”

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