SANDWICH, England – Collin Morikawa won the British Open on his left debut and became the first player to capture two different majors on the first try.
The 24-year-old American closed with a bogey-free 66, 4-under on Sunday for a two-shot win over Jordan Spieth to follow his PGA Championship win last year on his debut, just 11 months ago.
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This time he did it in front of a crowd, with 32,000 spectators at Royal St. George’s on a day of pristine weather to witness a Californian making a historic start to his major league career. Morikawa is the first player since Bobby Jones in 1926 to win two majors in eight or fewer starts, and his total of 15 under 265 was a record 72 holes at the Sandwich Links.
He made three straight birdies from the seventh hole to overtake Louis Oosthuizen, who was looking for a wire-to-wire win and a second jug of claret, and then made key par stops in the numbers. 10 and 15, pumping his first after both. A birdie putt up and over a ridge on the 14th green gave him a two-shot lead that he never lost.
Paring at last after a stress-free walk to applause _ and then a standing ovation _ on 18th fairway, Morikawa did not drop a shot in his final 31 holes on a course that has confused many of the best players. of the world. due to its wacky bounces and rolling fairways.
Most notably, this was his first link test.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion and runner-up in the last two majors, had another close foul in a career full of them. He never recovered from losing his lead _ for the first time since Friday’s 12th hole _ after bogeying from bunker to bunker on the par-5 seventh hole, and shot 71.
He tied for third place with Jon Rahm (66).