Collin Morikawa Wins The Open Championship
24-year-old Collin Morikawa is the 2021 champion of The Open after putting together a terrific final round on Sunday.
The American has now won a pair of major golf championships in less than a year as he won the PGA Championship just 11 months ago.
What makes this accomplishment more special for Morikawa was that he became the first-ever golfer to win those two majors on his first attempt. Morikawa came into The Open without any experience and shot a four-under 66 on the final day to take home the title.
There were more than 32,000 fans on the course at Royal St. George’s this weekend, the largest crowd since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Fans were hoping for a local hero to win the title, but the American golfer just refused to falter on Sunday.
Morikawa won The Open by two strokes over Jordan Spieth and sealed the victory with a tap-in putt on the 18th green. The final score was a 15-under 265, which was the best score ever recorded in the 15 times that Royal St. Georges has hosted the fourth major golf tournament.
Louis Oosthuizen held the lead by one stroke heading into the final round, but Morikawa wasted little time in putting the pressure on. The two were tied for the lead after just four holes, and Morikawa took control before heading to the back nine.
Three straight birdies on holes 7, 8, and 9 gave Morikawa the outright lead and one that he would hold on to throughout the day. Not only did Morikawa play the final round without any bogeys on the scorecard, but he didn’t give a shot back in the final 31 holes of the weekend.
Spieth kept the pressure on Morikawa on Sunday, but it was his finish on Saturday that kept him from winning the title. To end the third round, Spieth went bogey, bogey on holes 17 and 18, which kept him out of the final group.
Despite the ongoing pandemic in the UK, the Open was a fantastic event and was viewed by millions of fans around the globe. The even was missing some big names, including Zach Johnson, who was missing after testing positive before the tournament began.
Oosthuizen Falls Short Again
Oosthuizen had one of the best years of his career when it came to major golf tournaments, but he ended the year without a win. The South African golfer already has a victory at The Open back in 2010, and he was looking to win wire-to-wire for the second time in his career.
Instead, Oosthuizen made a critical mistake on the 7th hole to card a bogey, and he just wasn’t able to catch up. Oosthuizen ended up in a third-place tie with Jon Rahm and wasn’t in a position to catch Morikawa on the final few holes.
Oosthuizen finished in second place at both the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship this year and was looking to turn his fortunes around. Oosthuizen continues to find his name near the top of the leaderboard, but he ended the year with three top-three finishes and no title.
During his career, Oosthuizen has six second-place finishes, but he didn’t end up adding to that total at The Open.
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