Collin Morikawa wins British Open on his first try


Collin Morikawa’s first British Open could not have gone any better.

The 24-year-old won the Claret Jug Sunday at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in his first appearance at the major, giving him his second career major title in eight major appearances. He won the 2020 PGA Championship in what was his first appearance at that major.

Morikawa shot a final-round 66 to finish 15-under and hold off Jordan Spieth, the three-time major champion who also shot 66 to finish 13-under. Spieth shot in the 60s in all four rounds.

According to ESPN, Morikawa is the only player ever other than Tiger Woods to win the British Open and PGA Championship before turning 25 years old.

There was more heartbreak for Louis Oosthuizen, who led going into the final round but could not finish the job once again as he shot 1-over 71 on Sunday. He finished tied for third place with Jon Rahm after ending as the runner-up in this year’s PGA Championship and U.S. Open.

Rahm, who won his first career major at last year’s U.S. Open, shot a final-round 66.

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