SANDWICH (United Kingdom): Debutant Collin Morikawa held off a cost from Jordan Spieth to win the 149th British Open by two photographs after a scintillating Sunday’s motion at Royal St. George’s.
At simply 24, Morikawa claimed his second main due to a bogey-free spherical of 66 to complete on 15 underneath par.
The American had by no means even performed in hyperlinks situations till final week’s Scottish Open when he tied for 71st, the worst end of his skilled profession.
However the world quantity 4 confirmed no signal of inexperience as he revelled within the sweltering situations as temperatures hit 30 levels celsius in Sandwich on England’s south-east coast.
In a single day chief Louis Oosthuizen’s bogey on the fourth allowed Morikawa to maneuver right into a share of the lead and he by no means seemed again after a two-shot swing on the par-five seventh.
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Oosthuizen, who completed at 11 underneath in a share of third with Jon Rahm, twice discovered bunkers across the inexperienced to drop one other shot.
In the meantime, Morikawa drained the primary of three consecutive birdie putts to hit the flip at 14 underneath.
The 2020 US PGA champion wanted his putter to remain scorching on the again 9 simply to avoid wasting par at 10, 11 and crucially at 15 with Spieth respiratory down his neck.
However by that point, he had moved to fifteen underneath with one other long-range putt on the par-five 14th.
Three stable pars coming hand-crafted Morikawa the primary British Open debutant to win since Ben Curtis’ shock success additionally at Royal St. George’s 18 years in the past.
Spieth was left to remorse his sloppy end to Saturday’s third spherical when bogeys on the ultimate two holes noticed him begin the day two behind Morikawa.
The 2017 British Open champion slipped again to seven underneath after dropping one other two photographs on the fourth and sixth earlier than roaring again in a way that means he is not going to be ready lengthy so as to add to his three majors.
An eagle on the seventh launched Spieth’s problem and he accomplished the ultimate 12 holes in six underneath par with additional birdies on the ninth, tenth, thirteenth and 14th to place the strain on Morikawa.
However Morikawa by no means flinched to turn into the primary man to win two majors on debut at that occasion.
Rahm additionally confirmed why he was the pre-tournament favorite after touchdown his first main finally month’s US Open with an excellent 66 that might have been much better however for a greater day with the putter.
The Spaniard wanted an eagle on seventh to get him going, however simply ran out of holes after 4 consecutive birdies between 13 and 16.
Oosthuizen’s anticipate a second main goes on as he completed within the prime three for the eighth time since his sole success within the 2010 British Open at St Andrews.
The pristine situations supplied the prospect for one of many chasing pack to launch themselves into rivalry.
4-time main champion Brooks Koepka made a late cost for his first British Open with a 5 underneath par spherical of 65 to get to eight underneath, however was left to rue his two over par rating on Saturday.
“I did not play adequate Saturday,” stated Koepka. “Would not actually matter what I completed as we speak. I did not have an opportunity to win and that is disappointing.”
South African Dylan Frittelli, who was solely referred to as into the sphere as eleventh reserve on Monday, completed fifth on 9 underneath.
World primary Dustin Johnson completed in a tie for eighth on seven underneath.