Ice-Cool Morikawa wins Blazing Hot British Open

Sandwich, England — America’s debut, Collin Morikawa, created an icy final round to win a two-stroke at the British Open on a hot afternoon at the Royal St George’s on Sunday.

The 24-year-old started the day one shot behind Louis Oosthuizen, but 66 rounds to overhaul South Africa and resist the resurrected fellow American Jordan Spieth in a tripartite battle. I played perfect golf in 4 under rounds.

Morikawa made four birdies and didn’t drop a shot, so he barely missed the fairway all day long. Spieth put pressure on the stretch, showing incredible calm in the second half.

But he didn’t look like cracking. In the fourth sub-par round of the week, he finished with 15 under 265. His amazing consistency came from the amazing statistics of just 4 bogies in a week.

Spieth, who had been bidding for his fourth major title since opening in 2017, started the final round badly with two bogies in the first six holes, but the seventh eagle began a brave chase of Morikawa. did.

After last year’s cancellation, the packed gallery enjoyed a memorable finale, barking at Spieth, but despite returning to its best, couldn’t catch Morikawa, finishing under 13 and the night before. Bogey Bogey finish messed up.

Oosthuizen finished third with Spanish Open champion Jon Rahm and returned four shots after the storm finish.

He led from Round 1 and recorded the lowest open total ever with 36 holes, but withered and finished with 71 overs.

After teeing off from the 18th tee, Morikawa ran through the fairway, scoring a two-stroke difference by two strokes, aiming for a victory that would definitely be the first player to win two majors in his debut match. 2020 PGA Championship.

“This is by far the best moment of my life. Let’s see all these fans and listen for you,” Morikawa said after receiving the Claret Jug. I look forward to my trip every year to see some of the best crowds I have ever seen. “

Ben Curtis of the United States in 2003 was the last to win the British Open, Curtis was 396th at the time, but Morikawa was fourth in the world.

Although he just turned professional in 2019, graduates of the University of California are currently earning two of the first eight majors.

“I’ve believed in myself since the first day I turned professional. I do my homework Monday through Wednesday to see what I need to do,” he said.

Perfect conditions

The riveted 149th Open finale was beautifully set, as the clear blue sky and weak winds provided the perfect conditions for a duel in the sun.

After Ost Heizen bogged to 4th, Morikawa took the lead by collecting pars for 6 consecutive pars.

Spieth bunkered the tee shot on par 3 6th, dropped the second shot of the round, and then the 7th eagle flicked the switch.

Morikawa tapped Birdie on the 7th, but everything went wrong because he played his partner Oosthuizen.

The second shot went into the green side bunker, the third shot went into another bunker, then escaped over the green and finally limited the damage with a bogey 6.

So Morikawa cleared 2 shots and turned the screw with a birdie at 8 and 9 o’clock to clear 4 times.

Spieth didn’t give up chasing, but Morikawa wasn’t nervous and saved a par with a long putt on the 10th.

Oosthuizen almost stopped the tee shot and then temporarily revived with a birdie at 11 o’clock, but Morikawa was relentless.

His poor shots are as rare as the coastal rink trees, knocking him out of his stride, even when he played one, as he did in the second to fifteenth. I couldn’t.

Spieth was two points behind and Morikawa was in trouble on the rough next to the downwardly sloping green, but the Californians made sensational ups and downs to save Par, and then kept Spieth at arm length. ..

“I needed a break, but I couldn’t get it from (Colin),” Spieth said. “I did everything I could, so I really felt I played enough to win and made a few really silly mistakes, which made me angry.

Brooks Koepka, a four-time major winner in the United States, recorded the joint best score of the day. Rival Bryson DeChambeau finished a turbulent week with 65, but he never fought.

Shane Lowry finished in 12th place after the final round 69, thanks to the excellent defense of the trophy he won in 2019.