Emerging Star Morikawa Wins The Open From Spieth

Emerging Star Morikawa Wins The Open From Spieth Photo: TT
Collin Morikawa of the USA holds the Claret jug after winning the 149th British Open Championship at Royal St George's in Sandwich, Kent on Sunday

Last year’s PGA champion Collin Morikawa has lifted another major title after taking out The Open on his debut, edging out a two-shot win over Jordan Spieth at Royal St George’s.

The American world number four finished 15-under, two strokes ahead of Spieth, with recent US Open champion Jon Rahm third on 11-under alongside early leader Louis Oosthuizen.

Morikawa, 24, won last year’s PGA Championship in only his second major appearance and continued his rapid rise on Sunday.

He carded a bogey-free 66 on the final day, shooting four birdies, including three in a row from holes seven to nine.

“This is by far one of the best moments of my life,” he said.

“At 24 years old, it’s so hard to look back at the two short years that I have been a pro and see what I’ve done, because I want more.

“I love it, and I want to teach myself to embrace it a little more, maybe spend a few extra days and sit back and drink out of this.”

Front nine mistakes proved costly for both Spieth and Oosthuizen who had both been in good positions.

Spieth, who has won three majors but none since 2017, said: “It’s hard to be upset when I was a couple over through six today. I couldn’t have really done much more after that point.

“But the finish yesterday, was about as upset as I’ve taken a finish of a round to the house.

“I walked in and I said, Is there something that I can break? I knew that was so important because I would have been in the final group.

“I’m upset because I really felt like I played well enough to win and made a couple of really dumb mistakes that possibly, if I had maybe played the week before, wouldn’t have made.”

Ben somerford
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