The Open 2021

18 July 2021

Majestic Morikawa wins The 149th Open after a nerveless display lands Claret Jug for debutant

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    Collin Morikawa is the Champion Golfer of the Year after he produced a stunning final-day charge to win The 149th Open at Royal St George’s. The American beat Jordan Spieth by two shots in the Sandwich sunshine after a flawless round of 66 to take home the Claret Jug on his Open debut. Morikawa started the day one shot back from overnight leader Louis Oosthuizen but three consecutive birdies on the front nine propelled him into a four-shot lead at the turn. Spieth, Oosthuizen and Jon Rahm all applied pressure on the back nine but Morikawa showed plenty of heart to see it through.

    The 24-year-old also set a new record for the lowest score at Royal St George’s, his 265 strokes beating Greg Norman’s 1993 effort by two. Spieth matched Morikawa’s 66 to finish alone in second place, while Rahm (also 66) and Oosthuizen (71) share third on -11. 2010 Champion Oosthuizen dropped two shots on the front nine and, despite an improved second half to his round, he could not recover and his wait for a second major title goes on.

    The Open Championship - Final Leaderboard
    1-Colin Morikawa -15
    2-Jordan Spieth -13
    T3-Jon Rahm -11
    T3-Louis Oosthuizen -11
    5-Dylan Frittelli -9
    T6-Brooks Koepka -8
    T6-Mackenzie Hughes -8