Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 18, 2021 South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen hits his method on the first gap through the last spherical REUTERS/Lee Smith
July 18, 2021
SANDWICH, England (Reuters) -American debutant Collin Morikawa produced an ice-cool last spherical to win the British Open by two strokes on a blazing sizzling afternoon at Royal St George’s on Sunday.
The 24-year-old started the day a stroke behind Louis Oosthuizen however performed faultless golf in a four-under spherical of 66 to overtake the South African and resist resurgent fellow American Jordan Spieth.
Morikawa barely missed a fairway all day as he made 4 birdies and confirmed unbelievable composure when he got here beneath strain late within the day.
It was his fourth sub-par spherical of the week as he ended on 15-under 265 — his outstanding consistency born out by the astonishing statistic of solely 4 bogeys all week.
Spieth, who was bidding to win his fourth main and first because the 2017 Open, began his last spherical badly with two bogeys in his first six holes however an eagle on the seventh launched a gallant chase of Morikawa.
He completed on 13 beneath with Oosthuizen ending in a tie for third with Spain’s U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm, 4 pictures again.
Oosthuizen had led from spherical one and posted the lowest-ever Open whole for the primary 36 holes however he wilted within the scorching temperatures and completed with a one-over 71.
Morikawa had the luxurious of a two-shot lead as he teed off from the 18th tee and tapped in his par putt to rapturous applause from the Open crowd.
He turns into the primary debutant to win the Open since Ben Curtis in 2003, though whereas Curtis was ranked 396th on the time, Morikawa is the world quantity 4.
The College of California graduate, who solely turned professional in 2019, has now gained two of his first eight majors having additionally gained on his PGA Championship debut final yr.
(Reporting by Ed Osmond, modifying by Christian Radnedge, Pritha Sarkar and Toby Davis)