Collin Morikawa won the title at -15 thanks to the last round of 66 strokes without bogey at the major The Open just closed the curtain on Royal St. George’s par70 in the morning of July 19, Hanoi time.

Early in the closing game, Morikawa was at -11, one stroke away from veteran South African Louis Osthuizen at the top of the table while fellow American Jordan Spieth was third with -9.

Through six holes, Oosthuizen had to share the top spot with Morikawa because of the 4th hole bogey and the group’s juniors kept par. Spieth went one hole ahead, scored two bogeys and then put the score to -9 after the eagle on the 7th. On this hole, Morikawa handled it brilliantly – bringing the ball up close to the green on the second shot from where it was on target for the second shot. father. Meanwhile, Oosthuizen, after the first hole, wanted to go straight to the green but fell into a bunker. This situation resulted in a second bogey, right at the easiest hole – a total of five bogeys for the entire closing day.

Morikawa lifts the Claret Jug cup at Royal St.  George's on July 18.  Photo: Reuters

Morikawa lifts the Claret Jug cup at Royal St. George’s on July 18. Image: Reuters

As for Morikawa, hole 7 started a three-birdie streak to monopolize the top of the table with a three-stroke difference at the end of the first half. At this point, Spieth finished hole 10, alone in second with a score of -10. The 2017 Open champion continued to put pressure on Morikawa, one stroke away by birdie on holes 13 and 14. But when Spieth entered hole 15, Morikawa added a fourth birdie, doubling the advantage. At this point, the race to the podium was in a two-horse position as Oosthuizen bounced from behind the 7th hole. All three held par on the last four holes.

Morikawa carried the Claret Jug with $2.07 million at The Open in the 149th match. Spieth finished second at -13, receiving $1.198 million. Oosthuizen and Jon Rahm shared a bonus of $682,500 for the T3 position (point -11). Rahm jumped three steps on the last day with 66 sticks.

With victory at Royal St. George’s, Morikawa became the first player to win a major in both appearances, last at the PGA Championship 2020. These two breakthrough victories are less than a year apart.

Because of that, Morikawa is also the first golfer to reach two majors after eight attempts – the fastest golf peak since the Second World War. Tiger Woods had to go through 18 occasions to reach his second major.

Morikawa was born in 1997, entered the PGA Tour in his first professional year – 2019, so far he has won five championships, including the PGA Championship and The Open.

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