Simply The Best!
He came. He Saw. He conquered. This about sums up the journey of a young man who set out four days ago to try and wrest what is often described as the golf world’s most toughest Major and a trophy that only the best in the game can ever hope to lift in victory!
That young man is Collin Morikawa. Just 24-years old, and only two years as a professional, he beat out the world’s best field of golfers to be declared as the winner of the 149th Open at Royal St. George’s. A replica of the prized claret jug will now be added to the first major he won last August, the PGA Championship, a feat that he shares with the legend Tiger Woods. Both claimed two Majors before turning 25 years!
For a measure of how good a golfer Morikawa is, the young star has bagged two major titles in only eight starts which betters that of Jordan Spieth who won his second major on his 10th attempt. Jack Nicklaus became a multiple-major champ on his ninth try, Tiger Woods on his 18th, so the historic significance of Morikawa’s latest victory is as hard to replicate as it is easy to acknowledge.
Morikawa’s win was a study of a highly talented and focused player – a man who displayed a sense of single-mindedness to win. This was very obvious as he took on all the challenges thrown at him by a golf course determined to dash the hopes and dreams of all who took it on. While the majority struggled, including his playing partner, Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, the spunky Californian was stubborn and refused to be overwhelmed. Instead, he played a final round that was bogey-free for a winning score of 15-under par and add to that the fact that he played bogey-free golf over the final 31 holes at Royal St. George’s – the longest such stretch ever posted by an Open champion.
For his stellar effort, Morikawa flew back across the Atlantic to Los Angeles, richer by US$2,070,000.
One man who tried to rattle Morikawa was the resurgent Spieth who gave his game all that he had but the youngster remained stoically unflappable.
Spieth gave up his chase and wrapped up at 13-under, the best score by a runner-up in British Open history. Oosthuizen settled tied third with Spaniard Jon Rahm at 11-under par. One consolation that Rahm had was his ascent back to the world number one spot after sliding down that pinnacle position two weeks ago.
What’s next for the newly crowned Open champion? He is off to the Olympics in Tokyo where he will play for America and this will be followed by a chance to grab another US$15 million in the rich FedExCup Play-Off and the looming Ryder Cup.
Collin Morikawa – You Are Simply The Best!