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Flawless Morikawa wins British Open

Collin Morikawa’s ambition has no limits after the 24-year-old sealed his second major with a flawless display on Sunday to win the British Open on debut.

The American finished on 15 under par to hold off compatriot Jordan Spieth as a crowd of 32,000 spectators at Royal St George’s were treated to a titanic battle for the Claret Jug.

Those in attendance may look back on Morikawa’s performance as a landmark moment for the world No. 4, who now has a pair of major titles to his credit in just over two years as a professional.

“I’ve had belief in myself since turning pro that I can do it,” said Morikawa.

“When it’s coming to these tournaments, courses and styles that I have never played, I do my homework Monday to Wednesday to know what I need to do.”

Morikawa is the first male golfer to win two majors in his first eight appearances since 1934 after winning the 2020 US PGA Championship. He also finished in the top-10 at this year’s US PGA and US Open.

“I just want more. When you’re in these moments and you truly love what you do, and I love playing golf and competing against these guys, these are the best moments ever because the nerves push you to just be a better person,” said Morikawa, who will now look to win an Olympic gold in Tokyo.

“At 24, obviously there’s a bright future ahead,” and admiring Spieth said of Morikawa.


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