Ice cool Morikawa cruises to second Major at The Open

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After The Open Championship win on Sunday, Collin Morikawa became the first tto win two Majors in his first attempt. He had won the 2020 PGA Championship. Photo
After The Open Championship win on Sunday, Collin Morikawa became the first to win two Majors in his first attempt. He had won the 2020 PGA Championship. Photo" Golf.com

Collin Morikawa won his second Major title, the 2021 Open Championship, after the 2020 PGA Championship) in his eighth Major championship appearance.

He becomes first player to win two different Majors in his first attempt.

Morikawa earned his fifth PGA Tour title and moved to No. 1 (FedExCup) and No. 3 (Official World Golf Ranking).

The 2017 Open Championship winner Jordan Spieth finished runner-up for 11th top-four in a Major. He tied the lowest total score by a runner-up at The Open: 267/2016/Phil Mickelson.

2010 Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen, who held the solo-lead after each of the first three rounds, recorded his third consecutive top-three in a Major this season after the PGA Championship/T2, U.S. Open/2, The Open/T3.

2021 U.S. Open winner Jon Rahm finishedT3.

Three players recorded four rounds in the 60s: Collin Morikawa (1st), Jordan Spieth (2nd), Mackenzie Hughes (T6); Spieth and Hughes joined the list of seven players to record four rounds in the 60s and not win The Open (most recent: Rickie Fowler/2014 Open Championship).

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Morikawa marked his fifth Tour title in 51st Tour start at age 24 years, 5 months, 12 days.

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Players with multiple Major wins before age 25 in the last 100 years: Gene Sarazen, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Morikawa.

He joined Tiger as the only players to win The Open and PGA Championship before age 25.

Morikawa became the seventh player since 1900 to win The Open in tournament debut and first since Ben Curtis at the 2003 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s; Jock Hutchison (1921), Denny Shute (1933), Ben Hogan (1953), Tony Lema (1964), Tom Watson (1975), Ben Curtis (2003), Collin Morikawa (2021).

Both Morikawa’s Major wins were in come-from-behind fashion. He joined Bobby Jones and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win multiple Majors before age 25 when trailing entering the final round.

265 total is one stroke shy of 72-hole tournament scoring record: 264/2016/Henrik Stenson.

Morikawa is a five-time PGA Tour winner (2019 Barracuda Championship, 2020 Workday Charity Open, 2020 PGA Championship, 2021 World Golf Championships-Workday Championship, 2021 Open Championship).

Becomes the sixth player with multiple wins on the PGA Tour in the 2021-22 season.

Text courtesy: PGA Tour