Monday, July 19

Collin Morikawa Wins Claret Jug in Open Debut 'After a Flawless Round of 66'

The Open on YouTube:

Collin Morikawa is The Champion Golfer of the Year after he produced a stunning final-day charge to win The 149th Open at Royal St George's. 

The American beat Jordan Spieth by two shots in the Sandwich sunshine after a flawless round of 66 to take home the Claret Jug on his Open debut.

My thoughts:

I hardly missed a shot of the final round. The operative word in the above summary is "flawless." OK, Morikawa did mishit a few shots, but he recovered and holed every important putt. He made everything. It reminded me of Tiger Woods.

Morikawa went something like 30 holes of major-championship golf without a bogey. That's unheard of. The young man, only 24, didn't flinch. Rather, he thrived, even played better, under Open pressure.

It's hard not to like Morikawa, a gritty competitor with a wide smile and gracious words.

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1 comment:

Joe Nathan said...

Agree with your point about how likeable this guy is. Also, I think (having played golf for more than 50 years), it's important to remember how incredible well he handled both the physical and mental aspects of winning two majors. He is remarkable. Hope he can stay humble and friendly as he moves ahead im his career.