The 24-year-old American closed with a bogeyless, 4 under-66 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth to follow his PGA Championship win last year in his debut, there at barely 11 months.
– TOUR PGA (@PGATOUR) July 18, 2021
This time, he made it in front of a crowd, with 32,000 spectators at Royal St. George’s in pristine weather to witness a Californian make a historic start to his career in the majors. Morikawa is the first player since Bobby Jones in 1926 to win two majors in eight starts or less, and his total of 15 under 265 was a record 72-hole score on the Sandwich Links.
He netted three straight birdies from the seventh hole to pass Louis Oosthuizen, who was chasing a end-to-end win and a burgundy second pot, then made key saves at No.10 and 15, making his first after both. A birdie and over ridge putt on the 14th green gave him a two-stroke advantage he never lost.
Making the par at the end after a stress-free walk to applause _ then a standing ovation _ along the 18th fairway, Morikawa didn’t drop a shot in his final 31 holes on a course that baffled many of the greatest players in the world. due to its original bounces and wavy fairways.
It was all the more remarkable since it was his first test of links.
Oosthuizen, 2010 Open champion and finalist in the last two majors, has seen another near failure in a busy career. He never recovered from losing his lead _ for the first time since the 12th hole on Friday _ after bogeying from bunker to bunker at the seventh par 5 hole, and shot 71.
He is tied for third place with Jon Rahm (66).