Collin Morikawa rallied over Jordan Spieth and Louis Oosthuizen on Sunday at Royal St. George’s in Kent, England, to win the 2021 British Open.
The victory gave the 24-year-old American, who was competing in the British Open for the first time, his maiden Claret Jug and second major trophy in two years. Morikawa won the PGA Championship at Harding Park last year, his first appearance in the event.
Morikawa, who rose to third in the world following his victory, played the remaining 31 holes of the course near Sandwich Bay without making a bogey.
Morikawa, who moved to No. 3 in the world after his triumph, played the final 31 holes at the course off Sandwich Bay without a bogey. Entering the final round one shot back of the lead, he closed with a 4-under 66 for a two-shot win over Spieth.
“This is by far one of the best moments of my life,” said Morikawa, who becomes the first player since Bobby Jones in 1926 to win two major titles in eight or fewer starts.
Morikawa finished the event with a score of 15-under 265, the lowest in the 15 years the British Open has been contested at Royal St. George’s. He has already won five times in his two years as a professional.
Oosthuizen, aiming to rebound from runner-up finishes in the previous two majors, led after the first three rounds, but he lost the lead with a bunker-to-bunker bogey on the par-5 seventh hole.
The South African was four strokes behind Morikawa at the turn and was unable to make up ground, finishing the day at 1-over par and 11-under 269 for the tournament. Oosthuizen tied for third place with last month’s U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm.
The winning moment 👏
Collin Morikawa rounds off a truly magnificent performance at Royal St George’s 🏆
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 18, 2021
Spieth, meanwhile, shot a fourth-round 66 to end at 13-under 267. He carded four birdies and an eagle on the seventh hole to go with two bogeys on the front nine.
Dylan Frittelli finished sixth at 9-under par for the event. At 8-under 272, Brooks Koepka and Mackenzie Hughes shared for sixth place.
Dustin Johnson, the world number one, was one of four players tied for eighth place at 7-under 273. Shane Lowry, the defending British Open champion who won in 2019 before the 2020 tournament was postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic, finished in a three-way tie for 12th place at 6-under par.
Bryson DeChambeau finished the event with a 5-under 65, his best round of the competition. He finished at 2-under 278 and tied for 33rd after shooting in the 70s in each of his first three rounds.
Justin Thomas was one stroke behind DeChambeau at 1-under 279. Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose were even further back at even-par 280.