He is only 24 years old and is already here with two Grand Slam titles on his hunting list. Impressive technical and tactical mastery, Colin Morikawa on Sunday won the legendary British Open, his first entry and two years after winning the PGA Championship!
Without shivering, the Japanese-American champion landed a great final roll, landing a 67 card, rich in fours and devoid of any ghost. Imperial, initially abandoned by Louis Oosthuizen, his party partner. Then, always so calm, he resisted the backs of Jordan Spieth and John Ram. The way he saved his foot in hole 15, where his ball was buried in the open, perfectly sums up his composure and skill. Upon arrival, the Los Angeles native won the championship at 15 under a tie by two strokes ahead of Spieth and three over Ram (who will regain his world standings on Monday) and Oosthuizen. Of the 72 holes, Morikawa waived only four bogeys. On the diabolical Royal St. George’s Race Track (para 71), which is rough and bunkers and where every mistake pays money, this is a truly exceptional performance.
Admittedly, Morikawa doesn’t have the hit of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, or Bryson DeShambo. But he has all the hits in his bag and makes minimal mistakes. His iron shots have the precision of a Swiss watchmaker, and mentally nothing seems to distract him. In short, it is a very modern and integrated player, called to collect titles in the coming years. Nor should we look for the name of the favorite for the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo as he will obviously be eager to honor his Japanese forebears.
Leading the first three laps, Louis Oosthuizen could not withstand the blow. As during the PGA Championship and the US Open, the pressure of the last round cornered the South African champion, who was decidedly involved in the places of honor. This is his seventh Top 3 in a major as he won the British Open only in….201O. earnestly earnestly