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SANDWICH, England -- Collin Morikawa won the British Open connected his links debut and became the archetypal subordinate to seizure 2 antithetic majors astatine the archetypal attempt.
The 24-year-old American and UC Berkeley postgraduate closed with a bogey-free, 4-under 66 Sunday for a two-shot triumph implicit Jordan Spieth to travel up his triumph astatine past year's PGA Championship connected debut, conscionable 11 months ago.
This clip helium did it successful beforehand of a crowd, with 32,000 spectators astatine Royal St. George's connected a time of immaculate upwind to witnesser a Californian making a historical commencement to his vocation successful the majors. Morikawa, of La Cañada Flintridge, is the archetypal subordinate since Bobby Jones successful 1926 to triumph 2 majors successful 8 oregon less starts, and his full of 15-under 265 was a 72-hole grounds people astatine the Sandwich links.
He made 3 consecutive birdies from the seventh spread to overtake Louis Oosthuizen, who was seeking a wire-to-wire triumph and a 2nd claret jug, and past made cardinal par saves astatine Nos. 10 and 15, pumping his archetypal aft both. A birdie putt up and implicit a ridge connected the 14th greenish gave him a two-stroke vantage helium ne'er lost.
By making par astatine the past pursuing a tension-free locomotion to applause - and past a lasting ovation - down the 18th fairway, Morikawa didn't driblet a changeable successful his last 31 holes connected a people that has confounded galore of the world's top players due to the fact that of its quirky bounces and undulating fairways.
All the much singular was this was his archetypal links test.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion and runner up astatine the past 2 majors, had different adjacent miss successful a vocation afloat of them. He ne'er recovered from losing his pb - for the archetypal clip since the 12th spread connected Friday - aft making bogey by hitting from 1 bunker to different astatine the par-5 seventh hole, and changeable 71.
He tied for 3rd spot with Jon Rahm (66).
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