American Collin Morikawa, 24, thanks to a last card with 66 strokes (four under par), which took him to a total of 265 (-15) was consecrated this Sunday at the British Open, was second ‘big’ of golf, which was played at the Royal St George’s GC (Sandwich, Kent), with two shots ahead of his compatriot Jordan Spieth, and four over the Spanish Jon Rahm, who finished third and recovered the number 1 worldwide.
Of Japanese and Chinese descent, born in Los Angeles (California), Morikawa succeeds Irishman Lowry Shane on the British Open list, who was proud to be the player who has had the longest honor of showing off his annual title, by winning in 2019 and not being played in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The achievement of the beautiful ‘Jarra de clarete’ (silver trophy to the winner), is also his second ‘great’, after having released his record in the ‘majors’ with the PGA Championship in 2020.
What’s more He is the first player to win both majors in the year of his debut in them. And it rises to number 3 in the world ranking.
Morikawa started the last day with a single blow from the then leader, South African Louis Oosthuizen, with whom he shared the last game. Very soon, before a ‘bogey’ from his rival on hole 4, he equalized it and, just three later, he was already at the top alone, after a new stumble from his rival and he made a ‘birdie’. He did not get down from the lead, he even increased it thanks to the four birdies on his card, which did not have any failure.
Oosthuizen, on the other hand, was not in tune after seeing himself below his match mate. He concluded with two birdies and three bogeys, for a 71 (+1), the worst of his four cards, and a total of 269 (-11).
Between one and the other Spieth got in, who came to be within a stroke of Morikawa, after a birdie on the 14th hole. And that started the day in a discouraging way for his interests, by committing two ‘bogeys’ (holes 4 and 6). But an ‘eagle’ on 7 made him react, adding his four birdies of the day in the following holes.
Notable very tall Jon Rahm, despite not achieving his illusion of being the first Spaniard to win two majors in the same year. Barrika’s, who started the day five strokes from the lead, did not get off to a good start, with a ‘bogey’ (hole 2). He recovered with an ‘eagle’ in 7, but added a new ‘puncture’ in 8. His game was good until the ‘green’, but he lacked the ‘putt’, leaving several feasible ‘birdies’, and even of which it would have been his second ‘eagle’ of the day on the trail.
Barrika’s did not give up, he continued to fight more aggressively in his blows; and he had his prize from the 13th, when he added four consecutive birdies that put him in the top three. He finished with 66 in the days, with 269 in the total of the tournament. This translated into a shared third place that, at least, makes him regain the world No. 1 loaned last Sunday to American Dustin Johnson, who finished this Sunday in a shared eighth place, with a total of 273 hits. The Spanish needed to be among the top fifteen and ahead of the North American.
Also notable is Sergio García’s fourth round, who delivered a card with 66 (five birdies, one bogay), his best of the tournament, and a total of 276 (-4), which left him in a shared nineteenth place.