Collin Morikawa has only played in eight majors and now he’s won his second – The 2021 Open Championship at Royal St Georges, adding to the 2020 PGA Championship. Both his wins have been at his first start at the event. He’s only missed the cut in one major and he has two top 10 finishes as well. In fact he’s placed no worse than T18 in the four majors in 2021, surely he’s the golfer of the year.
So rare is the air in which he breathes, he shares the record of two majors in just eight starts with the immortal Bobby Jones – a record dating back nearly 100 years (1926).
Of course for every victory there is a hard luck story. South African Louis Oosthuizen won The Open Championship in 2004 – also his first start in the event. In the past decade he’s been so close to adding another, finishing 2nd or 3rd nine times. This year’s Open was the ninth after he led the field for the first three rounds. In fact, with three top three finishes in four majors this year it raises the argument that (maybe) Oosthuizen is player of the year, but that missing “W” in one of those (maybe) denies him that mantle. Here’s hoping the 38 year old can add to his one major because he’s too good a player to finish with just one over his glittering career.
Oosthuizen didn’t choke in the final round scoring a reasonable +1, but he fell 4 strokes behind the winner, slipping into third. A resurgent Jordan Spieth came knocking, jumping into 2nd place behind Morikawa, with a fine closing 66 (-4) of his own . World number 1 Jon Rahm followed up his maiden major with a T3 – also producing a final round 66.
For the Aussies it was another disappointing major. We had eleven starters, the most for a number of years but only two made the cut. Cameron Smith finished T33 (-2) with a poor final round 74, while Adam Scott finished T46 on even par (final round -2).
You can read the full report of Morikawa’s win on The Open website blog HERE, they described his clinical final round 66 as nerveless. You can add flawless, historic and probably repeatable – he’s likely to win many more majors in the years ahead.