Collin Morikawa Joins Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus in Elite List Following The Open Championship Victory

Published 07/18/2021, 4:44 PM EDT
Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 18, 2021 Collin Morikawa of the U.S. celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning The Open Championship REUTERS/Rebecca Naden


Collin Morikawa has won the 2021 Open Championship with a staggering performance throughout the tournament. He scored 66 in the final round to remain -15 and won the final major championship of the year by two strokes. This is Morikawa’s second major championship win. His first major victory came at the 2020 PGA Championship. 

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Collin was striking his iron sweetly. He was hitting absolute darts, especially with short irons. But at the same time, it was pleasing to see his progress as a player with driver and putter, which has always been his weakest link. Throughout the round, he had driving accuracy of about 60% and made around 1.54 average putts on each green, which is breathtaking.  

With this historic win, Morikawa has created and broken multiple records. And he has also joined the list of a few elite players with a unique record to his name. 

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Collin Morikawa joins the elite group

Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 18, 2021 Collin Morikawa of the U.S. celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning The Open Championship REUTERS/Paul Childs

Collin Morikawa has become the sixth player to win two major championships before turning 25. And he has now joined the group of some legendary players like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Seve Ballesteros, and Jack Nicklaus. 

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All these players have had sensational careers, and Morikawa is also heading in the right direction without any doubt. The way he handled the pressure in the last few holes and finished perfectly was great to see. Closing out is the hardest thing to do in this sport, and Morikawa held his nerves, especially with the putter. 

Additionally, he also became the first-ever golfer to win two different majors in the first attempt. His first victory came at the 2020 PGA Championship. The 24-year-old is here to stay for a long time and will have many more records to his name.  

Morikawa has also taken a jump in his OWGR ranking as he is currently ranked third. He will be hoping to get that top spot quickly and become the World No.1. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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