‘I’ll Take It’ – Collin Morikawa Reacts to Record-Breaking Second Round at The Open Championship 2021

Published 07/16/2021, 8:59 AM EDT
Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 16, 2021 Collin Morikawa of the U.S. holds up his ball to the spectators on the eighteenth hole during the second round REUTERS/Rebecca Naden


Collin Morikawa delivered a scintillating performance in the second round at The 2021 Open Championship. He registered a record for the lowest opening 36-hole score on debut at the Open Championship. He looked in complete sync with his game and scored 64 to take the solo lead on Friday. 

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Morikawa had a late afternoon start on Thursday, so the wind factor had more role to play. But since he had an early start to this round, Collin took full advantage of the absence of strong winds and scored low. He had an impeccable day with the approach shots as he got 82.35% of GIR. 

Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 16, 2021 Collin Morikawa of the U.S. on the green during the second round REUTERS/Paul Childs

Collin Morikawa puts on a dazzling performance in round 2

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Coming into the second round, Collin Morikawa made an emphatic start. He opened his account with a birdie on the very first hole. Morikawa was driving the ball decently and displayed driving accuracy of about 57%. He is always known for his short iron and wedge game and he excelled in it on Friday. 

The 2020 PGA Championship winner scored birdies on 1, 5, 8, and 9 for the front nine and remained bogey-free till the halfway mark. But going into the back nine he sadly dropped a shot on the 15th. But he still made birdies on 11, 12, and 14 to take his tally to seven birdies and a bogey for the day and said “I’ll take it.”

Morikawa’s weakest game was been on the greens. But putting woes weren’t visible today as his distance control with the irons and wedges was unmatchable. But the putting issue was visible on the last hole as he missed an 8 ft birdie putt. Morikawa currently leads the field by three strokes, but still, there are a few players who are yet to tee off.  Morikawa shot a 6-under in Round 2 and improved his 36-hole score to 9-under for the tournament. 

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How the course is playing out?

The course is playing out slightly easier in the second round. But the key thing still remains to find the fairways because the rough is quite daunting and can easily force a bogey. Moreover, if the winds pick up a bit more speed, then this straightforward-looking course can become a diabolic one in no time.

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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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