‘Take the Trophy Off Him’ – Fans Fume as Collin Morikawa Makes Controversial Statement at the Open Championship 2021

Published 07/18/2021, 2:50 PM EDT
Jun 3, 2021; Dublin, Ohio, USA; Collin Morikawa on the 9th hole during the first round of the Memorial Tournament golf tourney. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports


Collin Morikawa is a history-maker. The 24-year-old won The Open Championship 2021 by two strokes on Sunday and sent several records tumbling. Following his victory, fans were certainly enthralled by his champion’s speech, but Morikawa trigged a few hardcore golf fans by making a controversial statement. 

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What did Collin Morikawa say that triggered the internet? 

Everyone loved Collin Morikawa’s victory speech at The Open Championship 2021. It was short, to the point, and enticing. Here’s what he said after securing the win at the Royal St. George’s Golf Club:

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“This is by far one of the best moments of my life to see everyone out here. Look at all these fans. Let’s hear for you guys,” Morikawa mentioned. 

“I’m obviously very biased being from the US, but to see some of the best crowds I’ve ever seen out here. I look forward to making my trip every year to the British Open and see you guys cheer us on. Thank you guys,” he concluded. 

Did you notice it here? Well, some might have, but others wouldn’t. The fact that Collin Morikawa called it the ‘British Open’ and not ‘The Open Championship infuriated many. 

Yes, Morikawa is making his debut at this major. But some fans expect him to get the name right at least. Officially, the tournament is known as The Open Championship, and Morikawa failed to address this in his champion’s speech. 

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

Twitter reacts to Morikawa’s blunder

Collin Morikawa has won his second major championship in just his eighth start. Now that’s incredible. While the golf community had the time to appreciate all that, they were also quick to point him out for calling it the ‘British Open.’ 

As this AP reporter posted a tweet mentioning the same, a few agitated golf fans welcomed themselves in the comments section. 

This tweet alone might tell how the feelings of several fans in the United States and the United Kingdom. 

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Some of them were really harsh, while a few of them wanted to cut him some slack. While we can say if Collin Morikawa made a mistake or not, what we can is that he truly deserved to lift the Claret Jug this year! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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