British Open: Collin Morikawa, one back, can make some history of his own on Sunday

At the tender age of 24, Collin Morikawa can make his own history on Sunday at the 149th British Open.

Having won the PGA Championship in his first attempt in August 2020, Morikawa is attempting to win the British in his debut performance. Morikawa was 6 years old when another American, Ben Curtis, became the last first-time winner of the British Open – and at Royal St. George’s, no less, in 2003. No player has ever won two different majors in his first try.

“There’s a little bit of ignorance is bliss,” former British Open champion and NBC/Golf Channel commentator Justin Leonard said. “He makes the game look easy, and what scar tissue does he have? That may be one of his greatest assets.”

Morikawa, who is playing in just his eighth career major, shot a 2-under 68 at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England, to improve to 11-under 199 and take his place one stroke behind leader Louis Oosthuizen. When he won the PGA, Morikawa also came from behind, shooting 64 on Sunday to erase a two-stroke deficit. No player has ever won two majors in his first eight attempts.

Collin Morikawa looks over his yardage book from the first tee box during the third round of the Open Championship golf tournament. (Photo: Peter van den Berg-USA TODAY Sports)

Should Morikawa hoist the Claret Jug on Sunday, he would become only the ninth player to win the PGA Championship and the British in a 365-day span. Only Tiger Woods did it before turning 25. He would join select company as a winner of the Open in his tournament debut. Along with Curtis, only five others have done so since 1900: Jock Hutchison (1921), Denny Shute (1933), Ben Hogan (1953), Tony Lema (1964), Tom Watson (1975) and the aforementioned Curtis (2003).

It would also be Morikawa’s second major win in just his 8th major start. That would be the fewest major starts to two major titles since Bobby Jones.

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By: Adam Schupak
Title: British Open: Collin Morikawa, one back, can make some history of his own on Sunday
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Published Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2021 22:05:48 +0000

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