Championship 2021: Colin Morikawa says Royal St George’s win ‘difficult to understand’
Colin Morikawa said it was “difficult to comprehend” what he achieved after winning the Claret title on his first appearance at the Open Championship on Sunday.
The 24-year-old American defeated 2017 Open champion Jordan Spieth to claim a two-stroke victory at Royal St. George.
In doing so, he became the first man to win two different majors upon his debut.
“It’s hard to look back at the two years I was a pro and see what I did because I want more,” said the California native.
“I enjoy these moments, I love them, and I want to teach myself to hug them a little more, and maybe take a few extra days and sit and drink from this.” [the Claret Jug].
“When you’re in these moments and you really love what you’re doing, it’s the best moment ever because the nerves drive you to just become a better person.”
The world number four looked calm and composed throughout his final run on the Kent coast as he handed out a stealth-free four under 66 to win over the under 15.
“I have believed in myself since I became a professional that I could do this,” he said.
“I’m glad I seem calm because the nerves are definitely there, but you direct those nerves to excitement and energy.”
Morikawa won the 2020 US PGA Championship last August in only his second major, without any fans present in San Francisco’s Harding Park due to restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, Sunday’s win in front of up to 32,000 fans at Kent Stadium came after it was deemed a state trial event.
The three-time main hero, Spieth, was impressed by what he saw from his fellow American.
“One win [major] It can happen to a lot of people who play golf really well in one week, and winning twice, he proved this stage is where he wants to be,” said the 27-year-old Texan who won that title in 2017.
“He has the potential and the game, the head, to be able to manage any kind of bump in the road.”
Louis Oosthuizen, who led after each of the first three rounds, did not speak to the media after he finished the match by 71 points to finish third with Jon Ram in the 11-under.
Instead, the 38-year-old South African, who has finished second at six major tournaments since winning the 2010 Open, including last month’s US Open and the US Open in May, tweeted: “Thank you for the great support! This week, congratulations to Colin Morikawa who played with class and persistence. Well done my friend.”