American Golf Player Collin Morikawa Makes History As He Wins The British Open

July 19, 2021

By Christy Crawford

24-year-old Collin Morikawa received the title 'Champion Golfer of the Year’ when he won the 149th British Open this past Sunday. The young athlete won at 15 under par, according to The Washington Post - only four shots over the U.S. Champion John Rahm. 

Morikawa celebrated his victory yesterday with 32,000 fans - the biggest turnout since gold returned after the pandemic. This means that this tournament was quite different from his first major victory just 11 months ago. When he brought home the PGA Championship last August, there were zero spectators due to COVID, but commentators say that he handled this new pressure extremely well. Paul Azingher, 1993 PGA Champion, told NBC that Morikawa handled the pressure “as well as anybody [he’s] seen since Tiger Woods. 

Morikawa is now the first player to win two separate majors on their first attempt, but he’s just getting started. He says “When you make history,” “it’s hard to grasp, it’s hard to really take it in ... At 24 years old, it’s so hard to look back at the two short years that I have been a pro and see what I’ve done because I want more.” 

According to Fox Sports, Morikawa will go on to the Olympics. He will be representing the USA and competing for gold in just two weeks, and he couldn't be more excited. When asked about his upcoming travels to Tokyo, he said “I’m going. I’m so excited. It’s going to be one of the best things of my life. To think back that I was an amateur two years ago, literally two years ago, and to be on this team and to be heading to Tokyo puts a smile on my face.”