- Colin Morikawa wins the 149th British Open in historic fashion.
- He becomes the first debutante winner of The Open since Ben Curtis in 2003 and is the 7th overall to accomplish the feat since 1900.
- Morikawa is a +2200 to win the 2022 Masters at the BetOnline App.
Colin Morikawa won the 149th Open in record-breaking fashion.
For the week, he made just four bogeys and finished the tournament with 31 bogey-free holes, the third longest streak to end a tournament by a major champion in the last 30 years.
Morikawa’s score of 265 score was one stroke shy of the tournament’s 72-hole record. It was however, the 72-hole record for the 15 Opens played at Royal St. George’s. Considering that 13 of the 15 had winning scores of 5 under par or lower, Morikawa’s 15-under par is impressive.
But the bogey streak and the score were just at the tip of the iceberg.
First Debutante Winner Since 2003
🤩 The first Open debutant to win since 2003
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 19, 2021
Morikawa is the first debutante to win The Open since Ben Curtis in 2003 and the seventh overall to do so since 1900. He is the first golfer in the history of the PGA Tour to two win two different major tournaments on his first attempt. The win was his second major title in only his 8th major tournament played, the first since Bobby Jones in 1926 to win two majors in so few appearances.
He the second, after Tiger Woods, to win The Open and The PGA Championship before the age of 25 and the 6th golfer after Jones, Gene Sarazen, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Jordan Spieth to win two majors before the age of 25.
Morikawa’s total score of 15-under 265 was a 72-hole record in 15 Open tournaments held at Royal St. George’s. Thirteen of those tournaments had a winning score of 5 under par or lower.
But unlike his victory 11 months ago at the PGA Championship which came at an empty venue, Sunday’s win at Royal St. George’s happened in front of a crowd of 32,000, the largest golf crowd since golf returned from the coronavirus break.
Early Masters Odds
J Rahm 10/1
J Spieth 10/1
D Johnson 12/1
B Koepka 14/1
J Thomas 16/1
R McIlroy 16/1
X Schauffele 18/1
B DeChambeau 20/1
C Morikawa 20/1
P Cantlay 30/1
V Hovland 30/1
H Matsuyama 30/1
P Reed 30/1
T Finau 40/1
L Oosthuizen 50/1
T Woods 60/1
P Mickelson 100/1
— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) July 18, 2021
Morikawa moved to no. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings with his victory in The Open. In his 52 individual events worldwide since turning professional, his five wins include two major tournament wins and one World Golf Championship. He is on top of the Ryder Cup standings and is leading the points list on the PGA and European Tour.
Next up for Morikawa is the Olympics in Tokyo and if it matters, it will be his first time to play in the quadrennial games. After the the Summer Games, the next item on the PGA Tour is the 2022 Masters, a tournament Morikawa finished 18th this year,
According to the Las Vegas Super Book, Morikawa is tied with Bryson deChambeau for 8th spot in the oddsboards at +20/1. At the BetOnline app, Morikawa is also listed 8th in the oddsboards at +2200 along with Xander Schaufelle.