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Collin Morikawa Wins British Open at Royal St. George's for Second Major Title. Morikawa, 24, shot a bogey-free 66 in the final round to surge past Louis Oosthuizen and cap this strange 'Super Season' with bookend major titles. The binge has ended. May the hangover yield to a lengthy period of reflection. Sports IllustratedCollin Morikawa Wins British Open at Royal St. George's for Second Major Title

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2021 British Open: Jon Rahm can't get putts to fall but leaves The Open as world No. 1

Golf Channel 19 July, 2021 - 05:01pm

Jon Rahm made an eagle and four consecutive back-nine birdies on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to secure his second major title in as many starts.

Rahm closed in 4-under 66 at The Open Championship to tie for third place. He adds that to his victory at the U.S. Open, a tie for eighth at the PGA and a tie for fifth at the Masters, making him the only player this year to top-10 in every major.

But if a couple of more putts had fallen at Royal St. George’s, particularly in the final round, he might have claimed back-to-back major titles.

“Not that I'm asking to make every putt, but I really struggled to make putts outside, really, 8 feet,” Rahm said after his finish. “Even if you take today, I did make the long one on [No.] 15, but besides that, every birdie putt I had was short, and even the eagle one.

“There was a lot of chances out there that I could have made or that I know that guys out there ahead of me are making."

Rahm’s eagle came courtesy a near hole-out at the par-5 seventh.

But after that, he stalled until his birdie run from Nos. 13-16.

Rahm didn’t leave England overly disappointed, however. And he did leave as world No. 1. After losing his top spot – which he gained following his U.S. Open triumph – thanks to some funky math ahead of this week, he’s back on top of the world.

“At the end of the day, still a really good showing. Played really good golf all week,” he said. “Too bad I'm going to end up just shy. Yeah, I'm still going to smile because I gave it my all. Finished really, really strong and gave myself the best chance I could.”

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Jon Rahm finishes T-3 at British Open, returns to World No. 1

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On a sun-soaked Sunday at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England, Rahm signed for 66, but there were a few flaws along the way that he couldn’t overcome. Rahm, winner of the U.S. Open in June, finished in a tie for third with Louis Oosthuizen at 11-under 269, wrapping up an impressive major season as well as regaining the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.

The big Spaniard’s long-shot hopes of rallying from five strokes back at the start of the day took a big hit when he made a three-putt bogey at the second hole. He also squandered a chance one hole later to get it back, missing a short birdie putt. But there’s a lot of fight in Rahm and he canned an eagle putt at the par-5 seventh. His momentum stalled with a bogey one hole later – his second square on the card when it had to be clean – and he was even for the day through 12 holes.

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“I think the main part of my game that could have been a little bit better is putting,” he said. “Not that I’m asking to make every putt, but I really struggled to make putts outside really 8 feet.”

Rahm made four birdies in a row starting at No. 13, but it was a case of too little, too late. He dug himself a hole with an opening-round 71, but bounced back with 65-68 in the next two rounds.

“Even if you take today, I did make the long one on 15, but besides that every birdie putt I had was short, and even the eagle one, right. There was a lot of chances out there that I could have made or that I know that guys out there ahead of me are making,” Rahm said.

Rahm, 26, turned in an impressive major championship season: T-5 at the Masters, T-8 at the PGA, a win at the U.S. Open and a T-3 at the British, his best career finish at the Open. Of those who made the cut in all four majors, Rahm was a cumulative 24 under, five strokes better than Morikawa and Oosthuizen. He’ll head into the Olympics in two weeks playing like the World No. 1 that he is again after Dustin Johnson bumped him for one week.

“At the end of the day, still a really good showing. Played really good golf all week,” Rahm said. “Too bad I’m going to end up just shy. Yeah, I’m still going to smile because I gave it my all. Finished really, really strong and gave myself the best chance I could.”

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Jon Rahm rediscovers inner calm to remain right in contention at the Open

The Times 19 July, 2021 - 05:01pm

For Jon Rahm there is a prize at Sandwich even greater than the Claret Jug itself. And he alone among the remaining 77 golfers can claim it.

Were Rahm to win the Open this afternoon and thus be referred to as “the champion golfer of 2021” he would become the seventh man to have won the Opens of both the United States and Great Britain in the same year, after his success in San Diego last month.

Many of the game’s greatest players have achieved this feat: Tiger Woods in 2000, Tom Watson in 1982, Lee Trevino in 1971, Ben Hogan in 1953 and Gene Sarazen in 1932, professionals all, are joined in this pantheon by the great amateur Bobby Jones, who won the amateur

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Jon Rahm regains World No. 1 a week after losing it

GolfDigest.com 19 July, 2021 - 07:29am

Jon Rahm’s reign as World No. 1 came to an end last week by a single stroke, but the Spaniard did not wait long to regain the throne.

Thanks to a T-3 finish at the Open Championship, Rahm is again the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking.

It is a fitting title. In his last 25 appearances Rahm has three wins (highlighted by his breakthrough at Torrey Pines) and a whopping 16 top 10s, and that doesn’t include his WD at the Memorial, where Rahm was boat racing the field after three rounds before a positive COVID test forced him out of the event. He was particularly impressive at the majors, his worst finish in the Big Four a T-8 at the PGA Championship. This is the fourth time Rahm has been No. 1 in the world; the other three stays were relatively short, totalling eight weeks at the top.

Johnson’s returns to No. 2 in the OWGR. The two-time major champ, despite a sluggish Saturday, still turned in a relatively solid performance at Royal St. George’s, leaving Sandwich with a T-8. It is Johnson’s best finish since winning the Saudi International in January.

The man who claimed the claret jug, Collin Morikawa, barely moved in the ranking, "jumping" from No. 4 to No. 3. It was Morikawa’s third T-4 or better finish in his past four starts, and his third consecutive top 10 at a major.

Rounding out the top 10 are Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay, Louis Oosthuizen (who now has three top 3s in the past three majors), and Harris English.

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