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Who won the Open Championship 2021?

Collin Morikawa won the Claret Jug, and the largest first-place prize in British Open history. Collin Morikawa won his second career major title on Sunday at Royal St. George's, and with it, he also won the biggest prize in Open Championship history: $2.07 million. si.com2021 British Open: Final Purse, Prize Money, Payouts From Open Championship at Royal St. George's

Who leads the open?

Collin Morikawa is in the lead after disaster for Louis Oosthuizen. Collin Morikawa has taken the lead at the Open Championship. Morikawa's third shot on the par 5 No. 7 from just short of the green was a brilliant little runner up to a few feet from the pin. The Athletic2021 British Open: Collin Morikawa wins the 149th Open Championship; full leaderboard

Who made the cut for the British Open 2021?

A day after Bryson DeChambeau ignited a controversy by saying that his driver “sucks,” the 2020 U.S. Open champion shot an even-par 70 and made the cut on the number at the 2021 British Open at Royal St. George's. usatoday.comBryson DeChambeau makes the cut at the 2021 British Open, then apologizes again for saying his driver 'sucks'

Who won the Open at Royal St Georges?

Collin Morikawa is the Champion Golfer of the Year after he produced a stunning final-day charge to win The 149th Open at Royal St George's. The American beat Jordan Spieth by two shots in the Sandwich sunshine after a flawless round of 66 to take home the Claret Jug on his Open debut. The OpenMajestic Morikawa lifts Claret Jug on Open debut | The 149th Open | Royal St George's

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Louis Oosthuizen opens up two-stroke lead at Sandwich after leapfrogging Spieth and Morikawa

Daily Mail 19 July, 2021 - 12:10am

By Derek Lawrenson for the Daily Mail

Dust down the King Louis headlines and prepare a fresh page in the record books. At the 149th Open on Friday, golf’s most elegant machine positively purred for 18 holes as Louis Oosthuizen broke a halfway scoring record set by Sir Nick Faldo that had stood since 1992.

The 38-year-old South African had considered his 64 on Thursday the ‘perfect opening round’ and this 65, delivered with the same immaculate grace, was almost as good.

His total of 129 shots was one fewer than Sir Nick registered on his way to his third Open triumph at Muirfield and gave Oosthuizen a two-stroke advantage over Collin Morikawa, with Jordan Spieth a further stroke behind. 

Louis Oosthuizen will take a two-shot lead into the third round of the 149th Open this weekend

The South African added a 65 to his opening round score of 64 at Sandwich on Friday

By his side was Jon Rahm, the man who pipped Oosthuizen to the US Open title only last month. The Spaniard opened with a 71 on Thursday and still finds himself six strokes behind going into the weekend despite a superb 64.

Taking full advantage of inviting flag positions and scoreable conditions, Oosthuizen followed four birdies with a wonderful eagle three at the dangerous par-five 14th. Given how well he was playing, the only surprise was a solitary bogey, after a poor iron shot to the 16th.

Nevertheless, it was another round of compelling quality and means his position after the last nine rounds in majors, going back to the US PGA — where he also finished runner-up — reads like this: 1st, 3rd, 2nd, 1st, 3rd, 1st, 2nd, 1st, 1st.

‘It’s more inspiration than frustration that I can still compete in majors,’ said Oosthuizen, who won the Open at St Andrews in 2010 and lost a play-off at the same venue in 2015. ‘I just need to pull it through and see if I can go one better.

‘I only heard about the record when I walked in. I was not aware of what it was but to have any record at The Open is always very special.’ 

Colin Morikawa stole the show with a round of 64 to join the leading pack at The Open 

The 24-year-old stormed into a three-shot lead ahead of the chasing pack in Kent on Friday 

The leading trio will be hard to catch, but world No 1 Dustin Johnson played some of his best golf for a while to shoot a 65 and take his place on an impressive leaderboard at seven under.

Three birdies in a row to finish have also given Brooks Koepka a glimmer of hope on five under, the same mark as consistent Englishman Paul Casey, who followed his opening 68 with a 67.

Only three players in the last 60 years have won The Open aged 24 or younger — Seve Ballesteros, Tiger Woods and Spieth.

Now comes another with the chance to join them, a man who’s making his debut in this edition, no less. Given he also won the US PGA at the first attempt last year, no one will be underestimating the chances of the admirable Morikawa. Nothing might be more entertaining than watching Bryson DeChambeau launch howitzers from the tee, but far more impressive is watching Morikawa from the fairway.

His statistics with any iron in his hands have been jaw- dropping since he turned pro two years ago and there’s still no one who is remotely close, with Casey a distant second.

Oosthuizen won this competition in 2010 and is eager to add a second major title

‘I remember wondering what the fuss was all about just before he turned pro and then I saw the dispersion pattern with his irons,’ said the Englishman. ‘He’s almost as straight with a six iron as most pros are with a wedge.’ 

Morikawa’s one relative weakness is with the putter and it cost him the lowest round in the entire history of The Open on Friday as he missed three putts inside 9ft over the final four greens.

He still only had 27 putts in total, however, for the second day running and if he comes close to those totals for the final two rounds, he’s going to be awfully difficult to beat. The par-three 11th, perhaps the most picturesque hole on the course, offered a prime example of his best asset. It looked quite a tough flag to get at, but Morikawa showed his laser accuracy once more, the ball dropping 8ft away.

It illustrated what a quick learner he is, after pitching up in the UK for the first time last week and being shocked by what he found at the Scottish Open.

‘There’s no way I’d have played as well as this if I hadn’t played that event,’ he said. ‘I’ve played on drier fairways but just seeing the different fescue grasses and the way the ball sits differently was huge last week.’

So huge, in fact, that Morikawa took out the blade variety of seven, eight and nine irons he normally uses and replaced them with a more forgiving cavity-backed model. 

‘I couldn’t find the middle of the clubface last week, even though I felt I was swinging well, so it proved a huge learning week for me,’ he said.

Spieth looked as if he was on course for another 65 when he began birdie, birdie, but what followed was not of the same vintage as he blemished his card with a couple of bogeys. Nevertheless, a 67 has left him where he needs to be.

The best-placed Englishman is Andy Sullivan on six under — a man who wasn’t even in the field until this time last week, before a slew of withdrawals.

Jordan Spieth also dazzled the Open crowd once again and is one shot behind Oosthuizen

How the popular Midlander has taken advantage, with two rounds of 67 to join a couple of unlikely lads on the same mark. 

You’d have to be a golfing geek even to have heard of 30-year-old South African Daniel van Tonder, and then there’s the veteran Marcel Siem.

The German lost his way so completely he now plays on the Challenge Tour — one rung below the European Tour — but followed a 67 on his 41st birthday on Thursday with another, celebrating a birdie at the last with fist-pumping relish.

What a weekend we have in prospect, therefore. When outlasting Casey to win the PGA last year, Morikawa did so in a fan-free environment. Now an entirely different reception awaits him, King Louis and the rest of the contenders as this rapturous return of The Open moves towards a sun-blessed conclusion.

Once again, 32,000 spectators will attend day two of The Open at Kent's Royal St George's  

-11 L Oosthuizen (SA) 64 65.

-9 C Morikawa (US) 67 64.

-8 J Spieth (US) 65 67.

-7 D Fritelli (SA) 66 67, D Johnson (US) 68 65, S Scheffler (US) 67 66.

-6 A Sullivan 67 67, M Siem (G) 67 67, D van Tonder (SA) 68 66, J Harding (SA) 67 67, E Grillo (Arg) 70 64.

-5 B Koepka (US) 69 66, P Casey 68 67, J Rahm (Sp) 71 65, M Hughes (Can) 66 69, C Tringale (US) 69 66.

-4 C Conners (Can) 68 68, C Smith (A) 69 67, D Willett 67 69, T Finau (US) 70 66, S Lowry 71 65, B Harman (US) 65 71, R Fox (NZ) 68 68, B Snedeker (US) 68 68.

-3 D Berger (US) 70 67, J Rose 67 70, J Dahmen (US) 69 68, D Burmester (SA) 70 67, B-H An (Kor) 67 70, S Garcia (Sp) 68 69.

-2 I Poulter 72 66, J Senior 67 71, M Wallace 70 68, J Veerman (US) 70 68, J Thompson 71 67, T Fleetwood 67 71, L Westwood 71 67, W Simpson (US) 66 72 C Reavie (US) 72 66.

-1 M Homa (US) 70 69, A Rai 70 69, B Horschel (US) 70 69, J Janewattananond (Tha) 70 69, C Kim (US) 70 69, K Kisner (US) 70 69, V Hovland (Nor) 68 71, J Niemann (Chi) 69 70, A Scott (A) 73 66, J Thomas 72 67, *M Schmid 74 65, L Griffin (US) 69 70.

PAR C Bezuidenhout (SA) 68 72, A Ancer (Mex) 69 71, R Bland 70 70. M Fitzpatrick 71 69, P Harrington 72 68, B Hebert (F) 66 74, S Horsfield 70 70, J Kokrak (US) 70 70, R McIlroy 70 70, X Schauffele (US) 69 71, H English (US) 75 65.

+1 M Armitage 69 72, R Fowler (US) 69 72, T Gooch (US) 69 72, R Kinoshita (Jpn) 72 69. R MacIntyre 72 69, R Mansell 72 69, J Ritchie 71 70, A Rozner (F) 70 71, P Saksansin (Tha) 73 68, B Steele (US) 73 68, *Y Lin (Chn) 69 72, B Wiesberger (Aut) 71 70, B DeChambeau (US) 71 70.

+2 — M Kaymer (G) 74 68, K Bradley (US) 71 71, J Campillo (Sp) 72 70, T Hatton 72 70, R Henley (US) 70 72, R Karlberg (Swe) 72 70, M Kinhult (Swe) 69 73, C Kirk (US) 68 74, K Kitayama (US) 71 71, M Leishman (A) 75 67, Molinari (A) 68 74, S Munoz (Col) 73 69, R Nagano (Jpn) 70 72, R Palmer (US) 72 70, H Stenson (Swe) 71 71, H Varner (US) 70 72, J Walker (US) 70 72, T Kanaya (Jpn) 70 72. 

+3 — R Cabrera-Bello (Sp) 70 73, S Cink (US) 66 77, P Cantlay (US) 74 69, L Herbert (A) 70 73, D Hillier (A) 72 71,C Hoffman (US) 72 71, M Jones (A) 72 71, M Lee (A) 74 69, T Merritt (US) 73 70, S Norris (SA) 72 71, V Perez (F) 70 65, P Reed (US) 72 71, M Schwab (Aut) 71 72, *L Shepherd 74 69, B Todd (US) 72 71, G Woodland (US) 73 70, E van Rooyen (SA) 69 74. 

+4 — J Catlin (US) 75 69, R Celia (Col) 72 72, E Els (SA) 72 72, G Fernandez-Castano (Sp) 71 73, A Hadwin (Can) 75 69, RT Lee(Can) 75 69, H-T Li (Chn) 75 69, M Lorenzo-Vera (F) 75 69, K Mitchell (US) 68 76, J Scrivener (A) 73 71, 

+5 — J Day (A) 75 70, B Kennedy (A) 71 74, A Noren (Swe) 74 71, C Ortiz (Mex) 75 70, L Glover (US) 75 70. 

+6 — D Clarke 71 75, T Detry (Bel) 72 74, *C Hammer (US) 75 71, M Kuchar (US) 74 72, *J Long 73 73, R Hoshino (Jpn) 74 72. 

+7 — J Ahlers (SA) 68 79, *S Bairstow 75 72, *C Bring (Den) 72 75, R Langasque (F) 74 73, J Luiten (Hol) 76 71, CT Pan (Tpe) 71 76. 

+8 — G Higgo (SA) 73 75, N Poppleton 75 73, P Waring 72 76.

+9 — *A Gallegos (Arg) 73 76, B Hutchinson 77 72, A Long (US) 72 77, A Pike (A) 74 75. 

+10 — S Forgan 73 77, M Schneider (G) 73 76, C Worsdall 77 73. 

+12 — P Mickelson (US) 80 72. 

+14 — D Croft 76 78. 

+16 — Y Inamori (Jpn) 75 81. 

+17 — D Lawson 80 77.

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Round 3 Morning Highlights from The 149th Open

The Open 19 July, 2021 - 12:10am

Open Championship 2021: Two-ball picks for Moving Day at Royal St George's

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"McIlroy's third round Open record may surprise - he's only bettered 73 on four occasions in nine attempts...Richard Bland is exactly the sort of opponent to take him on with at attractive odds."

Bryson DeChambeau is a notable exception but his struggles were hardly unpredictable, given three previous failures in this major. One day he will master the art of links golf but, for now, I'm happy to put him in the same box as I did with Phil Mickelson during his first 10-15 Open attempts - an American whose wider reputation will always mean unduly short odds in match-ups.

Furthermore, I like today's outsider opponent. Talor Gooch is making steady headway on the PGA Tour and will be delighted to have made the Open cut at his first attempt. His best two results this year came on championship courses - Sawgrass and Riviera.

This is only Brendan Steele's second made cut in five at The Open, and there's little to suggest he'll ever make a fine links player. The American hasn't bettered 70 during any third round this season either.

In complete contrast, I expect to be backing Robert MacIntyre in this major for years, even decades to come. He's made for this test. Royal St George's hasn't played all that 'linksy' due to receptive greens but they should dry out somewhat today and there's a stiff 15-18mph wind forecast this morning.

Rory McIlroy's third round Open record may surprise - he's only bettered 73 on four occasions in nine attempts. He'll doubtless be going hell for leather in pursuit of birdies, from so far back, which will entail plenty of risk.

Richard Bland is exactly the sort of opponent to take him on with at attractive odds. Experienced, bang in form including consecutive top-15s on links courses, and sure to enjoy the opportunity. He's absolutely thriving since landing a first Euro Tour title at the British Masters.

Matthew Fitzpatrick is another who has underperformed in Opens and is doing so again, so far. Considering he's up against a twice former champion, oozing links pedigree, the betting here is too one-sided.

Padraig Harrington may not be the force of old, but he was placed in this year's PGA Championship and made the top-20 on a links last week.

Finally, I'm again looking to take on a short odds favourite, whose Open record is underwhelming compared to their wider performances. Paul Casey has only bettered 70 three times in this round in 12 Open appearances.

His opponent has often struck me as under-rated. Justin Harding is pretty consistent, and an excellent scrambler. Following two solid rounds, there's no reason he can't keep it going and challenge his best ever major finish (12th at the 2019 Masters).

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Golf tips: Our 8/1 treble and outright winner bet for The Open 2021

Paddy Power News 19 July, 2021 - 12:10am

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With the dust settled on the third round of The Open at Royal St George’s the man in sole possession of the 54-hole lead is the same player who held the advantage through the first two rounds, Louis Oosthuizen.

Oosthuizen battled tougher scoring conditions on Saturday, which derailed the challenges of the likes of Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, to add a 69 to his efforts on the first two days, and he now sits on 12- under, one stroke clear of Collin Morikawa on 11- under.

Behind this pair we then find Jordan Spieth on 9- under and the duo of Scottie Scheffler and Corey Conners on 8- under. With all of the last 31 Majors having been won by a player within four shots of the lead heading in to Sunday it is highly likely the winner will come from this quintet.

With six runner-up Major Championship finishes to his name, Oosthuizen will surely be the one who has the most to lose going into today’s final round. After a nervy stretch of holes the South African made a superb birdie at 16 and it could be that the way he steadied the ship towards the end of his round gives him the belief to go to the wire and finally land his second Major.

Ultimately though without a win anywhere in over two-and-a-half years and with the baggage he brings in to today I can’t bring myself to trust him at the odds. Morikawa conversely heads into Sunday with absolutely nothing to prove. The 24-year-old landed his first Major last August and with four wins on tour in less than two years he clearly has the winning habit.

After struggling on the greens last week in Scotland the American has worked it out with the putter this week and any time he does that whilst continuing to be dialled in with his approaches he will be hard to beat. In his career to date Morikawa has shown an ability to take everything in his stride and with no wind to speak of forecast on Sunday to derail him I am happy to side with him to continue to pepper the pins and land his second Major.

Spieth finds himself three back courtesy of three bogeys coming in, including a two-foot miss for par on 18, and with scoring set to be tricky again on Sunday, the 2017 Open Champion now needs a bit of help from the front two and particularly in Morikawa’s case I just can’t see it coming.

Spieth is of course more than capable of producing the magic needed however his putter is obviously causing him problems this week and its Morikawa for me.

Looking now at today’s two-ball pairings and I will firstly give another chance to Cameron Smith who tees off alongside Justin Harding at 1.55pm. Smith didn’t do too much wrong in shooting 68 on Saturday with a superb display from Corey Conners needed to get the better of him.

Smith though continued to hit his irons solidly and with Harding stalling somewhat in his round of 70 I expect the Aussie to come out on top today.

Next up I will take my chances with Mackenzie Hughes against Dylan Frittelli in the 2.05pm two-ballFrittelli struggled from tee to green on Saturday, hitting only one-third of his fairways, and he did well to scrap out a round of 70.

Finally, I will chance Scottie Scheffler to get the better of Jon Rahm when they get underway at 2.15pm. My logic here is that Rahm will have one thing only in mind today and that is to play aggressively and take risks to shoot the low number he needs to overhaul Oosthuizen and Morikawa and if he doesn’t have it dialled in he may pay the price and go the wrong way.

Scheffler meanwhile was really solid again on Saturday and with his strong Major record I expect more of the same from the Texan on Sunday and I am happy to risk him at decent odds against to take advantage of any slip-ups from the Spaniard.

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2021 British Open live stream, watch online: Full coverage, TV channel, schedule for Round 4 on Sunday

CBS Sports 19 July, 2021 - 12:10am

The 2021 Open Championship is rolling Sunday with the final round of golf remaining at one of the best courses in the United Kingdom. Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England, is hosting this event for the first time in a decade, and both the scenery and the golf have both been awesome through 54 holes.

The story on Sunday revolves around leader Louis Oosthuizen. Will he win his second major after dominating this championship season? Will Collin Morikawa (one back) or Jordan Spieth (three back) entering Sunday's final round keep him from doing so? Will somebody come from distance and burn down Royal St. George's like Phil Mickelson did to Muirfield Village in 2013?

So many questions will be answered on Sunday afternoon, and the fun part is that the course has started to cook. It played about a stroke over par on Saturday in Round 3, and several of the leaders staggered him. Jon Rahm had some really interesting comments on pin positions and how much more difficult it was playing than it looked. It's likely only going to get tougher from here on in, which will be agonizing for golfers but a hell of a show for us at home to watch.

Check out a full set of Round 4 tee times so you know when to watch your favorite golfers along with our Open coverage schedule so you can plan the rest of your week around the year's last major. Once it is in the books, there will be a nine-month wait until the 2022 Masters.

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The Latest: Morikawa is the champion golfer of the year

The Saratogian 19 July, 2021 - 12:10am

United States' Jordan Spieth plays out of the rough on the 8th fairway during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Saturday, July 17, 2021.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy putts on the 9th green during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

Spain's Jon Rahm tees off from the 1st hole during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen looks at the line of his putt on the 17th green during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Saturday, July 17, 2021.

United States' Jordan Spieth chips onto the 2nd green during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen putts on the 3rd hole during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

United States' Collin Morikawa gives his ball to his caddie on the 3rd hole during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

United States' Collin Morikawa hits his tee shot on the 6th hole during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

United States' Jordan Spieth plays his tee shot on the 3rd tee during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

United States' Jordan Spieth celebrates an eagle on the 7th green during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

United States' Collin Morikawa plays a shot on the 10th from the rough during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

United States' Collin Morikawa celebrates after a birdie putt on the 14th hole during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

United States' Jordan Spieth plays out of the rough on the 8th fairway during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Saturday, July 17, 2021.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy putts on the 9th green during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

Spain's Jon Rahm tees off from the 1st hole during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen looks at the line of his putt on the 17th green during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Saturday, July 17, 2021.

United States' Jordan Spieth chips onto the 2nd green during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen putts on the 3rd hole during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

United States' Collin Morikawa gives his ball to his caddie on the 3rd hole during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

United States' Collin Morikawa hits his tee shot on the 6th hole during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

United States' Jordan Spieth plays his tee shot on the 3rd tee during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

United States' Jordan Spieth celebrates an eagle on the 7th green during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

United States' Collin Morikawa plays a shot on the 10th from the rough during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

United States' Collin Morikawa celebrates after a birdie putt on the 14th hole during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021.

SANDWICH, England (AP) — The Latest on the British Open (all times local):

Collin Morikawa is the champion golfer of the year.

Morikawa captured the British Open on Sunday for his second major championship in two years. It was his first time playing the British Open, just like it was his first time playing the PGA Championship when he won at Harding Park last year.

The 24-year-old American remarkably played the final 31 holes at Royal St. George's without a bogey. Starting the final round one shot behind, he closed with a 66 for a two-shot victory over Jordan Spieth.

For Louis Oosthuizen, it was more heartbreak. The South African fell out of the lead with a bunker-to-bunker bogey on the par-5 seventh hole. He was four behind Morikawa at the turn and never could catch up.

Oosthuizen was runner-up in the last two majors. He tied for third with U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm.

Spieth was left to rue his bogey-bogey finish on Saturday, including a 2-foot par putt he missed on the 18th. Spieth shot a 66.

Morikawa finished at 15-under 265. That's the lowest score in the 15 times the British Open has been played at Royal St. George's.

Morikawa now has five victories in his two years since turning pro. That includes two majors and a World Golf Championship. He moves to No. 3 in the world.

Collin Morikawa is closing in on the claret jug.

Morikawa was leading by one shot when his wedge to the par-5 14h failed to stay on the top ledge. No problem. The 24-year-old American rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt to extend his lead to two shots over Jordan Spieth.

Still to come are the final four holes for Morikawa. Spieth narrowly missed long birdie chances on the 15th and 16th holes and was running out of holes.

Morikawa has gone 27 consecutive holes without making a bogey dating to the fifth hole of the third round at Royal St. George's.

Jordan Spieth has reduced Collin Morikawa's lead to one shot at the British Open.

Spieth followed up a 12-foot birdie putt at the 13th hole by hitting a wedge to 6 feet at the par-15 No. 14 and making another putt for birdie.

He has four birdies in six holes and moved to 13 under.

Morikawa has four straight pars on the back nine being played in glorious late-afternoon conditions at the links off Sandwich Bay.

Collin Morikawa has made it to the turn with a three-shot lead at Royal St. George's.

He made putts from 6 feet at No. 8 and around 15 feet at No. 9 to make it three straight birdies. He is at 14 under.

Louis Oosthuizen has yet to make a birdie in his final round and is 2 over for the day, four strokes behind Morikawa. He started with a two-stroke lead.

Oosthuizen has been overtaken by Jordan Spieth, who has rolled in back-to-back birdies around the turn and is in second place.

Dustin Johnson birdied the last hole for a 67 and was 7 under for the tournament.

Louis Oosthuizen is out of the lead at the British Open for the first time since the 12th hole of the second round.

He bogeyed the par-5 seventh hole after going from one greenside bunker to another and leaving himself an awkward position to get near the pin. He two-putted from distance and fell two shots behind Collin Morikawa.

Morikawa had a tap-in birdie at a hole where Jordan Spieth and Corey Conners had just made eagle, and was 12 under for the tournament.

Spieth is three shots behind Morikawa.

Brooks Koepka shot 65 and has the clubhouse lead at 8 under.

Louis Oosthuizen has made his first bogey on the front nine all week at the British Open.

He missed the green short and right of the fourth hole and took the safe route by playing well beyond the flag to use the slope. He still had 25 feet for par and missed.

Collin Morikawa also missed the green but saved his par with a 10-foot putt. That left them tied at 11-under par.

Jordan Spieth spent his first hour making tough par putts. He finally missed on the fourth hole and remains three shots behind.

The idea for Sunday at Royal St. George's is to get through the opening five holes without too much damage. Most of the scoring in the final round has started on the sixth.

Louis Oosthuizen has started his final round of the British Open, his latest bid to finally get another major.

No one has played them better this year without winning.

Oosthuizen has been atop the leaderboard in six of his last 10 rounds in the majors — just never after the final round. The 38-year-old South African has been runner-up in the last two majors. His mentor, Ernie Els, is the only player in history to be runner-up in three straight majors.

Oosthuizen had a one-shot lead over Collin Morikawa, who is going after his second major at age 24. Both had 15-foot birdie chances on the opening hole and settled for pars.

Jon Rahm sets out to try to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2000 to win the U.S. Open and British Open in the same year.

Recent history is not on his side.

Phil Mickelson in the 2013 British Open at Muirfield is the last player to win a major when starting the final round more than four shots out of the lead. Rahm shot a 65 on Saturday to get within five shots of the lead.

Mickelson had eight players ahead of him when he rallied from five shots behind at Muirfield. Rahm only had five players in front of him. Mickelson closed a 66, one of the great rounds in British Open history. Rahm might need something similar.

On another perfect day, there already have been been three rounds of 65 and two rounds of 66. Brooks Koepka is 5 under for his round through 12 holes.

Bryson DeChambeau finished a challenging week at the British Open with a 5-under 65 and a belief he can challenge for the claret jug at St. Andrews next year.

DeChambeau was bogey-free around Royal St. George’s in his final round and shot in the 60s for the first time in a week in which he got embroiled in a row with his club manufacturer and saw his beef with Brooks Koepka continue.

DeChambeau says he “understood a little bit more how to play Open Championship-style golf” and could have shot 9 under if he’d been better on the greens.

He expects to play the Scottish Open next year, a week before the British Open at the home of golf. He has never played the Old Course.

DeChambeau says “if I can drive it really well, I think there’ll be a lot of opportunities. I’ve heard that. Hey, maybe next year is the golden ticket for me.”

Lee Westwood soon will be setting the record for playing in the most majors without winning one.

That's not stopping the 48-year-old Englishman enjoying himself in the final round at the British Open.

Westwood rolled in a long putt from the back of the green at the par-3 seventh hole for eagle and that brought him back into the red numbers at Royal St. George's.

Still, at 1 under, he is 11 shots off the lead in his 88th major appearance.

Jay Haas previously held the men's record for most majors without a win, at 87.

Rickie Fowler shot 5-under 65 for the lowest round so far.

The sun is shining, the sky is blue and cloudless, and the flags are barely fluttering atop the grandstand at No. 18 that will be welcoming a British Open champion in about eight hours.

The final round is well underway at Royal St. George's and the conditions couldn't be more pleasant for the world's best golfers.

Louis Oosthuizen leads on 12-under 198 and is looking to end a run of near misses at the majors to win his second claret jug after 2010.

The South African is a shot clear of former PGA champion Collin Morikawa and they go out at 2.35 p.m. local time. Three-time major champion Jordan Spieth is a further two strokes back.

There has been some decent scoring already. Kevin Kisner went out on his own at 8 a.m. and shot 68. Brendan Steele was 4 under and bogey-free at the turn.

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10 things we'll remember most from the 149th Open

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The 149th Open Championship is in the books.

Now, golf fans will have to wait 263 days until the 2022 Masters after being treated to seven majors over the past 11 months.

To put a cap on a sensational run of tournaments, here are the 10 things we'll remember most from Royal St. George's.

The Jordan Spieth experience was once again a roller coaster on the weekend of a major championship. The three-time major winner grabbed a share of the lead Saturday after pouring in five birdies on his first 10 holes. Unfortunately, a sloppy bogey-bogey finish would cost him a spot in the final group and cause him to trail by three entering Sunday.

The opposite occurred Sunday as Spieth sat 2-over on his round through six holes and looked out of the tournament. He would immediately flip the script with an eagle on No. 7 and shoot 6-under across his final 12 holes to threaten Collin Morikawa before eventually falling two shots short. His 13-under total matched Phil Mickelson for the lowest score by a runner-up in the history of The Open.

With his second top-three finish in a major this season, Spieth is clearly back among golf's elite, but the former World No. 1 doesn't appear to be jumping off the roller coaster anytime soon.

Morikawa made 19 birdies over four rounds to finish at 15-under for the championship in a brilliant performance. Rory McIlroy sunk 17 birdies over the four days yet somehow finished a full 15 shots behind the champion. The four-time major winner simply couldn't avoid dropping shots around Royal St. George's, making 15 bogeys and one double-bogey through 72 holes.

McIlroy entered play this week ranked 148th on the PGA TOUR in bogey avoidance and sat sixth in birdie average. Despite dropping to No. 11 in the world rankings, McIlroy still has the ability to make as many birdies as anyone; it's his failure to avoid bogeys that remains the chief reason why the 31-year-old hasn't claimed a major title since 2014.

It wouldn't be a golf tournament without Bryson DeChambeau making headlines, and the 2021 Open Championship was no different. Playing in his first major since parting ways with his caddie, DeChambeau hit just four of 14 fairways in the opening round and blasted his equipment in the post-round interview, claiming "the driver sucks."

It prompted an immediate response from his equipment sponsor, Cobra, with its rep firing back, "It's just really, really painful when he says something that stupid."

DeChambeau apologized later that day, but the drama will not soon be forgotten. With a caddie change and a public beef with his equipment manufacturer in recent memory, it will be interesting to see if the 27-year-old can keep the focus strictly on golf when he tees up at the Tokyo Games at the end of the month.

One is never left wondering what Tyrrell Hatton is thinking on the golf course, as the volatile Englishman is among the most demonstrative players in golf. He upped his level of emotion for a major championship with an incredible series of outbursts Friday. First, he flipped the bird to a group of spectators following a missed putt, then he snapped a club a few holes later over a poor approach shot. Hatton went on to miss the cut for the fifth time in his last seven majors.

Standing a whopping 6-foot-9, it's impossible to miss Jonathan Thomson on the golf course - especially when he's doing things like this at the Open Championship. The Englishman would make the cut in his first career major start before finishing in a tie for 53rd.

Louis Oosthuizen spent three days atop the leaderboard but couldn't find a way to stay there when it mattered most, as he was forced to settle for another close call in his major championship career.

The tied-for-third result will be a disappointment for the 38-year-old, who was a runner-up at his previous two majors. But even though he couldn't secure his second major title, history will be kind to Oosthuizen's run in 2021.

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Will Zalatoris made a putting stroke in Round 1 that he'd surely like to forget, as would viewers at home who struggle with short putts. But the awkward motion that nearly missed the ball will live on in infamy.

Unfortunately, the talented PGA TOUR rookie was forced to withdraw prior to his second round after suffering an injury when he hacked a shot out of the thick rough at Royal St. George's. Zalatoris was playing well despite the mishap on the green and will have many chances to redeem himself in the future.

With no rain, barely any wind, and umbrellas being used to shield the sun, the 149th Open Championship was one of the most favorable conditions-wise in recent memory. The tournament even tweeted a reminder for fans to wear sunscreen.

That's not to take away anything from Morikawa's performance, but the entire field wasn't tested with true Open Championship conditions, where the elements play a crucial role in determining the winner.

Let's hope Mother Nature cranks things up next year at St. Andrews.

After an opening round of 71, Jon Rahm went on a tear that vaulted him up the leaderboard before he finished tied for third. He made an eagle and four straight birdies in his final round to clinch his fourth consecutive top-10 result in a major championship.

No one can expect someone to win back-to-back majors. However, Rahm's performance at Royal St. George's proved more major wins are on the way, and he's fully capable of contending at all four of the sport's biggest events.

Finally, Morikawa's historic achievement at Royal St. George's will never be forgotten.

The 24-year-old's four-day performance for his second career major was one that has vaulted his career to another level. The list of two-time major winners is much shorter than that of one-time champions, and the list of names who have done it before the age of 25 is even shorter.

He became the first player in men's golf to ever win two majors in his debut and the quickest to earn multiple majors since World War II by winning the Claret Jug in only his eighth start.

The 149th Open: Collin Morikawa roars into early lead after seven-birdie 64 at Royal St George's

Sky Sports 16 July, 2021 - 06:14am

Morikawa put himself in excellent position to celebrate his Open debut with the halfway lead at Royal St George's after a superb 64 lifted him to nine under, three clear of Daniel van Tonder in the clubhouse, although he would end the day two behind Louis Oosthuizen after the South African came in with a 65 to set a new 36-hole Open scoring record.

But the 24-year-old, winner of last year's PGA Championship in only his second major appearance, dropped his first shot of the day at the 15th and then missed from eight feet at the last for a birdie which would have equalled the lowest 36-hole score in Open history.

His 64 was also one shy of the course record, but Morikawa was not letting his frustrating finish detract from a brilliant performance, with five birdies in seven holes either side of the turn hoisting him four shots clear of the chasing pack until he misread his five-footer for par at the 15th.

Morikawa is playing on European soil for only the second time in his career, the first being at last week's Scottish Open which he credited for getting him prepared for the challenge of firm and fast conditions on a links course.

"I wouldn't be here through these two rounds if I hadn't played last week at the Scottish," said the young American. "I've played in firm conditions. I can think of places I've played in tighter, drier conditions, but just having fescue fairways and the ball sitting a little different was huge to see last week.

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"I changed my irons, my nine through seven-iron, strictly because I couldn't find the centre of the face. I was hitting these iron shots last week that I just normally don't and my swing felt good, but it was a huge learning opportunity.

"Last week I wanted to win, but I came out of it learning a lot more, and thankfully it helped for this week."

Morikawa insisted he was not overly disappointed to miss out on matching the course record or the lowest halfway total at an Open, not that he knew what those records were!

"I had no clue what any course record was, I don't know any of those numbers," he added. "I'm awful with that stuff knowing ahead. Now I do know. But I was just trying to make a lot of birdies. The bogey on 15 was a little unfortunate. I hit a good second shot out of the rough, put myself in a good position, just didn't have enough speed.

"But you know, it's going to happen. Guys are going to make birdies, you're going to make bogeys, and I'm very pleased with today. I just need to continue that into the next couple."

Morikawa also echoed the comments of Jordan Spieth on day one, when the 2017 champion opened with a 65 and labelled the UK fans as "the best in golf".

"I've been biased because I've lived in the US my entire life and I love the fans out here, but I think the fans out here could be even better," he said. "They cheer for you walking up to the green, walking up to the tee box, and they truly love golf. You can see it.

"They really appreciate a good shot. They appreciate when you play smart and you're in the rough and you hit it out. They know what tough golf is, and this out here can play very tough when you're not in the fairway.

"The fans out here have been amazing. Like I said from day one, they bring kind of that energy, that life into what we do, and it's really exciting to see them out here and grow as the weekend comes on."

Morikawa's 64 was later matched by Emiliano Grillo, who joined Van Tonder on six under before the resurgent Marcel Siem birdied the last two holes for a 67 to join the share of second place.

"I'm definitely very happy, I think I take 64 for any round in a major," said the Argentine. "I think I'll take 64 any day even play with my friends.

"If definitely felt like that. The people made it so nice out there. Almost felt like I was playing with my buddies back home. It was definitely a beautiful day out there. Almost blue skies with not so much wind, so it's definitely a day where you're going to see a lot of good scores out there."

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