Morikawa hails Open win as 'best day of my life'

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Collin Morikawa said his Open Championship victory on debut was one of the "best moments of my life" after a nerveless display from the 24-year-old American at Royal St. George's on Sunday saw him win by two shots on 15 under par.

Resuming one stroke behind overnight leader Louis Oosthuizen, Morikawa fired a bogey-free round of 66 to finish four under par for the day and hold off a late surge from 2017 British Open champion Jordan Spieth.

"This is by far one of the best moments of my life," said world number four Morikawa, who handled the pressure with ease in front of crowds of 32,000 fans in Sandwich, on England's southeast coast.

"To see some of the best crowds I've ever seen, I look forward to my trip every year to the British Open to see you guys.

Morikawa became the 10th player to win the Open Championship on debut.

But he was the first player to win two majors in his first appearance at an event after his victory at the 2020 PGA Championship.

Collated final round scores from the Open Championship at Royal St George's Golf Club, Sandwich, Kent on Sunday (GBR/IRL unless stated, Par 70):

265 - Collin Morikawa (USA) 67 64 68 66

267 - Jordan Spieth (USA) 65 67 69 66

269 - Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 64 65 69 71, Jon Rahm (ESP) 71 64 68 66

271 - Dylan Frittelli (RSA) 66 67 70 68

272 - Mackenzie Hughes (CAN) 66 69 68 69, Brooks Koepka (USA) 69 66 72 65

273 - Daniel Berger (USA) 70 67 68 68, Dustin Johnson (USA) 68 65 73 67, Robert MacIntyre 72 69 65 67, Scottie Scheffler (USA) 67 66 69 71

274 - Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 70 64 72 68, Viktor Hovland (NOR) 68 71 69 66, Shane Lowry 71 65 69 69

275 - Paul Casey 68 67 70 70, Corey Conners (CAN) 68 68 66 73, Tony Finau (USA) 70 66 72 67, Marcel Siem (GER) 67 67 70 71

276 - Sergio Garcia (ESP) 68 69 73 66, Justin Harding (RSA) 67 67 70 72, Brian Harman (USA) 65 71 71 69, Aaron Rai 70 69 68 69, Webb Simpson (USA) 66 72 67 71, Brandt Snedeker (USA) 68 68 72 68, Kevin Streelman (USA) 70 69 66 71

277 - An Byeong-Hun An (KOR) 67 70 73 67, Matthew Fitzpatrick 71 69 67 70, Jason Kokrak (USA) 70 70 66 71, Ian Poulter 72 66 71 68, Xander Schauffele (USA) 69 71 72 65, Andy Sullivan 67 67 71 72, Cameron Tringale (USA) 69 66 71 71

278 - Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 71 70 72 65, Tommy Fleetwood 67 71 70 70, Talor Gooch (USA) 69 72 67 70, Lanto Griffin (USA) 69 70 68 71, Benjamin Hebert (FRA) 66 74 71 67, Cameron Smith (AUS) 69 67 68 74, Danny Willett 67 69 70 72

279 - Dean Burmester (RSA) 70 67 71 71, Max Homa (USA) 70 69 71 69, JC Ritchie (RSA) 71 70 72 66, Justin Thomas (USA) 72 67 71 69, Daniel van Tonder (RSA) 68 66 74 71, Matt Wallace 70 68 69 72

280 - Joel Dahmen (USA) 69 68 69 74, Harris English (USA) 75 65 72 68, Jazz Janewattananond (THA) 70 69 74 67, Rory McIlroy 70 70 69 71, Justin Rose 67 70 70 73, Adam Scott (AUS) 73 66 73 68, Johannes Veerman (USA) 70 68 72 70

281 - Marcus Armitage 69 72 70 70, Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA) 68 72 70 71, Rickie Fowler (USA) 69 72 75 65, Billy Horschel (USA) 70 69 73 69, Chan Kim (USA) 70 69 74 68, Jonathan Thomson 71 67 73 70

282 - Abraham Ancer (MEX) 69 71 71 71, Ryosuke Kinoshita (JPN) 72 69 72 69, Joaquin Niemann (CHI) 69 70 73 70, Chez Reavie (USA) 72 66 74 70, Antoine Rozner (FRA) 70 71 67 74, Matthias Schmid (GER) 74 65 71 72, Lee Westwood 71 67 72 72, Bernd Wiesberger (AUT) 71 70 70 71

283 - Richard Bland 70 70 73 70, Ryan Fox (NZL) 68 68 71 76, Brendan Steele (USA) 73 68 74 68, Jack Senior 67 71 72 73, Sam Horsfield 70 70 69 74

284 - Padraig Harrington 72 68 73 71

285 - Kevin Kisner (USA) 70 69 78 68

286 - Lin Yuxin (CHN) 69 72 74 71, Richard Mansell 72 69 76 69

288 - Sam Burns (USA) 71 69 76 72, Poom Saksansin (THA) 73 68 76 71

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