'James Bond' Morikawa endures Rahm's genius catharsis

The American won in his debut at the British, as he already did at the PGA, against a prodigious game by Spieth and the Spanish, who recovers the world one.


'My name is Morikawa, Collin Morikawa '. The fabulous 24-year-old American player emulated with his exceptional style the most famous secret agent in fiction who has a great connection with Royal St. George's, the field where the 149th edition of the British Open has been contested. Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was a member of the club and was even promoted to be chosen 'Captain' when he passed away and set there a mythical scene from the novel 'Goldfinger' (although his film version was shot in the field of Stoke Poges ) .

007 achieved a great birdie on the complicated 10th hole and began the comeback that would make him defeat Auric Goldfinger in an epic match play duel despite all the bad arts used by the villain to defeat the secret agent. Morikawa made par at 10 with a fantastic putt ... but birdied at 7, 8, 9 and 14. Collin is a talent from the past, far from the usual hitters who break into golf today. He grew up playing golf on a 9-hole course without a practice area, which made him pull his imagination to improve, always advised by his teacher Rick Sessinhaus, who soon saw in him an unusual skill with the clubs. In 2020 he took the PGA Championship in his debut ... something that he has repeated at the British Open. First player in history to prevail in two majors in his debut in them.

Despite being a rookie, he breathed calm and poise showing nerves of steel to prevail in the only European major despite pressure from 'Wonder Boy' Jordan Spieth (-4 on the day) ... and Jon Rahm, also 66 strokes. The Biscayan from Barrika, who already knows what a big tournament tastes like after winning the US Open, fought with a prodigious game throughout the day at Sandwich that only lacked a bit of luck on the greens. The bogey of the 2 was joined by 5 or 6 perfectly remote-controlled putts that smoothed the edge of the hole and prevented the red from filling the card of the Spanish phenomenon. On the 7th, Rahm was half a foot short of hitting a par 5 with the second shot, an albatross that would have been historic and that was left in a great eagle.

The Barrika Lion continued fighting as usual and entered his usual catharsis of genius in the final stretch. Birdie on 13, on 14, on 15, on 16 ... and the hole spat out on the 17th that made Morikawa swallow hard in a while when he saw that the rocket that was coming straight for him would not arrive . Clarete jug for Morikawa with -15 ahead of Spieth (-13) and Rahm, again world number one after being ahead of Dustin Johnson. "What motivates me to be number one in the world is that I know I can improve. That's what makes me smile. In theory, I'm still the best player in the world and I could still improve more," said Jon. Tied at -11 With the Spanish was the South African Oosthuizen who was diluted like a sugar, again in a final lap, to lose all his options to win despite arriving as leader in the final battle on Sunday.

For his part, Sergio García played his best golf on the final day to record a -4 in 18 holes, the same number as Morikawa, Spieth or Rahm, with whom he finished the tournament in 19th place. A good result for the 41-year-old from Castellón in order to secure a place in the European team for the Ryder Cup in September.THIS IS THE END OF THE BRITISH OPEN

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