Collin Morikawa has just made history.
On Sunday, the 24-year-old American golfer won the 149th British Open, playing the final 31 holes of Royal St. George’s without a bogey. He finished with a 66 for a two-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth. He was greeted with a massive eruption of cheers and applause at Royal St George’s Golf Club in England.
From his impressive victory, Morikawa expressed that he had “chills”.
“Being called the winner of the championship of the year gives me chills. It gives me chills right now. Thanks guys. [Thank] every one of you here and every one of you watching. Let’s continue like this, ”Morikawa said in his victory speech.
– The Open (@TheOpen) July 18, 2021
Today’s big win marked a milestone for the Adidas-sponsored athlete as it was his first time at the British Open. The championship kicked off on July 15.
Making the occasion all the more special, Morikawa’s victory at the British Open comes after winning the PGA Championship last year.
These victories made Morikawa the first player in men’s golf history to win his debut at two separate major events. He is also the eighth golfer, including Tiger Woods, in history to win two majors before turning 25, CBS Sports reported.
Ahead of his big wins, Morikawa, who started playing golf at the age of 5, according to an interview with Golf Digest, signed a multi-year sponsorship with Adidas to wear the brand’s shoes and clothing on the course in 2019.