149th Open Championship final leaderboard
-15 C Morikawa (US); -13 J Spieth (US); -11 J Rahm (Spa), L Oosthuizen (SA); -9 D Frittelli (SA); -8 B Koepka (US), M Hughes (Can)
Selected others: -7 D Johnson (US); -6 V Hovland (Nor), S Lowry (Ire); -5 P Casey (Eng); -4 S Garcia (Spa); -3 I Poulter (Eng), M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -2 D Willett (Eng), T Fleetwood (Eng), B DeChambeau (US); -1 J Thomas (US); EVS R McIlroy (NIR)
A debut win
The American made three consecutive birdies to end the front nine to wrestle the lead away from long time leader Louis Oosthuizen, to eventually win by two shots from 2017 champion Jordan Spieth. Jon Rahm and Oosthuizen were another two behind after contrasting rounds.
Morikawa, widely regarded as the best iron player in the world, was at his scintillating best on his approaches. Statistically, Morikawa is miles ahead on the strokes gained ranking which measures your approach to the green.
However, it was his scrambles on the 10th, and 15th which signalled the victory. Any other player would have bogeyed both, but Morikawa’s confidence was unflappable.
Rahm back on top as Louis misses out again
Jon Rahm was aiming to be the first player since Tiger Woods in 2000 to try and follow-up a US Open win, with victory at the Open Championship, and he almost made it.
A small consolation for the Spaniard is that he is back on top of the world rankings. Rahm finished off the Open with four birdies in the last six holes to finish with 66, which could have been so much better had the putter been hot.
In contrast, Louis Oosthuizen had led after every round, only making three bogeys in as many rounds, which he matched in the final round.
The pressure clearly got to the South African who was once again beaten on the Sunday of a major. Oosthuizen was leaving all of his putts short, but it seemed like he was going to rally when he almost aced the 11th.
That birdie was as good as it got as he watched his playing partner play flawless golf.
The Streak is over
The last two Open champions – Francesco Molinari (2018) and Shane Lowry (2019) – had both played with Branden Grace in rounds one and two of the tournaments they won.
This year, Grace was partnered with Bryson DeChambeau and Jordan Spieth with the latter doing his best to keep the run going. Spieth performed admirably, and put plenty of pressure on the leader, but ultimately fell short.
Can’t keep Bryson out of the limelight
Bryson DeChambeau just cannot seem to get away from the media attention after saying that his driver “sucks” which the manufacturer didn’t appreciate.
Ben Schomin, the tour operator for Cobra (manufacturer for all of DeChambeau’s clubs), referred to Bryson’s comments as “childish”, and that “It’s just really, really painful when he says something that stupid.”
The controversial golfer did later apologise for the comments.
The Open Championship was as magnificent as always and worth the two year wait, especially for Morikawa. Next year, for the 150th edition, we are back at the home of golf, St. Andrews for the first time since 2010.