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Collin Morikawa keen to savour taste of success

Collin Morikawa keen to savour taste of success
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The American became only the second person after Tiger Woods to win the Open and US PGA before the age of 25.

New Open champion Collin Morikawa intends to take a breather and drink in the history of his achievement – but he will let his caddie choose what gets put in the Claret Jug.

The American, who won the 2020 US PGA Championship on just his second major start, held his nerve to keep compatriot Jordan Spieth at bay on the closing stretch and become the first player to win two different majors on debut.

He eventually finished two shots clear of Spieth on 15 under and became only the second person after Tiger Woods to win the Open and US PGA before the age of 25.

And, having restrained himself all week, he is planning a celebration before heading home.

"I think when you make history – and I'm 24 years old – it's hard to grasp, and it's hard to really take it in," he said.

"At 24 it's so hard to look back at the two short years that I have been a pro and see what I've done because I want more.

"I enjoy these moments and I love it and I want to teach myself to embrace it a little more.

"We've been staying at the hotel right by the course. Every night I see all the caddies drink, and I'm like 'Man, I really want to drink, but I hold back. I hold back on tournament week'.

"It's JJ's (caddie JJ Jakovac) birthday. I'm going to let him decide (what drink to put in the Claret Jug)."

While Morikawa may have been staying away from the alcohol this week, his success seems to have been partly fuelled by fast food.

"The secret? Well, I never do this, but I had a burger for four straight days, so my body is probably feeling it. I know my body's feeling it," he added.

"I think I just enjoy these moments and I talk about it so much that we love what we do."

When Morikawa recorded his breakthrough major win at the US PGA at Harding Park in San Francisco it was in front of no fans as Covid-19 restrictions were still in full force.

So to do it in front of full grandstands – 30,000 people were allowed into Royal St George's every day this week – was a delight for the American and he was also able to use that fact to answer those who questioned his ability to perform under pressure.

Collin Morikawa celebrates on front of packed grandstands around the 18th green
Morikawa praised the fans at Royal St George's but said he had nothing to prove playing in front of them having won his other major behind closed doors (Gareth Fuller/PA)

"The nerves are definitely up there, but you channel these nerves into excitement and energy, and that puts you away from like a fear factor into 'This is something I want'," he added.

"I had nothing to prove. It's just to you guys (the media). I'm just answering it for you guys that we can play in front of fans.

"They are some of the best fans I've ever seen. They truly understand the game. They appreciate the game. We owe them a huge thank you."

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of athletics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain in the final (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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