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The Open day four: Collin Morikawa makes history to scoop Claret Jug

The Open day four: Collin Morikawa makes history to scoop Claret Jug
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Collin Morikawa has added the Open to the US PGA, both of them won on tournament debut.

Two years after turning professional, Collin Morikawa is halfway towards a career grand slam after holding off Jordan Spieth to make history with victory in the 149th Open on his championship debut.

Morikawa, who won the 2020 US PGA on just his second major start, held his nerve superbly on the closing stretch at Royal St George's to become the first player to win two different majors at their first attempt.

A closing 66 gave the 24-year-old a winning total of 15 under par and a two-shot victory, with Spieth also returning a 66 and world number one Jon Rahm doing likewise to share third on 11 under with 54-hole leader Louis Oosthuizen.

Oosthuizen has now finished second, second and third in the last three majors, while Spieth's biggest regret was the missed par putt from two feet on the 18th in round three which cost him not only a shot, but also a place in the final group on Sunday.

Tweet of the day

A simple tweet underlines the magnitude of Morikawa's achievement.

Quote of the day

Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth rues a missed opportunity on the 18th green during day three of The Open at The Royal St George's Golf Club (Gareth Fuller/PA)

"I walked in and said 'Is there something that I can break?" – Twenty four hours after missing from two feet for par on the 18th hole in round three, Spieth reveals how he felt.

Shot of the day

Louis Oosthuizen again came up short in a major, but produced the shot of the day with his near ace on the 11th.

Round of the day

Three of the top four players shot 66 in the final round, but Morikawa was the only one to do so without dropping a shot.

Statistic of the day

Louis Oosthuizen fans should look away now.

Easiest hole

For the first time all week the par-five seventh was the easiest hole instead of the 14th, a total of eight eagles and 41 birdies leading to an average of 4.325.

Toughest hole

The 11th was also the toughest hole for the first time instead of the 15th, the 253-yard par three perhaps unsurprisingly conceding just two birdies and leading to 20 bogeys for a scoring average of 3.260.

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Jordan Spieth pictured at the Open on July 15, 2021
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Thursday's key events

· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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