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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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United StatesUnited States22251764
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Today's Olympic highlights header

Tuesday's key events

· 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)

· 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)

· 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)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (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)

· 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 (2pm)

· 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)

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

> Today's schedule in full
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