Zach Johnson has said that he is "humbled" and "honoured" to be crowned as Open champion.
"I'm honoured to be your Open champion and your champion golfer of the year," Johnson told BBC Sport.
"I'm humbled because of the names that are etched on this piece of metal. To have my name on the trophy is surreal.
"The key to this week has been patience and perseverance, without question, and in the playoff in particular. I can't play any better than I did. I just stayed in it, waited for the opportunities and made a few putts."
The Open win was Johnson's second major win of his career, having previously won the 2007 Masters.