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The Open 2021: Collin Morikawa says Royal St George's victory 'hard to grasp'

The Open 2021: Collin Morikawa says Royal St George's victory 'hard to grasp'

Collin Morikawa said it was "hard to grasp and take in" what he had achieved after winning the Claret Jug on his Open Championship debut on Sunday.

The 24-year-old American held off 2017 Open champion Jordan Spieth to triumph by two shots at Royal St George's.

In doing so he became the first man to win two different majors on debut.

"It's hard to look back at the two years that I have been a professional and see what I've done because I want more," said the Californian.

"I enjoy these moments, I love it, and I want to teach myself to embrace it a little more, maybe spend a few extra days and sit back and drink out of this [the Claret Jug].

"When you're in these moments and you truly love what you do, these are the best moments ever because the nerves push you to just be a better person."

The world number four looked calm and composed throughout his final round on the Kent coast as he carded a bogey-free four-under-par 66 to win on 15 under.

"I've had belief in myself since turning pro that I can do it," he said.

"I'm glad I look calm because the nerves are definitely up there, but you channel these nerves into excitement and energy." 

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