Having already claimed the 2020 PGA Championship on only his second major start, Collin Morikawa became the first player ever to win two majors on debut when he stormed to victory in The 149th Open at Royal St George's.
Rounds of 67, 64, 68 and 66 gave Morikawa a 15-under aggregate of 265 in sunny Sandwich, a record for the venue that proved enough for a two-shot triumph. His final round was bogey-free and ensured he overhauled long-time leader Louis Oosthuizen and held off a Sunday charge from Jordan Spieth.
Morikawa's PGA success at Harding Park also came by a two-shot margin, courtesy of a closing 64 that featured a spectacular eagle on the 16th. It took him to fifth in the world a mere 14 months after he turned professional. Then, in February, he won the WGC-Workday Championship to become only the second man after Tiger Woods to have a major and a World Golf Championships title before the age of 25. In securing the Claret Jug he moved to a career-high ranking of third.
Morikawa was a winner of all four of his matches at the 2017 Walker Cup and part of the three-man United States side who were runners-up by a single stroke to Denmark at the World Amateur Team Championship the following season. He also held the World Amateur No. 1 spot for three weeks in 2018.
The former University of California student tied for 35th on his major debut at the 2019 U.S. Open. A month later he followed finishes of second and fourth with his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Barracuda Championship, grabbing birdies at four of the last five holes. In that month alone his ranking improved from 631st to 90th.