Collin Morikawa's Open Win: History, Money and What's in the Bag

By Nick Heidelberger

Collin Morikawa celebrates winning the Open

Collin Morikawa made his first Open Championship appearance one for the history books when he won the 149th Open by two strokes with a near flawless bogey-free 66 in the final round at Royal St. Georges.

Morikawa looked automatic in every facet of the game as he overcame a 1-stroke deficit to win in what appeared to be stress-free fashion. Morikawa, arguably the best ball-striker on the planet as evidenced by his PGA Tour lead in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green, hit 75% of his greens for the week and was also prolific with the putter at the Open, needing just 27.75 putts per round in his win without a 3-putt all week.

After Morikawa closed his opening nine with three consecutive birdies to snatch a multi-stroke lead, the outcome of the Open was never really in question the rest of the way. Morikawa’s future, however, remains up for debate as the youngster is already drawing some heavy comparisons.

Morikawa’s History-Making Open Performance

With his win at the 2021 Open Championship, Morikawa sealed some pretty impressive major championship history. The 24-year-old became the first player in golf history to win two different major championships in his first time playing the event. Morikawa previously won his PGA Championship debut in 2020. He is the 10th player to win the Open Championship in his debut, and the first since 2003 when Ben Curtis did so, also at Royal St. George’s.

The eight major championship starts Moriakwa needed to pick up two wins are the fewest since Bobby Jones. Morikiawa is also only the second player to win both the PGA Championship and the Open Championship before the age of 25, following the footsteps of Tiger Woods.

Collin Morikawa’s WITB

Prior to the Open Championship, Morikawa added a few new irons to his bag that he suspected would help him perform in the links-style of play. Here’s a complete breakdown of Morikawa’s What’s In The Bag (WITB) from the Open Championship.

Driver TaylorMade SIM (8 degrees)
3-wood TaylorMade SIM Titanium (14 degrees)
5-wood TaylorMade SIM2 (19 degrees)
Irons TaylorMade P770 (4), P7MC (5-9) P730 (PW)
Wedges TaylorMade MG2 (50 degrees), Titleist Vokey SM8 (56 degrees, 14F), TaylorMade MG2 Hi-Toe (60 degrees)
Putter TaylorMade TP Juno
Ball TaylorMade PT5 (2021)

Open Championship Money

At $11.5 Million, the Open Championship is tied for the fourth-larges professional golf purse of the year. Morikawa collected a cool $2,070,000 for his Open Championship win, while runner-up Jordan Spieth earned $1,198,000. Jon Rahm and Louis Oosthuizen, who tied for third, each won $682,500. Dylan Frittelli won $480,000 for his solo fifth-place finish.

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About the Author

Nick Heidelberger is the Editor of GolfLink. He has a degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and has been an avid golfer for more than 10 years. In the years prior to joining GolfLink, he worked for the New England Section of the PGA of America.