Collin Morikawa downs pint from Claret Jug as Californian drinks in Open success

Morikawa eager to savour taste of success after debut Open triumph

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Champion Golfer of the Year Collin Morikawa was seen celebrating his Open Championship triumph in style, as he drank a pint of beer from the famous Claret Jug trophy. The American celebrated his victory at Princes Golf Club – next door to Royal St. George’s – after the club hosted the 24-year-old during his trip to the Kent coast.

As a result, the Golf Club staff were more than happy to help Morikawa celebrate his win, as an image on the club’s Twitter page shows a member of the team filling up the Claret Jug with the American’s choice of beer.

The Champion Golfer of the Year had hinted he would drink from the famous trophy following his final round on Sunday, after explaining he believes he needs to enjoy celebrating his victories a little more.

He said: “It’s so early on [in my career] and I enjoy these moments. I love it and I think I need to teach myself to embrace it a little bit more, maybe spend a few extra days sitting back and drinking out of this [the Claret Jug].

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“I just want more. When you are in these moments and you truly love what you do – which I love playing golf and competing against these guys – these are the best moments ever, because the nerves push you to be a better person.”

The 24-year-old clinched the 149th Open Championship on Sunday, after shooting an impressive four-under, 66 in his final round of the tournament.

The Californian’s fourth round heroics saw him edge out second place, and fellow American Jordan Spieth, who also carded four-under on a dramatic afternoon of major championship golf.

Morikawa’s Royal St. George’s win saw him break golfing history, as the youngster became the first player to win two major championships on debut after his maiden major victory at the 2020 PGA Championship last August.

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Speaking after his historic win the American said: “I think when you make history – and I’m 24-years-old – it’s hard to grasp and it’s hard to take in.”

The Open Champion will now turn his attention to the Olympic games, as he makes the trip to Tokyo alongside fellow Team USA members, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau and Xander Schauffele at next week’s Men’s Olympic Golf event.

The event will get underway at Tokyo’s Kasumigaseki Country Club next week, with the first round of play beginning on Wednesday, July 28 at 11.30pm BST.

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