The oldest golf championship is steeped in tradition and e.g Collin MorikawaReturning the Claret Jug ahead of his title defense at the British Open this week is a habit he could forego. Morikawa’s name was engraved on the Claret Jug following his win in 2021 and he held the famous silver trophy for a year before finally having to give it up this week in exchange for a replica to keep.
“It was shit” Morikawa said with a smile on Monday. “It really did. I woke up this morning and looked at it. The replica [which he had made] is nice, but it’s not the same. It will never be.’ World No. 4 Morikawa, 25, is determined to take home that cherished silver chalice this week until 2023.
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“Everything impeccable” – Collin Morikawa
I don’t want to go into the past,” said Morikawa. “I always look forward to what comes next. Maybe – hopefully – give [the jug] The back kind of frees me up and allows me to just focus on winning this week.” However, what Morikawa achieved at Royal St Georges last year when he won his second major championship of his career hasn’t escaped his notice. “As the defending champion at the 150th Open at St Andrews, there is no better way to put it.” said Morikawa.
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Morikawa hasn’t won since the Open, but he finished fifth solo at the Masters in April and finished fifth at the US Open last month. So he was hardly in bad shape. “Everything is a clean slate at the beginning of Thursday”, he said. “That’s it in professional golf. It’s always a clean slate. It always starts over again. But just knowing that I’ve done it in the past, having that confidence, it’ll just be an extra little boost to start the week.“
“I know the lads have played St Andrews many times and a lot of players probably know the pitch like the back of their hand, but I’ll go out there and do whatever it takes to be ready by Thursday [and] hopefully come out on top. It would be very, very special to defend at the 150th Open‘ Morikawa concluded.
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