Published: 21:00, 18 July 2021
| Updated: 22:08, 18 July 2021
Open champion Collin Morikawa has revealed the secret to his success at Royal St George’s – a diet of burgers!
The 24-year-old American won his second major in Sandwich on Sunday with a brilliant final round of 66 at the Kent course.
“I never do this, but I had a burger for four straight days,” revealed Morikawa. “So my body is probably feeling it. I know my body’s feeling it.
“By the time I was at the US PGA last year, I had already played in these events with all these guys, all the big name guys, and it felt like a normal event. I came out this week not worried about playing against everyone else. I’m just trying to learn the golf course.”
Morikawa looked the calmest player on the course despite surging into the lead at seven, and then making birdies at eight and nine. Even when Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm tried to turn up the heat, Morikawa kept his cool – no more so than sinking an excellent birdie putt on 14.
“I'm glad I look calm because the nerves are definitely up there,” he said. “But you channel these nerves into excitement and energy, and that puts you away from like a fear factor into this is something I want.
“So that's how I look at it, especially as those last nine holes were coming in. Jordan was making birdies; I think Rahm was pushing; Louis had a birdie on 11, an amazing birdie. You can't worry about the score. I had to worry about every shot. Can I execute every shot to the best of my ability? Some we did, some we didn't, and then you move on.
“We can't control what's going to happen, what has happened. So I really looked at that as just focus on every shot, how do I see what is the best shot possible, and try and do my best from there.”