- New British Open champion Collin Morikawa says the secret to his triumph was a diet of burgers.
- “I had a burger for four straight days,” revealed the American after his historic win.
- Morikawa’s win saw him become the first male player ever to win two different majors on debut.
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British Open champion Collin Morikawa says the secret to his triumph at Royal St George’s was eating a burger every day throughout the tournament.
The American debutant, who won the 2020 US PGA Championship, held off compatriot and 2017 Open winner Jordan Spieth on Sunday’s closing stretch to win by two shots.
In doing so, he became the first male player ever to win two different majors on debut, and the first Open debut player since Ben Curtis in 2003 to win the tournament.
“I never do this, but I had a burger for four straight days,” revealed Morikawa after his historic win. “So my body is probably feeling it. I know my body’s feeling it.
“I think I just enjoy these moments and I talk about them so much that we love what we do.”
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While he may have gorged on fast food, Morikawa avoided drinking alcohol throughout the The Open.
After victory, however, the 24-year-old said he was planning to “have a few drinks” from the Claret Jug to celebrate.
“We’ve been staying at the hotel right by the course,” he said. “Every night I see all the caddies drink, and I’m like, ‘Man, I really want to drink.’ But I hold back. I hold back on tournament week.
“It’s JJ’s [Morikawa’s caddie’s] birthday. I’m going to let him decide [what drink to put in the Claret Jug].”