Collin Morikawa reveals eating a burger EVERY DAY at Royal St George’s fuelled his superb Open triumph this week, before he vows to hit the bar to celebrate on his caddie’s birthday – and promises to drink from the Claret Jug!
- Open champion Collin Morikawa revealed he ate a burger each day of the Major
- The American, 25, is the first player to win two different majors on debut
- Morikawa added that he planned to drink alcohol from the famous Claret Jug
New Open champion Collin Morikawa revealed the secret to his stellar triumph at Royal St Georges: eating a burger each day of the Major.
The American, who won the 2020 US PGA Championship on just his second major start, held his nerve to keep compatriot Jordan Spieth at bay on the closing stretch and become the first player to win two different majors on debut.
He eventually finished two shots clear of Spieth on 15 under and became only the second person after Tiger Woods to win the Open and US PGA before the age of 25.
Open champion Collin Morikawa revealed he ate a burger each day at Royal St Georges
The 25-year-old American became the first player to win two different majors on debut
While Morikawa said he had been staying away from alcohol during the contest, his success seems to have been partly fuelled by fast food.
‘The secret? Well, I never do this, but I had a burger for four straight days, so my body is probably feeling it. I know my body’s feeling it,’ he added.
‘I think I just enjoy these moments and I talk about it so much that we love what we do.’
Morikawa intends to take a breather and drink in the history of his achievement – but he will let his caddie choose what gets put in the Claret Jug.
And, having restrained himself all week, he is planning a celebration before heading home.
Morikawa said he would celebrate his caddie’s birthday by drinking from the Claret Jug
‘I think when you make history – and I’m 24 years old – it’s hard to grasp, and it’s hard to really take it in,’ he said.
‘At 24 it’s so hard to look back at the two short years that I have been a pro and see what I’ve done because I want more.
‘I enjoy these moments and I love it and I want to teach myself to embrace it a little more.
‘We’ve been staying at the hotel right by the course. 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 (caddie JJ Jakovac) birthday. I’m going to let him decide (what drink to put in the Claret Jug).’
When Morikawa recorded his breakthrough major win at the US PGA at Harding Park in San Francisco it was in front of no fans as Covid-19 restrictions were still in full force.
Morikawa praised the Open crowd, saying ‘they are some of the best fans I’ve ever seen’
So to do it in front of full grandstands – 30,000 people were allowed into Royal St George’s every day this week – was a delight for the American and he was also able to use that fact to answer those who questioned his ability to perform under pressure.
‘The nerves are definitely up there, 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’,’ he added.
‘I had nothing to prove. It’s just to you guys (the media). I’m just answering it for you guys that we can play in front of fans.
‘They are some of the best fans I’ve ever seen. They truly understand the game. They appreciate the game. We owe them a huge thank you.’