Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond, the 2019 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, saved the best for last at the Open Championship at Royal St George’s on Sunday after closing with a three-under-par 67 to finish in a tie for 46th place, on even par ‒ his best finish in three appearances in golf’s eldest Major.
It brought to an end a good week’s work for Asian Tour players, which saw five survive the halfway cut, with South African Justin Harding ‒ a two-time winner on the Asian Tour ‒ leading the way by finishing in a tie for 19th, following a final day 75, in the final Major of the year.
American Johannes Veerman tied with Jazz, Japan’s Ryosuke Kinoshita came equal 59th and Thailand’s Poom Saksansin ended joint 76th ‒ an impressive result considering it was his Major debut.
American star Collin Morikawa claimed the title after shooting an inspired bogey-free final round 66 to hold off compatriot Jordan Spieth and win by two strokes.
The 24-year-old, who won his first Major on his US PGA Championship debut last year, became the first Open debutant to win since American Ben Curtis did so at this course in 2003.
“This is one of the best moments of my life,” he said. “Look at all these fans. To see some of the best crowds I have ever seen, I’m looking forward to making my trip every year.”
Morikawa’s final round saw him win on 15 under, with 2017 champion Spieth also recording a 66.
US Open champion Jon Rahm from Spain birdied four of his last six holes to also card a 66 and finish joint third on 11 under with overnight leader Louis Oosthuizen from South African, who closed with a 71.
“I tell everyone I am not the biggest history guy but I want to add myself to history and make memories for myself,” added Morikawa.
“Everything about this week was very special, to cap it on my caddie’s birthday, even more special.
“I’ve had belief in myself since turning pro that I can do it. When it’s coming to these tournaments, courses and styles that I have never played, I do my homework Monday to Wednesday to know what I need to do.”