The 150th Open: Matt Fitzpatrick and Collin Morikawa chasing more big hits at St Andrews | golf news

Matt Fitzpatrick is chasing back-to-back big wins, following his US Open win last month, while Collin Morikawa returns as defending champion after last year’s win at Royal St George’s; Watch it live on Thursday from 6.30am on Sky Sports The Open

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US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick is confident as he attempts to secure back-to-back runs at the Open Championship this weekend.

US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick is confident as he attempts to secure back-to-back runs at the Open Championship this weekend.

US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick is relishing the opportunity to compete for further success at The 150th Open, despite admitting the Old Course is not one of his favourites.

Fitzpatrick, who has never finished higher than tied for 20th in his previous six Open appearances, arrives at St Andrews as one of the pre-tournament favorites after celebrating his first Grand Slam victory at Brookline last month. .

The 27-year-old continued his impressive start to 2022 with a tied sixth-place finish at the Genesis Scottish Open last week, with Fitzpatrick determined to improve his Open record and put an end to his frequent problems on the link courses.

Matt Fitzpatrick claimed his first major title at the US Open, finishing a shot over Will Zalatoris

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Matt Fitzpatrick claimed his first major title at the US Open, finishing a shot over Will Zalatoris

Matt Fitzpatrick claimed his first major title at the US Open, finishing a shot over Will Zalatoris

“I’ve been to St Andrews many times so I know what to expect, but I’m sure this week has a different atmosphere than normal,” Fitzpatrick said in his pre-tournament news conference. “I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favorite golf courses, but to experience it at an Open is amazing.

“It’s definitely one I saw growing up. I didn’t really watch much golf growing up. It would be Ryder Cup, The Masters and The Open, to be honest. It’s always been held in high regard when it comes to St. Andrews: I love the area, and I think this week, being the Open here and the first one, I’m definitely going to enjoy it.

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“I wouldn’t say my Open record is good at all. I’ll be honest, since I’ve turned pro we’ve obviously played a lot less links golf. I feel like I’ve gotten worse at links and wind since I’ve turned pro. golf in wind, I played well.

“I’m looking forward to coming back here, it’s taken time to get used to it and know where to land, how to fly it. We don’t get tested as often in regular events because either there’s no wind or it’s softer and you can fly it to a certain spot.

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“Obviously I’d like to improve my record, and I feel like I’ve obviously been playing much, much better since the last Open I played. I’m just trying to do more of the same this year, and like I say, just fix a couple of things from the last week and hopefully pick up again this week.

Morikawa: ‘It Sucked’ Returning the Claret Jug

Reigning champion Collin Morikawa insists a successful title defense at St Andrews this week would mean more to him than last year’s victory at Royal St George’s.

After winning the Open Championship last year, Collin Morikawa had to return the Claret Jug before this year's 150th edition of the tournament.

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After winning the Open Championship last year, Collin Morikawa had to return the Claret Jug before this year’s 150th edition of the tournament.

After winning the Open Championship last year, Collin Morikawa had to return the Claret Jug before this year’s 150th edition of the tournament.

Morikawa enjoyed a two-shot victory last summer on the Kent coast, following a first major at the PGA Championship the year before, with the world No. 4 admitting it “sucks” to return the Claret Jug to the R&A earlier. of the historic edition of The Open.

The World No. 8 has already enjoyed top-five finishes at The Masters and US Open this season, with Morikawa now looking to bounce back from last week’s failed cut at the Genesis Scottish Open and become the first consecutive Open champion since Padraig. Hartington in 2008.

Collin Morikawa returned the Claret Jug to R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers on Monday.

Collin Morikawa returned the Claret Jug to R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers on Monday.

“Now that I know what it’s like to have Claret Jug for a year, there’s nothing like it,” Morikawa said. “It’s a really special year. Even though you won that tournament a year ago, it will be in your story for the rest of your life. It’s great.”

“It’s [handing the trophy back] it sucked, it really did. I woke up this morning and looked at it. The replica is beautiful, but it is not the same. It really isn’t. It never will be, but I don’t want to dwell on the past. I think I’ve talked about that early in my career, I always look forward to what’s next.

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“I think trying to defend this week at The 150th at St Andrews would be even more special. Obviously there are a lot of great players, a lot of guys who are playing very well at the moment, and I have to step up.”

“This is a week where, look, we only get four majors a year, and we’re already at number four. I don’t want to look back on this year and not be happy with what I did and how I did it.” prepared. So I’m doing everything I can to get ready for this week, and hopefully we can put together four really good rounds.”

Wayne 'Radar' Riley offers the last tour of the Old Course before the 150th Open Championship.

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Wayne ‘Radar’ Riley offers the last tour of the Old Course before the 150th Open Championship.

Wayne ‘Radar’ Riley offers the last tour of the Old Course before the 150th Open Championship.

When is The Open on Sky Sports?

Sky Sports The Open will show over 80 hours of live coverage from the iconic Old Course at St Andrews, more than ever before, with live programming seven days a week of the tournament and a host of additional bonus features available to enjoy.

Live coverage of the first two rounds will begin at 6:30 a.m., before the first tee shot, and continue until after play ends, with live wall-to-wall coverage from 9 a.m. Saturday and 8 am for the final round on Sunday.

There will be plenty of additional action throughout the four days via the red button on Sky Sports The Open, alongside Sky Q and Sky Glass, with featured groups and featured holes available to enjoy as the world’s best players take on the House of Golf.

Watch The 150th Open all week long live on the dedicated Sky Sports channel. Live coverage begins Thursday from 6.30am live on Sky Sports The Open.

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