Want to win The Open? Play the Scottish, says Jack Nicklaus

Collin Morikawa And Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus has hailed the role the Scottish Open played in Collin Morikawa's Open victory.

Morikawa, 24, won his second major on his Open debut after producing a links golf masterclass at Royal St George's.

Impressive when you consider he had never played links golf until he touched down in Scotland for last week's Scottish Open at The Renaissance. 

The American laboured to a T71 finish in East Lothian but, shortly after getting his hands on the Claret Jug, described what he learned there as "huge" in helping him to victory in Sandwich. 

• The Open: Full prize money payout

• Where will future Opens be played?

The greatest golfer of all time clearly agrees.

Congratulating Morikawa on social media, 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus said: "Collin himself said if he had not played in the Scottish Open the week before, he would not have been as prepared for his first Open Championship. The Scottish Open was REALLY important for him!

"I’ve always been a great believer in the importance of preparation going into any major championship, and preparation in those kinds of conditions is essential to winning. If you want to win, that’s what you’ve got to do. Collin Morikawa did it."

Since moving to a links 'rotation' in 2011, the Scottish Open has proven itself to be an invaluable warm-up for The Open, with a number of players - Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson and, now, Morikawa - going on to win the Claret Jug the following week.

• Trump wants The Open to return to Turnberry

That has made several players sit up and take notice - Bryson DeChambeau amongst them.

After closing out his week, the American told bunkered.co.uk that he is "absolutely" planning to add the Scottish Open to his schedule next year, where he will make his tournament debut.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
2022 Driver Test | Which one is going in my bag?
Drivers
play button
The most powerful PING irons ever? | PING i525 review
Ping
play button
I'll be using the Vokey SM9 wedges... and you should too
Titleist
play button
The driver that has it all? | COBRA LTDx drivers REVIEWED!
Cobra
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Rory McIlroy hails verdict in “personal” LIV Golf battle
Richie Ramsay lifts lid on hilarious Tiger Woods story
PGA Tour predicts HUGE prize money increase
Gary Player’s son responds to "simply not true” auction claims
OWGR: The new Official World Golf Ranking system explained

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Generate power with a good hip and shoulder turn
Watch
play button
Get more width in your backswing
Watch
play button
How to play better golf after a hip replacement
Watch
play button
Fix your grip with Denis Pugh
Watch
See all videos right arrow