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Colin Morikawa is giving ‘world recognition’ to Cal Mens golf, says coach

Berkeley – It didn’t take long for former Cal star Colin Morikawa to win the 149th Open Championship after leveling the 18th green at Royal St George’s, with messages of congratulatory pouring in from the golf world and beyond on social media.

Golf legends such as Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Gary Player and Greg Norman praised Morikawa on Twitter, as did JJ Watt, Jimmy Fallon, Pat McAfee and other non-golf celebrities.

Norman, the two-time winner of the event, tweeted: “Congratulations on being the champion golfer of the year.” “There is no feeling holding the claret jug. Enjoy every moment of your well-earned @TheOpen win.”

Perhaps no one is more famous around the world right now than UC Berkeley alum Morikawa, who has become a part of golf history in the two years since receiving his degree from the Haas School of Business.

With his win on Sunday, Morikawa became the second golfer after Tiger Woods to capture both the Open Championship and the PGA Championship before turning 25. By winning two Majors in his first eight starts, he matched Bobby Jones’ achievement nearly a century earlier.

“It’s so hard to look back on the two younger years I’ve been a pro and see what I’ve done because I want more,” said Morikawa, who won gold for the United States in the summer. Will try to win a medal. Olympics in Tokyo. “I enjoy these moments and I love it, and I want to teach myself to embrace it a little more.”

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All of this, undoubtedly, enhances the profile of the Cal men’s golf program, which already includes alumni such as Max Homa, James Hahn, Brandon Hagee, Byeong Hoon An and Michael Kim.

According to trend calendar, Morikawa on Sunday became one of Google’s most searched individuals, some of whom undoubtedly cared about where he studied as an undergraduate.

“Colin’s outstanding play has had a surprising, positive impact for Cal,” Golden Bears men’s golf coach Walter Chun wrote in an email. “Let’s be honest that many people outside the West Coast don’t know that UC Berkeley and Cal are one and the same.

“But thanks to Colin and the other players on the Tour … Cal and Cal Golf are reaching not only national but world recognition.”

Colin Morikawa of the United States holds the Claret Jug Trophy as he poses for photographers on the 18th Green after winning the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal St George Golf Course in Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021. (AP photo/Ian Walton)

Just about every department involved with Morikawa during his time at Cal from 2015 to 2019 took to social media to congratulate him, as did many older (and younger) blues.

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Washington football coach Ron Rivera tagged Morikawa and the Cal Mens golf team, writing, “Congratulations on your @TheOpen win!” “#GoBears.”

“There is also an enormous level of pride Colin is instilling with anyone who is associated with Cal,” Chun wrote. “Professors, students, parents, student-athletes, administrative support, etc. We all wear our Cal apparel with our chests a little higher.”

In his final three years at Cal, Morikawa won five times. He set an NCAA scoring record of 68.88 and finished as the No. 1 collegiate player in the county when as a junior. In his senior year, Morikawa won the Pac-12 individual title.

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