Collin Morikawa holds off the challenge of Jordan Spieth to clinch The Open title at Sandwich and his second major aged just 24 after Louis Oosthuizen fell away
- The duo got to the course at 12.30pm BST, about two hours before they tee off
- American Morikawa starts on 11 under, one shot off South African Oosthuizen
- Oosthuizen has come second in six majors since winning the Claret Jug in 2010
- And the 38-year-old vowed to ‘play his heart out’ to avoid being runner-up again
Leading pair Collin Morikawa and Louis Oosthuizen have arrived at Royal St George’s before their last-day showdown to win the Open.
The duo were pictured getting to the course in Sandwich just after 12.30pm BST, around two hours before they are set to officially tee off, with 32,000 more fans flocking to Kent in scorching conditions to watch the tournament unfold.
Morikawa, on 11 under, and front-runner Oosthuizen, on 12 under, will be the last two to start their round at 2.35pm BST on Sunday, the fourth and final day of the competition.
Louis Oosthuizen looked focused and zoned in on the putting green ahead of the final round
Morikawa arrived at the course at around 12.30pm BST, roughly two hours before the tee time
South African Oosthuizen, 38 years old, leads the field by a single stroke on 12 under par
American Morikawa (above) is 14 years younger and will hope to overtake him on the last day
South African star Oosthuizen, who won the Open back in 2010, is in pole position, with American Morikawa one stroke behind.
The closest challengers after that are Jordan Spieth, Corey Connors, and Jon Rahm, Mackenzie Hughes and Dylan Frittelli on nine, eight and seven under par respectively.
However, American Brooks Koepka has managed four under on the first nine holes and has moved into contention, at seven under par at the time of writing.
Oosthuizen had a superb first two days and was two shots ahead of the field on the third day on Saturday, before Morikawa and Spieth briefly made it a three-way tie.
Brooks Koepka made four under on the first nine holes and has quickly moved into contention
Fans have flocked to the Royal St George’s course to witness the Open Championship finale
Around 32,000 more supporters have flocked to sunny Sandwich in Kent to view the action
Temperatures are set to hit 26 degrees Celsius on the fourth and final day of the competition
The 38-year-old then birdied the 17th hole to regain a narrow lead, while Spieth ended with successive bogeys to drop three shots behind him.
And after his round, he questioned the pin positions on certain holes, saying: ‘The R&A put some pins out there that were questionable. It was tough and I’m glad I held it together.’
Oosthuizen has come second at six majors since 2010, and added: ‘I was a little all over the place with iron shots. I kept the round together at the end. Finishing second isn’t so great, so I will play my heart out and see if I can lift the Claret Jug again.’