'Audibly gasped': Collin Morikawa detail divides fans in victory speech

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Collin Morikawa (pictured right) smiling during his victory speech and (pictured left) thanking the crowd at the British Open.
Collin Morikawa (pictured right) caused a stir for some golf fans during his classy victory speech after he referred to the The Open at Royal St George's as the 'British Open'. (Getty Images)

The 149th Open winner Collin Morikawa captivated the hearts of 34,00 fans sitting in the gallery after capturing his second major, but a small detail in his victory speech had some supporters in stitches.

Collin Morikawa produced a sensational Final Round to claim the 149th 'British Open' and in doing so matched a special Tiger Woods achievement on the PGA Tour.

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Morikawa held off Jordan Spieth with an ice-cool Final Round to finish on 15-under and claim the British Open at Royal St George's.

“This is by far one of the best moments of my life,” the World No.4 said in front of an adoring 32,000 fans.

But the American, unwittingly, caused a stir on social media after referring to 'The Open Championship', as the British Open.

“To see some of the best crowds I’ve ever seen, I look forward to my trip every year to the British Open to see you guys," he said.

While the major is commonly referred to as the British Open in America, outside of the US many golf traditionalists refer to it as 'The Open Championship'.

Many fans took to social media to have a laugh at Morikawa's passing comment.

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Phil Mickelson addressed the debate last week.

The golf great took to social media to explain his view on whether it matters if the major is called one or the other.

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Fans praise Collin Morikawa's speech

Morikawa may have been aware of his comment after finishing with a thanks to 'The Open' before praising the support of the crowd.

Regardless, the classy American received widespread praise for a mature speech in a time when golf is filled with enigmatic characters.

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The 24-year-old American joined golf legend Tiger Woods as the only men to have won two majors (The Open and the PGA Championship) by the age of 25.

The packed galleries, enjoying a memorable finale after last year's cancellation, roared on Spieth.

But despite a return to his best, he was unable to catch Morikawa, finishing 13 under, and left to rue his bogey-bogey finish the night before.

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