Harrington is the winner of the 2007 British Open
After the Open
Championship went into a playoff, everyone was asking who won
the 2007 British Open, and the winner is Padraig Harrington.
Padraig Harrington won the 2007 British Open in a playoff with
Sergio Garcia, beating the Spaniard by two shots at the
play-off. But both golfers could consider themselves winners,
with great game, will to win and leaving famous players such as
Tiger Woods and Ernie Els far behind them. Great payday for the
savvy bettors who had placed bets on Padraig Harrington - he was
listed by the online bookmaker
Bodog Sports at 25/1 to win the
2007 British Open.
The golfers had to replay the 1st, 16th, 17th and 18th holes to
find out which one had the skills and who will handle the
pressure better. An early two-shot lead by Padraig Harrington at
the playoff, made him the winner of the 2007 British open.
1st hole - Padraig Harrington stepped into
an immediate two-shot lead at the first hole of the play-off.
With Sergio Garcia in the bunker to the right, the Irishman
holed the birdie putt. Garcia was plugged under the face of the
trap and came out 12 feet short of the hole. He two-putted from
there to give Harrington the lead.
16th hole - Sergio Garcia had a chance for
a birdie, but came up short with the putt to make par. Padraig
Harrington remained two shots ahead after missing the green to
the left, but he also made par at the16th.
17th hole - Padraig Harrington missed a
chance to win the British open at the 17th, after Sergio
Garcia's putt from 18 feet touched the hole but failed to drop
and he gave Harrington the chance to go three shots ahead with
only one hole left. But a five-foot putt by Harrington slipped
left of the hole.
18th hole - The tension at the 18th was so
intense, you could have cut it with a knife. Padraig Harrington
was feeling the trophy in his hands, but if he did a bogey and
Garcia shot a birdie, his win would have to be delayed or worse.
Sergio Garcia knew it was not over - everything came down to the
18th. Garcia's putted shaved the hole but made the return,
leaving Harrington an unwanted three-footer for the title.
Padraig Harrington is the new Open champion.
How did they reach the playoff of the 2007
Sergio Garcia exhibited great golfing
skills throughout the entire Open Championship, ending each day
as the leader, until the Carnoustie caught up to him and five
bogeys were shot at the final round. Garcia took the tournament
lead early in day one, hitting sharp for a total of 7 birdies
and only one bogey during the opening day.
Day two of the Open Championship was evened
out by Sergio Garcia with 2 bogeys and 2 birdies. The Spaniard
maintained in Day 3 with three birdies, but the final round saw
him with three birdies and 5 bogeys, the last one on the 18th to
take the final of the 2007 British Open to a playoff. The
online bookmaker Bodog Sports had Sergio Garcia listed with odds
on winning at 33/1 before the competition started.
Padraig Harrington did not show on the radar until the
final day of the Open. Overall average game for the Irish golfer
starting the Round 1 with three birdies and a bogey. In Day 2 of
the British Open Harrington did only 2 birdies and 2 bogeys,
plus a double bogey at the 18th. Day 3 was much better for the
Irish and he climbed up with 4 birdies and only one bogey.
But the final day of the 2007 British Open
was probably the best game Padraig Harrington has ever played.
Four birdies at the 3rd, 6th, 9th and 11th were followed by an
eagle at the 14th, and he became a real threat to Garcia. The
18th hole, however, once again proved hard to overtake by the
Irish and a double bogey tied him with Sergio Garcia, which led
to the playoff.
Published on 07/22/2007