Harrington Wins British Open

Irishman is first European to charm claret jug away in eight years
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Jul 22, 2007 2:26 PM CDT
Spain's Sergio Garcia, reacts after a missed putt on the 18th green, which would have won his the championship during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland, Sunday...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Ireland's Padraig Harrington became the first European to win the British Open since 1999 today, shooting a 4-under 67 in the final round to force a four-hole playoff with Spain's Sergio Garcia. In one of the tightest finishes the unforgiving Carnoustie Links has ever seen, Harrington hit twice into the Barry Burn on 18 to blow a one-stroke lead over Garcia.

But the Spaniard blew his putt after Harrington double bogeyed, sending the open into extra holes, where Harrington prevailed by a single stroke. "If I'd lost after what happened on 18, I don't know what I would have thought about playing golf again," the 35-year-old Harrington said.