CARNOUSTIE, Scotland - Padraig Harrington was able to take
advantage of a second chance today.
Harrington has captured his first career major, winning the
British Open in a four-hole playoff against Sergio Garcia at
Carnoustie. The Irishman took the lead for good
with a birdie on the first extra hole and clinched the title with a
three-foot bogey putt.
Harrington was the leader in regulation when he teed off on 18.
But he sent two shots into the water en route to a double-bogey
that put him one stroke behind Garcia.
Garcia also was seeking his first major title and was staring at
a tournament-clinching par putt on 18. But he missed the ten-footer
to give Harrington new life.
Andres Romero had a chance to win the tournament. He owned a
two-shot lead until he double-bogeyed 17, around the same time
Harrington was carding an eagle on 14. Romero later bogeyed 18 and
finished alone in third, one shot back and one ahead of Ernie Els
and Richard Green.
Green moved into contention with a 7-under-par, which tied the
British Open course record set by Steve Stricker the previous day.
Stricker faded today, shooting a 3-over 74 for a 3-under total and
beginning the round just three shots off the lead.