2007 British Open

Pádraig Harrington became the first Irishman in six decades to win the British Open when he beat Spain’s Sergio Garcia in a playoff at Carnoustie in Scotland, to claim the 136th Open Championship title.
Harrington’s victory at the 2007 British Open moved him up to number six in the world and was also the first time a European player had triumphed at one of the major championship golf tournaments in eight years.
Garcia blew a chance to win his first major when he gave up a three-shot lead in the final round, shooting a two-over-par 73 to finish on seven-under-par 277. The Spaniard had enjoyed a superb opening round, shooting a six-under-par 65, but Harrington rallied over the last two rounds, shooting a final round four-under-par 67 to finish alongside Garcia on 277 and take the Open Championship into a four-hole playoff.
The leading pair was closely followed by 26-year-old Argentine, Andres Romero, who shot a six-under-par 278. Romero himself could well have walked off with the title, but blew a two-shot lead with a double bogey and bogey at the last two holes in regulation.
Tied for fourth place were Australia’s Richard Green – who matched the British Open record for a round with a 64 in the final round – and perennial British Open top-ten-finisher, South Africa’s Ernie Els, on five-under-par 279. 2003 champion Ben Curtis finished in a four-way tie for eighth at three-under-par 281, while back-to-back winner of the 2005 and 2006 Open Championships, Tiger Woods, finished in a seven-way tie for 12th at two-under-par.

The Finale

Carnoustie is always full of surprises, as evinced by Jean van de Velde’s famous collapse on the 18th in 1999, and the 2007 British Open was no different.
Harrington’s double bogey at the 18th during regulation play should have cost him the Open Championship. Needing just a par to win, Garcia found the bunker before missing a ten-footer to force the playoff.
Harrington never looked back, birdying the first playoff hole as Garcia could only manage bogey. He was still made to suffer through a tense finish, however, having to hole a three-foot putt for bogey on the final playoff hole to clinch the title.