The 2007 Open Championship

The 2007 Open Championship was played between the 19th and 22nd of July at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. A bumper field of 156 golfers participated in the tournament, competing for £4,200,000 in prize money.

First Round

Sergio Garcia took an early lead at the 2007 Open Championship. Despite hitting bogeys on the first 18 holes, Garcia was strong enough to score a commanding –6 in the first round, opening a substantial 2 shot lead over his closest competitors.
Paul McGinely, Michael Campbell and Markus Brier shared second place after the first round, all scoring –4. Tiger Woods started the tournament in typical fashion, staying in touch with the leaders by scoring –2 to take a share of third place.

Second Round

Sergio Garcia maintained his lead in the second round, scoring a 71. Other golfers near the top of the leaderboard after the first round struggled to come to terms with Carnoustie’s conditions on the second day, with Markus Brier the only second placed player to hold onto his spot on the leaderboard.
KJ Choice upped the ante on the second day of the 2007 Open Championship, scoring 69 in the second round to equal his first round score and stay in touch with the leader. Tiger Woods began his slide out of the tournament in the second round with a disappointing round of 74 pushing him well off the lead.

Third Round

Sergio Garcia set up what looked like an unassailable lead in the third round, carding 68 to extend his lead to 3 strokes on 9 under. While Garcia set up a commanding lead, Steve Stricker scored the round the day, equaling the course record with a 7 under 64.
It was at this point that Padraid Harrignton began to accelerate up the leaderboard, finishing the day tied for 3rd on 3 under after scoring a round of 68. Tiger Woods still lurked within reach of the leaders having scored 69 to move to 1 under.

Fourth Round

Sergio Garcia scored his only over-par round of the 2007 Open Championship on the final day of the tournament. While this still gave him a good score of 7 under for the tournament, it also opened the door for Ireland’s Padraig Harrington.
Harrington played a brilliant round of 64 to equal Garcia’s score, forcing the tournament into a playoff. Harrington prevailed in the playoff, with a birdie on the 1st hole giving him an advantage that Garcia was unable to pull back in the remaining 3 holes.
Harrington took the title with a short bogey putt, becoming the first European player to win the Open Championship since 1999.