British Open Past and Present

British Open History.

Can Padraig Harrington Win His 3rd Straight Open Championship? It has been 50 years since Peter Thomson won 3 consecutive British Opens. He won in 1954, 1955, and 1956. At the 2009 British Open to be played at Turnberry from July 16 – 19 Padraig Harrington attempt to copy the 3-peat of Peter Thomson. Harrington has won 3 of the last 8 Major golf championships, the 2007 & 2008 British Opens along with the 2008 PGA Championship. So he could be very able to winning in the highest levels. A third consecutive British Open victory has to be monumental accomplishment. It’s always fun when doing your research, to have handy a viewing device that you can use a car phone holder to keep steady, and simply focus on your researching golf history.

It’s 2008, Padraig Harrington one another title for the second time in the British Open championship in Royal Birkdale with four strokes over his competitor Ian Poulter. He was the first European player to take hold of the championship and to defend his title since James braid in 1906. Harrington was locked into a close duel with Greg Norman for the initial 12 holes. After three consecutive bogeys starting in the par 3 seventh, Harrington went from to two up to one down.

But the Irishman designed a clutch 5-foot putt in order to save par and have back into a tie for the lead on the par 4 10th. When Harrington stepped for the tee on 13 here had been just one single birdie on the 499-yard, par 4 hole. He conservatively hit a 3 iron into the middle from the fairway. This left him with 210 yards for the front of the green. Harrington hit a go to fifteen feet and rolled it looking for birdie to accept lead.

Harrington would 2 putt fro birdie on hole number 15 and for your second period in four days, he made eagle at the 17th and you could hear the roars all the way up from Dublin. This gave him an insurmountable four-stroke lead. Padraig won the 2007 Open, his initial championship, inside a playoff with Sergio Garcia. Standing about the 18th tee having a one stroke lead, Harrington’s drive found the famous burn that runs throughout Carnoustie. His third shot would find the burn again and brought back memories of Jean Van de Velde’s meltdown in the 1999 British Open.

But from 40 yards away, Harrington ran his pitch shot to four feet. He sank the left to right breaking putt and escaped which has a double bogey. Garcia needing par to win couldn’t get the job done because he finished which has a bogey 5. Harrington would birdie the very first playoff hole while Garcia bogeyed to get a 2 shot lead that will hold up within the 4 hole playoff.