Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Harrington Defends British Open Title
Padraig Harrington joined an elite group of golfers including Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, Arnold, Lee Trevino and Bobby Jones by defending his British Open title and winning back-to-back Open championships. He did so in style, by eagling the 17th hole with an unbelievable second shot with his favorite club, the 5-wood, from 249 yards away to within 4 feet of the hole. He sank the putt and the tournament was effectively over there at #17. Harrington went on to win by a convincing 4 shots proving that last year was indeed no fluke victory.
Celebrations broke out across the Republic of Ireland as the Irish tri-colour flag was seen on the 18th green of the British Open for the second year in a row.
Harrington is now rated #3 in the world rankings, highest ever for him. The big question now is: can Harrington win a major golf championship other than the British Open links style which he grew up playing in Ireland? He was 5th at the Masters this year, and 36th in the US Open. Could 2009 be the year Harrington breaks through and wins a major in the US?