CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) - Padraig Harrington almost gave away
his first major championship today. Sergio Garcia stunningly gave
it right back.
Harrington needed a four-hole playoff to beat Garcia and capture
the British Open at Carnoustie (kahr-NOOS'-tee). The Irishman took
the lead for good with a birdie on the first extra hole following a
disastrous experience at the end of regulation.
Harrington held the lead heading to the final hole of regulation
before he sent two shots into the water en route to a double-bogey.
That gave Garcia an opportunity to win the tournament as he
approached the 18th green. But Garcia missed a ten-footer for par,
giving Harrington a second chance to earn his first major title.
Harrington shot a final-round 4-under-par 67 for a 7-under
total. He grabbed the lead with an eagle on 14 and followed that
with three pars before heading to 18.
Garcia entered the day with a three-stroke lead and was four
shots ahead following a birdie on the third hole.
Andres Romero finished third at 6-under, one shot ahead of Ernie
Els and Richard Green.