2007 British Open Golf
The 2007 British Open Golf was played at Carnoustie from Thursday July 19th - Sunday July the 22nd with Tiger Woods coming in the tournament as defending champion. It was the first time Carnoustie had hosted the Open Championship since 1999 when the Scot Paul Lawrie took the crown after the famous Jean Van Der Velde incident on the 18th.
The 1st round in 2007 was all about Sergio Garcia who shot a brilliant 65 to end the day on -6 to lead the field by two shots in his search for his first Major Championship. It was the Ryder Cup star Paul McGinley who was in second but it was the young amateur player Rory Mcilroy who stole the headlines by shooting an outstanding 68 on his first appearance in an Open Championship.
The 2nd Round saw Garcia maintain his position at the top of the leader board with a level par round of 71 to stay two shots clear of the field. Korean player K J Choi moved into second place with Canadian player Mike Weir shooting a 68 to move to -3 with the best round of the day.
The 3rd round saw Garcia continue his dominance of the tournament as he shot a 68 to move three clear of the pack heading into Sunday as the Spaniard looked set for his first Major victory. American Steve Stricker shot a 64 which was the best round of the week to move into second place and Irishman Padraig Harrington continued a good week with a 68 to move to -3 which was six behind Garcia.
The final round was all about Sergio Garcia and whether he could hold on to win his first Major after starting the day with a three shot lead. Unfortunately for Garcia he seemed to crumble under the pressure and ended up shooting a 73 to give the chasing players a sniff. It was Harrington who came out of the pack to shoot a brilliant 67 to force a play-off with Garcia in a tense finish. The play-off was a tight affair but it was Padraig Harrington who held his nerve to win the shoot-out by one stroke and claim his first Major Championship in fine style.