2008 British Open Golf
The 2008 British Open golf took place at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club between the 17th - 20th July and was most notable for Tiger Woods absence through a knee injury he had suffered at the US Open a few weeks before. The defending Champion heading into the tournament was Padraig Harrington who was struggling himself with a wrist injury which caused him to miss the practice rounds.
The headlines in the first 2 rounds were made by the veteran Greg Norman who rolled back the years with two scores of 70's to leave himself just 1 shot off the lead at the cut stage. Defending Champion Harrington had recovered from his injury but started with a poor score of 74 which he followed up with a brilliant 68 on Friday to put himself right in contention to defend his crown.
Greg Norman continued to defy the odds as he shot a 3rd round 72 to leave him the oldest player ever to hold the 54-hole lead to leave him on +2 and two clear of the field heading into the final round at Royal Birkdale. Padraig Harrington and K J Choi were the chasing players on +4 and both were in with a great shout after having a solid week.
All the talk ahead of round 4 was about whether or not Greg Norman could roll back the years and claim the British Open once again in what would have been an astonishing feat. However, it was not to be for The Shark who stuttered on the Sunday to record a disappointing round of 77 to leave himself tied for 3rd place in what was still a great achievement. It was Padraig Harrington who shot a brilliant 69 to land back-to-back British Opens to enter the record books. Harrington remained calm through the back nine and never looked in any danger to win by four shots despite a good effort from Ian Poulter who also shot 69 to claim 2nd place which was his best Major finish.