Padraig Harrington defends his Open Championship at the 137th British Open
Pádraig Harrington successfully defended his Open Championship title for his second Open title.
Harrington shot four under on the back nine to pull away from Ian Poulter and Greg Norman.
Despite a wrist injury that almost forced him to withdraw prior to the tournament, Pádraig Harrington successfully defended his Open Championship title. Harrington pulled away from the field with a tremendous back nine and became only the fifth golfer to repeat at the Open Championship in the last fifty years. Greg Norman, who was attempting to become the oldest major champion ever, faltered with a final round 77 to finish in a tie for third place with Henrik Stenson. Ian Poulter attempted to become the first Englishman to win the Open since Nick Faldo, but finished in second, four strokes behind Harrington.
World Number One Tiger Woods was the most notable absentee, as he was recovering from knee surgery.