Padraig Harrington Thanks God, Tiger’s ACL
Posted by Mac10 on July 21, 2008
In a finish that shocked no one, Greg Norman did not complete the miracle story and win the British Open. Instead, defending champ Padraig Harrington shot an impressive 69 to win the Open Championship by 4 shots.
Harrington seized his opportunity by smashing a pair of fairway metals into the par 5s that carried him to a 32 on the back nine of blustery Royal Birkdale and made him Europe’s first player in more than a century to win the British Open two years in a row.
“Obviously, winning a major puts you in a special club,” Harrington said after closing with a 1-under 69 to win by four shots over Ian Poulter. “Winning two of them puts you in a new club altogether.”
Maybe one day I will learn to listen to myself. One day after I posted that Greg Norman was going to choke, I actually bet on him to win. I probably should follow the old gambling rule: bet with your head, not with your heart. Or your penis (thanks for choking at Wimbledon, Sharapova).
ANYWAY, the multiple story lines that came out of the Open proved that golf can survive without Eldrick. Greg Norman captivated the idiots who thought he wouldn’t actually choke this time (read: me). Ian Poulter upped the stakes in his ongoing battle with Rafa Nadal for gayest clothing worn by a professional athlete. David Duval’s brief contention reminded people that he was still alive. The awful weather made it fun to watch professionals hit shots like I do. In the end, the most important story line was that Harrington cemented himself as one of the elite players in today’s game with his back-to-back Open wins.