Ireland's own Padraig Harrington survived a double bogey on the 18th hole today, and then bested Sergio Garcia in a 4-hole playoff to win the British Open in Scotland. The luck of the Irish was with Harrington as Carnoustie's 18th has destroyed lesser men (from lesser nations) such as Jean Van de Velde from France. Harrington also benefited from Garcia's tee-shot striking the base of the pin and rolling 18 feet away on the 2nd playoff hole. Garcia, who led the tournament by 3 shots going into the final round, handled the misfortune with his usual aplomb:
"To tell you the truth, I don't feel like I did anything wrong," said Garcia, who closed with a 73 and was 1 over in the playoff. "I really didn't miss a shot in the playoff. I hit unbelievable putts. They just didn't go in . . . I should write a book on how not to miss a shot and not win a playoff."
Suggested titles for that book: Nuremberg Golf: Don't Blame Yourself, Great Putts That Miss: When the Green is Culpable, or Sour Grapes: The Sergio Garcia Story. -KD