Irish Eyes

July 23, 2007 -

Are smiling. I cannot remember a more deserving winner of a Major Championship, than Padraig Harrington. Once again, Carnoustie gave us splendid theater. Garcia, held a three shot lead at the beginning of the day, but by the time he had played the front 9, there were 14 players within three strokes of the lead, as Sergio continued his capitulation in Major Championships. As we have stated in earlier blogs, sometimes you can want something, too much. Maybe that is the Spainiard’s problem or maybe it is that he has the emotional bearing of an eleven year old. Rather than harp on Garcia’s petulance, though, we would be better to revel in what is truly a historic win for Harrington.

No-one works harder on their game than Padraig. He was also a late bloomer in professional golf having gone to university to get a degree in accounting and having played in 3 Walker Cup (the Amateur version of the Ryder Cup) matches. Harrington is a self described “journeyman” although I would say that moniker is unfair. He finished second on the European Tour 11 times before he finally broke through for his first win. At the World Matchplay Championship earlier this year, he was practicing on the range in 43o wind and rain; AFTER he was eliminated from the tournament.

Harrington represents so much that is special about golf. He is dedicated, humble, a real gentleman and a friend to all. After he made double bogey on the last hole of regulation, his young son, came running out to get a hug from his Dad. Rather than wallow in the disappointment that he must have felt at perhaps letting the Open slip away, he gave little Patrick an embrace that spoke a thousand words.

The Emerald Isle may be celebrating this one for a month or two; and rightly so. The Irish people can call one of their own, the Open Champion but there have probably been hurrahs exclaimed from all corners of the world, for Padraig is the people’s Champion.

‘Sláinte!’

5 thoughts on “Irish Eyes

  1. shivasirons says:

    ‘Molann an obair an fear’.
    The work praises the man.

    And this was great work.

  2. Karl Spackler says:

    A great final round. Padraig is a most gracious winner. If Sergio had made that putt on 18, I don’t think we would of heard a negative comment out of Padraig’s mouth. I would not mind if the Open was held every year at Carnoustie. It has the best finishing holes in golf.

  3. golfguru says:

    What a great champion and what a great golf course. Having had the privilege to play Carnoustie; it is truly is one of the hardest courses on the planet. The eighteenth finishing hole is one of the tougest anywhere. Hopefully, the R&A will use it more often in the Rota, it is a phenomenal challenge to the best players. Karl you are right. That was some of the best drama coming down the stretch. Truly remarkable.

  4. admin says:

    Nice blog, Guru. Rumor has it that you were a contestant in the 1937 Open at Carnoustie, won by Henry Cotton; is there any truth to that?

  5. golfguru says:

    Yes. The struggle in those days for the Yanks the competed were all the groupies from Scotland. It was very difficult to stand up to the competition.

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