The Open Championship is returning to the Carnoustie Championship Course this year for the 147th version of golf's premier international major. Carnoustie has only hosted the Championship seven times in its history, but each occasion provides for memorable moments and career-making performances. This year should be no different. But with a decade-long hiatus since golf's best made the trip to Carnoustie, we thought we'd take a look at the last time The Open was played at the challenging links at St. Andrews.
Let's take a look back at The Open Championship 2007:
The Open 2007
Europe's major championship calls for the best European golfers to step up to the stage on their home turf. But that stage may be the grandest when the tricky and downright difficult Carnoustie Championship Course is being played. In 2007, it had been eight years since golfers had traveled to play the course for golf's third major of the year, and no one was necessarily excited to return.
In a true international affair, the 136th Open Championship saw golfers from all around the world compete and shift back and forth up the leader board throughout all four days. While the field was vast and full of diverse golfers, the final round came down to the Spaniard Sergio Garcia and the Irishmen Pádraig Harrington. Garcia led the field at nine-under going into the final day, but shot his only over-par (+1) of the entire tournament to leave room for a potential usurper. Harrington, who started the final round at three-under, roared back with four birdies and an eagle on 14 to give himself a one-shot lead going into the 18th hole.
The Championship was decided by a four-hole playoff consisting of holes 1, 16, 17 and 18. After shooting for birdie on the first hole and parring the next two, Harrington held a two-stroke lead going into the last hole. Garcia shot par on the 18th, so all Harrington had to do was shoot for bogey to claim the Claret Jug. The drama continued past 72 holes, though, as Harrington double-bogeyed on 18 and Garcia bogeyed, forcing a playoff.
He did just that, becoming the first Irishmen to win The Open in 60 years and the first European major winner since Paul Lawrie claimed The Open Championship at Carnoustie in 1999.
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