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Margin of victory: Playoff

Winner’s share: 700,000 pounds

Recap: The week began with talk about Tiger Woods going for the Grand Slam, and ended with Ernie Els winning his first British Open with nerves so jangled he felt as if he had played four majors in one day. Woods’ hopes for a third successive major ended with an 81 in a rain-filled, wind-blown third round. Els survived with a 72 to take a two-shot lead into the final round. He squandered a three-shot lead on the back nine, and with a double bogey from the fairway on the 16th, suddenly found himself one shot down with two to play. He birdied the 17th and made par on the last for a 70 to join a four-way playoff, the largest in Open history. Stuart Appleby and Steve Elkington bogeyed the last hole of the four-hole playoff (No. 18) to drop out, leading to the first sudden-death playoff in the Open. Thomas Levet took bogey on the 18th hole, and Els saved par from a greenside bunker with a 5-foot putt for his third major.

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2007 (5 years ago)

Winner: Padraig Harrington

Course: Carnoustie

Score: 277

Runner-up: Sergio Garcia

Margin of victory: Playoff

Winner’s share: 750,000 pounds

Recap: Sergio Garcia blew a three-shot lead in the final round, only for Padraig Harrington to seemingly throw away the tournament. Leading by one shot, Harrington twice hit into Barry Burn on the 18th hole. Garcia was playing the 17th when he crossed a bridge with Harrington, who had driven into the burn. The Spaniard never imagined they would meet again in a playoff. Harrington scrambled for a double bogey to fall one shot behind, and then Garcia’s par putt to win his first major hit the lip of the cup to force a playoff. Harrington birdied the first hole while Garcia made bogey, and the Spaniard never caught up. Garcia’s tee shot on the 16th hit the pin and rolled some 35 feet away. On the fourth and final hole _ the 18th _ Harrington had to make a 3-foot bogey putt to win his first major.

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