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2008 British Open
Recap and Scores for the 2008 British Open Golf Tournament

Padraig Harrington won his first major at the preceding year's Open Championship. But when Harrington reached the 2008 British Open and the defense of his title, he was in pain.

Suffering from a wrist injury, Harrington considered withdrawing. Only the fact that this was his title defense kept him from doing so. Still, he had to cut his preparations and practice time short in favor of treatment for the wrist.

So what happened? Harrington only went out and won the British Open again.

Although he opened with a 74, Harrington rebounded with a second-round 68. By the end of the third round, Harrington moved up to second place, two strokes behind the very surprising Greg Norman.

Norman was the 1986 British Open and 1993 British Open champion, but he was in semi-retirement now, and hadn't played a British Open in several years. He was 53 years old at this point, and the final-round conditions were very windy and tough.

And Norman couldn't keep the magic going for four rounds, stumbling with a final-round 77. None of the other challengers stepped up, but Harrington carded a strong 69 to pull away for the win.

2008 British Open Scores
Scores and earnings from the 2008 British Open, played at Royal Birkdale Golf Club (par 70) in Southport, England (a-amateur):

Padraig Harrington 74-68-72-69--283 $1,498,875
Ian Poulter 72-71-75-69--287 $899,325
Greg Norman 70-70-72-77--289 $509,617
Henrik Stenson 76-72-70-71--289 $509,617
a-Chris Wood 75-70-73-72--290
Jim Furyk 71-71-77-71--290 $359,730
David Howell 76-71-78-67--292 $193,743
Robert Karlsson 75-73-75-69--292 $193,743
Anthony Kim 72-74-71-75--292 $193,743
Steve Stricker 77-71-71-73--292 $193,743
Robert Allenby 69-73-76-74--292 $193,743
Stephen Ames 73-70-78-71--292 $193,743
Paul Casey 78-71-73-70--292 $193,743
Ben Curtis 78-69-70-75--292 $193,743
Ernie Els 80-69-74-69--292 $193,743
KJ Choi 72-67-75-79--293 $106,253
Justin Leonard 77-70-73-73--293 $106,253
Adam Scott 70-74-77-72--293 $106,253
Paul Waring 73-74-76-71--294 $75,484
Alexander Noren 72-70-75-77--294 $75,484
a-Thomas Sherreard 77-69-76-72--294
Paul Waring 73-74-76-71--294 $75,484
Graeme McDowell 69-73-80-72--294 $75,484
Rocco Mediate 69-73-76-76--294 $75,484
Phil Mickelson 79-68-76-71--294 $75,484
Jean Van De Velde 73-71-80-70--294 $75,484
Simon Wakefield 71-74-70-79--294 $75,484
Anders Hansen 78-68-74-74--294 $75,484
Trevor Immelman 74-74-73-73--294 $75,484
Fredrik Jacobson 71-72-79-72--294 $75,484
Gregory Havret 71-75-77-71--294 $75,484
Davis Love III 75-74-70-75--294 $75,484
Tom Lehman 74-73-73-75--295 $50,033
Nick O'Hern 74-75-74-72--295 $50,033
Andres Romero 77-72-74-72--295 $50,033
Retief Goosen 71-75-73-76--295 $50,033
Richard Green 76-72-76-71--295 $50,033
Todd Hamilton 74-74-72-75--295 $50,033
Heath Slocum 73-76-74-72--295 $50,033
Graeme Storm 76-70-72-78--296 $33,266
Mike Weir 71-76-74-75--296 $33,266
Camilo Villegas 76-65-79-76--296 $33,266
Jay Williamson 73-72-77-74--296 $33,266
Ariel Canete 78-71-76-71--296 $33,266
David Duval 73-69-83-71--296 $33,266
Ross Fisher 72-74-71-79--296 $33,266
Gregory Bourdy 74-74-75-73--296 $33,266
Bart Bryant 70-78-74-74--296 $33,266
Woody Austin 76-72-74-74--296 $33,266
Thomas Aiken 75-71-82-68--296 $33,266
Simon Khan 77-72-71-76--296 $33,266
Zach Johnson 73-72-76-76--297 $23,553
Doug LaBelle 78-70-74-75--297 $23,553
Sergio Garcia 72-73-74-78--297 $23,553
David Frost 75-73-73-76--297 $23,553
Stuart Appleby 72-71-79-75--297 $23,553
Michael Campbell 75-74-74-74--297 $23,553
Anthony Wall 71-73-81-72--297 $23,553
Scott Verplank 77-67-78-76--298 $21,284
Colin Montgomerie 73-75-74-76--298 $21,284
Kevin Stadler 72-75-78-73--298 $21,284
Richard Finch 75-73-78-72--298 $21,284
Tom Gillis 74-72-79-73--298 $21,284
Peter Hanson 71-72-78-77--298 $21,284
Soren Hansen 75-69-77-78--299 $20,384
Jonathan Lomas 75-73-76-75--299 $20,384
Liang Wen-Chong 77-71-77-74--299 $20,384
Lee Westwood 75-74-78-73--300 $19,785
Jean Baptiste Gonnet 75-72-73-80--300 $19,785
David Horsey 74-70-79-77--300 $19,785
Pablo Larrazabal 75-74-73-79--301 $18,685
Jose Lima 73-76-75-77--301 $18,685
Martin Wiegele 75-74-78-74--301 $18,685
Brendan Jones 74-73-83-71--301 $18,685
John Rollins 73-75-77-76--301 $18,685
Justin Rose 74-72-82-73--301 $18,685
Jeff Overton 72-75-75-79--301 $18,685
Craig Parry 77-70-77-77--301 $18,685
Lucas Glover 78-71-77-76--302 $17,686
Nick Dougherty 75-71-79-77--302 $17,686
Martin Kaymer 75-72-79-77--303 $17,386
Philip Archer 75-74-78-77--304 $17,187
Sean O'Hair 75-73-80-78--306 $16,987
Chih-Bing Lam 72-75-83-81--311 $16,787

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