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PADRAIG Harrington, the two-time Open champion, yesterday hailed Bob Torrance, his swing coach, as "a genius" and the best teacher of the game to be found anywhere in the world of golf.
ALTHOUGH the drama of twice finding the burn at Carnoustie on the 72nd hole before defeating Sergio Garcia in a play-off to claim his first major title last summer will always mean a lot to him, Padraig Harrington admitted last night at Royal Birkdale that he felt a different sense of satisfaction after winning the 2008 Open in such emphatic style. "I feel more accomplished this year," he said. "This win will probably give me more confidence."
IT WASN'T meant to be like this at the projected dull, Tiger-less Open. But there we were, stumbling about the dunes and the gorse bushes, elbowing aside those meddlesome others with the same idea, in an effort to see unfold what some had branded the Greatest Sports Story Ever.
ALTHOUGH bitterly disappointed with his Open finish yesterday, South Korea's KJ Choi felt he gained significant ground in his lifelong bid to become a major champion.
THE first golfer from this side of the Atlantic to successfully defend the Open championship since James Braid last pulled off the feat at Muirfield in 1906, Padraig Harrington was acclaimed by history yesterday as Ireland's greatest ever golfer.
BRISTOL'S Chris Wood won the silver medal for leading amateur at the Open after a final-round 72 at Royal Birkdale.
LEE Westwood admitted yesterday that it would be a relief to leave windy Royal Birkdale behind after finishing the Open with a 20-over-par total of 300, 17 strokes behind winner Padraig Harrington.
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JUSTIN Rose, leader of the European Ryder Cup table when he won the Volvo Masters in November, is no longer in the top ten after his dismal Open showing.
OPEN runner-up Ian Poulter knew he had fallen short in his final round at Royal Birkdale but he remained positive about finishing second to Padraig Harrington.
GREG Norman made the horrifying discovery at Birkdale yesterday that those who would turn back time are playing a dangerous game. Rolling back the years can also resurrect the bad days.
PADRAIG Harrington was delighted to regain possession of the Claret Jug after claiming his second Open Championship in succession in superb style on a windswept final day at Royal Birkdale.
AWAY from the clamour and the applause afforded the leaders in yesterday's Open Championship, spare a thought for Chih Bing Lam. The Singapore golfer, the first player from his country to make an Open cut, was the first man to tee-off in the silence, if not stillness, of yesterday morning.
FIVE days after Nick Faldo told him to "pull your finger out" and four days after he still feared a wrist injury might keep him out, Padraig Harrington was tonight celebrating more Open Championship glory.
AFTER THE storm, Padraig Harrington came in for a chat. Chilled out, relaxed, munching on fruit, he was asked about his playing partner in the final round of the Open championship, the one-man drama that is Greg Norman.
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