Padraig Harrington`s British Open win may be a sign of the times for US golfers on the PGA Tour

Released on = July 25, 2007, 12:22 pm

Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications

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Press Release Summary = Save for Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, U.S. golfers have
stiff European competition. Columns at

Press Release Body = By William K. Wolfrum,
Staff Writer,
Golf Publisher Syndications

Watching the wild finish to the 2007 British Open, a couple of things came to mind.
For one, Padraig Harrington\'s thrilling victory means we don\'t have to hear Paul
Lawrie\'s name before every major as the last European golfer to win one.

Another thing was this: Tiger Woods may have ruined the rest of the world when it
comes to playing pressure golf. Face it, without taking one ounce of credit away
from Harrington - as deserving a champion as is out there - it wasn\'t like he shook
off the pressure to grab his slice of glory. Basically, he just choked slightly less
than Sergio Garcia and Andres Romero.

If ever there was a show of how players are unable to close the deal, it was on hole
No. 72. Harrington, needing a par to shut Garcia out, twice went into the water to
double-bogey. Garcia, needing a par for his first career major, played Carnoustie\'s
famed No. 18 so timidly you almost felt he was trying to two-putt from 10 feet to
guarantee a tie.

It was unimpressive to say the least. But, for Europeans, at least these golfers
were there. Because while Stewart Cink, Hunter Mahan and Steve Stricker were all in
the top 10, none was a true threat to win. Woods finished a respectable 12th -
respectable for someone not named Tiger, perhaps - and was never remotely in
position to win.

Which brings us to Carnoustie\'s final lesson: Outside of Tiger and possibly Phil
Mickelson (though his play has been hideous of late), U.S. golfers may struggle even
more now in getting to the winner\'s circle at the PGA Tour\'s biggest events.

It\'s very possible Woods is in one of his regenerating stages - like 2003-04 - this
time adjusting to fatherhood and a new life. He could very well re-emerge as the
most dominant golfer in the game, and sooner rather than later.

In reality, however, it is the Europeans that appear to be ready to take the game by
the throat and dominate upcoming majors now that Harrington finally kicked the door

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July 25, 2007
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