Host of the upcoming Senior Open in 2010 & Women’s British Open 2011
Carnoustie’s Championship course has developed into one of the world’s finest tests of golf, a course used as the venue for 7 Opens and numerous other national championships. In 1931 American- based Scot, Tommy Armour, was Carnoustie’s first Open Champion, Subsequently, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968) and Tom Watson (1975) all tested success there, before another Scot, Paul Lawrie won the title in 1999, in one of the most dramatic finales ever seen at the world’s oldest championship.
On that occasion, Frenchman, Jean Van de Velde, seemed destined to lift the Claret Jug. He came to the last needing just a double bogey six to win but slumped to a seven before losing in a playoff against Lawrie and America’s Justin Leonard. Noone who saw the episode will ever forget how the luckless Van de Velde disintegrated in front of a worldwide audience measuring millions.
The 2007 Open Championship gave us and thrilling finish, where Sergio Garcia, had a chance to finally claim his first major at Carnoustie, where he had finished dead last in 1999. Sergio’s putt at the 18 to win, just missed, and he ended up losing in playoff to Ireland’s Padraig Harrington who claimed his first of back to back wins at The Open Championship.
"The golf course is hard, but it’s fair. I think it’s a fantastic test." Tiger Woods
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