Forget about that asterisk. The only man in the field who could win and not have to answer one question about Tiger Woods not being at the 137th Open Championship will never have to wonder what if. After all, Padraig Harrington beat the world No. 1 last year for the Claret Jug. So what if Woods was AWOL this year?
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Under new criteria announced by the Royal & Ancient, the Open Championship will now exempt the top 30 players from the FedEx Cup standings and the top 30 from the European tour money list, which next year will be the "Race to Dubai."
Padraig Harrington thought he'd win a second major, but he admitted he didn't know it would be so soon. And, thankfully, this time he got to soak it all in as he strolled up the final fairway.
Harrington's scorecard | Ireland celebrates again
Want to know how Greg Norman really felt about his loss at the 137th Open Championship? "If you really want to chase something and chase a dream, you can go do it," the 53-year-old said Sunday.
Norman's scorecard | Video: Norman talks about his feelings
Ian Poulter proved he's more than a fashion plate Sunday by vaulting all the way up into second place. Now he wants to stay hot all the way through the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup.
Poulter's scorecard | Notebook: See you next year