posted on Jul, 18 2004 @ 02:41 PM
Todd Hamilton, a virtually unknown on the PGA tour, well he did not even have a tour card a year ago. Playing an inspired and safe tournament,
Hamilton was forced into a playoff with Ernie Els. After 12 years, 4 rounds, and 4 extra holes, Hamilton wins, and wins big. Getting his name engraved
on the silver jug next to names like Jones, Hogan, Palmer, Nicklaus and Woods.
TROON, Scotland - Toughened by a 12-year journey through some of the most obscure outposts in golf, Todd Hamilton finally arrived in a major way
Sunday with a playoff victory over Ernie Els to win the British Open.
A year ago, he didn't even have a PGA Tour card.
After a hard-fought final round at Royal Troon and four extra holes against one of the best players in the world, the 38-year-old American won the
claret jug and was introduced as the champion golfer of the year.
What a ride!
Its always great to see new faces winning the Opens. Too bad for Els though. He had the chances, but could not follow through.