Hosting its ninth Open Championship, Birkdale provided plenty of drama - and a Champion who almost did not compete. Last year's winner, Padraig Harrington, admitted on the eve of the first round that had it not been The Open, he would not have played. When he pulled out of practice on Wednesday to receive intensive treatment to his right wrist, his Open prospects looked grim. With winds gusting up to 50mph, the players could do nothing but battle it out. The cut, which was drawn at nine over, saw the hopes of many disappear, including former Open Champions Paul Lawrie, Mark O'Meara, Tom Watson and Mark Calcavecchia. The main story, however, was Greg Norman and his prospects for the weekend as he bid to become the oldest winner of The Open Championship. The weather didn't improve on the Saturday with conditions continuing to prove challenging and of the 83 players remaining, only four made par, Davis Love, Henrik Stenson, Ben Curtis and Simon Wakefield. On the final day, the promise of a thrilling final was guaranteed by the three players topping the leaderboard. Norman's round of 72 left him two shots clear of Harrington, who was tied for second place with KJ Choi. Harrington made a birdie at the 15th followed by a spectacular eagle at the 17th when a five-wood shot from 249 yards landed within three feet of the hole. A par at the 18th gave the Irishman a winning total of 283. Harrington could celebrate the honour of becoming the Champion Golfer of the Year once more, and the first European to win The Open back to back since James Braid in 1906. The Official Film tells the full story of one of the best Open Championships of recent times.