- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 18, 2009

From combined dispatches

TURNBERRY, Scotland | The attendance for the second round of the British Open was estimated at 28,000 on Friday. Apparently, most of them got lost on their way to the grandstands lining the 18th green.

There was about an hour of rain in the middle of the afternoon, yet the wind pushed away the clouds when Tom Watson and Tiger Woods finished their rounds about an hour apart.

Watson, 59, made history when he holed a 45-foot birdie putt to become the oldest player atop a major championship leader board. Woods failed to chip in for birdie and missed the cut in a major for only the second time in his career.

The most stunning scene of all was the sight of grandstands that were about half-full on both sides.

The Royal & Ancient said ticket sales were slightly up - there were 25,000 people at Turnberry in the second round in 1994 - but cautioned that this links course simply doesn’t hold as many spectators as St. Andrews or Royal Birkdale.

The economy played a role, too, not to mention that Turnberry is one of the few links where a train doesn’t run through town.

My wife, my caddie

Mark Calcavecchia’s wife, Brenda, is his caddie for the week. That’s nothing new. She has carried his bag occasionally since they first started dating in 2001, and she was his caddie the weekend before they got married in Italy.

Calcavecchia counts two victories with Brenda on the bag - the Maekyung Open and the Shark Shootout.

“She golfs,” he said. “She knows what she’s doing out there. When it started raining on 16, she said, ‘Don’t worry about me, I don’t care if I get soaked.’ So she knows that I don’t worry about her. She knows she’s got to keep the clubs dry. The bag weighed a ton today, and she’s got to be exhausted. But she’s doing great. She’s having fun.”

Location is everything

One clothing company has found a unique way to advertise at the British Open. Its logo is plastered on the sail of a large boat that has been cruising along the Firth of Clyde behind the ninth tee down to the 11th tee.

It’s hard to miss it.

That’s a problem for photographers, however, because that stretch is among the most popular for pictures. Along with the cliffside beauty, they often capture the image of players with the Ailsa Craig and Turnberry Lighthouse - sometimes both - in the background.

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