TURNBERRY, Scotland — The attendance for the second round of the British Open was estimated at 28,000 Friday. Apparently, most of them got lost on their way to the grandstands lining the 18th green. They 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.
Outplaying the big boys
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Daniel Gaunt made his British Open debut a memorable one.
The 30-year-old Australian who has been chasing around the mini-tours in Europe made it to Turnberry through local qualifying last week. He played a practice round with Tom Watson on Monday, then joined up with John Daly on Tuesday.
The best stuff came Friday, when Gaunt went through the toughest stretch at Turnberry in 2 under and wound up with a 67. It was the lowest score of the second round and allowed him to make the cut at 3-over 143
Keep the clubs dry, honey
Mark Calcavecchia's wife, Brenda, is his caddie for the week. That's nothing new. She has carried his bag occasionally since they started dating in 2001.
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.' ... She knows she's got to keep the clubs dry."
A major feat for Daly
John Daly had a 72 and was at even-par 140, making the cut in a major for the first time since Southern Hills two years ago at the PGA Championship. ... The last time Tom Watson had a share of the 36-hole lead was the 1998 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He slept on that lead for seven months because rain forced it to be finished in August. Watson wound up in a tie for ninth.