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Open Championship Organizers Blame Heat For Low Attendance At Muirfield
Published July 23, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE: In Edinburgh, Alan Pattullo reported in the moment of Phil Mickelson’s triumph, "it felt as if the attendant controversies had briefly melted away." The Muirfield ban on female membership issue "will of course rear its head again, but it did not seem relevant" Sunday, as Amy, Mickelson’s wife, skipped across the 18th green in a bid to obtain a good vantage point for the presentation. There "was no grumbling from the clubhouse." Only applause. It is hard to explain why attendance numbers "are down if those present seem intent on showering praise on the Open, but it is there in black and white." Robert Fisher had come all the way from Mickelson’s hometown of San Diego, and hailed this year’s Open as a "fantastic tournament." The lower number of spectators "was a positive, as far as they were concerned." He said, "It wasn’t packed, compared to the U.S. Open for example. I prefer less people, but you still drink beer and cheer and have a good time" (SCOTSMAN, 7/22).
| FALLING NUMBERS
|2002 Open at Muirfield
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