ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Mark Calcavecchia knows not to take himself too seriously. Sure, he wants to play well, but understands that his record on the Old Course isn’t great and that he isn’t expected to contend regularly in majors any longer.
But that’s not going to stop him from trying. Calcavecchia, the 1989 British Open winner, followed up a 70 with a second-round 67 to stand at 7 under halfway through the Open Championship. He was one shot off the lead after 36 holes a year ago at Turnberry but shot a third-round 77 to fall off the pace.
Calcavecchia, 50, says that he feels reinvigorated now that he’s moved to the Champions Tour fulltime. Being the youngest guy on that tour has made him feel ready to duel the younger guys of the PGA Tour.
“The few weeks I did play on the Champions Tour it was kind of interesting,” he said. “Bob Tway had a kink in his shoulder, Stads (Craig Stadler) had got no left hip left, and everybody is falling apart.'
“I really do feel outstanding compared to a lot of those guys.”