One of the reasons why the R&A hasn't come back to Turnberry in the past 15 years is because it won't hold as many spectators as St. Andrews or Royal Birkdale. The R&A said ticket sales have been up over the 1994 event here at Turnberry but it still seems like stands are empty.
It was disappointing Friday afternoon when the seats around the 18th green weren't full when Tom Watson approached. Sure, he still received a thunderous ovation but it'd have been nice to see a packed house.
The stands on 18 are half-full right now, with the leaders on the ninth hole. But just next to the 18th is a large, open courtyard with concessions and merchandise tents. There are thousands and thousands of people in that area sitting at tables glued to the large television showing the BBC telecast.
Hopefully they'll make the 150-yard walk to the 18th hole when Watson comes around.