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Diary An Evening in St Andrews

Editors Note: Tom Abbott is the host of Golf Central UK. He will be filing a daily diary from St. Andrews, providing you with a feel for what is going on outside the ropes at the Women's British Open.
Walking through the town of St. Andrews in the evening is reminiscent of walking through Wimbledon village during the Wimbledon Championships. All the pubs, bars and restaurants are full, with patrons spilling out onto the streets, drinks in hand, others are enjoying their evening meals out on the terraces, its a wonderful atmosphere.
Among the many folks are players caddies and officials, blending into the scene. They are not hassled or asked for autographs, just allowed to enjoy their evening like you or I.
Most of this activity takes place just a few paces from the 18th green. A street runs behind the 18th hole and if you walk up there for about 40 yards to the t-junction with the main road youll find as much activity as you need. This bubbling evening atmosphere is just one of the reasons why I believe this tournament should return to the home of golf.
One player who isnt playing a part in the final two rounds is Michelle Wie. The teenage superstar is going through a lull in form, rounds of 73 and 80 saw her miss the cut, not making the weekend for the third time in five LPGA starts this season.
On Saturday the bad news continued for Michelle as I learned that her caddie, David Clark, has decided to move-on and work for PGA TOUR player Greg Owen. Clark and Wie have worked together since March, during which time the Hawaiian has been plagued by nagging wrist injuries and battered by the press, for what most believe, was a premature return to the game following the injury lay-off.
I think Clark got on very well with the young star but just couldnt handle the team Wie atmosphere, led by her parents, which has been such a controversial part of her development over the past five years.

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