Thousands of golf fans continue to make a day of it at the Omaha Country Club for the U.S. Senior Open. The wind Friday offered some relief from the rays, but sitting in the grandstand felt like a furnace.
“We've been out all week." One only needs to ask the Hill family for perspective. “Monday was bad, Tuesday was horrible, Wednesday not bad, Thursday was the best day of the week actually,” said Bill Hill.
Thursday, the good day temperature-wise, was the day a golfer stopped nine holes in because of the heat. "It's been really hot out,” said 14-year-old Elijah Schoonover. “The ice cream is good though."
We saw one woman carried out on a stretcher, though it looked unrelated to the heat. Her ankle had a bandage on it.
“Real impressed with everything, except the hills,” said Barb Hill. “That one over there is a real mountain."
The morning golfers had it easier. “Eight a.m. tee time was perfect,” said Fred Couples. “It was kind of cool and the greens were soft."
While the golfers don't like this much wind, the fans sure do. “We find the shade as much as possible." And with so many trees the options are plentiful.
Think of this way, the week has been a warm-up to getting through the weekend of golf ahead. "You can be doing great all day and you mess up one time and you are done,” said Schoonover.
A lot of fans have been getting autographs and Tom Watson and Bernard Langer were very patient. Colin Montgomery from England boiled it down this way to one fan. He said to be honest he just wants our American dollars and a trophy.