In case you were wondering if the fans were coming dressed as empty green grandstand seats, the answer is now. Prices may be harming Open attendance at Muirfield despite great weather and sound infrastructure work by the R&A to get people here with relative ease.
Ron Sirak Tweeted the shocking drop from the last Open at Muirfield through two rounds.
Attendance at Muirfield down from 2002 in @The_Open with 23,393 Thursday compared to 30,620 in '02 and 29,144 Friday vs. 34,479.
The Daily Mail's Mike Dickson wrote in the Tee Room notes today that "Charging 75 pounds for a ticket is looking very steep in this economic climate."
** Jeff Ritter talked to patrons and tried to get R&A comment on the attendance decline. He backed up the idea that the end of a senior discount has been a blow.