Cal­cavec­chia a sur­prise

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Mark Cal­cavec­chia won the Bri­tish Open an eon ago, back in 1989, when he was in his prime. Now, he is 50. He has arthritic knuck­les. He’s headed from the Old Course here up the road to Carnoustie next week, where he will play in the Bri­tish Se­nior Open.

But for the sec­ond straight year, Cal­cavec­chia is play­ing well in the Bri­tish Open. His 67 early Fri­day morn­ing put him in an un­likely spot — at 7un­der 137 and in sec­ond place, five shots be­hind leader Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa.

Cal­cavec­chia has made the cut in only half of the 14 events he has en­tered on the PGA Tour this year and hasn’t fin­ished higher than 24th. His wife, Brenda, is serv­ing as his cad­die here, as she did last year at Turn­berry, where he opened with rounds of 67 and 69.

“We have fun to­gether most of the time,” he said. “The times we don’t, it’s en­tirely my fault.”

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