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  Sunday, 22 July, 2001, 10:38 GMT 11:38 UK
The crunch for Monty
Colin Montgomerie and his caddie
Monty's double take: Where's the sarnies?
BBC Sport Online's Kitrina Douglas rounds up the latest Lytham news and gossip in her daily diary from The Open.


Monty's revenge

If Colin Montgomerie is superstitious he will have been back on the bacon sandwiches again on Sunday morning.

Saturday was the first day that Monty didn't sit in the Titleist caravan to eat a hot bacon sarnie and enjoy a few minutes peace and quiet prior to teeing off.

Superstitions look to play a part in Montgomerie's pre-match routine as he has parked his car in the same space throughout the week.

But on Saturday, he changed his post warm-up routine. Perhaps that bacon sarnie is exactly the thing he needs to get the final day's play off to a good start.


Jesper jesters

Jesper Parnevik still hasn't resolved his week-long dilemma of which ball to play on the Lytham links.

According to his caddy, Lance, he's been making last-minute decisions throughout the week based on an assessment of the wind strength.

He nips into the ball suppliers, who fortunately are right there on the practice ground.

Fans of Jesper Parnevik
Pair of Parneviks: Jesper fans

One of the biggest cheers on the 18th on Saturday wasn't for any of the players, but for Jesper Parnevik's fan club.

Not surprisingly, following one of the most flamboyantly dressed golfers on tour, Parnevik's fan club are similarly dressed - all two of them.

They were both wearing Jesper Parnevik masks, complete with up-turned caps and tartan trousers.

But it was their accessories that raised a cheer from the spectators on the 18th.

While one of them carries a 3ft mock-up of the Claret Jug, the other carries a 10ft golf club.


Health warning

Between the first green and the 18th fairway there is a large sign saying "UNEVEN GROUND WITH STEEP BANK - TAKE CARE".

It could describe the whole of the Lytham course.

More worrying perhaps than the uneven terrain are the risks that spectators are taking to catch a glimpse of their heroes.

Probably the most dangerous are those spectators who arrive at the course armed with a stepladder.

Eight miles carrying a stepladder must be quite a feat but nothing compared to teetering three feet in the air on wet, bumpy ground surrounded by a few hundred jostling spectators.

The most-difficult-to-carry viewing platforms are probably the milk crates that several youngsters seem to have around the course.

Perhaps the most precarious spectators of all were the boys who climbed up the trees to the right of the 18th fairway while Tiger Woods played out of the rough beneath them.


Clean sweep

King Edward VII and Queen Mary School has supplied a steady stream youngsters to keep the golf course tidy throughout the week.

Armed with over-sized T-shirts, gloves and bin liners the 13-year old youngsters scour the course for litter from dawn to dusk.

The spoils of their endeavours: 72 for the week.

Most of them were planning on putting that money right back into golf, though, by spending it on golf lessons.


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