At big-time golf tournaments, it’s customary for players to acknowledge applause with a modest tip of the cap.
In a bit of a turnabout, it’s our city that’s getting the accolades for this performance.
Players and organizers of the U.S. Senior Open found lots about Omaha to applaud — huge crowds of knowledgeable and enthusiastic fans, a smoothly run event at an impressive venue, an abundance of volunteers and corporate support.
Attendance topped 157,000 for the week, and most events on the Champions Tour for the over-50 set don’t draw crowds of that size.
“I don’t know much of the history of Nebraska golf, but it just seems that people love it,” said player Steve Elkington. Added Michael Allen, who led the tournament entering Sunday’s final round: “This place is great. The crowds were fantastic.”
They’re applauding a job well done, and Omahans can tip their caps.