Yes, a last-minute trip to the British Open -- especially one originating in Oregon -- would have been much more worth it had Crane actually secured a Thursday tee time, but we dig the first alternate's attitude. Even though he didn't get to play, Crane remained in high spirits and said he had no regrets
making the journey -- one that Steve Stricker opted not to make despite having a spot in the field -- that didn't see him get to Hoylake until 1 a.m. Thursday. "I never gave it a second thought. This is the Open," he said. Crane also said he'd play a round with his caddie before flying home. So lugging his clubs across the pond wasn't a total waste. -- A.M.