No Place Like It\nThe British Open features its own very distinct vibe\nAs a storm cleared late Monday afternoon, a lone fan had the practice-ground grandstand to himself.\nThe British Open features its own very distinct vibe\nAlone with his thoughts: A spectator has the 18th-hole grandstand to himself.\nLytham is compact as Open sites go, but there is still a lot of territory to cover.\nA row of spectators lined up behind the practice tee on Tuesday.\nTiger Woods, seeking his first major-championship win since the 2008 U.S. Open, talks to reporters Tuesday.\nStanding out: A trio in tiger suits checks out the practice green.\nThe 141st Open wasn't this gentleman's first, as his tickets from past championships tied to his jacket show.\nPrograms, get your programs.\nTwo twosomes viewed from on high late Monday afternoon.\nWhether working or watching, being at an Open can give you golf fever. During a lull, one marshal shows another his grip.\nWe're in England. Yes, we are.\nBritish spectators have lots of practice getting used to inclement weather. With umbrellas and rainsuits, they make the best of it.\nAlthough it was only Monday afternoon, these two lads had already done well in the autograph department.\nQuiet time for a marshal -- and his sign.\nWill I ever hit the ball that far? A young fan, old-style autograph book in hand, watches Robert Allenby tee off Monday on No. 18.\nA pause in the play meant catching a few winks for this spectator.\nVIP viewing: A lady looks out on the 18th green from the Royal Lytham & St. Annes clubhouse.\nEveryone comes equipped for a little rain, including little ones.\nCome late Sunday evening, this fence barrier on No. 18 will keep the throng from spilling onto the fairway.\nHeavy rain Tuesday afternoon didn't stop this photographer from capturing some action.\nThe same was true for this young girl, pedaling along the promenade in Blackpool late Tuesday afternoon.\nFor an instant, as he walked on the player bridge from practice tee to practice green Tuesday, popular Rory McIlroy was a solitary figure.\nTo this woman and her lab on the sands of nearby St. Annes, the Open might have been a million miles away.\nThis policeman also carried on in bad weather.\nThis umbrella seemed to be waiting for the action to unfold.