BARRY LANE (right) struck the opening shot at the British Open at 6.30 yesterday -- but only after a brush with an official who didn't notice the 52-year-old Englishman's badge and barred his way to the tee.
Greeted warmly by R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson, Lane smiled and quipped: "Good morning Peter -- really tight security you have here."
Security at the British Open is provided by G4S of London Olympics fame, but they certainly don't have any staff shortfall at Lytham. Incidentally, Bobby Jones, winner of Lytham's first Open in 1926, had to pay into the golf course before his final round.
After going back to his hotel following his morning round, the American legend left his badge behind and gate staff didn't recognise him.