AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP | Record attendance for second round |

AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP | Record attendance for second round

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Attendance figures continue to swell for the 21-year-old American Century Championship.

Saturday’s attendance was the largest in tournament history, said Phil Weidinger, the event’s public relations director.

Boats jammed the sides of the 17th and 18th holes on Lake Tahoe, and spectators stacked up behind the gallery ropes and crowded the cart paths, especially along the finishing holes.

“It’s not like we’re in competition with the PGA Tour, but if I can go walk around in Reno all day or if I can come stand out here by this beautiful lake and hang around all of these wonderful people, I’m coming up here,” said second-round leader Billy Joe Tolliver.

Tolliver was referring to the Reno-Tahoe Open, which is going on this weekend at Montreux Golf & Country Club in Reno.

Thursday’s turnout for the celebrity-amateur tournament also attracted a record crowd.

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“It’s nice to see the attendance up,” said actor Jack Wagner, who is in second place. “It’s a unique event, it’s one of kind.

“A lot of people schedule their summers around this for years and years now, so it’s a testament to the event.”

Official tournament attendance totals will be released on Sunday.