• Luke Donald plays under threatening morning skies at Royal Liverpool
  • Rory McIlroy receives a bank note after winning a bet against practice partner Darren Clarke (R)...
  • ... clearly this is something worth celebrating
  • Amateur Cheng-Tsung Pan of Taiwan looks to be enjoying himself
  • Henrik Stenson of Sweden hones his bunker play
  • Martin Kaymer looks in relaxed mood...
  • The reigning US Open champion consults his caddie Craig Connelly
  • Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, is in relaxed mood as he faces the media
  • Webb Simpson of the United States plays from the fearsome Hoylake rough
  • Hunter Mahan (right) walks with his coach Sean Foley
  • England's Paul Casey has made a welcome return to form in Ryder Cup year
  • Sergio Garcia shares a joke with girlfriend Katharina Boehm
  • You can guess who these shocking troosers belong to... he's a former Open and US PGA champion
  • Graeme McDowell braves the Hoylake rain while Shane Lowry shelters under a brolly
  • Jordan Spieth of the United States is the hottest young prospect in golf right now
  • Former champion Paul Lawrie consults his caddie about the yardage
  • Tiger Woods looks in relaxed mood as he plots a second Open title at Hoylake
  • Ross Fisher's career is on the upswing again
  • Two-time former champion Padraig Harrington is a study in concentration
  • After back-to-back wins, Justin Rose is the bookies' favourite this week
  • The iconic yellow scoreboard at 18 remains but on the rest of the course The Open has gone electronic. The extra detail is proving popular.

Wednesday practice

Luke Donald plays under threatening morning skies at Royal Liverpool