LiveRE-READ: Day one: The Open gets into full swing

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  • Day one of the 143rd Open Championship starts today, Thursday.
  • Tiger Woods to tee off at 9.04am.
  • Defending champion Phil Mickelson tees off at 2.05pm.
  • More than 200,000 people expected to descend on Hoylake over the course of the tournament.
  • Hollywood stars expected to support their golfing pals on the fairway.
  • Tweet your pictures to @emmajanerigby or @WIRRALGLOBENEWS


Just before we go, here's a video of John Singleton following what has surely been a remarkable day for him, courtesy of ESPN.


Right, that's the end of our live coverage of Day One of the Open Championship but Globe senior reporter Emma Rigby will be back at Royal Liverpool bright and early tomorrow to keep you updated throughout Day Two.
For now though, here's how the leaderboard is looking...









John Singleton has finished +6 with a 78. Not bad at all John!


And of course, a golfing blog would not be complete without a shot of Bubba Watson. 

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Here's Ernie Els taking a last look at the green before teeing-off earlier.

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Some pics from Paul Heaps now of that 2.05pm tee-off from defending champion Phil Mickelson - who incidentally signed senior reporter Emma Rigby's shorthand pad on Tuesday. Have you bumped into any of the golfers? Tweet your Open Selfies to us @emmajanerigby

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Speaking of scores - as it stands - McIlroy is still in first place with 66, Woods finished on a 69, alongside Rickie Fowler in joint eighth. America's Jordan Spieth finished on 71 and Ian Poulter finished on 73. More scores when we get them.


There's plenty to see at the Open today with some big name golfers coming through the first round with a mixed bag of scores. What has been your favourite moment so far? Leave a comment below or tweet us @WIRRALGLOBENEWS or @emmajanerigby

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Looks like this chap has got the right idea. Make sure you've got suncream on if you're heading to the golf!

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Huge crowds here today, as pictured in Paul Heaps' shot of English, Casey and Every.

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Here's a photo of McIlroy on the 14th earlier today, taken by Globe photographer Paul Heaps. Loving the pants Rory!
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Lots of questions for McIlroy about "freaky Friday" - will he be able to follow up with a good score in Round 2 tomorrow? It's been a while since he has but he seems in good spirits and says: "I will see what tomorrow brings and the weather and try and handle it the best I can."

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Rory McIlroy speaks to the media after finishing with a 66 on Day One. Picture by Paul Heaps.








Tiger signs off with a score of 69 for the first day.

The 2006 Hoylake Open winner tells the BBC: “It was a rough start there...I stayed patient...I figure it's going to be one of these days when somebody's going to shoot seven under par, so if I could just get in under par after that start, I'd be all right.”


Excellent Mickelson selfie attempt here...


A little celeb spotting going on out there. Former Man Utd manager David Moyes...



It is incredibly hot out there, close to 24C. Lots of red people, including myself.












Wirral's public health chief is urging golf fans to take precautions as the Royal Liverpool course swelters in a heatwave.

The Met Office has forecast high temperatures - and thunderstorms - for the Northwest this weekend.

Read the full story here.

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How the leaderboard is currently looking...

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Very very busy out on the course...

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Crowds at day one of the Open at Royal Liverpool. Picture by Paul Heaps.

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Spectator stands filling up at Royal Liverpool. Picture by Paul Heaps.

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Thousands expected to arrive here today. Picture by Paul Heaps.


Here's Singleton again. He's currently on par.

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John Singleton looking very happy out on the green.

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Just spoken to one of the ladies tasked with updating the scoreboards in the media tent. She says their legs do get tired but fortunately they have breaks - two hours on, two hours off.


More now on the ticket touting campaign from Craig Manning...

Golf fans planning to watch The Open are warned to stay away from ticket touts as part of the council-led campaign.

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Enforcement officers Sue Bannister and Carol Decker in Hoylake today. Picture: Craig Manning.

Anyone caught selling tickets on the street during the four-day tournament will be will be prosecuted, with a maximum fine of £1,000.

Sue Bannister, leader of the council's six-strong environmental enforcement team patrolling the town's busy streets during the championship, said: "We want people to enjoy themselves and have a good time. We don't want them to be ripped off.

"There's absolutely no reason for anyone to buy tickets from touts. You can still pay at the gate.

"There is evidence that touts have been at work though this week.

"For example, yesterday someone bought a ticket from a tout only to find out when he tried to enter the course that it was for the previous day.

"This is just not acceptable."




Robert Karlsson has finished Round 1 with a 69 and will be speaking to the media very soon.



If you're heading to the Open today, don't do what senior reporter Emma Rigby has done and forget your suncream - it's very very hot on course.


Good news from Biffa who have confirmed that Wirral binmen and street cleaners will not strike tomorrow as planned.

Municipal contractor Biffa, which provides refuse, recycling and street cleansing services for Wirral Borough Council, said it has reached agreement with trade union Unite over pay negotiations for staff.

A strike was due to take place tomorrow - the second day of the Open.

The agreement, acceptance of which was confirmed by the Wirral workforce this morning, follows resolution-based negotiations co-ordinated by conciliation service ACAS.

A Biffa spokesperson said: “For all concerned, we are glad that patient negotiation has prevailed, and would like to thank ACAS for its help.”

He added that the agreement is good news for Wirral residents as their valued recycling, refuse and street cleansing services are safeguarded.


For the latest scores from the Open, click here.

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Tiger Woods.


There's always someone that has to do something crazy...

A man has been arrested after colliding with a security guard while attepting to drive a golf buggy out of the gates at the Open yesterday.

Police say the 45-year-old man was held following the incident outside Gate Four at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

The security guard received a minor leg injury as the man clipped him before crashing the buggy into a barrier.


Tiger Woods lifted the Claret Jug in 2006 and teed off this morning. But walking along Market Street you get an early glimpse of the star - well, sort of.

A dummy replica, sitting on a chair outside Le Barber, has proved popular with tourists, adding to the atmosphere.

Le Barber’s co-owner Bob Gilfoyle told the Globe: “The red chair has been outside, unoccupied for a while and a lot of people have said we should put a Tiger dummy on it. It’s gone down really well.

“We’ve had people coming off the course for a haircut and a lot of regulars too. There’s been a really nice atmosphere.”

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Globe chief reporter Craig Manning has a quick chat with Tiger Woods.

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Globe senior reporter Emma Rigby looks delighted to be meeting the golfing legend...well, kind of.


On hand to help the visitors around the town during the tournament is an army of 60 volunteer ambassadors, who are not just locals.

Among them is Darren Green, from Devon. He told the Globe: “My mum lives in Wirral and told me the event was taking place. So, I applied for a position as ambassador and got a place.

“I’m really looking forward to taking part. The atmosphere has been good so far. It’s a great event to be involved in.”

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Fellow ambassador Phil Hales, born in Birkenhead and now living in Irby, said: “It’s going to be a chance to welcome visitors and share my local knowledge on Wirral with them.

“If people see how keen we are to help, I’m sure it’s help that will be appreciated. It's been a good experience so far and I’m looking forward to the tournament.

“Looking at the weather forecast for the next few days, though, the players could face testing times. When The Open was last held here, it was really hot, but it could be an interesting few days ahead. The players need to be tested.”


Hoylake has been gripped by Open fever and everyone has had their part to play in creating the buzz of excitement.

On the final day of practice yesterday, the Globe went into the town and spoke to business owners and volunteers ready for the thousands of visitors set to descend on the town over the four days of the Championship.

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Steph Hodson from the Yog Bar.

Among them is Stephanie Hodson who, together with sister Charlotte, set up the Yog Bar in Market Street last year.

She told the Globe: “We've had a lot more customers this week, more than we thought we would. There is such a buzz around; it’s such a good community spirit.

“There have been rumours that One Direction’s Harry Stiles will be coming down, so lots of young customers have come in. I know his mum.

“We’ve had a lot of Americans in and I’ve also made friends with golfer Jordan Speith and his team, who have come into the bar too. A lot of the Open bandstand guys have come in to try our frozen yoghurt too.

“The Open has definitely boosted our popularity before it’s actually started. When we get busy, we get busy.”

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Factory worker John Singleton, from Moreton, will be teeing-off shortly alongside America's Peter Uihlein and Scotland's Marc Warren at 10.32am. Photographer Paul Heaps is on his way to the first to get the shot.


Derek said: "We are celebrating 30 years of business and we started restoring old Beetles back in the early 80s.

"I told my sister that I wanted to get an old Beetle and restore it again and the next day, a customer said they were selling one - it was fate."

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Derek Holmes and sister Sandie with the VW Beetle.

He added: "I've done a few things for local events - we advertised the Festival of Firsts - but when I heard Tiger Woods was going to be at the Open, it just seemed fitting."

Derek spent the day at Royal Liverpool on Tuesday with his wife and two daughters.

He said the atmosphere was fantastic, adding that the Open is "a great boost for the town".


Well we caught up with the man behind it this morning who told us the car has been getting lots of attention from people.

Derek Holmes, who runs Discount VW Audi in Hoylake, has been decorating the iconic car ever since he finished restoring it earlier this year. 

After decorating it for the Egg Run, the World Cup and Wimbledon, father-of-two Derek decided it would be fitting to add a little golf mania to the corner of Market Street and Station Road - where the Beetle will remain throughout the Open Championship.



Have you driven passed this Tiger Woods-themed VW Beetle in Hoylake and wondered what it was all about?

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We're heading into Hoylake now to see how busy it is. Are you out and about? Tweet us @emmajanerigby or @WIRRALGLOBENEWS


Another photo by Paul Heaps of the legend that is Tiger Woods...Leigh Journal:


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Tiger Woods walks passed crowds of people after his first shot.



Great picture here from Globe photographer Paul Heaps of Tiger Woods teeing-off.Leigh Journal:


Tiger's tee-off looked pretty good. Lots of people gathered around the first for him. I'm sure that will be the same wherever he goes on course today. 





It hasn't been all good for all of Hoylake's traders this week. Vic Tolhurst, from Wakefield, has been setting up pop-up golf stores at Opens across the country for 25 years. 

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Vic Tolhurst outside his pop-up golf shop in Market Street.

He is only in Hoylake for two weeks but on Sunday, someone broke in and stole £10,000 worth of stock.

Despite this, 72-year-old Vic says it won't change his opinion of the area. Read more here.


Former Warrington Wolves scrum-half Lee Briers was at Royal Liverpool yesterday. Here's what he thought of the venue and his prediction for the winner.


Wirral Council is launching a crackdown on ticket touting this morning after receiving intelligence from police that suggests people will come to Hoylake to sell counterfeit and touted tickets.

Be warned you will be prosecuted! My colleague Craig Manning will have more on this later.


Want all the latest Open scores? Visit our dedicated section here. 




Away from the course, traders have so far reported mixed levels of business. Some have seen more people than usual while others have seen regulars stay away. 

One business seeing a fair amount of success via the Open is the Yog Bar on Market Street. 

Even American golfer Jordan Spieth called in for some fro-yo on Tuesday. 

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Staff at the Yog Bar with American golfer Jordan Spieth.


One of the golfers also hoping to do well this week is factory worker John Singleton, from Moreton.

The 30-year-old only turned pro in February but is currently preparing to tee off alongside America's Peter Uihlein and Scotland's Marc Warren at 10.32am.

Speaking to the Globe earlier this month, John - a member of Eastham Lodge Golf Club who trains at Prenton Driving Range - said: "There's no pressure on me. I'm just going to go and soak up the atmosphere and really enjoy the support of my family."

Here John is during a practice round on Monday.

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John Singleton, right, during a practice round.



On Tuesday, Tiger spoke to the world's media and said that anything less than a first place finish would be unacceptable but he did admit that although he is getting stronger by the day, he is not yet back to full form.

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Tiger Woods speaks to the media. Picture by Paul Heaps.

Ahead of the 143rd Open, Woods said he was delighted to be back on Wirral soil.

He said: "It feels great to come back to Hoylake and to this venue. It meant a lot to me in my life at the time and to come back, obviously there have been a couple of changes they have made to the course since 2006. 

"The people here have been great to me."

Will he be able to succeed here this week or someone else be lifting the Claret Jug on Sunday? Tweet your favourites to @emmajanerigby



The forecast at the minute is looking particularly favourable with sunny spells and highs of 23C expected. I'm regretting my lack of suncream!

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Of course, the main talking point so far in the build up to the Open has been of Tiger Woods and whether he has what it takes to reclaim victory at Hoylake as he did the last time the tournament was held here in 2006.

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Tiger Woods lifts the Claret Jug in 2006.

The golfing legend is due to tee off at 9.04am today on what ia hopefully going to be a glorious day weather wise. 


We have just arrived at Royal Liverpool and although it's relatively early, the media tent is getting busier by the minute.

Remember. the first players teed-off at 6.25am!



Senior reporter Emma Rigby is on route to Royal Liverpool.


Good morning golfers! Today is the first day of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake.

Globe senior reporter Emma Rigby and photographer Paul Heaps will be keeping you up-to-date as the tournament gets into full swing.


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