LiveThe Open: Day two

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  • Day two of the 143rd Open Championship starts today, Friday.
  • Rory McIlroy leads after round one with his finish of 66.
  • Wirral golfer John Singleton finished with 78.
  • 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


We're taking inspiration from this spectator and going for a much-needed rest. We'll be back here on Sunday for the final day of the Open with more live coverage.

For now though, we'll keep you updated via Twitter.

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Here he is, Wirral's most popular man right now, John Singleton. No matter what happens today during his second round, he has definitely made a lasting impression on the golfing world. His story is sure to be making the news for weeks.

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Lovely shot of the course here from Paul Heaps.

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Huge crowds gather in the grandstand on the first tee for Rory McIlroy.

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Rory McIlroy, who is currently tied first.


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Thousands of spectators are at Royal Liverpool today for the second day of the Open.


Tiger Woods isn't off to the best of starts but here he is just after he teed off earlier. 

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Awww - this is adorable.


The Open App has been an absolute Godsend this week in making sure we get to where we need to be on time. But it's also great for those not at the Championship.






Esther McVey has no comment to make in response to earlier demonstration. 




But before I do, here's a video from the earlier Wirral TUC protest.



Here's a photo from the aforementioned protest by Wirral TUC and Unite against Esther McVey. Yes, that is a 7ft inflatable rat.

Leigh Journal: McVey Protest. Open 2014



Our photographer Paul Heaps has just been out to a protest taking place just outside Royal Liverpool.

Members of Wirral TUC are displaying placards calling for Wirral West MP Esther McVey to be sacked. They're set up just outside the entrance to the course on Meols Drive.

Photos and videos are on their way.


Specially trained volunteers have been extending a special Wirral welcome to the thousands of people from across the globe that have arrived in Hoylake for the Open.

One of the tasks given to volunteers, or amassadors as they are known, is to direct people arriving in the town and provide information for those in need.

Although many people have travelled from across the country to take part, three of those helping visitors are from Wirral itself.

Leigh Journal: Ambassadors. Open 2014
Jack Skilling, 17, Keith Mills, 62 and Adam Pulham, 16.

Bromborough teenager Jack Skilling heard about the programme while studying at St Anselm's College.

The 17-year-old, who has been helping people from the likes of America, Japan, Spain, Germany and Australia, said: "School offered a volunteering scheme and I thought I'd like to help out and get involved to showcase everything that Wirral has to offer.

"We've been directing people, helping people and showing them where to go."

Jack is joined by 16-year-old Adam Pulham, from Spital, who has just finished his GCSEs at South Wirral High School.

He said: "I've really enjoyed it and it's something I'd definitely do again the future."

Keith Mills, agaes 62 and from Heswall, said he found out about the programme via Wirral Council's website.

"I thought I would give it a go and give something back to the community," he said.


This group of kindhearted volunteers are collecting for Clatterbridge and are attracting hefty donations from people disembarking the train at Hoylake station.

Although they're unsure on how much they have raised so far, Sue Green says their buckets are exceptionally heavy.

They've been stationed in Hoylake since 9.45am.

Leigh Journal: Clatterbridge fundraisers. The Open 2014. 
Matthew Bentley from Liverpool, Josiah Neath from Sheffield, Todd McKinley from Ohio and Sue Green from Wirral.

Sue, who travels all over the world in aid of Clatterbridge and will be fundraising in Madagascar in October, said: "Some of my friends have been going by and putting £5 notes in - Clatterbridge come to collect it and open it so we'll know what we've raised at the end of the week."

The boys are part of the Ninety Plus Ministries programme, currently based at Hoylake Chapel.

One of the group, 22-year-old Todd McKinley has come all the way from Ohio to volunteer during the Open.

He said: "Our pastor does all sorts of things for Clatterbridge and we asked if we could help."


Meet adorable Marco Griffiths, aged four, who is selling cold drinks with his two-year-old sister Lola outside their home on Meols Drive. Whatever they earn will go towards their pocket money. How cute!

Leigh Journal: Marco Griffiths, aged four. Open 2014 





We've just been out into Hoylake - lots of people making their way from the station down to Royal Liverpool.

The Duke of York is here today and reports that Bradley Wiggins and Tim Henman are also on course. 

Here's a picture of celeb journalist Clare Balding who has been following Wirral lad John Singleton around course this week.






Windier conditions on the second day of the 143rd Open Championship prevented the morning starters making significant inroads into Rory McIlroy's overnight lead.

Read our round-up of the morning's action here.

Leigh Journal: DISBELIEF: Australia's Adam Scott looks dejected after missing his putt on the 18th yesterday








Bit of bunker practice there for Merseysider Tommy Fleetwood.

 Leigh Journal: Open 2014


A hell of a lot of people here at Royal Liverpool now on what is shaping up to be a pretty good day weather wise. Fingers crossed the thunderstorms hold off.

Leigh Journal: Crowds. Open 2014

The bars and food areas around the course are filling up already...

Leigh Journal: Crowds. Open 2014

Photographer Paul Heaps took this shot of these two spectators solely to wind senior reporter (and lifelong Saints fan) Emma Rigby up. Yes, that is a Wigan Warriors shirt!

Leigh Journal: Crowds. Open 2014 


Who needs a ticket when you have a balcony overlooking the course?

Leigh Journal: Spectators on balcony. Open 2014


And here is having a quick cigarette between shots...

Leigh Journal: John Daly. Open 2014.


Here it is, the moment you have all been waiting for - John Daly's pants!

Leigh Journal: John Daly. Open 2014










A few snaps from around the course...




So far 78,187 people have been to the Open this week. Were you one of them? Are you coming for the final three days? Tweet @emmajanerigby and let us know what you think!


Travel information for those heading to Hoylake...


We can't wait to see what John Daly is wearing today. He tees off at 9.59am alongside England's Tommy Fleetwood and Ross Fisher.




Attendance for the first competitive day of the Open yesterday was 35,382. Less than in 2006 - which saw 38,500 - but stil a lot of people.

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English, Casey and Every walk by crowd-filled grandstands on Thursday.


Open Championship leader Rory McIlroy will take to the Royal Liverpool links later looking to avoid the dreaded second-round syndrome which has dogged him all year.

The Northern Irishman produced some blistering iron play in shooting a six-under-par 66 to lead the 143rd Open by one stroke from Italian Matteo Manassero.

However, the two-time major winner knows he will have to combat a trend which has seen him regularly shoot over par in his second round.

McIlroy benefited from benign morning conditions on Thursday but tees off at 2.27pm today in what is expected to be changeable weather.

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Rory McIlroy hopes to shake the "Freaky Friday" tradition today. Picture by Paul Heaps.

Speaking to the media yesterday, he said: "When you go back out on Friday after a good score you know what you can do, so you're going out with some expectations compared to Thursday.

"I think I've just got to approach it trying to hit solid shots the first few holes and play my way into the round, just like I did (on Thursday).

"I just have to take it one hole at a time, one shot at a time - I know everyone says it and you've heard it a million times, but it's true.

"I feel I'm well prepared this week for whatever the conditions."

McIlroy added: "It's not like I've shot good scores in first rounds and haven't backed them up before. I'm used to doing that. I just haven't done it recently."


Happy birthday Brendon de Jonge and George Coetzee! Good luck in round two!


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.

Director of Public Health for Wirral Fiona Johnstone said: “It’s great to have the chance to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather – we don’t get sunny summers as often as we’d like – but it’s important to be safe in the heat too.”

Leigh Journal: Watch out for elderly neighbours in heatwave


I wonder if the weather will nice enough today for a spot of sunbathing? This spectator thought that was the case yesterday!

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It must be a pretty demanding job to keep those scoreboards up to date. One of those tasked with updated the board in the media centre told me yesterday that they get two hour breaks, which I guess would help with easing the aching arms and legs!


I wonder if the Globe's team at Hoylake will be tasked with rescuing any wildlife today?
Yesteday, senior reporter Emma Rigby saved this little cutie not once, but twice, from nearby feet. We decided to name him Rory as McIlroy was on the 14th - where the toad was found - at the time.

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Traffic problems being reported on roads surrounding the Open already. Public transport is most definitely the easiest way to get to the course.


Wirral received a major job boost yesterday as the eyes of the world fell on the 143rd staging of the Open Golf Championship in Hoylake.

More than 100 new jobs will be created within the next six months by the Contact Company.

The Birkenhead-based call centre provider today announced major new contracts with supermarket giant Sainsbury's and digital TV service provider You View to provide customer service call handling.

Leigh Journal: The Contact Company
The Contact Company's base in Birkenhead.

Further announcements regarding additional investments in Wirral are expected in the coming weeks.



Globe senior reporter Emma Rigby and photographe Paul Heaps will be at Royal Liverpool throughout the day with all the latest updates and pics...


Here's your weather forecast for the day - not looking to bad!

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Yesterday, John Singleton's - Wirral's very own homegrown talent - also attracted a large following with huge cheers and applause as the factory worker made his way around the course, finishing six over.

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John Singleton looked to enjoy his first day at the Open.
The 30-year-old from Moreton, who only turned pro in February, was supported by his family and friends and colleagues who were given the day off to show their support.

After going from the factory floor to the fairways, Singleton has more than made his mark on the golfing world, transforming himself from forklift driver to local hero.

Many across the world also took to Twitter to praise the "underdog".


Tiger Woods - who lifted the Claret Jug when the Open was last held in Hoylake in 2006 - finished round one with a 69, placing him in joint 10th after the first day. He tees off at 2.05pm today alongside Argentina's Angel Cabrera and Sweden's Henrik Stenson.

Leigh Journal: Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods lifts the Claret Jug back in 2006.


It was an early start for some golfers with the first group teeing off at 6.25am.

And while large crowds gathered close to every hole, it was the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson that predictably attracted the biggest followings.

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Tiger Woods tees off to a huge round of applause.




Thousands flocked to the Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake for the first day of the tournament yesterday on what proved to be a spectacular occasion with perfect weather to boot.

Close to 100 million people across the globe were expected to watch the coverage of the 143rd Open on the television today while those on course basked in sunshine and temperatures of 24 degrees.

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Crowds enjoy the good weather at Royal Liverpool.

In 2006, when the Open was last held in Hoylake, record crowds of 230,000 descened on the town to see 14-time major winner Tiger Woods lift the Claret Jug.

This year, organisers the R&A estimated attendances would reach 200,000.

Although just 42,805 people visited the course on the four practice days between Sunday and Wednesday - 9,000 less than eight years ago - that figure is 9,000 more than when the Open was last held in the Northwest at Royal Lytham in 2012.


Good morning! We're back at Royal Liverpool today for the second day of the 143rd Open Championship. 

Before we head out onto the course, let's take a look back at what happened yesterday...

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5:13pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Daz@SankeyviaOrford says...

Was a great event to visit on thurs . Good to bump into a couple of warrington players who where good enough to let us all have photos with them. Pitty about getting beat by widnes tho :(
Was a great event to visit on thurs . Good to bump into a couple of warrington players who where good enough to let us all have photos with them. Pitty about getting beat by widnes tho :( Daz@SankeyviaOrford
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