UNEXPECTED sunshine greeted the
spectators for today's third practise day at Royal Birkdale.
The weather has been dry since Sunday and crowds gathered early to
see competitors such as Sergio Garcia and current champion Padraig
Harrington make their first appearances at the course this
Colin Montgomerie chose to stay out of the limelight until later in
the day beginning his practise time at 3.45pm and going round solo.
Open Golf favourite to win is Sergio Garcia, hoping to make amends
after last years dramatic play off with Padraig Harrington at
Carnoustie. It would be a hat trick for Spain if he does,
complimenting the Spanish football team European win and Nadals
success at Wimbledon.
The crowds are enthusiastic and appreciative of the fine golf on
display at Birkdale and the four days of the Championship could
break all attendance records. Merseyrail are running six
carriage trains at 10 minute intervals during peak times to ensure
the swift movement of passengers.