This Open 2014 gallery takes a look at the Monday and Tuesday practice days at Hoylake ahead of the opening round on July 17

Phil Mickelson

Defending champion Phil Mickelson returns the Claret Jug to Chief Executive of the R&A Peter Dawson prior to the start of the 143rd Open Championship. Photography: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Jim FurykJim Furyk of America hits a shot during a practice round at Hoylake. Furyk came 4th at the 2006  Open Championship played at Royal Liverpool how will he do at the Open 2014 Championship?  Photography: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Louis OosthuizenLouis Oosthuizen signs autographs for fans on the first practice day of the tournament. The South African will be looking to emulate his Open Championship victory in 2010. Photography: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Phil MickelsonPhil Mickelson talks to the media ahead of the first competition day of the tournament on Thursday July 17. Photography: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Keegan Bradley2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley hits a shot during a practice round at Royal Liverpool. Photography: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Angel CabreraTwo time Major champion Angel Cabrera will be aiming to continue his recent fine form to lift the Claret Jug on Sunday 20 July. Photography: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Open Championship Practice Days

Bubba Watson putts during a Monday practice round as he aims to fine tune his game in order to win his second Major of 2014. Photography: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

143rd Open Championship - Previews

Ian Poulter and fellow Englishman Lee Westwood plot their way around Royal Liverpool on Monday during a practice round. Photography: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Open Championship Practice Days

Tiger Woods stands alongside caddie Joe LaCava as he waits to hit an approach shot during a Tuesday morning practice round at Royal Liverpool. Photography: Andrew Redington/Getty Images