Golf Monthly's Kevin Murray looks at some of the action behind the scenes ahead of the official start of the 2014 Open Championship, which takes place this year at Royal Liverpool.

The clubhouse at Royal Liverpool where the winner will lift the Claret Jug on Sunday July 20. Photography: Kevin Murray

Open crowds 2319 lrHoylake has so far seen big crowds attend the practice days of the Open Championship, partially due to the British weather surprisingly holding off the rain. Photography: Kevin Murray

Ping tour truck 9640 lrA view of the PING Tour Truck, which attends to PING’s staff players such as Miguel Angel Jimenez and Lee Westwood. Photography: Kevin Murray

Plenty of stands 9676 lrHoylake is well equipped with stands for the audience for optimum viewing of the world’s elite golfers. Photography: Kevin Murray

rory caddie 2175 monoRory McIlroy’s caddie walks across the course, McIlroy’s best result in an Open came in 2010 where the Northern Irish golfer finished in third place. Photography: Kevin Murray

Sir Nick 2153 lrSir Nick Faldo practises at Hoylake ahead of the start of the Open Championship on July 17. Photography: Kevin Murray

Open 2014 9662 lrFans watch golfers practising on the course ahead of the tournament. Photography: Kevin Murray

Luke signing 2385 lrFormer world number one, Luke Donald, signs autographs for fans. Photography: Kevin Murray

Louis OosthuizenSouth Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen will be looking to emulate his 2010 Open Championship victory at Hoylake this year. Photography: Kevin Murray

Justin 2412 lrJustin Rose, who won the Scottish Open on Sunday July 13 is hoping to gain his second major title at this year’s Open Championship. Photography: Kevin Murray











JD practice 2117 lrTwo time major champion John Daly gets acquainted with Hoylake’s course ahead of the start of the tournament. Photography: Kevin Murray










jason day 2337 lrJason Day has not yet finished within the top 10 at the Open Championship despite having done so in the other three majors. Will this year be a first for the Australian golfer?

FANS 2359 LRFans watch the action at Royal Liverpool. Photography: Kevin Murray

Ernie 2164 lrTwo time Open Championship winner Ernie Els practises at Hoylake. Photography: Kevin Murray

Dustin leaves practice ground 9628 lrDustin Johnson leaves the course having finished practice. Photography: Kevin Murray

Ben Na rough 9668 lrKevin Na stands in the rough at Hoylake. Photography: Kevin Murray









Autographs 9678 lrKeegan Bradley signs autographs for fans ahead of the start of the Open Championship in Thursday. Photography: Kevin Murray