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Weather doesn't dampen mood at Open

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy walks down the 6th during day three of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy walks down the 6th during day three of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Credit: Peter Byrne /Press Association Image

Heavy rain did not deter spectators from turning out in force to watch an historic third day of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

With an amber weather warning in place for heavier rain and potential thunderstorms the R&A made the unprecedented decision to operate a two-tee start for the first time in the tournament's long and illustrious history.

It meant all 72 players were on the course by 11.01am with Rory McIlroy, currently leading on 12 under. Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler are both currently 9 under.

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Thunderstorms light up the skies across the North West

Lightening in Royton in Oldham
Lightening in Royton in Oldham Credit: Tom Noakes
Lightening in Sale
Lightening in sky in Sale area of Manchester Credit: Chris Ramsden
Lightening in sky above Cheadle
Lightening in Cheadle area of Manchester Credit: @Plucky1995
Lightening above Timperley
Lightening above Timperley Credit: Neil Booth

Torrential downpours and storms light up the sky across the North West overnight.

A second wave of storms and thundery weather is forecast over the next 24 hours.

Large hail, thunder and heavy rain could cause disruption.

Lightening over the skies of Altrincham in Cheshire in the early hours of the morning.

Fowler takes on Liverpool ambassador role at Anfield

Robbie Fowler.
Robbie Fowler in action for Liverpool.

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has returned to the club as an ambassador.

The 39-year-old scored 183 goals in 369 appearances across two spells with the Anfield club.

He will now fill a variety of ambassadorial roles with the Reds, including work at their academy.

"I'm looking forward to representing this great club and will do all I can to support success both on and off the pitch"

– Robbie Fowler, speaking on liverpoolfc.com
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Officially becoming an @lfc ambassador today. Excited for new role with the Club, starting with our USA Tour kicking-off on Sunday

Looking good - Hoylake hosts Day Two of The Open

Rory McIlroy
Leader Rory McIlroy on the 14th Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wires

Organisers of the Open at the stunning Royal Liverpool course in Hoylake are looking forward to Day Two. It couldn't have got off to a better start with the course in excellent condition. Rory McIlroy is in the lead with -6.

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson lines up a putt on the 13th in Hoylake Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wires

First off today is Defending champion Phil Mickelson at 9.05 followed by World Number One the Australian Adam Scott and Justin Rose at 9.26.

Justin Rose
Justin Rose celebrates a birdie on the 8th at Royal Liverpool Credit: David Davies/PA Wires

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Liverpool star honoured by university

John Bishop
Comedian John Bishop at a recent charitable event. Credit: PA

Comedian John Bishop will be presented with an Honorary Fellowship by Liverpool John Moores University today in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts and charitable causes.

Dominique Walker will also receive an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of her work celebrating and empowering community diversity.

Dominique is an LJMU Graduate, serving police officer and sister of murdered teenager Anthony Walker.

With her family, she established the Anthony Walker Foundation (AWF), which works to prevent youth involvement in hate crime by working with all young people across racial groups to feel secure in their identity and empowered to welcome and celebrate diversity in their communities.

The Fellowships are given in recognition of outstanding achievement by an individual in a given field or profession and to those who exemplify the University's ethos to 'dream, plan and achieve'. Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Weatherill said:

"Each of the new Honorary Fellows have brought dedication, commitment and passion to their professions and in turn have empowered the communities around them through the arts, business, regeneration or sport.''

''I am delighted that we will welcome such inspirational individuals to the University during our summer graduation ceremonies."

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