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Cheshire golfer's dream comes true

156 golfers will battle it out in this year's Open at Royal Birkdale, Southport. Among them is a young man from Sale in Cheshire. Back in 2004 we spent the day filming with 8-year-old Haydn McCullen. His dream back then was just to play in the Open.

Tomorrow, just short of his 21st birthday, that dream will come true.

WATCH: The stage is set of The Open's return to Royal Birkdale

The stage is set for one of sport's majors. This year is a special anniversary for Royal Birkdale, as it host The Open championship for the tenth time.

The last winner there was Pádraig Harrington in 2008 - he's back again this year alongside some of the greats of the game, all desperate to lift the famous claret jug and today was their final practice.


Exclusive: top Southport golfer says winning Open wouldn't be the biggest achievement of his year

Tommy Fleetwood is in the form of his life and all eyes will be on the Southport golfer as the Open comes to Royal Birkdale.

It's a huge week for him and his family but it's not going to be his biggest of the year as he's due to became a dad for the first time in September.

David Chisnall caught up with him to talk about all things from fatherhood to the Claret Jug, as he was given a special honour at the course where it all started for him.


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. 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.

Lightening risk means Open Championship has two-tee start

Crowds with umbrellas at Open Championship at Hoylake Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Open Championship has instigated a two-tee start for the first time in its history because of the risk of thunderstorms.

Players are using both the first and 10th tee, with the field split into groups of three rather than two.

It's hoped that will mean the round can be completed on schedule even if there are delays due to the weather.