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British Open - The People's Open?

Published 1738 GMT (0138 HKT) July 18, 2014
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The British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake in north west England is no ordinary golf event... Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Golfer John Daly was more than happy to join in with Hoylake's more relaxed vibe -- or rather his trousers were. Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images
It's estimated that between 5,000 and 10,000 people attended the first day of practice on Sunday July 13. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
The Open was last held in Hoylake in 2006 when record crowds of 230,000 reportedly attended. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Open organizers, the R&A, estimate attendances for 2014 will reach 200,000. Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images
If you are attending Hoylake though, it's always best to get there early. Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images
You are even allowed to lie down and have a nap at Hoylake. Paul Elis/AFP/Getty Images
There are big and small stands on Hoylake's fairways. Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images
Sometimes if you want the best view of the action you have to improvise and use any props that come to hand. Tom Pennington/Getty Images
Even fancy dress is allowed. But just where is Batman? Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images
Don't forget this is England so make sure to bring your umbrella. Paul/Ellis/AFP/Getty Images
It's not just Scousers -- inhabitants of Liverpool -- attending the Open at Hoylake. This is a global event as these supporters of Japan's golfers out on the course prove. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
After his first round Tiger Woods complained fans hadn't put their mobile phones on silent. Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images
Amateur golfer and Ellesmore Port forklift truck driver, John Singleton, was given time off from his day job to compete at the British Open. Andrew Redington/Getty Images
Not all golf clubs are as relaxed as Hoylake. It wasn't until 2012 that Augusta National Golf Club admitted women. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and business executive Darla Moore were the first female members of Augusta. David Cannon/Getty Images
The Home of Golf and probably the most famous course in the world, the Old Course at St Andrews Links' has hosted 28 Open Championships with another one due in 2015. This year it might even allow women to join its ranks. courtesy St Andrews Links