Ernie Els, watched by caddie Colin Byrne,   hits an approach shot during his practice round yesterday prior to the  143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool  in Hoylake. Photograph:  Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

The decisive factor in Martin Kaymer’s victory in the US Open at Pinehurst last month was he was able to adapt to the subtle changes the rain had mad(...)

Pádraig Harrington  waits on a green during his practice round yesterday ahead of  the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool  in Hoylake. Photograph:   Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

His attention to detail is akin to that of number crunchers and legal eagles going through due diligence. Nothing is left to chance. Pádraig Harirngto(...)

Darren Clarke and  Rory McIlroy have a laugh  after their practice round yesterday before the 143rd Open Championship tees off today at Royal Liverpool. Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

The stars will align for someone, as they always do. And as the final practice day here yesterday for this 143rd British Open was played out under gre(...)

 Rory McIlroy has  a stretch  during a practice round prior to the start of The 143rd Brtish Open championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. Photograph:  Tom Pennington/Getty Images.

A murmur of concern worked its way around Royal Liverpool Golf Club, as Rory McIlroy – one of golf’s poster boys in a game where the billboards inc(...)