The Open Social Diary: A smooch for Sergio as Rose reminisces

The second day of practice ahead of The Open at Royal Birkdale produced nostalgia and romance in equal measure on Tuesday.

Padraig Harrington's pinpoint approach in the wind to the 17th green in 2008 is the defining shot of the three-time major champion's career and was duly dug out of the archives by the tournament's official account. 

Justin Rose, meanwhile, addressed the media as a genuine contender nearly two decades on from pitching in on the 18th at the same venue to finish tied fourth as a 17-year-old amateur, in what remains the 2013 U.S. Open winner's best result in this event.

Sergio Garcia, who defeated Rose at the Masters in April, took part in a very public display of affection with fiancée Angela Akins ahead of their impending marriage. 

Could the Spaniard, so often a nearly-man at the Open, but having ended his major hoodoo at Augusta, be taking the Claret Jug with him to the ceremony in Texas?

We can't answer that question just yet, but we can bring you the very best from social media as anticipation continues to build in Southport...

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