Irish Open practice day photos

The Mourne mountains and Dundrum Bay will provide a picturesque backdrop for this year's Irish Open
The Mourne mountains and Dundrum Bay will provide a picturesque backdrop for this year's Irish Open
A groundsman puts the final touches to a putting green under the watchful gaze of some of the tournament's star players
A groundsman puts the final touches to a putting green under the watchful gaze of some of the tournament's star players
A general view of the Royal County Down links course overlooking Dundrum Bay
A general view of the Royal County Down links course overlooking Dundrum Bay
Major winner Graeme McDowell gets into the swing of things with a practice round at Royal County Down
Major winner Graeme McDowell gets into the swing of things with a practice round at Royal County Down
Royal County Down golf course with the Mourne mountains in the background
Royal County Down golf course with the Mourne mountains in the background
Miguel Angel Jimenez watches his drive during a practice round at Royal County Down.
Miguel Angel Jimenez watches his drive during a practice round at Royal County Down.
Darren Clarke signs autographs for fans during practice at the Newcastle course
Darren Clarke signs autographs for fans during practice at the Newcastle course
The grandstands will be full as tickets for three days of the Irish Open at Royal County Down have been sold out
The grandstands will be full as tickets for three days of the Irish Open at Royal County Down have been sold out
Five-time European tour winner Michael Hoey also features in a star studded Irish Open field
Five-time European tour winner Michael Hoey also features in a star studded Irish Open field
South African Ernie Els in action during his practice round before the Irish Open
South African Ernie Els in action during his practice round before the Irish Open