Dustin will be tough to beat, says world No 1 Day

Johnson certainly could not be in better form as he prepares to take on Royal Troon, having also won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in his only start since the U.S. Open.

Johnson is now ready to get going at the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon on Thursday, as he prepares to get one over on Rory McIlroy, world number one Jason Day and two-time major victor Jordan Spieth in Scotland. Not the two-shot penalty on the final hole of the 2010 PGA Championship for grounding his club in a bunker ("I still don't think that was a bunker", he said).

"This was something I very much struggled with. I think if I was to fast-forward 10 years, I'd like my career to read, "Justin Rose, multiple major champion and Olympic gold medallist". "But I go into every tournament liking my chances". I feel like my game has been quite consistent, apart from say '13, where I didn't play that well and it's probably the only time in the past six years I've dropped outside the top 10 in the world.

"He's typically played pretty well in the Open championship so he's obviously going to be a very tough guy to beat".

THERE are other big contenders outside of the top four in the betting, of course, and I can't help but be drawn to Adam Scott. But it's definitely a little bit different coming out and not trying to win that first major. It's a good feeling, for sure.

"If I play my best stuff, I believe I am going to win", he is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

Now he's the U.S. Open champion and a favorite at the British Open who can move to No. 1 in the world with a victory. He has since finished fifth at the France Open followed by 13th at the Scottish Open last Sunday.

Twelve months ago McIlroy was missing from the field in St Andrews after suffering an ankle injury while playing football but he will tee off on Thursday morning in the same group as Bubba Watson and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama. "But if you get it breezy, like in any Open venue, this place really shows its teeth".

"These high-profile events don't just provide entertainment - they represent a multi-million pound benefit to Scotland, both urban and rural. I'd be over the moon if I could hold the Claret Jug one day".

It's a driver down there, left-hand side, hopefully hit the fairway and depending on the wind, it can be anything from a three wood to a seven iron.

The Open has been played at Troon eight times, with the last six winners all American, most recently Todd Hamilton in 2004.

The Irish and Northern Irish have enjoyed unprecedented success in golf over the past decade - Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke have won nine majors between them since 2007 - and Lowry is the latest on the production line. "I like the big tournaments", Lowry said. The 36-year-old won his first PGA Tour event for four years this May and is a lively prospect at his "favorite" major. It's going to be important to hit the ball solidly going back into the breeze as well.

For a start, the field of 156 players has little of the padding of the Masters, where nearly half of the 90 or so starters are just happy to be there.

It's only a matter of time until Garcia wins a major championship. If that means I have to go through a dry spell of two years, then so be it.

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