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

Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:00am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

TROON, Scotland (Reuters) - The last six British Opens held at Royal Troon have been won by Americans and Dustin Johnson, the hottest player in golf, looks like he has all the credentials to send the U.S. into seventh heaven this week.

Not only did the big-hitting 32-year-old follow up his victory at last month's U.S. Open by capturing the prestigious WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title in Ohio, he also has a good record to boast about in the world's oldest major.

Johnson has finished in the top 14 in four of his seven trips to the British Open and came within a whisker of landing the coveted Claret Jug in 2011 when he wound up in a tie for second place behind Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke.

"He has a lot of spotlight on him this week because he has won the last two events he's played and they've been pretty big events," world number one Jason Day told reporters on the windswept Ayrshire coastline.

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

Johnson's surge to second in the world rankings has come as a surprise to some. His namesake Zach Johnson, however, believes it was always destined to happen.

"He's a supreme athlete and it just so happens that his sport for all of us, unfortunately, is golf," said British Open title holder Zach. "Not many guys can do what he does."

Day's form has also been pretty spectacular, having triumphed seven times in the past 12 months to rise to the summit of the rankings.   Continued...

Golf-British Open - Dustin Johnson of the U.S. plays his tee shot on the third hole during a practice round - Royal Troon, Scotland, Britain - 13/07/2016.    REUTERS/Paul Childs