U.S. Open champion Johnson likes his chances at Troon

Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:43pm EDT
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By Larry King

TROON, Scotland (Reuters) - Dustin Johnson, the number two player in the world, comes into the British Open at Royal Troon as one of the favorites and he tends to agree with that assessment.

Johnson won the U.S. Open in June, racking up his first major championship, and followed that with a victory two weeks ago at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, something he accomplished by overtaking Jason Day, the 54-hole leader.

At a press conference in Troon on Wednesday, he was asked if he felt like the best player in the world right now.

"I always feel like the best player in the world," Johnson said, smiling a little.

It was a typical answer. Day talked at his own press conference on Monday about the stress of being the world number one. Johnson was asked if he would feel the same kind of stress if he were number one.

"I don't know," he said, looking slightly puzzled. "I'll let you know when I get there."

Johnson can be serious. He is one of the high-ranking golfers who won't play at the Rio Olympic Games, a decision he said was based on his unwillingness to expose his family to the Zika virus carried by Brazil's mosquitoes. He would have played in Tokyo, he said, the site of the 2020 Olympics.

"I know the risk is very low," he said. "But if something were to happen, I'd never forgive myself for that."   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