Johnson has been paired with McIlroy in the Open

Johnson has been paired with McIlroy in the Open”

World number one Dustin Johnson believes he is entering the British Open close to his best again after recovering from the injury he suffered prior to the U.S. Masters in April.

Spieth, the uber-talented 23-year-old, has played just four of the previous 145 Opens, but that's been enough for him to experience all that comes with playing links golf in wind and rain, and all that it can do to determine the eventual champion golfer of the year.

You have to go back two years to Zach Johnson's British Open triumph at Saint Andrews, which came eight years after his 2007 Masters triumph.

"The way I won at Carnoustie, I don't think as a 15-year-old you're going to dream of double-bogeying the last with a one-shot lead as your dream way of winning the Open".

He arrives at Royal Birkdale this week fresh off a win on the PGA Tour at the Travelers Championship and is confident of his chances this week. Part of the problem state-side is the time difference. Noren has appeared in this tournament six times in his career.

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"I've got to keep on working". This is something you can't do anything about but you still can enjoy the tournament.

Birkdale is a very strong links design and can be a beast of a course, with sand dunes standing tall and framing much of the layout. You have to have a lot of things go right at the right times. The United States is the best represented with 52 players - a third of the total - while 38 come from the United Kingdom. Some are on the short list of favorites and a couple of minor sleepers to watch.

"If someone told me then, 'You're going to be a four-time major victor and you won the Open and you're one leg away from the career Grand Slam, you've played on three winning Ryder Cup teams, you've won the Order of Merit three times in Europe, you've won the FedEx Cup in the State, ' I'd be like, 'Yeah, I'll take that'". In my career I've seen some good wins and some bad wins and sometimes the hard ones, the ones that you possibly shouldn't have got, are the most fun. Everyone up there hadn't won a major - Rickie (Fowler), Justin (Thomas), Hideki (Matsuyama)'. Conventional wisdom would seem to say so - he is one of the most talented golfers in the world, after all.

Jordan Spieth is as qualified as anybody to talk about the next big thing, having been considered the game's dominant figure after he won the first two majors of 2015. It should be fun and is a different look at the great game of golf.

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