Dustin Johnson ready to win 145th Open at Royal Troon

Dustin Johnson thinks he can win the Claret Jug at the 145th Open at Royal Troon.

Speaking to the media yesterday, the American felt confident he will lift the Claret Jug on Sunday if he produces his best golf.

The 32-year-old American enters the week as the form player in the field, having ended his wait for a major title by winning the US Open at Oakmont last month.

Johnson was not inclined to play down his Open chances when he spoke to the media on the eve of the tournament and he thinks that he could be even more dangerous now he has shed his tag as something of a nearly-man in the majors.

“I like my chances, but I go into every tournament liking my chances,” said Johnson.

“I always feel like I’m the best player in the world, but that’s just me. I’ve got a lot of confidence in my game. Obviously I’m playing very well right now.

“I always expect to come out and perform and to contend but it’s definitely a little bit different coming out and not trying to win that first major. That’s the biggest difference.

“It’s a good feeling, for sure. On Sunday, if I’m in contention, just knowing that I can get it done is a big confidence booster coming down the stretch.”

Asked directly if he thinks he will win this week if he brings his best stuff, Johnson replied: “If I have my best stuff, I believe so.”