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Dustin Johnson prepares for the Open by playing some of Ireland's best links courses

The world number two heads to Royal Troon as one of the favourites.

WHILE MANY OF the world’s top players are in Scotland this week, Dustin Johnson is preparing for the Open by playing some of Ireland’s top links courses.

The US Open champion decided against playing at the Scottish Open to instead spend the weekend in Dublin fine-tuning his preparation for the third Major of the year.

Johnson, ranked second in the world, played the prestigious Portmarnock on Friday before heading just north to have a round at The Island Golf Club in Donabate yesterday.

He’ll round off his short visit with a game in Donabate this afternoon before flying over to Royal Troon ahead of the Open, which starts on Thursday.

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It’s not the first time the American has made the trip to Ireland ahead of the Open after he acclimatised to links golf with a visit to Portmarnock and Royal Dublin last year.

Tiger Woods, Mark O’Meara, David Duval and Stewart Cink have all done something similar in the past and Johnson will be hoping his trip to Ireland will be followed by the Claret Jug.

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