Golf - Johnson ready for long game in US Open double quest

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- World number one Dustin Johnson is preparing for a battle of the big-hitters as he defends his US Open title next week on what is set to be the longest course in major championship history. Johnson, who clinched his first major victory at Oakmont last year, has been installed as the favourite for the tournament, which is being held at Erin Hills in Wisconsin for the first time. At 7,741 yards, the challenging par-72 layout outside Milwaukee will be the longest course in the history of major tournament golf. "I like really tough golf courses," Johnson said. "I tend to focus more and play better. I like knowing par is a good score for some reason."