Dustin embarks on Euro trip

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Dustin Johnson will play his next three events in Europe – starting with this week’s BMW Internatonal Open.

Dustin Johnson will play his next three events in Europe – starting with this week’s BMW Internatonal Open.

The American will play in Germany this week, starting the day after his 27th birthday, before heading to England for the Open Championship.

Johnson will go up against world number three Martin Kaymer this week, who will be playing on his home soil in search of his second BMW International Open title, after he first won the event in 2008.

Then, starting July 14, Johnson will travel to England for The Open at Sandwich, before finishing up his European trip in Sweden the following week for his second successive appearance at the Scandinavian Masters.

Johnson, one of the few Americans to make regular appearances abroad, was also one of the few Americans who found himself in contention in recent major championships.

The last five majors have not seen a single American winner – the first time this has happened since the Masters began in 1934 – but Johnson had a great chance to win two of them.

He led last year’s US Open with one round left to play, but crashed out with an 82, opening the door for eventual winner Graeme McDowell in the process.

Then, at the US PGA later in the year, he was set to make the play-off, but lost out when he received a two-shot penalty for grounding his club on sand at the last hole.

That opened the door for his main rival this week, Martin Kaymer, who went on to take the title.

Johnson might fancy his chances to best Kaymer this week, however, as the German has gone through a poor run of form in recent months.

Other notables set to participate in Germany this week include England’s Paul Casey and Spaniard Sergio Garcia, who finished seventh at Congressional last week – his best major finish since he was runner-up to Padraig Harrington at the 2008 US PGA.

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