“Of the many ways Dustin Johnson has lost a major championship – poor decisions, untimely swings, rotten luck, even head-scratching negligence – this U.S. Open had the potential to be the most soul-crushing.
Yes, there was the self-immolation at Pebble Beach.
And the inadvertent grounding of his club in a Whistling Straits bunker.
And the shank out of bounds at Royal St. George’s.
And the three-putt on the bumpy 18th green at Chambers Bay.”
But none of these mishaps compare to what happened at Oakmont which appeared to be one of the “most bizarre final rounds in major-championship history.” (golfchannel.com) A disputed ruling left players unsure how they stood on the back nine.
“But nearly two hours later, after Johnson had moved two shots clear of a floundering Shane Lowry, he was informed on the 12th tee that the rules issue was still under review.
“Is there anything you could have done that caused the ball to move?” the USGA’s Jeff Hall asked Johnson.
“No, I don’t think so,” he replied.”
“To finally get it done on Sunday in a major, it’s a huge monkey off my back,” he said. “I’ve put myself in this position many times, and to get it done is definitely sweet.” (dustinjohnson) (golfchannel.com)
“I always knew this would happen, and I think it’ll happen multiple times,” Winkle said. “But it doesn’t matter who you are: You have to get the first one before you can get the second one. This was a huge hurdle.
“He’s always processed all this stuff differently than everybody else. But the clock is ticking, the questions grow and grow, and now he’ll have a little bit of relief from people wondering if he’ll ever get it done. A lot of people might have lost faith as to whether he was going to close one of these out, but he never did.” (David Winkle, golf manager) (golfchannel.com)