Dustin Johnson won the 116th U.S. Open, but it wasn’t without drama. Johnson was told on the 12th tee that he might incur a one-stroke penalty at the end of his round, in relation to his ball moving on the fifth green. Johnson made the possibility of a deduction null and void, winning by three shots.
Leaderboard: Dustin Johnson (-4), Jim Furyk (-1), Scott Piercy (-1), Shane Lowry (-1), Sergio Garcia (Even), Branden Gace (Even)
What it means: So many things. It means Dustin Johnson is, finally, a major champion. It means people can ask him about winning this U.S. Open and not losing last year’s. It means people have to respect his ability to overcome adversity. And it means that this could be the first of a few more major victories.
Round of the day: Johnson’s 1-under 69. Not only did DJ shoot an under-par round on Sunday at Oakmont, but he did so with the knowledge – for seven holes – that the USGA could dock him a shot upon conclusion.
Best of the rest: Furyk’s 4-under 66 was the low round of the day and vaulted him into a tie for second. Had he not bogeyed the final hole, Furyk might have put some extra pressure on Johnson. But, nonetheless, it was an impressive performance from the Pennsylvania native, who was also T-2 in 2007 at Oakmont.
Biggest disappointment: As always, there are lots to choose from in the final round of a U.S. Open. Lowry started the day with a four-shot lead and shot 6-over 76. Andrew Landry, playing in the final group, held firm for 54 holes before closing in 78. But the award (?) goes to Lee Westwood. He was five back to start the day, in a bid to claim his first major title. He then proceeded to turn in 8-over 43 on his way to a 10-over 80 and a tie for 32nd.
Quote of the day: “I just tried to focus on what I was doing, not worrying about a penalty stroke. Just playing golf from there to the house.” – Dustin Johnson
Johnson won spectacularly, and it’s just a shame we had to watch his virtuoso performance through the fog of angst and confusion the USGA created in the middle of the round.
The USGA allowed the final seven holes to be played with the competitors, gallery and television audience uncertain the scoreboard was correct. Based on a video review, the rules committee decided to wait until after the round to rule on whether Johnson should be assessed a one-stroke penalty for causing his ball to move over a putt in violation of Rule 18-2. The putt in question came back on the fifth green.
What’s in Dustin Johnson’s Bag:
Driver: TaylorMade M1 (Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec 661X shaft), 11 degrees
3-Wood: TaylorMade M1 (Aldila RIP Alpha 90X shaft), 17 degrees
Utility Iron: TaylorMade UDI (#2; Project X HZRDUS Black 105X shaft)
Irons: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB ’14 (3-PW; True Temper DG Tour Issue X100 shafts)
Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF Satin Chrome (52 and 60 degrees; KBS Tour 130X Black Nickel shafts)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Prototype
Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X
Updated Official World Golf Rankings:
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Sources: PGA Tour, Jonathan Wall, Golf Channel, Fox Sports.