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The Golf Blog: Dustin Johnson wins U.S. Open, 1st major, after overcoming controversial 1 stroke penalty

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The Golf Blog says: Dustin Johnson shot a 1-under 69 to win the U.S. Open by 3 shots after third round leader Shane Lowry shot a 76 in the final round. DJ had to overcome yet more controversy, as the USGA rules officials determined it was “more probable than not” that DJ caused his ball to move on the 5th green during his address. DJ initially maintained that he did not cause the ball to move, as opposed to the wind or slick green. But the USGA officials watched the video and approached DJ on the 12th green and said he would have to reconsider that hole’s score and whether he caused the ball to move (even without making contact with it). Luckily, it didn’t matter. Everyone else faded. Dustin birdied 18 to putt the nail in the coffin. DJ took the penalty. But other players lambasted the USGA rules officials for their ruling.

Oakmont is a storied golf course. But one wonders if they really needed to chop down 5,000 trees to give the course a more wide open look. Even if it hearkened back to an earlier look of the course, at least the two last U.S. Opens played at Oakmont had trees to penalize bad shots. Angel Cabrera won in 2007, shooting +5. This time, DJ won with -4 (-5 without the penalty).




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