Sunday’s other champion, Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson trailed the leader Shane Lowry by three strokes heading into Sunday. He shot a final round 69, and kept his composure more than anyone else around him, despite a penalty stroke looming over him from the fifth hole. He played through it with a determined look on his face. Determined to get his first major, at the age of 31, at the U.S. Open, on Father’s Day.
I am not going to get into the penalty stroke issue because golf has a lot of little silly rules and Dustin Johnson seems to find a way to bring them to the surface. I really don’t care about that. I care about the way he closed, despite having the possible penalty hanging over his head. His next to last shot on 18 may have been the most impressive. He was going for it and hit a beauty approach shot leaving him a five foot putt for the championship. It may not have been the most important shot to his scorecard, but it just may have been the most emphatic shot of his career to date. After three putting on the 18th green last year, to hand the U.S. Open to Jordan Spieth, this year he left absolutely no doubt about the outcome.
Other golfers weighed in showing their displeasure as well, including the big boys, Rory McIlrory, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Tiger Woods. Arnold Palmer was also there to congratulate D.J. and said he told Dustin, “What you did with all that crap they threw at you was pretty good.”
This is ridiculous… No penalty whatsoever for DJ. Let the guy play without this crap in his head. Amateur hour from @USGA
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) June 19, 2016
Lemme get this straight.. DJ doesn’t address it. It’s ruled that he didn’t cause it to move. Now you tell him he may have? Now? This a joke?
— Jordan Spieth (@JordanSpieth) June 19, 2016
Some great golf by @DJohnsonPGA all week, strong way to finish overcoming that rules farce. Happy Father’s Day to DJ and all of you.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) June 20, 2016
Pretty good indeed. Dustin Johnson claims his first major and is your new U.S. Open Golf Champion, finishing three strokes ahead of Shane Lowry, Jim Furyk and Scott Piercy.
We saw Jim Furyk hang around as he has been doing of late. He made a huge surge Sunday shooting a final round 66 and finishing tied for 2nd.
As for the world’s #1 golfer, Jason Day, he couldn’t overcome a bad first day, but hung around long enough to finish 2-over, good enough to tie for 8th place.
The next major is in about three weeks. It is The Open Championship, aka, The British Open. It will be held at Royal Troon GC in Ayrshire, Scotland, July 14th-17th.
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