Dustin Johnson, looking for major victory after numerous near-misses, won the 116th U.S. Open with drama and initial uncertainty over his victory margin.
In pursuit of his first crown, Johnson played golf under intense pressure, finishing in style as he sank a short birdie putt at the last moment.
Having negotiated the final seven holes with notice that he could be penalized for a rules infraction on the fifth green, Dustin Johnson was docked a shot after the round was over, with his score changed to a closing 69 for a four-under winning total of 276.
“Feels good, feels really good, feels well deserved,” Johnson said after getting those three shots.
The rules debate started when Johnson’s ball moved slightly as he was preparing to attempt his par putt at the fifth hole, shortly after his birdie attempt from five feet broke left and missed the cup.
Johnson denied causing the movement, and the official accompanying the pairing decided not to levy a penalty.
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