Dustin Johnson won his first U.S. Open title at Oakmont in Pennsylvania. The win wasn’t without its controversy though. Several pros took Johnson’s side. They have scored the USGA for giving him the penalty.
In the end, the penalty given hardly mattered as Johnson went on to win the U.S. Open. It was his first major title. However, before the win, controversy came in. CBS Sports has detailed on how the controversy took place.
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At the 12th tee box, Johnson is said to have been approached by USGA official Jeff Hall. He has been told that after the round, they would review footage. They want to see if a penalty should be given to him. The penalty was allegedly because the ball moved. This was said to have been back in the fifth hole.
Johnson then is said to have talked with a USGA official about it at the time of the said incident. There he explained that he had not caused the ball to move. Neither was his putter on the ground and could not have moved it. The USGA reviewed the tape. It said he likely caused the ball the move and decided to give the penalty.
The ruling has caused an uproar among other pro players. A number of them took to social media to denounce the USGA ruling. Both Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth scored the USGA on Twitter.
“Lemme get this straight. DJ doesn’t address it. It’s ruled he didn’t cause it to move. Now you tell him he may have. Now? This a joke?” Spieth posted on Twitter. McIllroy as well posted and said the situation was ridiculous. He also said no penalty should have been given to Johnson.
Rickie Fowler as well echoed their sentiments. He supported what Spieth and McIlroy posted. Ernie Els as well has posted in support of Johnson. Spieth, McIlroy and Fowler also tweeted their congratulations to Johnson after his win, the New York Daily News reports.
After all what’s said and done though what cannot be denied is that Johnson won his first major title at the U.S. Open. That is the only thing that mattered in the end.
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