June 18, 2016: Dustin Johnson watches his drive on the third hole during the third round of golf at the US Open at Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire)

Dustin Johnson claims first major at 116th U.S. Open amid controversy

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Albeit amid some controversy during the final-round at Oakmont Country Club on Sunday, the United States’ Dustin Johnson is the 2016 U.S. Open Champion. Finishing with an overall score of -4, Johnson’s 69 during the final-round solidified his first career victory at a major tournament.

The soon-to-be 32-year-old became just the fifth player to win the U.S. Open one year after finishing in second place the year before, becoming the first to do so since Tiger Woods back in 2008.

After managing a score of 67 in the opening-round, Johnson followed up with a 69 and 71 before ultimately capping off the weekend with another 69. However, on the 12th hole of the final-round, it appeared that Johnson could come up short for the second consecutive year due to an odd occurrence.

USGA officials ruled that he could potentially be penalized one-stroke for mishandling his ball on the aforementioned 12th hole. Even so, officials informed him that a ruling would not be handed down until after he finished the round but wanted to warn him to ensure that there was no confusion.

Although Johnson was eventually penalized the single stroke, he was already able to extend his lead to multiple strokes in order to put the controversy behind him as he claimed the 116th U.S. Open title.

It is also worth noting that Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy – the top three golfers in the world entering the tournament — all failed to finish in the top five as Day endured the best finish at tied for eighth place. Entering the event, Johnson ranked as the sixth-best golfer in the world while his rating will surely trend upward going forward.

Finishing directly behind the champion, the trio of Jim Furyk, Scott Piercy and Shane Lowry tied for second with a score of -1.

Dustin Johnson claims first major at 116th U.S. Open amid controversy

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