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.
Dustin Johnson wins his first Major Championship.
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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.
Confirmed: Dustin Johnson has been assessed a one-stroke penalty for his ball moving on the fifth green. He finishes at 4-under par.
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) June 20, 2016
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.
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
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.
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
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.