Johnson completes major breakthrough at US Open

dj-openIt took more than a decade and several painfully close calls, but the long wait is finally over for “major winner” Dustin Johnson.

The Coastal Carolina product and former Myrtle Beach resident fired a round of 69 in Sunday’s final round of the 116th US Open at Oakmont (PA) Country Club to finish at 4-under par for the tournament – good for a three-stroke win over a trio that included Jim Furyk.

Despite a history of stumbling down the stretch of major tournaments, including last year’s US Open, Johnson kept his cool this time, even in the face of a possible one-stroke penalty.

Johnson was told mid-round that he may be assessed a one-stroke penalty for grounding his club on the fifth green. He alerted a course marshal that his ball moved before his par putt at No. 5. It happened after he took a few practice putts, placed his club behind the ball and then removed it.

The marshal ruled he didn’t ground his club, and he was not assessed a penalty. However, a USGA official notified Johnson on the 12th tee that they would be reviewing the situation after the round. Johnson calmly stretched his one-stroke lead at the time into a three-shot victory.

“I’ve been here a bunch of times and haven’t quite got it done,”Johnson told FOX TV during the trophy presentation, “but today I did, and it feels really good.”

Photo courtesy of USGA

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