‘Amateur Hour’: Pro Golfers Slam USGA For ‘Terrible’ Mismanagement at Sunday’s US Open


Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 8.04.00 AMThe history books will remember that American Dustin Johnson won the 2016 US Open by a multiple stroke margin after putting up an impressive -4 showing in his final round.

But in the heat of the moment, the controversy that embroiled the US Open yesterday at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania lingered for Johnson over several holes. While attempting a par putt on the fifth hole, Johnson’s ball moved slightly. It was immediately ruled a non-penalty, as it was deemed that Johnson — the number six player in the world — did not cause the ball to move:

However, on the 12th tee en route to clinching a Championship, Johnson was informed by the U.S. Golf Association that he may be penalized — not that he would or would not for sure — at the end of his round for the flub on 5. Johnson went on to three-putt his 14th hole, and people feared the wheels were fast coming off the engine because the USGA got into Johnson’s head mid-round.

Many of his compatriots in professional golf — most notably Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth — slammed the USGA’s mishandling of the situation in defense of Johnson.

Johnson ended up closing out his final round on Sunday in strong fashion, shaking off the controversy during his final holes in the process. He would finish -4, ahead of Americans Jim Furyk (-1), Scott Piercy (-1) and Ireland’s Shane Lowry (-1), winning his first major championship in the process.

J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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