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Written by: Sam Gubner
The US Open is known for having one of the toughest courses in all of golf in Oakmont, but Dustin Johnson overcome it anyway to capture the first open title of his career.
Originally, Andrew Landry came out of nowhere as the 624th ranked golfer in the world to to leading the US Open by four strokes. Sadly, this cinderella story ended Sunday with Landry going downhill and loosing by nine strokes Dustin Johnson.
With Landry falling down the ranks, Dustin Johnson was rising going from the middle of the pack to first place. But even with his dominance there was controversy.
On the fifth hole, Johnson put his putter next to the golf ball and then behind it as part of his routine. And while his putter was behind the ball the moved moved slightly backward. Because the ball moved a one-stroke violation was called on Johnson.
Despite the controversial call Dustin would continue to dominate and lead in he final holes ahead of Shane Lowry, Jim Furyk, and Scott Piercy. But would he hold on to win?
I’m only asking this because Dustin Johnson is notoriously known for loosing in final holes of majors. He lost in the final round of 2012 US Open, he blew it all in the 2011 British Open, and who can forget last year’s US Open where Johnson who famously instead of eagle-putting to win three-putted giving Jordan Spieth the win.
But history doesn’t always determine the future as Johnson persevered and went on to win the 2016 US Open.