Inside a overwhelming manners debate that rocked a 2016 US Open

The 116th U.S. Open during Oakmont will be remembered for Dustin Johnson’s argent play nonetheless also for a overwhelming manners debate that, as Curtis Strange puts it, “hijacked” many of a final round. For a demeanour behind a scenes of one of a wildest episodes in U.S. Open history, GOLF.com interviewed players, officials and media members who were precisely in a eye of a storm.

Additional stating contributed by Michael Bamberger, Jessica Marksbury, Josh Sens, Alan Shipnuck, Marika Washchyshyn and Sean Zak.

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“My phone started exploding. Calls from everyone—from family and friends and business associates to a integrate of legends of a game. People didn’t know what was going on.” – David Winkle, Dustin Johnson’s agent

PROLOGUE

No one questioned Dustin Johnson’s outsize talent in a run-up to a 2016 U.S. Open, nonetheless questions still remained about presumably he could tighten a understanding during a major. Johnson had been oh-fer in his initial 28 vital appearances with a handful of vicious flameouts, including during a 2015 U.S. Open during Chambers Bay. Staring down a 12-foot eagle putt during a 72nd hole to win, Johnson three-putted, and Jordan Spieth was crowned champion. The heartless exam that awaited during Oakmont seemed like a good fit for a long-hitting Johnson, nonetheless he hadn’t accurately over-prepared for Oakmont’s punitive severe and blazing-fast greens and what many cruise to be a hardest golf march in a world.

AUSTIN JOHNSON (Dustin’s hermit and caddie): we played [Oakmont] with a member a week of Colonial [in late May]. we told [Dustin], “Hey, man, this golf march is unequivocally tough, like, some wily greens, a few [difficult] lines off tees. We should get adult there and see it.” So we go adult there, and it rains that night. The following morning he shoots 5 or 6 underneath and was like, Oh, yeah, this is a genuine tough golf course. [Laughs]

DUSTIN JOHNSON: First time observant a course.

AUSTIN JOHNSON: And we suspicion we played flattering good. we shot 90. [Laughs]

DUSTIN JOHNSON: He kept revelation me about all these places he was attack it. I’m like, Gee, we suck.

More sleet is foresee for Open week and sleet it does, heavily during times. Several delays over a initial dual days brief a second spin into Saturday, creation it formidable to interpret a personality board. This many is evident: Johnson is personification well. After rounds of 67 and 69, he is during 4 under. When a second spin finally concludes during 2 p.m. on Saturday, Johnson has a one-shot lead. The third spin starts an hour later, and after play is dangling by darkness, Irishman Shane Lowry has a lead during 5 under, by 14 holes. Johnson is 3 behind by 13.

DAVID WINKLE (Johnson’s agent): He had to be during a golf march no after than 6 on Sunday morning. So we left my hotel about 5. we was genuine curious, meaningful he had those 5 holes left to play. we thought, He can’t means to be a slightest bit out of it and still partially asleep, given these are 5 critically vicious holes. He couldn’t win a golf tournament, nonetheless if he finished dual or 3 bogeys he could roughly put himself out of it. I’ll never forget, he came with this large travel over a overpass onto a pushing operation super-relaxed. we don’t cruise he missed a shot in those 5 holes.

Still, by a finish of a third round, Johnson has mislaid another shot to Lowry. In a final round, all nonetheless one of a protagonists (Jim Furyk) would come from a final 4 pairings:

3 p.m.: Scott Piercy (even), Sergio Garcia (even)
3:10 p.m.: Brandon Grace (one under), Daniel Summerhays (two under)
3:20 p.m.: Lee Westwood (two under), Dustin Johnson (three under)
3:30 p.m.: Andrew Landry (three under), Shane Lowry (seven under)

Johnson eyes a putt on Saturday. He led after dual rounds nonetheless had to follow down Lowry on Sunday.

MARK LOOMIS (Fox Sports golf coordinating producer): It looked like a championship depended on what Shane Lowry did. If he had a good round, it was substantially going to be his. But if he didn’t, we weren’t unequivocally certain who was going to make a charge. There were a lot of people adult there who were good players nonetheless who hadn’t won a vital championship.

CURTIS STRANGE (two-time U.S. Open champion and Fox Sports analyst): My assignment for Sunday was to travel with a final organisation of a day, Shane Lowry and Andrew Landry. … we never saw somebody so agitated, warming adult for a fourth spin of a vital when they were in it, as we did with Shane on that Sunday afternoon. He was slamming clubs and was unequivocally frustrated. And we famous it given I’ve been there.

Lowry bogeys a 2nd, pars a 3rd, thereafter lips out for birdie on a 4th. At 6 under, he is still 4 transparent of Garcia and Piercy. Grace and Furyk are 5 off a lead. Ahead of Lowry, in a 5th fairway, is his closest competitor, Johnson, who interjection to a birdie during a 4th has pulled within two. From 104 yards, he sticks his proceed and saunters toward a green.

DAVID FAY (former USGA executive executive and manners researcher for Fox Sports): On Sunday morning, we was examination from a booth, and [French golfer] Romain Wattel’s spin altered on a 2nd green. It looked like he caused a spin to pierce and there was going to be a penalty. It seemed that it was going to be an issue. But a central with that group, Lew Blakey, is one of a best there is. And he was right on a box and he gave a preference right away. He pronounced something to a outcome of, “Well, a breeze was floating in such and such a instruction and with a slope of a immature … there was no proceed he was going to cruise a penalty.” we remember observant after that, “Well, fellas, now during slightest we have template for how this should be rubbed in a doubtful eventuality that anything like this happens after in a day.”

ACT I: THE 5TH GREEN

After Westwood lips out for bogey—ballooning to 5 over for his spin and one over for a tournament—Johnson sizes adult his brief putt for par. He looks during a hole, shuffles his feet, looks during a hole again, thereafter takes dual discerning use strokes. He hovers his dabble behind a ball. Then he freezes. He indicates his spin had moved.

JOHN BODENHAMER (USGA’s comparison doing director, Championships and Governance): My categorical pursuit that week was to assistance Mike [Davis, the USGA’s executive director] with march set-up. Sunday afternoon, we went out with [rules officials] Stu Francis and Mark Newell with Dustin and Lee. Mark was a referee. Mark is one of a best. We have a long-standing tradition, for decades now, of putting some of a best manners officials in a final groups of a championships. … So in that final group, Stu and we were observers. Part of a custom is to be utterly a widen from a players. We don’t wish to confuse them. On 5, a 3 of us were during a behind of a green, by a grandstand. we happened to be looking during Lee, who had usually missed a brief putt and was a tiny agitated. And thereafter we incited to demeanour during Dustin, who was looking during his ball. And he kind of looked over during us and we pronounced to Mark, “Dustin needs you.”

After a occurrence on a 5th green, Johnson consulted with manners central Mark Newell.

“I didn’t residence it,” Johnson says to Austin and Westwood as he backs off.

Seconds later, Newell approaches.

“My ball, before my dabble was in a air—it was inside a spin and rolled that much,” Johnson says, lifting his left arm and gesturing toward a hole. Newell listens intently, hands on hips. The shadows of the dual organisation widen toward a cup. (A microphone during a bottom of a crater picks adult a conversation.)

“O.K., we hadn’t, we didn’t pull a bar or anything?” Newell asks.

“Nope,” Johnson replies.

“It usually moved?”

“Yep.”

“O.K., we usually play it from where it lies then,” Newell says. “O.K.?”

“Thank you.”

As Johnson crouches over his putt, Joe Buck, a lead announcer for Fox, brings Fay onto a telecast to teach on what had happened.

“Well, there’s a box that, thankfully, now in 2016 when a spin moves after residence that players no longer automatically cruise to have caused it to move,” Fay explains, as Johnson holes out for par. “In this case, it altered presumably given of sobriety or presumably wind, and a central pronounced no penalty.”

LOOMIS: We had a good function of being there live for it and carrying a microphone in a hole. we cruise those dual things simplified it for us. If we demeanour behind during a video, during a time it seemed like everybody concluded that he hadn’t caused a spin to move.

BODENHAMER: It seemed like a flattering candid conditions during a time. Mark walked behind to Stu and we could arrange of ascertain what had happened. we said, “New location?” And he said, “Yes.” And all that means was that a spin had altered and that Mark had motionless that Dustin had not caused that spin to move. Based on what Mark knew during that time, Dustin had not caused that spin to move. He asked all a right questions. It was substantially a half-hour after until we knew there was some-more going on, that there was some contention about a video examination of what happened on 5.

WINKLE: we motionless to watch a final spin on TV. And we found a tiny assembly room in a center of a locker room that didn’t get a lot of traffic. There was a large list and some comfy chairs and a good TV. About a time that happened, a TV was incited down utterly a bit, so we didn’t know accurately what was going on, nonetheless we knew there was some kind of a controversy. Just mins after my phone started exploding. Calls from everyone—from family and friends and business associates to a integrate of legends of a game. People didn’t know what was going on.

JACK NICKLAUS, vocalization to a tiny organisation of reporters on Sunday evening: In my opinion, golf is a diversion of honor. That’s what a USGA believes in, and that’s what many of a players all trust in. And when we have a conditions where a central was there and said, “Did we means it to move?” and he says, “No,” thereafter that should be a finish of a story. How’s he ostensible to know what caused it to move? You’ve got greens out there with spike outlines and pitches. The spin can pierce during any time.

Johnson walks to a 6th tee with Fox’s TV cameras tighten behind. He pars a subsequent 3 holes, thereafter birdies a 9th to go out in dual underneath and squeeze a share of a lead with Lowry, during 5 under.

LOOMIS: In a midst of all this, about when Dustin was personification a 9th hole, we listened somebody contend something to a outcome of, “Hey, a USGA competence be looking closer into a Dustin Johnson standard on 5.” But there was no proceed to determine it. And nobody was observant to me that they were going to do anything. we usually remembered that in a behind of my head.

BODENHAMER: we trust we were on a 9th immature [when] we were given a handheld device to demeanour during a video for a initial time. Our staff had already dynamic that they would have a contention with Dustin when he came in. But thereafter it was dynamic that we should have a contention with Dustin as shortly as we could, nonetheless during a time when it would be slightest overt to Dustin.

Lowry bogeys a 9th to tumble a shot behind Johnson. Garcia and Piercy are during dual under. Well forward of a final groups, Furyk is creation a run. The 2003 U.S. Open champ birdies 5 of a initial 17 holes, nonetheless he closes with a bogey, his usually cut of a round. Still, after signing for a 66, he is a hall leader, during one under.

FURYK: we suspicion there was a probability [that one underneath wins], nonetheless in my heart, we suspicion we was substantially going to come adult usually short.

ACT II: THE 12TH TEE

Lowry creates another spook during a par-4 10th. Johnson’s lead is now two.

ALAN SHIPNUCK (Sports Illustrated comparison writer): The 12th tee comes right adult to a clubhouse, so we wanted to watch Dustin strike some shots. we wandered out there, given during that indicate he’s heading by dual and clearly personification a best golf, and he seems like he’s going be a man to do it. we got there a few mins forward of him, and there was usually a uncanny appetite on a tee. All these USGA officials were station around, and it seemed like there were additional camera guys.

BODENHAMER: On a 12th tee, [the USGA’s tip manners officials] Jeff Hall and Thomas Pagel spoke with Dustin. we was there, and we listened Dustin pull back. Dustin’s position was that he did not means that spin to move. And we decided, in integrity to Dustin, that we’d examination it with him again when he came in, out of a sun, in a calmer setting. We’re golfers, too. We base for these good players. Especially Dustin Johnson. He’s such a good guy. He’s a smashing person. But presumably it’s Dustin or a qualifier from Poughkeepsie, a idea is to be courteous to a player. We didn’t cruise it could be finished out there on 12, in front of that audience, and that’s given we motionless we’d wait.

WESTWOOD: we thought, You make a ruling, it’s done. Then to make him play from a 12th tee in not meaningful what his measure was and everybody else not meaningful what his measure was, we felt it was a bit bizarre and, possibly, not satisfactory to him.

SHIPNUCK: It was confusing. You couldn’t unequivocally hear what was being said, nonetheless we could tell from a physique denunciation and a fact that there were a garland of USGA guys around Johnson that it wasn’t good. It’s usually a bad feeling, that uncertainty. Not meaningful what’s going to happen, how it’s going to play out. It was unsettling, and it plunged a whole contest into chaos.

Furyk bogeyed a 72nd hole nonetheless still had a probability after carding a 66, a low spin of a day.

FAY: we cruise we could ask 10 of a tip manners officials in golf about Dustin’s spin and some would contend he should have gotten a chastisement and some would contend that he shouldn’t. Inevitably there would be disagreement. The problem was a delay. The suspicion in a past always was, we forewarn a actor as shortly as we can. The radio replay area, a Fox compound, was not distant away. It was not like it was in Altoona.

LOOMIS: When we saw Jeff Hall articulate to Dustin Johnson, we remembered that [chatter about how he competence be penalized]. we said, “Let’s go adult there. Quickly. Because something contingency be going on.” If we listen to it again, David Fay said, “I’m speculating here, nonetheless here’s what I’m guessing.” we cruise we were all meditative that formed on a fact that Jeff Hall was articulate to Dustin Johnson [there would be a penalty]. Why else would he be?

JORDAN SPIETH, vocalization to reporters after that month during the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: we pledge you, we would have thrown a fit. we wouldn’t have strike another shot. we would have sat there like, This is not a proceed this goes. Let’s figure this out right now.

STRANGE: Most people were already rooting for Dustin, given of how he mislaid during Chambers Bay a year before and all else that has happened to him. But now everybody is rooting for him. You could feel it. People were like, This bad essence has had such a tough story and now another one competence be taken from him.

WINKLE: Well, jokingly, as we say, it wouldn’t be a final spin of a vital yet a tiny adversity or debate for Dustin. But again, not to sound corny, nonetheless we had such a calmness about me that week. we usually felt like he was in such control of his game. And we can’t control anything anybody else is doing. we usually felt so good about a proceed he was playing, to a indicate where his trainer, Joey [Diovisalvi], incited to me and said, “Are we O.K.?” And we said, “Yeah, Joey. What do we mean?” And he said, “You’re proceed too ease for what’s going on right now.”

Johnson rips his tee shot during a par-5 12th. At 5 under, he is dual transparent of Lowry and 3 forward of Garcia and Piercy.

DUSTIN JOHNSON: we know this golf course. It’s unequivocally difficult, and it’s unequivocally formidable to close. From 12 to 18, all we was perplexing to do was usually strike one shot during a time and not worry about what anybody else was doing. we kept revelation myself, It’s usually me and a golf course. I’m usually personification a golf march today.

AUSTIN JOHNSON: we was flattering heated, nonetheless we attempted not to uncover it. we told Dustin, “Nothing we can do about it. It’s out of a control. Let’s keep personification plain golf, and all will take caring of itself.” We attempted not to cruise about it. He had a lead. Last thing we wanted was to let that interfere. He was personification great.

Strange reports on a telecast that a rest of a margin has been told of Johnson’s intensity manners infraction.

GARCIA, vocalization to reporters after a round: They mentioned on a 15th tee, a USGA, a lady that was a manners central following us, said, “You know, there’s a probability that Dustin competence get a chastisement shot.” It was good to know. we suspicion that that was good from them.

Lexi Thompson ran into rules-related difficulty during a final spin of a 2017 ANA Inspiration.

STRANGE: we saw Tom Pagel on 15 and we said, “Off a record, what’s going on here?” And he said, “I can’t say.” And we felt that if they knew they were going to give Dustin a one-shot chastisement they should have finished it already. But we were in a gray area.

ACT III: THE REACTION

LOOMIS: Here’s a one thing that we cruise maybe we carried over from Chambers [Bay and a 2015 U.S. Open]. When we get in those prolongation trucks, we are in your possess tiny cocoon. You’re examination all a golf, and you’re perplexing to keep up. But you’ve got to remember that there’s a universe of people out there commenting on what you’re doing, commenting on a championship. One of a things we took from Chambers Bay was that with a players, there’s a lot of amicable media plead while a U.S. Open is going on. [Fox Sports producer] Jeff Neubarth and [Fox Sports broadcaster and writer] Shane Bacon were in a truck. Shane is unequivocally active on amicable media. At a commencement of a week, we pronounced to them, “You dual are in assign of creation certain that we’re profitable courtesy to what’s going on in amicable media.”

WINKLE: People were saying, “Wink, we have to see what’s function on amicable media. You ought to see some of a things being pronounced and some of a people who are observant it. It’s unequivocally cold to see how many support there is for Dustin right now.”

STRANGE: You had a players tweeting and commenting, things like, “I wouldn’t have strike another shot until they told me presumably I’m going to get penalized or not.” That’s where this millennial era is. And that’s fine. we was substantially a tiny some-more lippy than a era before me. But if we would have pronounced that to [longtime manners officials] P.J. Boatwright or Joe Dey, they would have said, “Thanks for participating. You are now disqualified.” we can contend that given one year during Augusta, I’m on a 13th green, and it’s removing dim and we told P.J. we couldn’t see and he said, “Play on.” Those guys did not give a damn what we thought. They had a pursuit to do.

LOOMIS: It became not usually an eventuality nonetheless also a news story during a same time. we always tell a announcers, “You’re there given you’ve warranted a right to have an opinion on what you’re examination and what you’re observant and what you’re thinking.” So my instruction to them was to be satisfactory and to be responsive that there are dual sides to each story, nonetheless to tell us what they thought. It’s one of a reasons given we got Jeff Hall in a counter as quick as we could. We got a amicable media out there as quick as we could, so that we could tell all sides of a story and thereafter have a people contend what they felt. That’s an vicious partial of what we do. If we don’t do that, we cruise we remove credit quickly.

FURYK: From a 5th to a 12th hole, 7 holes, that’s an hour and a half of golf. we cruise a USGA had copiousness of time to examination that footage and to give [Johnson] an suspicion of presumably that would be a penalty. One, they should have let him know a lot sooner. Two, we cruise that they need to make that preference while he’s on a golf course. In articulate to a USGA, we cruise what they pronounced was a lot of a folks that are on a cabinet were on a golf march with opposite groups. That a cabinet didn’t have a probability to plead a conditions and confirm presumably it would be a chastisement until after a round. My theory is that use will change. That use should change. I’ll contend this–I don’t trust that a same conditions would have happened on a PGA Tour. we cruise that preference would have been finished a lot sooner. And should have been.

WINKLE: we was flattering perplexed, given to me it was like what’s to contend if in a second entertain of an NBA Finals game, Stephen Curry gets what competence have been a three. And they said, “You know, we stepped on a range line, we’re going to take a demeanour during it after a diversion and decide.” we remember meditative how ridiculous that was, that we usually felt like it was still critically important, not usually for Dustin nonetheless for everybody in a field, that some form of a preference be made.

BODENHAMER: From 13 to 18, we were doing a job. We said, “Let’s usually sojourn in a impulse and do a pursuit here. Those in a hall will do their job.” There were other things happening. We talked about focusing on a pursuit during hand.

ACT IV: THE FINISH

After drumming in for standard on 12, Johnson is a (presumed) leader, during 5 under. Garcia, Lowry and Piercy are dual back; Grace is 3 behind. Minutes later, Lowry birdies a 12th to stand behind to 4 underneath and one off a lead. Furyk? He’s on his proceed to a Allegheny County Airport.

FURYK: we had a lot of texts, lot of things entrance in. My initial call was to my dad, to usually plead about a spin and contend hello. He told me about Dustin and how there was a doubt on a penalty. He goes, “I pledge you, they’re gonna reprove him.” And he was kind of joking. He was like, Man, we wouldn’t go to a airfield usually yet.

LOOMIS: we cruise we all felt like [a penalty] was expected to happen. But a elementary doubt was, What do we put on a personality board? Do we take a shot off? My preference was that he hasn’t strictly been given a penalty, so we theory we can’t take that shot off. Our guys kept saying, “Well, we cruise he’s 3 ahead,” or “We cruise he’s one ahead,” or “We cruise he’s dual ahead.” It’s like job a football diversion and not meaningful a score. We were perplexing to tell a story a best we could. You’re perplexing to tell a story of a U.S. Open. we cruise they attempted to do both. They attempted to say, “Here’s what’s going on with that, nonetheless here’s what’s going on in total.” When Shane Lowry finds out about Dustin Johnson, how’s that going to impact Shane Lowry? You can’t talk them during that moment, so we can usually speculate.

After a final-round 76, Lowry was left wondering what could have been.

Johnson bogeys a 14th and falls into a tie with Lowry, during 4 under. Piercy is a shot back, and Garcia is dual under. Though he’s no longer on a property, Furyk still binds a hall lead.

FURYK: we remember there being 8 to 12 guys during a airport, examination on TV. Anytime a spook was finished everybody would spin and demeanour during me.

LOOMIS: One thing that Paul [Azinger, a Fox analyst] pronounced was unequivocally prophetic. He pronounced it on, like, a 14th hole. It was something like, “Hey, whatever. It happened. Whatever’s going out there, now we’ll find out who can understanding with this a best.” The mocking thing was that a man who had had such a story of carrying things occur to him rubbed it improved than anybody else did. He had to put all else out of his mind and usually play golf. If anyone could’ve said, “Woe is me,” it was Dustin Johnson. He didn’t.

Lowry bogeys a 14th hole, and Johnson again has a lead alone. It would be a initial of 3 uninterrupted bogeys for a Irishman.

LOWRY, vocalization to reporters after that month during the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: At a time we didn’t cruise it influenced me, and we did my interviews thereafter and we pronounced it didn’t impact me during all, nonetheless when we demeanour behind on it, it did. we stood on a 16th tee, and to be fair, Billy Foster, who caddies for Lee [Westwood], went over to Dermot [Byrne, Lowry’s caddie] as Dermot was walking off a 15th immature and fundamentally pronounced to him that he doesn’t cruise Dustin was going to be penalized. We thereafter stood on a 16th tee and went, “Right, we’re dual behind,” given we were usually one behind.

DUSTIN JOHNSON: That whole week, we felt like we were usually groovin’. No problems. Austin and we concluded on all we were doing. When all that things happened, we usually stranded to a diversion devise and kept executing.

WESTWOOD: He carried on with a mindset, we can’t do anything about it. What will be will be. I’ve usually got to play these final 7 or 6 holes as we would normally.

At a par-3 16th, Johnson holes a 10-foot standard putt to stay during 4 under. In a organisation ahead, Piercy had three-putted 16 to dump to dual under.

SHIPNUCK: Upstairs in a hall is where all a players’ lockers were, and it was a good proceed to news a story. we was articulate to people about a USGA, we was articulate to people about Dustin, about Lowry, and of march there are TVs on so we can keep lane of everything. we was flattering many a usually contributor adult there for an hour and a half or two, and I’m flattering certain when Dustin was on a 16th hole, we saw Mike Davis … He was removing prepared for a [awards] presentation. As Davis was restraining his tie and combing his hair, we was interrogating him. At that indicate he had not had a probability to unequivocally examination a video. He couldn’t even comment, to some degree. He said, “I’ve been articulate to people on a radio, I’ve been on a golf course, I’m going to go demeanour during it right now.” That gave me discernment into given a whole day was so chaotic.

On a drivable par-4 17th, Johnson hits his tee shot into a front fort thereafter two-putts for standard to contend his two-shot lead. Piercy, personification 18, is his closest pursuer, while Furyk, Grace and Lowry are during one under. At 18, Johnson blasts a expostulate and stuffs his proceed to 5 feet, eliciting a bark from a throng that all nonetheless shakes a property. Thanks to a Piercy spook during a last, Johnson strolls toward a immature with a three-shot lead. Or is it a two-shot lead?

LOOMIS: There was some genuine service in a lot of ways that he was going to win no matter what happened. we cruise that was a good thing.

Johnson hits his proceed on a 72nd hole. He pressed it, finished birdie and won his initial major.

Walking down a 18th fairway, Westwood reaches out to honour Johnson. Behind a green, Johnson’s fiancée, Paulina Gretzky, wipes divided a rip while holding a couple’s son, Tatum.

WESTWOOD: Only once he strike his proceed tighten on 18 did we cruise he was going to win. we usually said, “Well done.” He kept his composure.

FURYK: He had to play fundamentally that whole behind 9 in doubt. we don’t know how he could have rubbed it any better.

AUSTIN JOHNSON: He was so focused. He came adult to me on a 18th green, and he didn’t even know how he stood. He hadn’t looked during a scoreboard all day. we told him that he had a three-shot lead, and he usually goes, “Oh, good.” [Laughs]

Johnson lines adult a putt that is about a same widen as a one he had on a 5th, this time for birdie. He drains it, pumps his right fist and embraces Austin. DJ has dismissed a Sunday 68 to finish 5 underneath for a tournament. He gives Westwood’s caddie, Foster, a high five, picks adult Tatum and kisses Paulina.

SHIPNUCK: we followed Dustin in when he had his conference with a USGA guys. That was flattering tense. It was unequivocally swarming right inside that tiny scoring area in a locker room. A integrate of reporters were perplexing to eavesdrop, and there were a lot of a entourages and agents. The usually one who didn’t seem that stressed out was Dustin.

BODENHAMER: We reviewed a video with Dustin and told him there would be a one-shot penalty. He was great. He said, “O.K.” Of course, he had a multiple-shot lead. He went and sealed his scorecard and went out and supposed a trophy.

FURYK: There’s a lot of gray area in a rules. And that interpretation infrequently is very, unequivocally difficult. I’ve played contest golf given we was 12 and have had a flattering organisation grasp of a manners given we was 16. That’s 31 years of personification golf with a flattering organisation grasp of a rules, and we would have got that one wrong.

LOWRY: If Dustin unequivocally wanted to disagree his case, he could have, and he competence have got divided with that chastisement shot if he indispensable to. It would have been engaging to see if a dual of us had have been tied or we would have won by one presumably Dustin would have been penalized that shot. We competence have had a opposite scenario.

Lowry pars 18 for a unsatisfactory 76. He ties for second with Furyk and Piercy. The Irishman walks into a locker room where he finds his coach, Neil Manchip, make-up up. They hug; Lowry cries.

POSTSCRIPT

On a Monday after a Open a USGA issues a 620-word matter about a manners occurrence that says, in part, “We bewail a distraction.”

BODENHAMER: The subsequent day [after a Open], Mike Davis tasked me to examination what had happened and to come adult with proposals to make certain zero like that happened again. We dynamic that it took us too prolonged to make a decision, and we’ve remedied that. We’ve remedied how we muster a manners officials and how we examination video evidence. In 17 days, we had a whole new line of procedures in place to make certain that zero like that ever happens again.

SHIPNUCK: The USGA would have never recovered if Dustin had this contest taken divided from him. we wish a blue coats contend a tiny ask each day for Dustin Johnson. As for DJ, this man is some-more mentally tough than we give him credit for. He’s taken so many punches to a solar plexus, and he usually keeps entrance back. I’m not certain how many players could have survived that. It finished a feat that many sweeter.

The champ on a 18th immature with his fiancee, Paulina, and their son, Tatum.

LOOMIS: You can always do improved [covering a tournament]. we cruise maybe a one thing I’ve talked to all a guys about is something so simple. On a personality board, given don’t we usually put an asterisk on tip that says, Possible one-shot penalty. And maybe we have to explain it a tiny bit less. But we felt unequivocally good that we were stability to get new information, and it became a news story in a center of an event. And we felt like we documented it well. we don’t cruise anybody went out of their proceed to be overly critical, or to not be critical. They usually pronounced what they felt. That’s all we can ask of a guys in a booth. We felt good in a lorry that we had told a story.

FURYK: we cruise [the USGA] schooled a lot from a situation. And we cruise their practices will be opposite in a future. Some good will come out of it. Again, zero altered a outcome of a tournament. And even nonetheless we finished second, we cruise it’s a good thing. we don’t cruise anything should change a outcome of a event. And we cruise Dustin deserved to win.

WINKLE: Mistakes are unequivocally finished given there are humans doing all this stuff. But Dustin’s never been one to reason a hate about anything. Someone asked me what was a many delightful partial of Dustin finally removing his major. And we said, “Well, for apparent reasons I’m blissful a monkey’s off his back.” And I’m blissful that a discourse around him will change a little.

The manners debate that injured Johnson’s initial vital win doesn’t delayed him down. Two weeks after he wins his subsequent start, a WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, as good as a BMW Championship. The part during Oakmont also triggers movement in a halls of a game’s statute bodies. In December, a USGA and RA announce a new internal rule that eliminates a chastisement when a golfer incidentally moves a spin on a green. In Feb a statute bodies go a step further, introducing a comprehensive offer to facilitate and update a Rules of Golf for 2019.

WESTWOOD: we cruise that’s always a way, though, isn’t it? Something has to occur before it gets a kick-start. Did a order need changing? Yeah. There was always difficulty with it. Did we means a spin to pierce or didn’t I? It indispensable to occur during one of a biggest tournaments to change a rule. They were substantially meditative about it, and that unequivocally finished their mind adult for them.

STRANGE: It should have never have been a penalty. Because when we have greens that are 14 on a Stimpmeter, anything can means that spin to move. You can be 15 feet divided and means that spin to move. That’s given they altered a rule, and it’s a good thing they did.

By trait of his feat during Riviera in February, Johnson ascends to a tip of a World Ranking. He proves estimable of a title, winning his subsequent dual starts, both of them WGC events.

WINKLE: Once Dustin got to No. 1 in a world, we was extraordinary to see how he would hoop it. That’s a flattering vicious climax to be wearing. Some guys find that they’re maybe not gentle with a spotlight being that bright. Or some competence have a letdown after they get to that lifelong goal. The subsequent contest we were together was a WGC down in Mexico City. we could tell that it was roughly a clarity of, “All right, I’m finally where we belong.” You know? “This is where we should be.” He acted for each selfie, and he sealed each designation request. we usually watched a proceed he embraced it and wore it proudly. we got a feeling that he might be there for a while. And, of course, he won that week on a golf march that many people would contend didn’t unequivocally fit him. Then he went on to win in Austin. And we thought, Yep, here we go.

Not given Curtis Strange in 1989 has a U.S. Open champion successfully shielded his title. Johnson is a restricted favorite subsequent week during a U.S. Open during Erin Hills.

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