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Dustin Johnson Wins Wild U.S. Open

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It wasn’t easy, but Dustin Johnson finally got his major moment by capturing the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Sunday.

Johnson, who entered the day three strokes back of Shane Lowry, persevered through some questionable decision-making by the United States Golf Association to finish the tournament atop the leaderboard at 5 under par. Lowry, Jim Furyk and Scott Piercy shared second place at 1 under, while Sergio Garcia and Branden Grace were right behind them at even par.

Johnson backed off from a par putt on the fifth green and proceeded to summon a rules official, stating he saw his ball move. The USGA official told him they weren't going to make a decision on the spot, but would instead tell him if he would be penalized an extra stroke after he completed his round.

It didn’t end up mattering thanks to DJ’s big lead, but it definitely made his backers sweat more than they should have and infuriated his fellow golfers, fans and analysts.

Prior to the event, Johnson was +1200 at Bovada to take home the hardware. The win marked the 31-year-old’s first career major victory, and it rid him of the title as the world’s best player to never win one of the four marquee tournaments.

The American redeemed himself after his final-hole collapse in the 2015 U.S. Open. It’s a great story across the board, and I expect we’ll see DJ go on a tear throughout the remainder of the PGA Tour season now that he’s got the major monkey off his back.

Next up on the docket is the British Open which will take place at Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland. Play gets underway on July 14.

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