'Amateur hour' - Rory McIlroy and fellow pros slam USGA for penalty controversy
Published 20/06/2016 | 07:30
Fellow golfers sprang to the defence of Dustin Johnson, and criticised the US Golf Association, after confusion surrounded a penalty in his final round at the US Open.
Johnson was informed while waiting to tee off on the 12th hole that a video of events on the fifth green would be reviewed after his round. The American's ball moved as he lined up his putt, though he did not appear to have addressed the ball and immediately alerted a rules official before playing the shot.
Johnson was penalised after his round but it mattered little as it just meant that he won by three shots instead of four.
It clearly had an affect on the American's mindset on his back nine and although Shane Lowry wouldn't admit it, it must have also played on the Offaly man's mind.
All of Johnson's competitors were also informed of the possible penalty, which meant that they call concluded their rounds with a cloud hanging over the leader's score.
This is ridiculous... No penalty whatsoever for DJ. Let the guy play without this crap in his head. Amateur hour from @USGA— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) June 19, 2016
This isn't right for anyone on that golf course. If it was me I wouldn't hit another shot until this farce was rectified.— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) June 19, 2016
Lemme get this straight.. DJ doesn't address it. It's ruled that he didn't cause it to move. Now you tell him he may have? Now? This a joke?— Jordan Spieth (@JordanSpieth) June 19, 2016
DJ took the high road to take that penalty. This ordeal cannot be overlooked because of a multiple shot victory— Jordan Spieth (@JordanSpieth) June 20, 2016
They need to stop play here and make a call on this DJ situation. Players need to know what they have to do.— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) June 19, 2016
The @USGA are creating an incredibly anti-climatic scenario here during what should be an incredibly dramatic back nine on Sunday. Sort it.— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) June 19, 2016