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Vine: Fellow pros commiserate with Dustin Johnson after three-putt nightmare at US Open

Published 22/06/2015 | 08:37

Dustin Johnson of the United States walks off the 18th green after making par during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay
Dustin Johnson of the United States walks off the 18th green after making par during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay

They said golf had never seen anything like Chambers Bay before. Well, golf had never seen anything like this climax before, as Jordan Spieth was gifted the US Open when Dustin Johnson three-putted from 12 feet on the final hole.

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Spieth could barely believe it. Nobody could. In a half hour that stretched incredulity to breaking point, the momentum switched so quickly it was almost impossible to tell who was at the tiller. Yet after Johnson’s calamity from four-feet, it was Spieth who was left with his hands on his second major title in three months.

Of course, it was not the way Spieth wanted to win. He was in shock. “I'm still amazed that I won, let alone that we weren't playing tomorrow [in an 18-hole play-off,” Spieth said. “To watch that happen, I feel for Dustin. But I haven't been able to put anything in perspective yet. "

At the 2010 USPGA Championship, Johnson was denied the chance of victory when he erroneously grounded his club in a bunker on the 72nd hole. If anything, this experience was even more galling.

"On the last green, I was thinking, this is why I'm here,” Johnson said. “This is why I play the game of golf. It just didn't work out."

Johnson's fellow professionals took to social media to commiserate with the unfortunate golfer









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