Saturday 18 November 2017

'Amateur hour' - Rory McIlroy and fellow pros slam USGA for penalty controversy

Phil Casey at Oakmont

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.

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