Dustin Johnson And The Mysterious Moving Ball
There are few things in sports that are more interesting than a good controversy. Well if your one of the fans that look forward to that type of drama, look no further than the U.S. Open, and Dustin Johnson is the center of attention.
After Johnson missed his birdie attempt on the 5th hole, he started to lineup his shot for par. After a couple of practice putts, Johnson put his putter behind the ball, and the ball recoiled and moved. Johnson instantly backed away and found a rules official. At first they ruled that Johnson didn't move the ball or cause the ball to move.
However, later, after Johnson's 12th tee, he was informed that he still might be penalized for his ball moving during the fifth green. If it is determined that Johnson was the reason the ball moved, then he would be penalized by one stroke. As you could imagine, many people were not thrilled about this... just ask a couple professional golfers.
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
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
Rory Mcllroy and and Jordan Speith, two primetime golfers, were just two of many golfers were outraged by the way this was handled.
Well done by the United States Golf Associations officials, telling the man 7 holes later that he might be penalized. Leave it up to the officials to take the attention away from quality golf, and create headlines through a controversy.
As a result golfers are tried to overtake Johnson not knowing what his score was. And that left Johnson not knowing how much breathing room he had. But I guess in the overall scheme of things, it doesn't really matter... Johnson won anyway.
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