At Long Last - Dustin Johnson Gets his Major PDF Print E-mail



After a near miss in 2015, Dustin Johnson hoists the U.S Open trophy at Oakmont

Oakmont, Pennsylvania - Okay, so finally the games' most naturally talented athlete and

ballstriker gets off the schneid and wins his first major at the 116th U.S Open at Oakmont.

For Dustin Johnson it's been six years of close calls, controversial rules infractions, poor

decisions, errant shots and 3 putts under the pressure. From Whistling Straits at the 2010 PGA

Championship, to last years putting folly on the 72nd hole at Chambers Bay (and all of those

instances in between), it appeared that this would be different. Finally, DJ could get through

a major where he clearly is the best player that given week (apologies to 54 hole leader Shane

Lowry, but Johnson looked like the one to beat even starting the final round 4 shots back) and

finish it off . . . and thankfully that's how this year's version of the U.S Open ended. Oh but

the gents in the blue blazers almost always find a way to muddle up the story.


On a Father's Day that offered perfect conditions in Western, Pennsylvania it was an innocent

little occurrence on the fifth green that sent the golf world into it's own free fall of outrage.

As if you haven't seen or heard already - Johnson, after running his birdie putt 4 feet by the

hole, took practice strokes next to the ball before attempting his par putt. As he was about to

sole the putter he observed the ball move slightly. He immediately summoned the USGA rules

official who ruled that Johnson had not caused the ball to move, no penalty - DJ made his par

putt and moved on. Case closed . . . or not. Later the USGA looked at the video and deemed it

was likely that Johnson caused the ball to move. Nearly and hour and a half later on the twelfth

hole, they informed Johnson that it appeared he may have been the cause and is likely facing a

1 stroke penalty.


From that point on, Johnson played with the knowledge that his score might be -5 or it might be

-4. How do you proceed with strategy for the remainder of the tournament. What sport has

rules that aren't decided on the field of play live? It was called a farce by those of us in the golf

media and many tour players like Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Rickie Fowler. Jack Nicklaus

expressed the same sentiment as this debacle unfolded. Luckily Johnson blocked out the distraction

and played flawless golf coming home, including a magnificent birdie at the last for a final round

69 and a 3 stroke victory over Jim Furyk (66), Scott Piercy (69) and Shane Lowry (76).


Although he vehemently denied causing the ball to move on the fifth green, the stroke penalty

was accessed, which had Dustin Johnson officially at 69 for the round and a total score of 276 (-4).

Afterward, DJ was relieved it was over: "I know this golf course, it's very difficult to close. From

12 to 18, all I was trying to do was just one shot at a time and not to worry about what anybody

else was doing. Just focus on what I was doing. I just kept telling myself, it's just me and the golf

course. You know, I'm just playing the golf course today."


As one of the games' governing bodies, let's hope the USGA learned a little from this incident, and

how to handle such matters going forward. Hail to Dustin Johnson for overcoming and averting what

could have become a long lasting dark cloud on the sport.



In Johnson's U.S. Open Championship Bag:

  • M1 Driver / 10.5* / Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec 661X / 45.75" / D4
  • UDI (#2) / Project X HZRDUS Black 105X
  • Tour Preferred MB ('14) 3-PW / True Temper DG Tour Issue X100

















Berger Takes Fedex, Henderson KPMG Women's PGA PDF Print E-mail




Memphis, Tennessee - The

reigning PGA Tour Rookie

of the year - 23 year old

Daniel Berger broke

through for his first victory

at the Fedex St.Jude

Classic on Sunday at TPC



As challengers like Phil

Mickelson and Brooks

Koepka were charging from

behind, Berger's putter got

hot. A 32 ft putt for birdie

on the par 3-14th, followed

by a 21 ft birdie on the 15th

provided the cushion to

cruise in with a final round

67 and three stroke victory

over Koepka, Mickelson

and Steve Stricker.


Dustin Johnson posted the

low round of the week,

shooting a final round 63 to

finish solo 5th.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Berger celebrates after his 1st Tour win













Brooke Henderson celebrates her first LPGA major at Sahalee

Sammamish, Washington - 18 year old Canadian phenom Brooke Henderson birdied

the first hole of a sudden playoff over World No.1 Lydia Ko at the KPMG Women's PGA

Championship at Sahalee Country Club.


Henderson's stellar 65 on Sunday included a huge putt for eagle that might go down as

the best putt of the year. The mighty roll traveled from 15' short of the green up a rise

and broke right to left into the jar from approx. 70 feet away. Henderson credited the

eagle with jump starting her round. Another very impressive long birdie putt on the 17th

tied her with Lydia Ko at 6 under par.


It was Henderson's par save at the last that might be the most impressive of all. After

driving her tee shot behind trees on the right. Henderson punched her second to 75 yards

out, then hit her third to about 9 feet. She drained the putt to post -6. At the time, Ko

was a group behind staring at a 5 ft birdie to get to 7 under par. She lipped out the birdie

attempt, and could do no better than par at the last to tie Henderson.


On the 1st hole of the playoff (18th hole), Ko was safely on the green about 18 feet away,

but Henderson stiffed her approach to 3 ft. After Ko's birdie attempt slid by, Henderson

poured in the birdie for the win. Joyful afterward but composed afterward, Henderson

expressed her emotions: "I thought it was - it was a dream and I thought it was possible.

Did I know it was actually going to happen? No way, but I'm extremely grateful."


















William McGirt Breaks Through at Memorial PDF Print E-mail


William McGirt poses with the trophy after winning at Muirfield Village

Dublin, Ohio - William McGirt and John Curran. Yep, those were the two names left at

Jack Nicklaus' Memorial event after 72 holes of regulation play. Safe to say it's likely

that nobody had those two on their fantasy rosters with the likes of Jason Day, Rory

McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and the rest of the games' elite on hand at Muirfield

Village . . . but that's why they play the game.


With the weather forecast of rough stormy conditions for the afternnon, the PGA Tour staff

moved up the the tee times to an a.m start. Early on, the contenders appeared to be Matt

Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, McGirt and Curran. Kuchar stumbled midway through his round and

never fully recovered as the conditions worsened. Despite his amazing ball striking all day,

Dustin Johnson simply couldn't make a putt until the 18th. Meanwhile, William McGirt just

kept converting clutch par putts, and Curran was solid - especially at the 17th, where he

stiffed his approach from the fairway bunker and drained the putt to tie McGirt at 15 under

par. In the playoff, Curran was safely on in regulation (at the 18th). McGirt in the greenside

bunker, once again hit a bold explosion in tight to save par and send the sudden death duel

back to the 18th tee.


Playoff hole No.2 - McGirt airmailed his approach from shortgrass over the green. Curran

playing from the right fairway bunker pulled his shot over the green and into the spectators.

Curran hit his pitch from the short side onto the green but was a long way from par. Moments

later, McGirt executed a fantastic escape from the cabbage behind the green to a makeable

six feet. Curran missed his par attempt . . . and as was the case all day, McGirt poured the

clincher in the heart for his first PGA Tour title in 165 career starts (also earning a 3 year




Afterward McGirt talked about that last up and down "It was a solid 9 or 10," McGirt said

(rating the pitch from behind the green on the 2nd playoff hole). "The good news was - it was

uphill and it was right edge, hit it all you want."


Dustin Johnson finished third at -14. World No.3 Rory McIlroy shot 68 on Sunday to finish solo

fourth (-13).

















Jordan Spieth Wins at Colonial PDF Print E-mail



Jordan Spieth celebrates his first Tour win in his home state of Texas at Colonial

Fort Worth, Texas - It had been just over 6 weeks since Jordan Spieth had one arm in

the sleeve of back to back Green Jackets, that is until the par3-12th at Augusta National

happened. A huge collapse for sure, one he'll never forget. He'd heard all of the experts

and fans opinions on his epic crash, and after missing the cut at the PLAYERS a few weeks

ago, Spieth was hungry to get back in the winners circle at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

Starting the day atop the leaderboard, Spieth was sputtering in neutral on the front nine

Sunday (at even par for the day, he found himself two strokes behind Harris English).

After a boisterous fan yelled out "remember the Masters", Spieth admitted to getting fired

up: "There's a little red-ass in me, and it came out on the next few holes." Indeed it did,

infact it came out on the entire back nine. Spieth put on a clinic reeling off six birdies

enroute to a back nine 30, and a three shot victory. He birdied the first 3 holes on the inward

half, and then in spectacular fashion birdied the final 3 coming home. What was a tight race

with Harris English and Colonial member Ryan Palmer halfway through the back nine, became

a rout after the 22 year old World No.2 flipped the switch. Afterward, a sense of determination

and then relief was what Jordan Spieth was expressing to the media:


"I wasn't sure how long it would take to get over the hurdle of having to come in to every

single interview room, having to listen to crowds only talk about what happened a month ago,"

Spieth said. "It's very difficult . . . and I'm 22. It's not like I hadn't won. We've won two majors."


The victory was Jordan's first in his home state of Texas and his 8th of his career, passing Tiger

Woods - who had 7 Tour victories by the age of 22.

















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