Pros slam USGA after Johnson penalty stroke farce

Dustin Johnson’s first major win was a long time in the making, and even then the USGA almost managed to overshadow his moment in the spotlight following its controversial decision to dock him a penalty stroke at the end of his round.

The controversy began on the fifth hole when Johnson’s ball moved as he stood over his par putt.

He stepped back and informed USGA official Mark Newell what had happened and that he hadn’t grounded his club. Newell seemed satisfied and Johnson continued with his round.

Then, a few holes later Johnson was approached by Newell and Jeff Hall on the 12th tee and told that he could still be docked a penalty shot after finishing his round.

Johnson, to his credit, played on seemingly unaffected by the decision, but the USGA’s call was derided on social media by his fellow pros including defending US Open champion Jordan Spieth.

Below is just a sample of what was said: