OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) — Dustin Johnson no longer has to wear the unwanted title of “best golfer never to have won a major.”
Johnson, who tied for fourth at the Masters, finally has earned his first major with a three-shot victory at the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont. With the crowd lining the 18th hole chanting “D-J, D-J, D-J,” the long-hitting Johnson finished a sparkling week with a birdie on the final hole to finish a final-round 1-under 69. He finished four under for the tourney — just one of four players to post sub-par scores for the Open. That was even being assessed a one-shot penalty following his round for slightly moving his ball on the fifth green.READ MORE: Trump says he took the Fifth in questioning in New York Attorney General fraud investigation
Johnson had a history of 18th hole disappoints in major tournaments. It began with the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in 2010 when he was penalized a shot on the last hole for grounding his club in a hazard.
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Scott Piercy, Jim Furyk and Shane Lowry tied for second. Lowry started the final round with a four-shot lead. But the Irishman ballooned to final-round 6-over 76.
Defending U.S. Open champ Spieth finished tied for 37th at 9-over. Masters champion Danny Willett also tied for 37th.MORE NEWS: Local advocates oppose Atlanta City Jail bed lease agreement
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