Published: Tue, June 21, 2016
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

USGA Regrets "Distraction" Caused By Ruling

USGA Regrets

By the time we were able to do that, Dustin had already played through the front nine. Last year's U.S. Open is one example.

But he said Johnson can be his inspiration.

Piercy opened with back-to-back birdies to get to two under and picked up another shot on the 12th but closed with bogeys on the 16th and 18th holes.

Asked how he had coped with being told of the possible penalty, Johnson added: "I knew I was swinging well and I just kept thinking it's just me and the course". "To come back this year and to get it done, it's definitely bitter-sweet". "I have never nor have I ever seen anybody make a practice stroke that caused a ball to move".

Even Jack Nicklaus, golf's conscience, thought it was ridiculous that Johnson had been approached to be told there "might" be a penalty incurred.

Johnson called over a rules official, explaining that he didn't think he did anything to cause the ball to move.

"I've had a lot of opportunities that I didn't quite get it done", Johnson said. "It didn't matter at the end of the day".

He knows he can go into every tournament he enters and have a good chance at winning and with his performance this past weekend, golf fans shouldn't either. "Amateur hour from @USGA", tweeted Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut at Oakmont. Johnson stood taller than all of them and now easily could have won back-to-back US Opens. The US Open, as I have said before, is always a stern test but still it played as fair as it could in the given conditions.

The one thing Johnson was facing going into the weekend was how he was going to finish, one thing that he lacked.

Brandel Chamblee takes on the USGA. In applying Rule 18-2, which deals with a ball at rest that moves, officials consider all the relevant evidence - including the player's actions, the time between those actions and the movement of the ball, the lie of the ball, and course and weather conditions.

"I had a ton of support this week from my birthplace, West Chester, I heard a lot". Eventually someone else would make the mistakes and a major would happen to him.

Johnson was the third successive first-time victor of a major tournament after Jason Day won the PGA Championship a year ago and Danny Willett took the Masters in April.

Meanwhile, the USGA continued to defend its actions.

In a 620-word statement, the USGA said: "We regret the distraction caused by our decision to wait until the end of the round to decide on the ruling".

It was Johnson who resolved the issue, and now golf has a star-studded foursome.

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