Dustin Johnson Clearly Pissed Off The Golf Gods

August 15, 2010 – 10:06 pm by McD

The best argument against golf isn’t that it’s boring or snooty, it’s that, if you play long enough, you’re going to get your guts ripped out at some point. The average duffer just has to deal with too many bad shots and chasing the big fish that is breaking 80, but for PGA pros, the pain is much much worse. Ask Kenny Perry and Jean Van de Velde and a host of other cursed golfers.

And now all those pained golfers have their king: Dustin Johnson.

The man who blew a three-stroke lead in this year’s U.S. Open, shooting a final-round 82, lost his lead Sunday in a manner a thousand times more painful. He shanked his drive off the 18th tee (n0t exactly out of the question given his history in majors) into what appeared to be a patch of grass that had been destroyed by thousands of fans walking on it all week. Johnson grounded his club and then hit the ball.

Yeah turns out that “dead grass” was actually a bunker, and Johnson therefore broke the rules and got himself¬† a two-stroke penalty. That penalty dropped him out of the playoff with Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson for the championship. Oh, and he gagged a par putt on 18 that would have won him the tournament outright, before he knew about the penalty, that is.

That’s a bad f*cking day, people. I’m not a PGA golfer or anything, but after that kind of a loss happening to me, I would not be happy at all to find out I was on what could be the worst Ryder Cup team in U.S. history. That is, however, exactly what Johnson and Watson found out. Another Ryder Cup automatic qualifer, Indiana University’s own Jeff Overton, finished +10 for the tournament and set a speed record for his round, finishing 18 holes in two hours, nine minutes.

We are so f*cked.

Anyway, I hope some one hid Dustin Johnson’s shoelaces and belt until he’s proved he can handle this because damn that sucks. On a side note, I hope the PGA realizes how ludicrous the rule about “everything being a sand trap” was. If it’s a¬† sand trap, then people shouldn’t be f*cking walking in it. This is golf, right? Also, many of those bunkers are waste areas the other 51 weeks of the year, but the PGA decides they’re all bunkers for this week? Ridiculous.

Dustin Johnson still should have known the rules, though, and now he’s the guy who lost final-round leads in two majors in the same year at iconic courses (Pebble Beach and Whistling Straits). I kind of hope the guy gets one of these one day, but at the same time, I kind of hope he doesn’t because he’ll be the most entertaining golfer on the planet if he keeps this up.

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  1. 12 Responses to “Dustin Johnson Clearly Pissed Off The Golf Gods”

  2. Greg Norman 2.0

    By Hick Flick on Aug 16, 2010

  3. That course is a POS anyway. 1000+ “bunkers” that collect trash, tiretrax and footprints. There should not be designated sandtraps outside the ropes. The “Holier than thou” PGA should be ashamed of such condition, especially at a Major tournament.

    By crawfish on Aug 16, 2010

  4. My question is since there are course marshalls with every group why didn’t they tell him his options or give him a heads up on the whole situation. Maybe if he was the beloved Phil Mickelson?

    By b88zkitcase on Aug 16, 2010

  5. Dustin, The PGA has shown their true colors. In the most questionable location on the entire course, the Gods Of Golf simply blew it. The 72nd hole with the final group and where was the roving PGA Marshal? There should have been as many Marshals as their were fans tromping hay on that terrible excuse of a bunker. If the PGA had a backbone they would have made a correct call and determined that there was no unfair advantage taken and the roving PGA Marshal should be fired! I just about cried when the PGA Official showed up on the 18th Green and made the wrong call. FYI the 2010 PGA was previously commited to Sahalee CC the home on the 80th PGA. They yanked the Tournament away after Vancover was awarded the 2010 Winter Olympics. You won me over as a dedicated fan for life! Good luck! I will be rooting for you! Sincerely; KEN

    By Ken Evans on Aug 16, 2010

  6. Dustin while I am having a problem with this lucicrous call I understand the “rules of golf” and the local rules. I feel that something should have been done sooner (like right after you hit the shot) rather than wait until after you finished the hole. I will always remember you for the class you displayed in a very difficult situation. I wonder what Tiger or Phil would have done in the same situation (I wonder if it was Tiger or Phil would the same ruling have applied???). Best of luck in the Ryder Cup I hope you get a clean sweep (of wins of course)to maybe allievate some of this pain.

    By CHEF66 on Aug 17, 2010

  7. Enough has been said in defense of and in support of, or against the ruling against DJ Sunday. My observation, as was his, “I didn’t know that was a sandtrap”, I just happened to agree. And if you looked at the TV pictures taken from the Blimp, or Towers, one had to notice that there were many, many areas where fans had traveled, tromped etc. and tred that looked worse that the famous trap that Dustin hit out of. Were thay then considered Bunkers/Sandtraps???? I dare think not. The PGA clearly has egg on their face, something the USGA would never have allowed to have happened in the first place. And please do not, whatever you do, criticise the “wonderful Golf Course”, W. S. larry

    By larryled on Aug 17, 2010

  8. Frankly the PGA is to blame. They will not move the stupid fans back. the fans are so stupid they have to be forced back. they think they need to be on top of the player.If the PGA has to use riot gear to move them then that is what they should do. Give the player some room to see were he is at and what he needs to do.or throw the stupid fans out.

    By Lee on Aug 18, 2010

  9. grounding your club twice in a bunker should be 4 stroke penalty signing an incorrect scorecard should be dq guess pga missed that also

    By Anonymous on Aug 19, 2010

  10. Here is one fan’s perspective. The rules were published regarding hazards. The PLAYER alone is responsible for knowing the rule and/or requesting a ruling. Having said that, what were the marshalls doing to control the crowd around the area of the ball. The tournament management should have prepped all its people – officials, marshalls etc to keep crowds away from questionable areas. It is obvious that confusion about hazards was on the minds of tournament officials, having published and posted rules before the tournament. KEEP the crowd back from the players.

    By jacko on Aug 23, 2010

  11. Professionals are required to “know the rules” of the game in which they have acquired their professional status- no excuses ever.

    By fred for freedom on Aug 24, 2010

  12. Pete dye is famous for his design of (waste bunkers) They are filled with a sand/shell material. You can ground your club. The ground crew is not allowed to rake this type of bunkers ,but they do. Harbout Town is a Great example # 16 for a fact. I can understand Justin a South Carolina Native. The rule was posted and that is all the PGA needed to make its ruling.

    By joe on Aug 25, 2010

  13. Sorry its Harbour Town on Hilton Head Is. S.C. My Bad!

    By joe on Aug 25, 2010

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