The collective golf world owes U.S. Open Champion, Dustin Johnson a huge debt of gratitude. I have never found myself rooting as hard for a player to win decisively as I did for D.J. after “Penaltyshotgate” reared its ugly head with two hours left in Sunday’s final round. Fortunately, Johnson powered past the field and largely muted the issue and the accompanying social media storm.
Today, our athletic competitions exist in a culture of instant replay. I have many issues with instant replay in my sports, and most of those revolve around removing the human element of officiating from the games. But the goal of instant replay is to get the call right and move the game on, even if the process is sloppy. What the USGA did on Sunday to Johnson and the field, flies in the face of common sense and reasonable decision making. Golf is a game of personal integrity and is self-managed quite well by the players. The rules interpretation and final decision should have been rendered on the 5th hole and the issue put to bed. Perhaps this controversy will lead to some type of reform at the USGA, but for now, I’m very happy for Johnson for upholding the integrity of the competition. How do you think this should have played out?
Congrats D.J. you are a worthy champion!