OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) — All the chaos and confusion couldn’t stop Dustin Johnson from proving he had the head to be a U.S. Open champion.
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One year after the most devastating of all his close calls in the major, Johnson endured two hours of not knowing the size of his lead while the USGA questioned whether he should be penalized one stroke for his ball moving on the fifth green.
Johnson said it didn’t. The USGA said it would wait until after the final round to decide.
America’s most powerful golfer took matters into his own hands Sunday at Oakmont with a 10-foot par save on the 16th hole, a tee shot he smashed down the middle of the 18th fairway and an approach to 5 feet for birdie that left no doubt who won the toughest test in golf.
Only after he was guaranteed that silver trophy did the USGA assess him a one-shot penalty, turning his final score into a 1-under 69 for a three-shot victory. Johnson finished at 4-under 276.
Johnson had a short par putt on the fifth hole, took a few practice strokes and as he placed the putter behind the ball, it moved slightly — backward. Johnson stepped back and called over the rules official, told him it didn’t move and he tapped in for par. The USGA later decided to review it.
Johnson played through it all, thinking of that silver trophy that got away from him at Chambers Bay last year when he had a 12-foot eagle putt to win and three-putted for par to lose to Jordan Spieth.
Shane Lowry, who began the final round with a four-shot lead, shot a 76 to tie for second with Jim Furyk (66) and Scott Piercy (69).
MEIJER LPGA CLASSIC.
BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Sei Young Kim won the Meijer LPGA Classic on Sunday for her second victory of the year, beating Carlota Ciganda with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.
After bogeying the 18th in regulation to drop into the playoff, the 23-year-old Kim rebounded on the par-4 hole in the playoff. The South Korean player hit a 124-yard shot from the deep left rough that ran onto the green and settled at 3 1/2 feet.
She finished with a 3-under 68 at Blythefield to match Ciganda at 17-under 267.Ciganda, from Spain, parred the final five holes in a bogey-free 67. She’s winless on the tour, with four runner-up finishes.
Ciganda also drove into the left rough in the playoff, then hit a 156-yard shot through the green and couldn’t get up-and-down for par.
Kim has five career victories, going 3-0 in playoffs. She also won this year in Phoenix, matching Annika Sorenstam’s LPGA Tour scoring record of 27 under. Last year, she won three times.
South Korea’s In Gee Chun, tied for the third-round lead with defending champion Lexi Thompson, had a 71 to finish third at 15 under. Thompson, fighting back pain, shot a 72 to tie for fourth with top-ranked Lydia Ko (68) at 14 under.
NASHVILLE GOLF OPEN.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — James Driscoll won the inaugural Nashville Golf Open for his second Web.Com Tour title, closing with a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory.
The 38-year-old Driscoll finish at 19-under 269 at Nashville Golf & Athletic Club.
Driscoll earned $99,000 to jump from 144th to 17th on the money list with $106,499. The final top 25 at the end of the regular season will earn PGA Tour cards.
The former Virginia player played a three-hole stretch in 4 under, holing out from 160 yards for eagle on the par-4 12th and making birdies on the par-4 11th and par-5 13th.
Brian Campbell was second after a 69.
FOUR WINDS INVITATIONAL.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Jackie Stoelting won consecutive Symetra Tour events for the second straight year, rallying to take the Four Winds Invitational by a stroke.
Five strokes behind second-round leader Emily Tubert, Stoelting finished with a 5-under 67 for a 7-under 209 total at Blackthorn. She earned $22,500 to jump from sixth to second on the money list with $52,946, with the top 10 at the end of the season earning LPGA Tour cards.
Two weeks ago in Albany, New York, Stoelting made a 28-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff with Emma Talley to win the Fuccillo Kia Championship. Last year, the former Florida Southern player won events in Arkansas and Texas in consecutive starts.
Ally McDonald was second after a 67. Tubert shot a 78 to tie for 11th at 1 under.