DJ assessed one-stroke penalty after winning U.S. Open

By Rex HoggardJune 19, 2016, 10:36 pm

Updated at 8:31 p.m. ET

The USGA assessed Dustin Johnson a one-stroke penalty for causing his ball to move on the fifth green. Johnson's final score was a 1-under 69, but he finished three strokes clear of second place in winning his first major title.

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OAKMONT, Pa. – A few holes after Dustin Johnson received a beneficial ruling that allowed him to drop out of the rough adjacent to the 10th hole and into a more desirable lie, he was informed his rules issues may not be over.

The reason: Just as Johnson was about to hit his par putt at the fifth hole, his ball moved slightly.

He informed an official he did not ground his putter and therefore there was no penalty, but on the 12th tee Johnson was told by officials that they plan to review the incident after the round.

“We put him on notice. Based on what we saw it could lead to a penalty stroke,” Jeff Hall, the USGA’s managing director of rules and competition, told Fox Sports. “We thought that was the only thing we could do. We think it was fair that we notify Dustin and give him the opportunity to see what we saw at the end of the round.”


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If Johnson is deemed to have caused the ball to move, the penalty would be one stroke.

Earlier in the round Johnson pulled his tee shot into the deep rough left of the 10th fairway, but when he arrived at his golf ball he discovered a television tower between him and the green.

After consulting with a rules official, Johnson was allowed to take “line of sight relief” away from what is considered a temporary immovable obstruction. He was allowed to drop into the first cut of rough, which was a much more manageable shot.

Johnson reached the green with his second shot and two-putted for par.

It was a similar situation in 1994 at Oakmont when Ernie Els found the same thick rough adjacent to the first hole and had a cherry picker with a camera on it between himself and the hole.

Els was also allowed “line of sight relief” and a drop into an area where the rough had been trampled down. The South African three-putted the hole for bogey, but went on to win the championship.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.