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After a late collapse at Chambers Bay last year, Dustin Johnson finally broke through to win his first major title Sunday at the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club.
In addition to earning the country’s most prestigious golfing championship, Johnson will also receive $1.8 million in prize money. The purse for the competition is $10 million.
Here are the payouts for the top 10 finishers at the tournament, courtesy of Golf.com’s Josh Berhow:
|1||Dustin Johnson||-4||$1.8 Million|
The leaderboard can be found below:
ESPN.com provided each player’s payout.
Controversy overtook the tournament toward the end of the final day, as Johnson was assessed a one-stroke penalty for the ball moving when he placed his club near it on the fifth green. Whether or not Johnson was responsible for the movement is debatable, but tournament officials waited until after the round to make a ruling on the incident.
Johnson was not told he could be docked a stroke until his 12th hole, per Alex Myers of Golf Digest.
The USGA’s Jeff Hall gave some insight into the organization’s review process before it made a decision, courtesy of Fox:
Will Dustin Johnson be assessed a 1-stroke penalty?
USGA’s Jeff Hall tells us their view of the situation. #USOpenhttps://t.co/5QJGbb8JrW
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) June 19, 2016
The situation drastically changed the atmosphere around Oakmont, per CBS Sports’ Kyle Porter:
Oakmont and DJ totally deflated on the grounds right now btw. Everyone buried in their phones. Fans whispering. Pretty eerie.
— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) June 19, 2016
It ultimately did not cost Johnson, and his improved putting was the reason why. After he finished over the field average in putts per hole in Rounds 1 and 2, he was below or at that average in Rounds 3 and 4. His mark for the final round was 1.72, which tied the field average.
Johnson appeared to take fewer practice swings on the green following the incident, but he still persevered to win.
Scott Piercy was lurking in contention all weekend, and he nearly took second place for himself. However, an 18th-hole bogey settled him into a tie for second.
The players who lost the most money Sunday were Andrew Landry and Lee Westwood. Each entered the day within the top 10 of the leaderboard, but they dropped off considerably with disappointing final rounds.
Landry was primed for a big payday and a possible win before he shot eight over to finish at five over for the tournament. He ended in a tie for 15th place.
Westwood shot an egregious 10-over on the day to finish at eight over. He routinely finds himself in contention at majors but dropped all the way to a tie for 32nd place.
It was not easy, but Johnson finally bested his major demons. He was the best golfer throughout the weekend, and he deserved the victory.
Statistics are courtesy of USOpen.com.