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2016 Major Champions And Their Major Moments

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2016 19:53 Wednesday, 14 December 2016 19:31

Danny WillettCanadian Press

(AP Photo/Doug Ferguson) — From 20 feet away, Dustin Johnson was just trying to hit the green. From 190 yards, he was going at the flag. Henrik Stenson made a 50-foot putt across the 15th green at Royal Troon and found as much value in the putt he made from 4 feet on the next hole.

The long and short of every golf season is defined by major championships. This year brought a collapse at the Masters, chaos over a ruling at the U.S. Open, a duel at the British Open and a marathon at the PGA Championship. There were signature shots from each, and a shot that held particular significance to each winner.

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Penalty on Nordqvist Delivers U.S. Women’s Open to Lang

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 July 2016 18:44 Tuesday, 12 July 2016 18:32

Brittany LangCanadian Press

SAN MARTIN, California (Josh Dubow/AP) — Just when it seemed as if the U.S. Women’s Open would come down to the final hole of the three-hole playoff, a rules violation changed everything and helped deliver Brittany Lang her first major title.

Lang was the beneficiary of a delayed, two-stroke penalty called on Anna Nordqvist on Sunday, as she won the title she was so close to seizing when she was runner-up 11 years ago as an amateur.

“You never want to win with a penalty or something like that happen, especially to Anna, who is a friend of mine and a great player and a classy girl,” Lang said. “But it’s unfortunate. It’s part of the game and it happened that way.”

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Inbee Park Withdraws from U.S. Women’s Open

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2016 17:50 Thursday, 23 June 2016 17:46

Inbee ParkCanadian Press

SAN MARTIN, California (AP) — Inbee Park withdrew from the U.S. Women’s Open because of a left thumb injury. The tournament is July 7-10, 2016, at CordeValle.

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Dustin Johnson’s U.S. Open Win: Right Penalty, Wrong Delivery

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 18:36 Tuesday, 21 June 2016 18:25

Dustin JohnsonCanadian Press

OAKMONT, Pennsylvania (Doug Ferguson/AP) — As different as they are, the Masters and U.S. Open had two things in common this year.

First, and most peculiar, is that Lee Westwood played the final round with both champions — Danny Willett at Augusta National, Dustin Johnson at Oakmont. He now is everyone’s favorite pairing for Sunday at Royal Troon unless the tee time is anywhere near the breakfast hour.

Second, both majors are remembered as much for brilliance as blunders.

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USGA Statement Regarding Dustin Johnson Ruling

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 01:34 Tuesday, 21 June 2016 01:28

Dustin JohnsonThe USGA wishes to congratulate Dustin Johnson on his victory and thank him, and the other players in the field, for their professionalism and grace throughout the championship. Dustin is a wonderful champion, a talented golfer and a gentleman.

Our team at the USGA has seen and heard a great deal of discussion and debate about the ruling on Dustin’s ball moving during the final round of the 2016 U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club. In addition to the explanations we offered upon the conclusion of the final round, we add these comments.

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