Dustin Johnson’s U.S. Open heartbreak didn’t belong solely to him. A man named David Kaplen shared it.
According to an ESPN story, Kaplen would have won DraftKings’ U.S. Open Millionaire Maker and pocketed its $1 million prize had Johnson made his 4-foot putt for birdie on the 18th green at Chambers Bay. Instead, Johnson missed, and his three-putt gave Jordan Spieth his second straight major championship.
The 41-year-old Kaplen, a San Antonio resident, told ESPN he had trouble sleeping the night of the tournament, but he’s looking on the brightside. Out of nearly 144,000 teams, he won $100,000 for second place.
As for the big prize? That went to Carl Bassewitz, a 50-year-old from Houston, who filled out just one lineup compared to Kaplen’s 50.
Spieth may have won $1.8 million when Johnson three-putted the 18th, but Bassewitz cashed in as well.
“He missed it and my phone started to blow up,” Bassewitz told ESPN. “I didn’t think it was real.”