Jack Nicklaus Says USGA Was ‘Very Unfair’ to Dustin Johnson

June 20, 2016

Jack Nicklaus was at the U.S. Open at Oakmont to greet the newly crowned champion, Dustin Johnson, telling DJ he was proud of him and praised his talent and potential.

But the Golden Bear also had a few thoughts about how the USGA handled the controversial ruling regarding Johnson’s ball moving on the 5th green. Nicklaus also said he thought it was “very unfair” to have USGA officials approach Johnson on the 12th hole and tell him he could be penalized after the round.

“In my opinion, golf is a game of honor. That’s what the USGA believes in, and that’s what most of the players all believe in,” he said. “And when you have a situation where the official was there and said, ‘Did you cause it to move?’ and he says, ‘No,’ then that should be the end of the story. How’s he supposed to know what caused it to move? You’ve got greens out there with spike marks and pitches. The ball can move at any time.”

If only the USGA had consulted Jack before issuing a ruling.