Tiger Woods & Friends help Dustin Johnson find lost ball in rough

Jun 14, 2018; Southampton, NY, USA; Dustin Johnson hits from a bunker onto the first green during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Shinnecock Hills GC - Shinnecock Hills Golf C. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports Shanna Lockwood/USA TODAY Sports

Tiger Woods & Friends help Dustin Johnson find lost ball in rough

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Tiger Woods & Friends help Dustin Johnson find lost ball in rough

Dustin Johnson averted a huge mess on No. 6 Thursday at the U.S. Open thanks to an unlucky bounce and a lucky step.

Johnson fired a shot that landed somewhere in the fescue rough. And while the entire world may have been watching and looking for his ball, it was not easy to find.

Even his pairing partner Tiger Woods joined the search, that also included USGA officials and about 20 spectators.

Rich Beem, who beat Woods in the 2002 PGA Championship, found the ball by stepping on it. Beem is now a TV analyst.

That gave Johnson a free drop, which resulted in a better lie.

Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world again after his win at the FedEx St. Jude Classic last week, finished the hole with a bogey-five and was 1-under entering the seventh hole.

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