Rules of golf: 10 biggest controversies of the decade

OAKMONT, PA - JUNE 19: Dustin Johnson of the United States chats with a rules official behind the 16th green during the final round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on June 19, 2016 in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rules of golf: 10 biggest controversies of the decade

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Rules of golf: 10 biggest controversies of the decade

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1.  Dustin Johnson, 2016 U.S. Open

Dustin Johnson talks with a USGA official at the 2016 U.S. Open.. (Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images)

When Johnson’s ball moved on the fifth hole while he addressed a putt, he backed off and informed a rules official that he didn’t cause the ball to move. He was initially cleared of any wrongdoing, but on the 12th tee box, he was informed of a possible infraction and his score was eventually changed from a par 4 to a bogey 5. It was total chaos as neither players nor fans knew for certain how the potential ruling would impact the leaderboard. It was not the USGA’s finest hour. Nevertheless, Johnson still won at Oakmont.

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