After prevailing at a drama-filled U.S. Open, Dustin Johnson was understandably delighted to add his name to the list of major champions.
Amid the uncertainty of a penalty, Johnson held his nerve to win by three strokes at Oakmont Country Club on Sunday, having posted 11 top-10 finishes at majors previously, with two of those as a runner-up.
With six holes remaining in his final round, Johnson was told by tournament officials that they were considering a one-stroke penalty after he appeared to cause a ball to move on the fifth hole, though no decision would be made until the end of the day.
Despite the uncertainty, Johnson ensured the eventual penalty was null and void as he eclipsed Shane Lowry, Jim Furyk and Scott Piercy at four under with a final-hole birdie in Pennsylvania.
One happy scene.-- PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 20, 2016
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"I knew it was something we would deal at the end of the round," Johnson said afterwards.
"I just tried to leave it at that and play golf. It didn't change my game plan or how I played the golf course. I tried to just go about my business."
Taking out the 116th U.S. Open was long overdue and bittersweet for Johnson following last year's heartbreaking collapse at Chambers Bay after three-putting his final hole as he handed Jordan Spieth the title.
Fast forward 12 months and the 31-year-old American finally broke through, overturning Lowry's three-stroke lead at the start of the day to reign supreme on Father's Day in the United States.
"It's been a long journey...Feels good. Feels really good. Feels well deserved," Johnson said afterwards.
"I've had a lot of opportunities that I didn't quite get it done. So this one's definitely really sweet."
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With his wife and son in attendance, Johnson added: "Best Father's Day ever. It means the world.
"My birthday's in a couple days. Couldn't have come at a better time."