Dustin Johnson missed out on a place in the USPGA Championship playoff in the cruellest of circumstances after being penalised for grounding his club in a bunker.
The 26-year-old, playing in the final pairing alongside Nick Watney, stood on the 18th tee knowing a par would be enough to secure his maiden major championship.
However, he lost his drive to the right and his TaylorMade Penta TP golf ball
came to rest on what Johnson believed was a "piece of dirt that the crowd had trampled down".
This proved to be his undoing as the PGA Rules Committee had emphasised prior to the start of the tournament that all sandy areas should be treated as bunkers.
As a result, the fact Johnson grounded his club carried with it a two-shot penalty, denying him a place in a playoff with Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer which he thought he had secured with a bogey five on the last.
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