Dustin Johnson finally has his major championship.
Despite the tough conditions at Oakmont and a questionable ruling by the USGA, which ultimately cost him one stroke in his final round, Johnson fought through the adversity and earned the right to be called the 2016 U.S. Open champion. With the victory, Johnson also earned the right to shed the title of "best player without a major championship." Much like world No. 1 Jason Day, who finally broke through last year to win the PGA Championship, Dustin Johnson had come close to winning his first major many times. Prior to this year's U.S. Open, Johnson had appeared in 28 major championships and had racked up 11 top tens and five top fives, but just could never close the deal.
Johnson put himself in great position at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, taking a three-shot lead into Sunday's final round. However, his hopes were derailed after firing an 82 on Sunday, and he tied for eighth. He finished tied for fifth at that year's PGA Championship, and had another close call the next season, finishing tied for second at the Open Championship behind winner Darren Clarke, who many had considered at that time to hold the "best player without a major championship" title. Johnson would collect six more top-ten finishes over the next four seasons, including three in 2015. The most heartbreaking of the bunch came at the U.S. Open last year at Chambers Bay, where Dustin hit two of the best shots of his career before three-putting the final green to lose by one stroke to Jordan Spieth.
With Dustin Johnson finally claiming a major championship (the win also propelled him from sixth to third in the Official World Golf Rankings), the question now looms: Who now is the best player without a major championship? Here's a quick look at five options who could now hold that unfortunate title.
Who do you think is the best player without a major championship? Please feel free to sound off in the comments section at the bottom of this page.
[Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images]