Oakmont (United States): Dustin Johnson shrugged off a litany of major championship disappointment and potential controversy to capture the US Open on Sunday, ridding himself of one of the most unwanted tags in golf.
Dustin checks in: Golfer Dustin Johnson poses with the US Open trophy at Oakmont Country Club on Sunday. Pic/AP
"I feel lighter," Johnson said after shedding the weight of that "best golfer never to win a major" label.
'Monkey off my back'
"I've been in this situation time and time again. For me to finally get it done on Sunday in a major, it's a huge monkey off my back." Johnson came into the week with 11 top-10 finishes in major championships.
At the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, he was penalised a shot on the final hole for grounding his club in a hazard, missing a spot in a playoff.
He had led the US Open that year at Pebble Beach through 54 holes but ultimately finished eighth.
Last year, he three-putted the 72nd hole at Chambers Bay to hand Jordan Spieth the US Open crown.
The normally laconic Johnson let his emotions show. "After last year, to come back this year and perform like this — I think it shows what kind of golfer I am," said the world number six, who notched his 10th PGA Tour title.