I'm pretty sure DJ-18-Whistling Straits fatigue will be setting in soon, and if so, you know the drill: scroll on by this or the posts below. But it's interesting to see some of the reflections on this episode from 2010 and in one case, a key spectator speaking his mind.
We can safely assume that at this point you have heard that the walking official, David Price, has repeated his story about asking DJ if he "was OK". I know in the rules world that absolves him even though no one who enforces the rules has ever found themselves in a chaotic situation like that.
These histories, plus the peculiarty of placing a tent over the spot this year, reminds us that the entire situation was out of control, goofy and beneath that of a major championship. As David Feherty, CBS's on course reporter, says in this oral history compiled by Rex Hoggard at GolfChannel.com, the player got a raw deal in this one.
“I was the first one to get to the ball except for the crowd that was spreading beer bottles all around it. It was so not a bunker. It was entirely the wrong decision and one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in major championship history.
“I looked at it and didn’t look at it again and was thinking it was a pretty good lie.
“[Price] goes up to him after he putts out and I’m thinking, does he want an autograph? I had to get [Johnson] out of the shower to interview him. The whole thing was bizarre.
“I was in shock; I can’t imagine how poor Dustin felt. I felt sorry for him to have that yanked out from underneath him like that, it would have destroyed other players.”