Dustin Johnson - professional golfer, Grand Strand resident and Coastal Carolina University alum - just doesn't have the gods of golf on his side this year. From falling out of contention the last round at Pebble Beach to Sunday's tragic ending, 2010 is not his year to win his first major championship.
Consider This: Myrtle Beach is considered the golf capital of the world and as disappointing as it is that one of our own did not capture that first major title, the way he handled the situation shows his true character.
Johnson could have argued with the PGA officials, complained and blamed the mistake on others, but instead he took his pencil erased the 5 and wrote down a 7. And with that, he was out of the playoff to win the PGA Championship.
Allen Terrell, Dustin's coach at Coastal Carolina wasn't surprised.
"The rules are the rules and Dustin would say the same thing. That's how Dustin plays," Terrell said.
That's what makes the game of golf so wonderful. Self policing is part of the game. That's appealing for many and a turn off for many more.
Although we are disappointed Dustin didn't win this past weekend, his actions should be a lesson for everyone on good sportsmanship. The good news is Dustin finished high enough to join the Ryder Cup team this fall and he will certainly be back to challenge for another major.
When the gods of golf finally smile on him and he captures that elusive title, he'll also have many more fans cheering for him based on how he handled himself during a very challenging and many would say, unfair, turn of events this past Sunday.