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Dustin Johnson, known Gamecocks fan, coughs up a chance to win the U.S. Open

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Well, he's a USC fan, so he should be used to disappointment...actually, never mind.

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We normally don't write about professional golf (OK, never), but we're making an exception because one of Gamecock Nation's own suffered an absolutely crushing defeat up in Washington State.

See, PGA Tour professional Dustin Johnson is a South Carolina Gamecocks fan. Despite growing up in Irmo Dutch Fork in the Columbia area and attending Dutch Fork High (the alma mater of Alaina Coates and longsnapper extraordinaire Drew Williams, among others), he decided to attend Coastal Carolina on a golf scholarship. We'll forgive him for that, we guess.

Johnson had a golden opportunity to win the first major tournament of his career. Trailing leader Jordan Spieth by a stroke on the 18th hole, Johnson had a twelve foot eagle putt to win the 115th U.S. Open. He missed.

OK, fair enough. Just sink a short birdie putt and get to 5-under and force a playoff, right? Wrong. Johnson's putt sailed inches past the hole to give Masters winner Jordan Spieth back-to-back major championships.

Johnson, once again, will have to wait to win a major. However, he's engaged to the daughter of Wayne Gretzky, so it can't be all that bad, right?

It's OK, Dustin. Gamecock country still supports you. But, man, you've really got to close next time.