WATCH: Dustin Johnson heckled at US Open with clear nod to his infamous past!

Dustin Johnson was heckled at the 2023 US Open in what was perceived as a clear reference to the LIV Golf player's past on the PGA Tour.

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Fri, 16 Jun 2023
WATCH: Dustin Johnson heckled at US Open with clear nod to his infamous past!

Dustin Johnson was on the receiving end of an interesting heckle during the opening round of the 2023 US Open

Johnson, 38, was playing the par-3 ninth at Los Angeles Country Club when this happened. 

The LIV Golf player was 7-under par at the time and no sooner did he strike his tee shot did a fan yell: "Let it snow!" 

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This was undoubtedly a clear reference to Johnson's past, who is said to have previously served a six month suspension on the PGA Tour. 

Per a report by Michael Bamberger and Michael Walker of Golf at the time, Johnson failed three drugs test. Two for cocaine (in 2012, 2014) and one for marijuana in 2009. 

At the time it was reported:

"According to the source, Johnson has failed three drug tests: one for marijuana in 2009 and two for cocaine, in 2012 and 2014. He was previously suspended for the 2012 failed test, but that suspension was never made public. Under the PGA Tour's drug-testing policies, the Tour is not required to announce any disciplinary actions against players who test positive for recreational drugs."

Johnson later took a leave of absence from the game and released a statement saying he was going to use the time to 'seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced'. 

All that is now history and when Johnson is not playing in majors he tees it up in LIV Golf events as the captain of the 4 Aces side. 

When he's not doing that he's living it up with his glamorous wife Paulina Gretzky and his two sons. 

By day's end, Johnson carded an opening round of 6-under 64, which was two strokes off early leaders Xander Schauffele and Rickie Fowler, who absolutely torched LACC with a pair of record-breaking 8-under 62s. 

The 2023 US Open is being played amid the backdrop of the bombshell news that LIV Golf's Saudi backer, the PIF, had struck a deal with the PGA Tour. 

That deal is now the subject of scrutiny by the US Department of Justice for alleged antitrust violations. 

Johnson later told the media that considering the off-course stuff, he's not noticed reduced tension between the players. 

"I felt like I've always had a good relationship with the guys," Johnson said.

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