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Dustin Johnson’s brother jumps in water to retrieve ball, saves day (vid)


Dustin Johnson’s younger brother Austin, who serves as his caddie, found himself in the middle of a potentially bad situation after fumbling a ball into the water after it was tossed to him. But Austin, on the bag for brother Dustin at The Players Championship, saved the day by jumping into the water to retrieve the ball.

The interesting sequence of events played out during Friday’s second round on TPC Sawgrass’ infamous par-3 17th hole. Johnson tossed his ball to his brother after marking it on the green. Austin, a bit hamstrung by a cast on his arm, couldn’t make the catch and the ball plunked into the drink.

The problem with the situation is that if the ball hadn’t been retrieved, Johnson would have incurred a two-stroke penalty on the hole. Not good.

Johnson could be heard saying, “Does somebody want to go in and get it?” After examining the situation for a few seconds, Austin complied with the request/demand and hopped into the hazard to scoop up the ball.

Problem solved. Although Austin finished the final two holes with some soggy socks as he didn’t remove his shoes beforehand. Now that’s a demonstration of the great lengths one brother will go for his sibling … not to mention what a caddie is willing to do to get himself out of a whole heap of trouble.