Lahiri was the first alternate to start with, but then made it to the main draw as former World No.1 Brooks Koepka pulled out due an injury.
A moment later, McIlroy added, “I think he’s got one of the best attitudes toward the game of golf in the history of the game.
Johnson arrived at Shinnecock fresh from a US PGA Tour victory in Memphis that propelled him back to the top of the world rankings.
There's no doubt now that Koepka is back, and he has proved his major mettle on the toughest test the US Open can offer.
Golf ace Tiger Woods finds a lot of things to love about Riviera Country Club, but his record here isn't one of them.