Dustin Johnson is one of the top-ranked golfers in the world. Since making his PGA Tour debut in 2007, Johnson has seen the highest highs of success on the course. He has won the PGA Championship and been ranked as the best golfer in the world. Along the way, he has earned comparisons to some of the greatest golfers of all-time, including Tiger Woods. Like Woods, Johnson’s personal life has not always gone as according to plan as his professional life. Here is everything you need to know about Dustin Johnson both on and off the links!
A Long Engagement
In 2013, Dustin Johnson proposed to Paulina Gretzky, the daughter of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. The couple had been dating for seven months, which was enough time for Johnson to know he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.
Today, they have not yet gotten married. Despite this, they do have two children together; Tatum and River. In 2019, it was reported that a wedding was imminent, although no nuptials have been exchanged. At this point we have to ask; will it ever happen?
An Odd Master’s Withdrawl
The golf world had plenty of questions for Dustin Johnson when he withdrew from the 81st Masters at the last minute in 2017. Speaking with reporters, he said, “I just slipped as I was going down the stairs.”
Johnson was on his way to his car at his rental home in Augusta to pick up his son from daycare at the time. The freak accident caused enough discomfort in his back that he didn’t want to risk further injury by playing in the physically stressful tournament.
Not Everyone Believed His Reason
While Johnson gave a legitimate reason for having to drop out of the Masters, not everyone believed him. George Willis of The New York Post wanted medical proof, saying it would have “validated” Johnson’s claims. As you’ll find out later, this wasn’t the first time Johnson “used his back as an excuse.”
More concerning to Willis was that such a seemingly minor injury shouldn’t have kept Johnson out of the tournament, “If there was no structural damage such as a broken tailbone or broken rib, then why didn’t Johnson at least give it a try?”
Was He Involved With Alli MacKenzie?
One year after announcing his engagement with Paulina Gretzky, rumors began to float that Johnson was involved with Alli MacKenzie. At the time, she was in the process of separating from her husband, golfer Will MacKenzie.
Alli and Dustin both denied the rumors, despite photos being published of them at a grocery store in 2015 with his arm around her. MacKenzie said it was a chance encounter, “I ran into an old friend buying baby food for his son at Publix. I wish Paulina, Tatum, and Dustin the very best start in their lives together.”
He Was A Troubled Youth
As a teenager, Johnson was the definition of a troubled, one time being put on trial for his involvement in a burglary. While he denies he ever entered the house with his friends when he was 16 years old, it was the events that followed that would affect him forever.
One of the items stolen from the house was a firearm, which Johnson used a fake ID to buy ammunition for at Wal-Mart. When the weapon was later used by an acquaintance, Johnson was forced to testify against his friends in return for a full pardon.
Wayne Gretzky May Have Stopped The Wedding
After a seven month courtship, Johnson and Paulina Gretzky were on the fast track to be married in 2014 when “The Great One” got involved. Wayne disapproved of Dustin at the time for his “party hard” lifestyle. At least, that’s what Fox News reported.
Johnson and his fiance cited scheduling conflicts as the reason for the nuptial delay. Working on the PGA Tour and making guest appearances around the country didn’t leave Johnson with a lot of time to focus on his upcoming marriage, leading to the delay. Which story do you believe?
Another Delay In 2015
After the couple’s first marriage delay, they planned to try again in 2015 but once again had to halt their nuptials. This time no reason was given, although parenthood seemed to be the driving factor.
In a 2015 interview with ABC News, Paulina gushed over Johnson’s newfound fathering skills, “It’s just unbelievable. Dustin’s the best dad, he’s my best friend.” Johnson also admitted that being a father and role model changed his perspective on life.
Cheating Allegations From Vijay Singh
Dustin Johnson’s reputation took another hit in 2013 when Vijay Singh, one of the top-ranked golfers in the world, accused him of using deer antler spray. The spray is a known performance enhancer, and Singh was firing back after being suspended himself for using it.
Singh, who had his suspension rescinded, sued the PGA for, among other things, only coming after him and not other golfers. The PGA’s attorney claimed that Singh was “fishing” by calling out Johnson, ending any speculation about the foul play from him.
Is Paulina Too Provocative?
Golf is a considered a “gentleman’s sport,” so when Dustin Johnson began dating Paulina Gretzky it turned some eyes. Aside from being the daughter of a hockey legend, Paulina had earned a reputation as a socialite and model.
In 2014, Golf Digest came under fire for featuring her on the cover simply because of her relationship with Johnson and her online presence. She has also been heavily criticized for the less-than-conservative outfits she has worn to tournaments to support her fiance.
He Was Friends With Paulina’s Mom First
Before ever meeting Paulina Gretzky, Dustin Johnson had met her mother Janet in 2009. The two became friends, and Dustin was eventually invited over for dinner. This is where he met both Wayne and his future fiance.
Sparks didn’t initially fly when they first met. As Paulina puts it, “We became good friends. Actually, my whole family became friends with Dustin — my brothers and parents saw him a lot more than I did.” To this day, Dustin still cites Wayne as one of his mentors, even with the rumors about his involvement with their canceled wedding.
Dustin Johnson’s Connection With Yassie Safai
Things got rocky for Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky in 2018 when he was rumored to be involved with Yassie Safai. Johnson never denied the incident, tweeting instead that, “Every relationship goes through its ups and downs, but most importantly, we love each other very much and are committed to being a family.”
Safai denied anything happened, telling TMZ, “I am sure he is a great person but we do not have a close friendship. I have never met Paulina Gretzky and do not know the Gretzky family, but again, I am sure they are great people.”
Paulina Wasn’t So Nice About It
While the rumors have never been confirmed about Johnson and Safai, Paulina Gretzky must have been suspicious something was going on. Shortly after the story broke, she removed him entirely from her social media accounts.
Gretzky didn’t stay mad at Johnson for long, though. Just a few weeks after seemingly erasing him from her life, she showed up to support him at the Ryder Cup in Paris. They were very hands-on with each other and not afraid of giving the cameras a little PDA show.
Wayne Was The Third Wheel On Dustin And Paulina’s First Date
Although Dustin Johnson met Paulina Gretzky for the first time in 2009, the couple didn’t go on their first date for three years. That special night ended up being quite the dud when Wayne Gretzky decided he needed to tag along.
When dinner ended, Paulina asked her dad to leave, allowing for a more intimate conversation to begin with Dustin. Finally alone, the two talked late into the evening. The rest is history and she quickly joined him at Kapalua in Hawaii.
Dustin Expects Wayne To Pay For The Wedding
You already know the supposed reasons why the wedding of Paulina Gretzky and Dustin Johnson has been called off multiple times. What you don’t know is that when the wedding finally happens, the world-class golfer expects the legendary hockey player to pay for everything.
Johnson spilled the beans on his assumption to the NY Post in 2016. The publication asked him how “extravagant” the wedding was going to be and he responded, “Don’t matter to me. That bill is going to Wayne.”
The Couple Lives Walking Distance From Wayne And Janet Gretzky
As if having your future in-laws take part in your dates isn’t enough for Dustin and Paulina, they also live walking distance from Wayne and Janet. A typical morning for the couple starts with them waking up and walking from their townhouse to the Gretzkys’ house for breakfast.
Then, after the long day is done, they return for dinner. This routine might sound nice once a week, but for Johnson, it happens every day. It’s a good thing he likes his future in-laws!!
He Asks Paulina’s Permission Before Posting On Social Media
When it comes to Paulina Gretzky’s social media presence, especially on Instagram, she posts whatever she wants. Even when she Dustin Johnson prefers something to stay private, she doesn’t shy away from putting it in the public eye.
The same can’t be said for Johnson. When he wants to post something on Instagram, he knows he needs to get it cleared with the love of his life first, telling Golf Digest, “I ask her, though, if I can post something.”
He Leaves Lot Of Comments On Paulina’s Instagram
When Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky are both on the same page with each other, it’s best to avoid the comments section on her Instagram. Whenever she posts a provocative picture, he responds with a racy comment.
There have been times when he’s left a G-rated love note, like, “I love you so much and I miss you can’t wait to see you.” Of course, we can’t write what he followed it up with, but let’s just say it wasn’t safe for work.
Johnson’s Grandma Helped Him Get Into College
After high school, Dustin Johnson enrolled at Midlands Technical College to make up credits. He really wanted to go to Coastal Carolina and play golf, but wasn’t qualified to apply to the school and join the program.
Luckily, his paternal grandmother took charge. She called the college’s golf coach, Allen Terrell and explained her grandson’s situation. Terrell listened and went Coastal Carolina’s president to talk to him about Johnson. The conversation convinced the president to take a chance on Johnson, who has since made good on his potential.
He Has An Obsession With Suits
You might be used to seeing Dustin Johnson in a golf shirt and khakis on television, but in his personal life, he loves suits. Specifically, Johnson has a large collection of Dolce & Gabbana suits.
In total, Johnson has admitted to having 30 of these high priced suits. With such a large closet and busy schedule playing golf, he doesn’t get to wear them all and also admits that at least half of his collection still has tags.
Johnson Talked Back To His Teachers
As a student, Dustin Johnson didn’t care much for school. He always believed golf was his future, and wasn’t afraid to let his teachers know. One of his most memorable moments came in middle school, when his geography teacher asked him to find a location on a map.
Johnson looked at his teacher and said, “Mrs. Kennedy. I don’t need to know where that is. When I’m on tour, I’ll get my pilot to fly my private jet to where I need to go.” When he was reminded of that story years later, he quipped, “and I was right.”