Height – 6 ft 4″
Date of birth – 22nd June 1984
Turned pro – 2007
Family – Paulina (Fiancé) Children: Tatum
Residence – Jupiter, Florida
Manager – David Winkle
Since joining the PGA TOUR in 2008, the buzz following Dustin Johnson has only grown louder. Ranked 2nd in the World Amateur Golf Rankings at the time he turned professional, he arrived on the scene with enormous physical talents rarely seen in a young player and a pedigree to match.
What can only be described as “swagger,” along with good looks and prodigious length, made Johnson an instant favorite around the globe. More importantly, he earned the respect of his peers and the media, with his first TOUR victory only nine months into his rookie year.
Having already competed on three United States Ryder Cup teams and one Presidents Cup team, Johnson’s quest to be recognized as a “global” player is evidenced by his play in China, Korea, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Australia.
In July 2016, Dustin made the major breakthrough that everybody had been waiting for, claiming his first major title at the 2016 US Open at Oakmont. Claiming this title in dramatic fashion, Dustin then went on to win the WGC Bridgestone at Firestone, 2 weeks later. A few months after, Dustin claimed victory once again at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club, by 5 shots. This was his 3rd win in his 2016 season and brought his total number of career victories to 12.
In the FedEx Cup, Johnson took over the lead at one stage, but would ultimately finished second to Rory McIlroy in the season-long competition. He is currently ranked 3rd in the Official World Golf Rankings.
In 22 starts, Johnson had a TOUR-best 15 top-10 finishes with 21 made cuts. In addition to his three wins, he posted top-3 finishes at the RBC Canadian Open (T2), Shell Houston Open (3rd) and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide (3rd). Johnson also took home the Byron Nelson Award for Adjusted Scoring Average (69.172) and the Arnold Palmer Award as the TOUR’s leading money-winner ($9,365,185).
Following on from his fantastic individual 2016 season, Dustin was a pivotal member of the winning United States of America Ryder Cup team. In the Friday morning foursomes, Dustin and partner Brooks Koepka saw off Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters 5&4. Later that afternoon, Dustin and partner Matt Kuchar went down fighting 3&2 against Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters. Saturday afternoon fourballs were a repeat of the pervious day and Dustin and Brooks went down 3&1 to McIlroy and Pieters. Dustin would clinch his final point for the United States of America team against Chris Wood in the Sunday singles, 1up.
Following the finish of the 2016 PGA TOUR, they announced that Dustin had been named the 2016 PGA TOUR Player of the Year as voted on by the TOUR’s membership for the 2015-16 season. Dustin has now won at least one PGA TOUR event in nine consecutive seasons dating back to his rookie season in 2008, the longest active streak on TOUR.
“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, my congratulations to Dustin Johnson for his outstanding play on big stages during the 2015-16 season,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “His hard work on the golf course and in the gym paid off with the finest season of his career, and the member vote reflects the respect his peers have for him.”
Dustin kicked off his 2017 season at the Hero World Challenge and recorded a T3 finish there with rounds of 66, 66, 72 and 71 to bring his total to -13.
At the 2017 Genesis Open, Dustin claimed yet another victory, this time by 5 shots with a total of -17. This also put him straight to the top of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career. He became the 20th player to reach No. 1 since the world ranking began in 1986.
“Winning the golf tournament – that’s all I was thinking about, not the rankings,” Johnson said. “Yeah, I do believe in myself and think I’m a great player. No I wouldn’t have said I was the best in the world. But I guess I can say it now.”
The week following the Genesis Open, Dustin teed it up at the WGC-Mexico Championship. Once again, heclaimed victory, but this time, on his debut as the No. 1 player in the world.
Johnson’s four-shot lead going to the back nine turned into a one-shot deficit when Spanish rookie Jon Rahm ran off an eagle and two birdies. Dustin caught him with a birdie on the par-5 15th, and closed with three solid pars for a 3-under 68. His last test on Sunday was from a fairway bunker on the 18th, and he blasted that out to the middle of the green for a two-putt par and a one-shot victory
Another week, another win for DJ. This time at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, which was his third straight victory and made him the first player to complete the WGC career slam. Not once did Johnson trail in his 112 holes over seven matches.
“Obviously I’ve won my last three. But I’m just going to have to keep working hard. Keep working on the things that I’m working on right now, and just keep trying to get better. Like I was saying before, being No. 1, it kind of drives me to work harder and to get better. There’s still a lot of room for improvement in my game. So I’m just going to keep working on it.”
Dustin joins Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to win at least one time in each of their first 10 seasons on TOUR.
Johnson’s list of accomplishments continues to grow, so does the man himself. Beneath the aforementioned swagger lies an immense heart and a deep sense of gratitude for his many blessings. Through the formation of the Dustin Johnson Foundation, he is fulfilling his desire to give to those in need in his native South Carolina and beyond. Recent beneficiaries include children’s programs, our nation’s military, junior golf and the Humane Society.
Johnson has also made headlines for developments in his personal life, as he announced his engagement to Paulina Gretzky (daughter of Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky) in August of 2013. While no date has been set for the wedding, it is sure to be an affair to remember. Dustin and Paulina had their first child, Tatum in 2015 which has given Dustin a whole new perspective on life.