Dustin Johnson

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Dustin Johnson
— Golfer —
Dustin Johnson 2008 US Open cropped.jpg
Johnson at 2008 U.S. Open
Personal information
Full name Dustin Hunter Johnson
Nickname DJ
Born (1984-06-22) June 22, 1984 (age 31)
Columbia, South Carolina
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Jupiter, Florida
Partner Paulina Gretzky
Children 1
College Coastal Carolina University
Turned professional 2007
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 11
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 9
Other 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T6: 2015
U.S. Open T2: 2015
The Open Championship T2: 2011
PGA Championship T5: 2010

Dustin Hunter Johnson (born June 22, 1984) is an American professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour. He is one of the longest drivers on the PGA Tour, having been third in the driving distance stats for three consecutive years (2009–11) and has ranked inside the top five in each of his five years on the PGA Tour.[1] He has been featured in the top 5 of the Official World Golf Ranking, reaching a high of 3rd in 2015. He finished in a tie for second at both the 2011 Open Championship and the 2015 U.S. Open. His best finish at Augusta National Golf Club was in 2015, with a tied for sixth at the 2015 Masters Tournament.

Early career[edit]

Johnson was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and played collegiate golf at Coastal Carolina University. As an amateur, he won the Monroe Invitational and the Northeast Amateur in 2007 and played on the winning 2007 Walker Cup and Palmer Cup teams. Johnson is the first player since Tiger Woods to win at least once in each of his first seven seasons coming out of college.

Professional career[edit]

Johnson turned professional in late 2007 and earned his 2008 PGA Tour card by finishing in a tie for 14th place at the 2007 qualifying school in December.[2][3]

Toward the end of his rookie season in October 2008, Johnson won his first PGA Tour event, the Turning Stone Resort Championship in upstate New York. Four months later, he won his second event at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which was shortened to 54 holes when the final round was canceled due to strong winds and heavy rain. Johnson won by four strokes over Mike Weir and five strokes over second round leader Retief Goosen, who shot a third round 74. Johnson finished the 2009 season ranked 15th on the PGA Tour money list.

On July 31, 2014, Johnson announced he was taking the rest of the season off to seek professional help for "personal challenges".[4]


In February 2010, Johnson birdied the final hole to defeat former world number one David Duval and two-time PGA Tour winner J. B. Holmes to successfully defend his AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am title.[5]

He continued his Pebble Beach success by shooting 71-70-66 to take a three-shot lead over Graeme McDowell at the 2010 U.S. Open. In the last pairing on Sunday, Johnson had trouble early and never recovered; he shot a disappointing 82 and finished tied for eighth (McDowell won the championship).[6]

In the final round of the 2010 PGA Championship, Johnson held a one-shot lead entering the final hole. He appeared to have bogeyed the hole, which would have tied him for first and entered him into a three-hole playoff with Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer. However, he received a two-stroke penalty for grounding his club in a bunker, thereby dropping him to a tie for fifth place.[7][8] Kaymer eventually won the playoff.

Johnson broke his streak of bad luck at the third FedEx Cup playoff event of the season, the BMW Championship at Cog Hill in September. It was Johnson's fourth career PGA Tour victory, and his first in any FedEx Cup playoff event. He finished the 2010 season ranked 4th on the PGA Tour money list.


Johnson took part in the Long Drive Contest for charity at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January, alongside Bubba Watson and Robert Garrigus.

In March 2011, Johnson entered the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship with a two stroke lead over the rest of the field. However he could only manage a final round one-under-par 71 to finish as runner-up behind Nick Watney.

Johnson earned his best finish in a major championship in July at the 2011 Open Championship in England. He finished in a tie for second place at Royal St George's, alongside fellow American Phil Mickelson, three strokes behind champion Darren Clarke. Johnson's first three rounds of 70-68-68 left him one stroke behind Clarke and for most of Sunday's round Johnson managed to keep up with him, at one stage being just one back. His final round charge was derailed at the par five 14th, when his second shot went out of bounds and led to a double bogey. This took Johnson out of contention as he slipped to four strokes behind Clarke with only four holes to play. One highlight of Johnson's week at Royal St George's came in the first round when he recorded a hole in one on the par three 16th hole. This result marked the third time that Johnson had been part of the final group on Sunday at a major championship and also occurring in three out of the four majors, the 2010 U.S. Open, the 2010 PGA Championship and the 2011 Open Championship. As a result of this second-place finish, Johnson moved to his highest spot in the Official World Golf Ranking at the time, seventh, and became the third-ranked American behind Steve Stricker and Mickelson.

Johnson won his fifth PGA Tour title at The Barclays in 2011. He beat Matt Kuchar by two strokes. This was his second 54-hole tournament victory of his career, after the 2009 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The tournament was shortened due to the threat of Hurricane Irene. Johnson shot rounds of 66-63-65 to win at -19. This was Johnson's first victory of 2011 and it moved him from 19th to first in the FedEx Cup standings.[9] It was also the second FedEx Cup playoff event win of his career after he won the BMW Championship in 2010. The win also took him to a career high of 4th in the world rankings, the second highest American, (behind Steve Stricker). Although he started the playoffs well and held the number one position for the first week, he was unable to continue his form at the three remaining playoff events and did not record a single top 20 in any of them and finished the fourth in the final FedEx Cup standings.[10]


Johnson incurred a back injury at home in March and missed over two months of the 2012 season, including the first major at The Masters. He returned to competition in late May at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio, made the cut and finished tied for 19th. The following week he won his sixth tour event, the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee at TPC Southwind.[11] He missed the cut at the U.S.Open the week after, finishing at +9, one stroke outside the cut mark.

Johnson began his 2013 season with a win at the season opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, an event reserved for winners from the past season. Johnson won by four strokes over defending champion Steve Stricker in an event that was shortened to 54 holes due the bad weather, mainly very strong wind that meant conditions were unplayable. The first three days of the tournament were wiped out, with the field having to complete 36 holes on the Monday and a final 18 on Tuesday. The event was Johnson's seventh PGA Tour win and his third in a 54-hole event; a 54-hole event is still considered an official win with full OWGR ranking points. The same week Johnson also was seen with Paulina Gretzky, daughter of Wayne Gretzky. The two announced their engagement on August 18.[12][13] In November, Johnson won the WGC-HSBC Champions, part of the 2013–14 PGA Tour season.


On July 31, 2014, Johnson announced he was taking the rest of the season off to seek professional help for personal challenges.[4] On August 1, conflicting reports surfaced regarding the circumstances of Johnson's announcement from the previous day. Golf Magazine reported that Johnson had been suspended from the PGA Tour for six months after testing positive for cocaine. The magazine indicated that this was his third positive drug test, after a 2009 positive for marijuana and 2012 positive for cocaine.[14] However, PGA Tour officials indicated that Johnson was taking a voluntary leave and was not under suspension.[15]

On September 23, 2014, his fiance Paulina Gretzky announced that she was pregnant with the couple's first child, due in 2015.[16] On January 20, 2015, Johnson announced the birth of their first child, a son.[17]


Johnson returned to the tour at the Farmers Insurance Open in February. He missed the cut by one stroke.[18] In the next two events Johnson played, he recorded two top-five finishes: tied for fourth at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am; and tied for second at the Northern Trust Open after losing at the third playoff hole to James Hahn. Johnson missed a 12 footer for birdie on the third extra hole to extend the playoff.[19] Those results led Johnson back inside the top-15 in the World Ranking.[20] After another missed cut at The Honda Classic, Johnson beat J. B. Holmes by one stroke to win the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida. The win earned Johnson $1,570,000 and marked the first win for Johnson since his self-imposed six-month leave of absence from professional golf to work on "personal issues" in his life. The win moved him to 7th in the world rankings.[21] At the 2015 U.S. Open, Johnson held a share of the lead heading into the final round. Johnson had two birdies on the front-nine but had three bogeys on the back-nine but birdied 17 to get within one of Jordan Spieth. Johnson hit a five iron to the par-5 18th, 12 feet from the hole. He hit his eagle putt to within 3 feet past the hole and then missed the three footer coming back to give the title to Spieth.

Johnson led the 2015 Open Championship at The Old Course after 36 holes, but plummeted to two rounds of 75 on the weekend to fall out of contention. Zach Johnson went on to win the event in a playoff.

Personal life[edit]

In August 2013, Johnson became engaged to model, singer, and celebutante Paulina Gretzky, daughter of Wayne Gretzky, after seven months of dating.[22] She gave birth to their son, Tatum Gretzky Johnson, on January 19, 2015.[23]

Amateur wins (2)[edit]

Professional wins (11)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (9)[edit]

World Golf Championships (2)
FedEx Cup playoff event (2)
Other PGA Tour (5)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
Runner(s)-up Winnings ($)
1 Oct 5, 2008 Turning Stone Resort Championship 72-68-70-69=279 −9 1 stroke Australia Robert Allenby 1,080,000
2 Feb 15, 2009 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am* 65-69-67=201 −15 4 strokes Canada Mike Weir 1,098,000
3 Feb 14, 2010 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (2) 64-68-64-74=270 −16 1 stroke United States David Duval, United States J. B. Holmes 1,116,000
4 Sep 12, 2010 BMW Championship 68-70-68-69=275 −9 1 stroke England Paul Casey 1,350,000
5 Aug 27, 2011 The Barclays* 66-63-65=194 −19 2 strokes United States Matt Kuchar 1,440,000
6 Jun 10, 2012 FedEx St. Jude Classic 70-68-67-66=271 −9 1 stroke United States John Merrick 1,008,000
7 Jan 8, 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions* 69-66-68=203 −16 4 strokes United States Steve Stricker 1,140,000
8 Nov 3, 2013 WGC-HSBC Champions 69-63-66-66=264 −24 3 strokes England Ian Poulter 1,400,000
9 Mar 8, 2015 WGC-Cadillac Championship 68-73-69-69=279 −9 1 stroke United States J. B. Holmes 1,570,000

* Shortened to 54 holes due to poor weather conditions.

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2015 Northern Trust Open England Paul Casey, United States James Hahn Hahn won with birdie on third extra hole
Casey eliminated with birdie on second hole

Other wins (2)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Masters Tournament DNP T30 T38 T38 DNP T13 CUT T6
U.S. Open T48 T40 T8 T23 CUT 55 T4 T2
The Open Championship DNP CUT T14 T2 T9 T32 T12 T49
PGA Championship DNP T10 T5 CUT T48 T8 DNP T7

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 5
U.S. Open 0 1 0 2 3 4 8 7
The Open Championship 0 1 0 1 2 4 7 6
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 4 4 6 5
Totals 0 2 0 4 10 14 27 23
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (2009 PGA – 2011 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2015 Masters – 2015 U.S. Open)

World Golf Championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin of
2013 WGC-HSBC Champions 3 shot lead −24 (69-63-66-66=264) 3 strokes England Ian Poulter
2015 WGC-Cadillac Championship 5 shot deficit −9 (68-73-69-69=279) 1 stroke United States J. B. Holmes

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Cadillac Championship T35 T56 2 T35 T12 T4 1
Cadillac Match Play Championship R64 R64 R64 R16 R64 R64 T17
Bridgestone Invitational T22 15 T48 T19 T33 DNP T53
HSBC Champions DNP DNP DNP T39 1 DNP T5

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]




  • Driver: TaylorMade M1, 9.5 degrees
  • 3 Wood: TaylorMade R15, 15 degrees
  • Irons: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB (3–PW)
  • Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF Prototype (52, 56, 60 degrees)
  • Putter: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport 2 GSS prototype
  • Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X

As of March 8, 2015[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Long Drive Contest". Archived from the original on August 28, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Final-stage q-school: Final-round notebook". PGA Tour. December 3, 2007. Archived from the original on December 5, 2007. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Meet the 2007 PGA Tour Q-School graduates". PGA Tour. December 3, 2007. Archived from the original on December 5, 2007. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Porter, Kyle (July 31, 2014). "Dustin Johnson takes leave of absence from professional golf". CBS Sports. 
  5. ^ "Dustin Johnson retains title at Pebble Beach". BBC Sport. February 15, 2010. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Dustin Johnson showing signs of collapse". SB Nation. June 20, 2010. Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  7. ^ Pelanda, Brian. "What's a 'Bunker'?: The Curious Case of How Dustin Johnson Lost the 2010 PGA Championship and Why the PGA Must Revise the Now Infamous Local Rule at Whistling Straits". Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal. 22 (Fall/Winter 2011): 67. 
  8. ^ Cherner, Reid (August 16, 2010). "Eye-opener: Ruling on Dustin Johnson, fair or foul at PGA Championship?". USA Today. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Johnson wins opening FedEx Cup playoff event to lead the standings". PGA Tour. August 27, 2011. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Playoff points for the FedEx Cup". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Dustin Johnson: 2012 results". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  12. ^ Crouse, Karen (January 8, 2013). "Displaying Skill and Composure, Johnson Wins Tournament of Champions Easily". The New York Times. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ Rapp, Timothy (August 18, 2013). "Paulina Gretzky Engaged to Golfer Dustin Johnson". Bleacher Report. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  14. ^ Bamberger, Michael; Walker, Mike (August 1, 2014). "Dustin Johnson suspended from PGA Tour after positive test for cocaine". Golf Magazine. 
  15. ^ "Tour says Johnson leave 'voluntary'". ESPN. August 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ Bieler, Des (September 24, 2014). "Paulina Gretzky and Dustin Johnson have a little bundle of joy on the way". The Washington Post. 
  17. ^ "Johnson, Gretzky welcome baby boy". ESPN. Associated Press. January 21, 2015. 
  18. ^ Crouse, Karen (February 6, 2015). "Dustin Johnson Falls Short in a Return After a Mysterious Hiatus". The New York Times. 
  19. ^ "James Hahn wins first PGA Tour title in Northern Trust Open playoff". Yahoo Sports. February 22, 2015. 
  20. ^ "PGA Tour - Northern Trust Open". February 23, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Week 10: Dustin Back In The World Top 10". OWGR. March 9, 2015. 
  22. ^ Rapp, Timothy (August 18, 2013). "Paulina Gretzky Engaged to Golfer Dustin Johnson". Bleacher Report. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  23. ^ Vokes-Dudgeon, Sophie (January 21, 2015). "Paulina Gretzky Gives Birth to Baby Boy, Welcomes First Son With Golfer Pro Fiance Dustin Johnson". Us Weekly. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  24. ^ Wall, Jonathan (March 9, 2015). "Winner's Bag: Dustin Johnson, WGC-Cadillac Championship". PGA Tour. Retrieved March 9, 2015. 

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