Photo of Dustin Johnson in action
Dustin Johnson in action during one of his games.

Dustin Johnson, who is one of the players in the ranks of professional golf, is an American professional golfer. He currently plays in the PGA Tour and has repeatedly proven himself as one of the grand masters in the act of swinging. Believed to be the best, compared to his Contemporaries, he has proven his worth time and time again as the very best in the sports. We take a full fledge look from his early life to the legend-in-the-making he has become in our Dustin Johnson Biography facts, childhood and personal life.

Dustin Johnson Biography Facts

Full Name:Dustin Hunter Johnson
Born:June 22, 1984 (age 34)
Place of Birth:Colombia, South Carolina
Zodiac Sign:Cancer
Height:6 feet 4 inches
Shoe Size:13
Weight:189 lbs (86 kg)
Education:Dutch Fork High School, Coastal Carolina University
Parents:Scott Johnson. (father), Kandee Johnson (mother)
Siblings:Austin Johnson (brother), Laurie Johnson (sister)
Spouse:Paulina Gretzky (married August 2013)
Children:Tatum Gretzky Johnson (son), River Jones-Johnson (son)
Net Worth:$24.6 million
Division:PGA Tour
Playing Career:2007–present

Dustin Johnson Childhood and Early Life

Dustin Johnson was given birthed on June 22, 1984, to his father, Scott Johnson and mother, Kandee Johnson in South Carolina. Scott who is a former club pro took his son, Jonhson to the range at the age of six, for the first time.

At college, Johnson engaged in his lifelong passion of playing golf. He recorded successes as an amateur golfer which saw him become the first player after Tiger Wood to claim to claim at least a title in the first seven season after leaving college.

Dustin Johnson Professional Career

Johnson went pro in 2007, and thus earned his place in the 2008 PGA tour, at the end of his first season he won the Turning Stone Resort Championship, which was his first PGA tour event. Johnson went on to claim another PGA event title, the AT&T PebbleBeach National Pro-Am.

In February of 2010, Johnson was keen on defending his AT&T title, which spurred him to defeat golf big wigs J.B Holmes and David Duval. After defending his title, Johnson had a hard time in other events, but he eventually won the BMW Championship, which was a FedEx playoff event. His win saw his PGA Tour Money List rank improve from 15th to 4th in 2010. 

Johnson competed in the 2011 Open Championship, which saw him record his best finish that year. He had a wonderful outing, finishing in the second place. As a result of his wonderful outing, his ranking moved up to no. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Johnson further went on to claim his fifth PGA tour event title at the Barclays. Despite beginning the playoff on an impressive note, Johnson did not maintain his top performance which saw his ranking in the FedEx Cup standings go down to the fourth spot.

Justin sustained an injury before the 2012 season, the injury saw him out of action for the first two months of the 2012 season but returned in the end of May. Johnson missed the US Open cut after finishingone point short of the cut mark to book a place in the US Open.

In 2013, Johnson started his campaign by claiming his seventh PGA tour event, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, beating the defending champion by four strokes. Johnson also won the WGC-HSBC Champions in November.

Johnson made an announcement in July 2014, that he would take the remainder of the season off to seek professional assistance to resolve some personal challenges. Reports made headlines in August same year that conflicted with Johnson’s announcement. According to Golf Magazine, Johnson was suspended for six months from the PGA Tour after he tested positive for cocaine. The reports also indicated that it was the third positive drug test result after he tested positive to cocaine and marijuana in 2012. PGA Tour official provided contesting accounts to Golf Magazine’s report, saying Johnson was not under suspension but instead on a voluntary leave.

Johnson came back to action in February 2015. After missing the cut for several events, Johnson defeated J. B. Holmes by a stroke to claim the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Johnson’s win earned him $1,570,000 and also returned Johnson to the no. 7 spot in the world rankings. The win was Johnson’s first since his six-month absence.

Photo of Dustin Johnson as he swings a golf club
Dustin Johnson swings a golf club at the BMW Championship in 2016

Johnson’s first ten events in the 2016 campaign kicked off with six top-10 finishes but did not win the Memorial Tournament. Johnson went on to win the 2016 U.S. Open, which was his first major title. Johnson’s win was marked with controversy because he was handed a one-shot penalty after his final round. This was as a result of issues in the fifth grass which occurred while he was about to address the crowd—his ball moved and he swiftly stepped away from the ball, saying he had not touched the ball. Johnson went on to address a non-sites rules-official who decided Johnson should proceed. Johnson eventually potted, thus claiming his first major title. The decision did not go down well with many top golfers notably of which are Webb Simpson, Ricky Fowler, Jordan Spieth who went on social media criticizing the decision by the USGA. The win saw Johnson move up to no. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings. Johnson refused to join the US 2016 Olympics contingent due to concerns with Zika virus. 

Dustin Johnson with his BMW Championship Trophy
Dustin Johnson poses with his 2016 BMW Championship Trophy

In September 2016, Johnson won the BMW Championship, which was his third tournament win of the year.

Johnson began his 2017 campaign with 2 top-10 finish in four events. In February, Johnson won the Genesis Open, which moved his world rankings to no. 1. His Genesis Open win made him join the ranks of Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only golfers to claim a title in each of their first ten seasons.

Photo of Dustin Johnson with his Genesis Open Trophy
Dustin Johnson won the Genesis Open in February 2017 which moved him up to the world no.1 rank

Johnson added another feather to his cap in March by claiming the WGC-Mexico Championship, his first win since becoming world no. 1. The win was Johnson’s fourth WGC title, which moved him to no. 2, behind Tiger Woods on the lists of Most World Golf Championships titles. Johnson also won the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event, thus moving his WGC event titles to 5. Johnson also became the first golfer to claim all four of the WGC titles, the 2013 WGC-HSBC Champions, the 2015 WGC-Cadillac championship, 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship which was formerly known as the Cadillac Championship, the 2016 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the 2017 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Johnson withdrew from the 2017 Master Tournament after suffering a back injury as a result of a staircase fall. Johnson also claimed his 16th tour title, the first FedEx event playoff, The Northern Trust. Johnson moved up to the no.1 spot on the official money list as a result of his win.

Johnson began his outing in 2018 by winning with the entry Tournament of Champions. He claimed his second title of the season in June by winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic. In July 2018, Johnson claimed his third victory of the season, by winning the RBC Canadian Open. Johnson was among the golfers representing the US team in the Ryder Cup. However, the US team lost out in the tournament.

Dustin Johnson Personal Life

  • Johnson got engaged to his model and singer girlfriend, Paulina Gretzky in August 2013. They have two children, Tatum Gretzky Johnson and River Jones Johnson.
Photo of Dustin Johnson with his wife Paulina Gretzky
Dustin Johnson with his wife Paulina Gretzky
  • Johnson launched his foundation in 2010 that is focused mainly on help youngsters with youth and college golf programs.
  • Johnson has a special love for suits – he told Golf Digest that he owns about 30 Dolce and Gabbana and Prada suits.
  • Since 2013, his brother Austin Johnson has been his caddie.
  • He founded the Dustin Johnson Golf School located at TPC Myrtle Beach.

Dustin Johnson Tournament Wins

PGA Tour wins

  1. Turning Stone Resort Championship (2008)
  2. AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am(2X) (2009, 2010)
  3. BMW Championship (2010)
  4. The Barclays (2011)
  5. FedEx St. Jude Classic (2012)
  6. Hyundai Tournament of Champions (2013)
  7. WGC-HSBC Champions (2013)
  8. WGC-Cadillac Championship (2015)
  9. US Open (2016)
  10. BMW Championship (2016)
  11. Genesis Open (2017)
  12. WGC-Mexico Championship (2017)
  13. WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (2017)
  14. The Northern Trust (2017)
  15. Sentry Tournament of Champions (2018)
  16. FedEx St. Jude Classic (2018)
  17. RBC Canadian Open (2018)

National Team wins

  1. Walker Cup (2007)
  2. Palmer Cup (2007)
  3. Ryder Cup (2010, 2012, 2016)
  4. Presidents Cup (2011, 2015, 2017)
  5. Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge (2010)

Dustin Johnson’s Famous Quote

“Golf is a weird sport. Some days you got it. Some days you don’t.”

— Dustin Johnson

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