Inside the relationship of former 'bad boy' pro golfer Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky, who used to eat breakfast and dinner with her hockey legend father every day

Andrew Redington/Getty ImagesDustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky’s first date turned into a double date with her parents.

Dustin Johnson and his fiance Paulina Gretzky met through Gretzky’s parents in 2009.

• The PGA star and the pop singer-turned-model didn’t go on their first date, however, until 2012.

• They have been together ever since, and now have two children.

Dustin Johnson wooed the entire Gretzky clan long before he took his future fiance Paulina Gretzky on their first date.

In 2009, the pro golfer met Paulina’s mother Janet – the wife of legendary hockey player Wayne Gretzky – at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament. Afterwards, the Gretzkys had Johnson over for dinner.

GOLF reported that Johnson and Gretzky had “undeniable chemistry” from the get-go, but the timing was off. Both were already in relationships with other people.

“We became good friends,” Gretzky told GOLF. “Actually, my whole family became friends with Dustin – my brothers and parents saw him a lot more than I did.”

Everything changed three years later, when Johnson and Gretzky met up again at the World Challenge. That’s when they went on their first date. The rendezvous turned into a double date when Gretzky’s parents tagged along.

“That’s how it goes in our family,” Wayne Gretzky told GOLF. “Janet and I go out to eat, and we somehow always wind up with seven or eight people at the table. Everyone is invited.”

According to GOLF, the couple has been together ever since.

Johnson is currently ranked number one in the Official World Golf Ranking. He won the 2016 US Open and has won five World Golf Championships. Forbes estimated that he has a net worth of $US27.6 million. He’s currently competing in the 2018 Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

Johnson also acquired a bit of a reputation as the “bad boy” of the golfing world. In 2014, GOLF reported that Johnson received a six-month PGA suspension after testing positive for cocaine. Since then, Johnson has credited Wayne Gretzky with mentoring him and helping him turn things around, according to USA Today.

Meanwhile, Paulina Gretzky has pursued a multi-faceted career as a singer and model, over the years.

Here’s a look inside their relationship:


Johnson may be one of the most successful professional golfers out there…

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Source: Official World Golf Ranking


… but his fiance hasn’t always loved the sport. “I didn’t appreciate golf as much when I was little, probably because my mum put us in tennis camps and golf camps,” Gretzky told Golf Digest. “My mum has a video of me when I was really young where I’m saying, ‘Daddy, don’t go play golf anymore.'”

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Source: Golf Digest


Gretzky’s parents love to golf. She’s become more enamoured with the sport since she began dating Johnson. She even took to Instagram to showcase what Golf Digest called a “surprisingly powerful swing.”

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Source: The New York Post, Golf Digest, Golf Digest


Gretzky also told Golf Digest about meeting her future partner through her parents, adding that her mother talked her up upon meeting Johnson. “I’m sure he was rolling his eyes, and so was I when my mum invited me over to meet this golfer she had just met,” she said.

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Source: Golf Digest


Gretzky claimed to have looked like a “ragamuffin” during their first meeting, and added that Johnson was a “really cute guy” and an “endearing” “gentleman.”

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Source: Golf Digest


Gretzky became a fixture at Johnson’s tournaments. She even caddied for the golfer at the 2016 Masters.

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Source: Golf Digest, USA Today


Seven months after they began dating, Johnson popped the question in August of 2013.

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Source: Golf Digest, People


But the couple has said they have held off on setting a date, due to their whirlwind schedules. “It will be our special day, and we just want it to be right and to fit,” Gretzky told Golf Digest.

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Source: New York Post, Golf Digest


Johnson told the New York Post that the size of the wedding doesn’t matter to him “That bill is going to Wayne,” he said.

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Source: New York Post, Golf Digest


Fox News reported that Wayne Gretzky has taken to mentoring Johnson —  and allegedly warned him to clean up his act and stop partying.

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Source: Fox News


Johnson indicated to Sports Illustrated in a 2015 interview that he has taken his potential future father-in-law’s advice to heart by establishing a simpler, more family-oriented routine. The couple reportedly always ate breakfast and dinner with Gretzky’s parents, who lived close by as of 2015.

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Source: Sports Illustrated


And then, to wind down, Johnson and Gretzky would catch an episode or two of “Homeland,” “Sons of Anarchy,” or “State of Affairs.”

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Source: Sports Illustrated


Today, Johnson and Gretzky have two sons. They welcomed Tatum Johnson to the world on January 19, 2015, and River Jones Johnson on June 12, 2017. For their second child, the couple took to Instagram for the golf-themed gender reveal. In the post, Johnson hit a golf ball that exploded into a cloud of blue powder, signifying they were expecting another son.

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Source: Golfer’s Digest, The Big Lead, People


“Over these past four or five months I’ve really grown up,” he told Sports Illustrated in 2015. “I am starting to become the person I want my kids to look up to.”

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Source: Sports Illustrated

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