Dustin Hunter “DJ” Johnson is a professional golfer from South Carolina, United States. He attended Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, South Carolina and earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.
Johnson has been playing golf professionally since 2007. He won the 116th United States Open Championship, which was held at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont and Plum, Pennsylvania, USA from June 16-19, 2016.
During the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, he competed in the 120th US. Open, which was held at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, USA from September 17–20, 2020, and finished T6 along with Will Zalatoris, Tony Finau, Zach Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson and Justin Thomas.
Dustin was the PGA Player of the Year in 2016 and the PGA Tour Player of the Year in 2016 and in 2020. Here are 13 more facts about him:
- He was born in Columbia, South Carolina on June 22, 1984 to Scott Johnson, a former club pro, and Kandee Johnson. In 1988, his father took him to the range for the first time.
- He met his coach Allen Terrell at Coastal Carolina University. The two collaboratively founded the Dustin Johnson Golf School at TPC Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.
- He and Brooks Koepka train together with coach Joey Diovisalvi in a gym in Jupiter, Florida, USA.
- He won the Turning Stone Resort Championship on October 5, 2008.
- He won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on February 15, 2009 and on February 14, 2010. He won the BMW Championship on September 12, 2010 and on September 11, 2016.
- He established the Dustin Johnson Foundation in 2010.
- He won The Barclays on August 27, 2011.
- He won FedEx St. Jude Classic on June 10, 2012 and on June 10, 2018. He won the RBC Canadian Open on July 29, 2018.
- He won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on January 8, 2013. He started dating Canadian former professional ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky‘s daughter Paulina Gretzky in February 2013. He and Paulina got engaged in August 2013. Their sons Tatum Gretzky Johnson and River Jones Johnson were born on January 19, 2015 and on June 12, 2017, respectively.
- He has a younger brother named Austin Johnson and a sister named Laurie Johnson. Their grandfather Art Whisnant played basketball at South Carolina. Austin played for the basketball team of the Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina and has been his caddie since late 2013.
- He won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on January 8, 2013 and the Sentry Tournament of Champions on January 7, 2018.
- He won the WGC-HSBC Champions on November 3, 2013, the WGC-Cadillac Championship on March 8, 2015, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on July 3, 2016, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on March 26, 2017 as well as the WGC-Mexico Championship on March 5, 2017 and on February 24, 2019. On February 3, 2019, he became the inaugural winner of the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers, a European Tour golf tournament held at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia.
- He won the Genesis Open on February 19, 2017, The Northern Trust on August 27, 2017 and on August 23, 2020 and the Tour Championship on September 7, 2020.