Category: Dustin Johnson


December 05, 2013

DJ dismisses Vijay: 'He's in trouble, not me'

Posted at 1:14 PM by Pete Madden
Dustin Johnson
Credit: Getty Images

 

In an interview with the Golf Channel's Jason Sobel, Dustin Johnson distanced himself from fellow Tour pro Vijay Singh, who recently requested documents related to the "actual or possible violation" of the PGA Tour's Anti-Doping Program of five current professional golfers, including DJ, during the discovery period of his suit against the PGA Tour.

"I don’t know why he would call me out," Johnson told Sobel. "Obviously, he’s in a situation where he’s looking to better himself somehow, but there’s nothing there."

Johnson, an eight-time PGA Tour winner, most recently at the HSBC Champions in November, went on to say that he's never run afoul of the Tour's drug policy.

Q: Have you ever been punished or reprimanded for any kind of violation?

A: No.

Q: Does it anger you to see your name in connection with that story?

A: Not really. I don’t care. He’s in trouble, not me.

Q: Would you consider any type of legal action for your name being used?

A: No. I’m out of it. Don’t want anything to do with it. I don’t care.

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December 04, 2013

PGA Tour won't reveal drug violators to Vijay Singh

Posted at 5:03 PM by Pete Madden
Vijay Singh
Credit: Getty Images

 

In the latest twist in Vijay Singh's case against the PGA Tour, the Tour rebuffed Singh's sweeping discovery requests, including demands for documents and communications related to the "possible or acutal violation of the [Tour's Anti-Doping] Program" of five current professional golfers: Doug Barron, Matt Every, Mark Calcavecchia, Scott Verplank and Dustin Johnson.

In a letter to Justice Eileen Bransten of the New York State Supreme Court, the Tour's attorney, Jeffrey Mishkin of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, called Singh's discovery requests "overreaching" and "irrelevant," arguing that "these individuals have nothing to do with this litigation. Mr. Singh cannot and should not be permitted, in the guise of discovery, to engage in a fishing expedition that risks further harm to the interests of these and any other third-party golfers."

Singh's lawyer, Peter Ginsberg, contends that information about the way the PGA Tour treated other golfers suspected or accused of violating the Tour's anti-doping program "will evidence the full extent of the PGA Tour's disparate treatment of Singh."

Three of the five golfers named in discovery have had previously reported run-ins with the Tour's drug policy.


Ginsberg declined to explain why the other two golfers -- five-time PGA Tour winner Verplank and eight-time winner Johnson -- were included in Singh's discovery request or whether he will be seeking information about other PGA Tour players in the future.

Documents concerning other golfers are just one of four categories of information sought by Singh and his legal team. In addition to "all documents and communications related to any positive tests by any golfer for any substance listed as a banned substance under the Program," Ginsberg also requested information concerning the structure of the Tour's anti-doping program, membership renewal forms and stance on colostrum, a substance that contains IGF-1 (the same hormone in deer antler spray) but is not banned, an all-out offensive designed to force the Tour to bring the details of its anti-doping program out of the shadows.

"Vijay alleges -- and it is historically obvious -- that the PGA Tour has administered many facets of the business in an inconsistent manner," said Ginsberg. "The PGA Tour presently is attempting to keep from disclosure evidence of the manner in which it has engaged in that type of disparate treatment of players. One goal of the discovery is to force the PGA Tour to come clean with regard to how it administers the golf business."

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November 07, 2013

Paulina Gretzky is Maxim's December Cover Girl

Posted at 11:24 AM by Pete Madden

It's been a big week for the Gretzky-Johnson family.

Just four days after fiance Dustin captured his eighth PGA Tour victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, Paulina announced via Instagram that she will be Maxim's December Cover Girl.

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October 20, 2013

Rules violation hands Korea Open to Kang, Rory second

Posted at 11:17 AM by Pete Madden
Kim Hyung-tae
Credit: Getty Images

 

Kang Sung-hoon won the 2013 Kolon Korea Open in Cheonan, but he needed some help from the rule book.

According to ONEASIA, Kim Hyung-tae was standing on 17 with a two-shot lead when rules officials informed him that he had grounded his club in a hazard on 13 and would be assessed a two-shot penalty.

The pair finished their round, but before signing their scorecards they returned to the 13th and spent nearly two hours in deep discussion with officials, who also repeatedly consulted TV footage of the incident. Kim argued he had never grounded his club, but was eventually persuaded to sign for a six by the Korean Golf Association rules committee, who had voted 5-3 against him.

The penalty would drop Kim into a five-person tie for second (alongside two-time major-winner Rory McIlroy) at 3-under, a shot behind eventual champion Kang.

"I'm a really good friend of [Kim's] so at the moment it doesn't feel great," said Kang. "Even though I won the tournament, I just feel really sorry for him. I was actually out there to celebrate for him, but … I don't know … I don't know what to say. It's horrible."

A similar mishap cost Dustin Johnson a shot at the 2010 PGA Championship after he grounded his club in what was deemed to be a bunker rather than a "waste area."

After falling 10 shots off the lead through three rounds, McIlroy dropped five birdies on Sunday to close with a 4-under 67, but the Irishman still seemed disappointed with his charge up the leaderboard.

"I could have shot anything, absolutely anything," McIlroy told the BBC. "I only missed two greens and had so many chances, but it was like the story of yesterday. I just didn't hole enough putts. I created so many more chances today that it could have been 61, 62. It just wasn't to be."

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August 18, 2013

Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky engaged

Posted at 10:21 AM by Mike Walker

Dustin Johnson announced his engagement to Paulina Gretzky with a simple photo on Instagram on Saturday:

RELATED: See more photos of Paulina and D.J.

Gretzy's responded with her own Instragram photo:

Johnson and Gretzky have been dating since before the start of the 2013 season. Gretzky, daughter of hockey great Wayne Gretzky, has been seen at golf events all year, including the season-opener Kapalua, which Johnson won, and the Masters.

Paulina's brother Trevor Gretzky sendt a congratulatory tweet Saturday night:

Gretzky is a model and singer and has documented the couple's relationship on Twitter and Instagram all year. Here are some highlights:

July 26, 2013

Dustin and Paulina dine at The Great One's new Toronto restaurant

Posted at 12:34 PM by Josh Sens

Dustin and Paulina sittin’ in a tree.

And, more recently, posing for a picture at the new Toronto restaurant owned by Paulina’s dad, Wayne Gretzky.

Johnson is in town to play the RBC Canadian Open. Paulina is in town because, well, why not?

In an age when many celebrities struggle to keep their private lives just that, Johnson and Gretzky take the opposite approach, memorializing their public displays of affection and transmitting them around the globe. They are their own paparrazzi, giving us glimpses of their yacht-riding, beach-going, monkey-loving days.

No moment, it seems, is too small for public broadcast.

And no bikini, it seems, is too small for Paulina to wear.

PHOTOS: Dustin and Paulina

April 22, 2013

Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson bow out of Seoul event due to 'perceived unrest'

Posted at 11:52 AM by Cameron Morfit

Dustin-JohnsonDustin Johnson and Zach Johnson have withdrawn from the European tour's Ballantine's Championship due to "perceived unrest on the Korean Peninsula," according to a statement from the sponsor:

Ballantine’s is disappointed to announce that Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson have informed us they will no longer be attending the Ballantine’s Championship. They have reached this decision following perceived unrest on the Korean Peninsula and can no longer assure their commitment to this year’s event.

Ballantine’s and event organisers, The European Tour, would like to reiterate that the tournament is going ahead as planned with a full field of European, Asian and Korean PGA Tour members. Ballantine’s has been kept fully up to date on relevant issues and The European Tour has also been liaising with key decision makers, including the Foreign Office, who have not warned of any increased risk to those travelling to or within the country.

Paul Casey, Paul Lawrie, Louis Oosthuizen and Y.E. Yang are among those who are still scheduled to play in this week's Euro tour event in Seoul.

There has been political tension in the region since the United Nations imposed sanctions on North Korea for its third nuclear test in February. The country is said to be planning a fourth test, and according to a South Korean news agency report has moved short-range missile launchers into position for a test launch.

(Photo: Dustin Johnson at the 2013 Masters. Credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

 

 

February 06, 2013

Dustin Johnson paired with girlfriend's dad Wayne Gretzky at AT&T

Posted at 5:55 PM by Cameron Morfit

PaulinaDustin Johnson, who won the season-opening Hyundai TOC with the comely Paulina Gretzky in his gallery [right], and who has been all over Twitter with Paulina ever since, will be paired with her father, the former hockey great Wayne Gretzky, in this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The pairing is among several intriguing pro-am combos at this week's tournament, among them Jason Day and San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, and Robert Garrigus and pitcher Justin Verlander.

Gretzky, who grew up in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, where he had a chance to play with the legendary Moe Norman, is an avid golfer who has had memberships to several clubs, among them Whisper Rock in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Sherwood C.C. in Westlake Village, Calif. He plays off an 11 handicap.

Paulina Gretzky, 24, is a model, actress and singer, and is the oldest of Wayne Gretzky and actress Janet Jones's five children. Paulina first made a splash with several suggestive Twitter photos in 2011 and remains active on the social media website

Johnson, who in 2012 was followed by LPGA siren Natalie Gulbis at the Hyundai TOC -- Johnson denied the relationship but withdrew from the following week's Sony Open -- is aiming for his third victory at the star-studded AT&T at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula Country Club. He posted a picture on his Twitter account Wednesday of himself and Wayne Gretzky wearing yellow bucket hats

Photo: Paulina Gretzky at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January (Getty Images).

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January 15, 2013

'Flu'-stricken Dustin Johnson hits beach with Paulina Gretzy: Truth & Rumors

Posted at 1:40 PM by Mike Walker

Dustin Johnson withdrew from last week's Sony Open with the flu, but he looks to have recovered quickly, judging by the photos posted on Instagram by Johnson's new girlfriend, Paulina Gretzy.

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Gretzky, the 24-year-old daughter of Wayne Gretzky, turned heads when she showed up in Maui with Johnson for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, which Johnson won.

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SI Golf Ranking: Louis Oosthuizen and Dustin Johnson return to top 10

Posted at 10:38 AM by Samantha Glover

Each week, 13 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com  SI-Golf-RANKINGvote for  their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Rory McIlroy (130, 13, 1) - Last three finishes: 1, DP World Tour Championship; MC, UBS Hong Kong Open; 3, Barclays Singapore Open
-Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Tiger Woods (102, 0, 2) - Last three finishes: T4, World Challenge; T4, CIMB Classic; Semi-Finalist, Turkish Airlines World Golf Final
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

3. Jason Dufner (64, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T18, Hyundai Tournament of Champions; T15, World Challenge; T2, WGC-HSBC Champions
- Official World Golf Ranking: 11

4. Keegan Bradley (58, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T49, Sony Open; 2, World Challenge; 23, WGC-HSBC Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

5. Luke Donald (53, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T3, DP World Tour Championship; 1, Dunlop Phoenix; T18, WGC-HSBC Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 3

6. Louis Oosthuizen (48, 0, -) - Last three finishes: 1, Volvo Golf Champions; 71, Alfred Dunhill Championship; 1, 4, Nedbank Golf Challenge
- Official World Golf Ranking : 4

7. Justin Rose (47, 0, T7) - Last three finishes: T4, Emirates Australian Open; 11, Nedbank Golf Challenge; 2, DP World Tour Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 5

8. Dustin Johnson (43, 0, -) - Last three finishes: WD, Sony Open; 1, Hyundai Tournament of Champions; T13, World Challenge
- Official World Golf Ranking : 13

9. Ian Poulter (5, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T9, Hyundai Tournament of Champions; 17, World Challenge; T26, DP World Tour Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 14

10. Charl Schwartzel (23, 0, T7) - Last three finishes: 1, Alfred Dunhill Championship; 1, Thailand Golf Champions; 3, DP World Tour Championship

Others receiving votes:
Phil Mickelson (21)
Graeme McDowell (15)
Brandt Snedeker (15)
Bubba Watson (13)
Lee Westwood (11)
Webb Simpson (8)
Bo Van Pelt (8)
Russell Henley (6)
Sergio Garcia (4)
Ernie Els (3)
Adam Scott (3)





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