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Dustin Johnson, Paulina Gretzky always seem happy (Pictures)

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Dustin Johnson announced on Thursday that he is taking a leave of absence from golf, which came as a shock to most who have followed him this season. Johnson has seven top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour in 2014 and has played well in majors, finishing 4th at the US Open and 12th at The Open Championship earlier this month.

In addition to his performance on the course, Johnson always seems to be killing it in his personal life. We know people use social media to mask their problems, but Johnson and his fiancee Paulina Gretzky are constantly looked at with envy. The photo you see above was posted on Johnson’s Instagram earlier this month. Here are some others:

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Dustin Johnson once linked to drugs

dustin-johnsonDustin Johnson announced on Thursday that he is taking a leave of absence from golf. The 30-year-old said he is seeking professional help to deal with some personal issues but did not get into specifics.

“I am taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately,” Johnson said, via USA Today Sports. “I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced. By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion.

“I respectfully ask my fans, well-wishers and the media for privacy as I embark upon this mission of self-improvement.”

Last year, Vijay Singh filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour after he was suspended for violating the tour’s anti-doping program. Singh felt that he was being targeted after several players had violated the same policy but were only told by the PGA Tour to stop using certain substances.

Singh’s lawyers requested any information related to a “possible or actual violation of the drug program” by five golfers — Doug Barron, Mark Calcavecchia, Scott Verplank, Matt Every and Johnson. Barron, Calcavecchia and Every all had known violations, but it is unclear why Singh’s lawyers included Verplank and Johnson.

Johnson later dismissed Singh’s probe in an interview with the Golf Channel, saying he doesn’t know why Singh would single him out and that there is “nothing there.” He also said he has never been reprimanded by the PGA Tour for any drug-related violation.

Under the Tour’s anti-doping policy, drug violations involving anything deemed to be a performance-enhancing substance are made public. Violations that have to do with recreational drugs are not.

Did Dustin Johnson pull out of tourney to hang with Paulina Gretzky?

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Dustin Johnson announced earlier this week that he will not be competing in the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. Johnson, who ranks No. 16 in the World Golf Rankings, cited a personal reason for withdrawing. Did hanging out with his lovely fiancee Paulina Gretzky have anything to do with it?

Shortly before Johnson pulled out of the Bridgestone, Gretzky posted the photo you see above on Instagram. She later deleted the picture, but the Huffington Post noted that it was captioned as follows.

“Best Caddy Ever. @djohnsonpga”

Maybe it was a coincidence. The photo could have been taken a long time ago, or Johnson could have been spending time with his soon-to-be-wife. Just because he withdrew from a tournament for personal reasons doesn’t mean those personal reasons prevent him from hanging out with Paulina.

If you want to know why Dustin is drinking in any waking moment he has with his woman, just see the photo gallery below.

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Paulina Gretzky was set up with Dustin Johnson by her mom

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Paulina Gretzky made her controversial appearance on the cover of “Golf Digest,” and the subsequent feature interview about her is actually pretty interesting and informative.

In the interview, Paulina is asked about her future plans, her relationship with golfer Dustin Johnson, and her golfing background. She also revealed a cool detail about her relationship with DJ — the two were actually set up by Paulina’s mom, Janet.

“At the end of 2011, my mom played with Dustin in the Wednesday pro-am at Tiger’s tournament at Sherwood. She told Dustin about her daughter, blah-blah-blah, and invited him to the house that night,” Paulina shared. “I’m sure he was rolling his eyes, and so was I when my mom invited me over to meet this golfer she had just met. So I show up looking like a complete ragamuffin, and here’s this really cute guy. I didn’t stay long, but he was such a gentleman, so endearing. He’s always been that way to me. We exchanged numbers, and here we are.”

It’s interesting that she says they first met at the end of 2011 because the rumors about them dating didn’t come up until a full year later. Paulina began accompanying him to some of his events in early 2013, and they became engaged last August.

She says right now that her biggest focus is her relationship with Dustin and supporting his career. That means accompanying him to his events, which often causes a stir among gawking spectators, which is something she also commented on.

“Sometimes I feel like a zoo animal out there,” eh told Golf Digest. “People think I can’t hear them—but I can definitely hear you. If anything, just come over and talk to me. I’m not someone people should be afraid of. Everyone is usually very sweet, and there hasn’t been a bad moment for me. But I do feel more comfortable if I’m walking with someone. Of course sometimes I just want to watch Dustin play golf, and I hope people respect that. And you know what? They always do.”

You all got that? Next time you’re at a golf event and see Paulina there, don’t just gawk at her, say hi! She won’t bite!

Oh, and the other great part of the interview? How about Paulina saying she looked like a “ragamuffin”?! I’ve never heard that one, but that is great! Just taking a guess, too, but I highly doubt Paulina would look like a ragamuffin, whatever the heck that is.

H/T NY Post

Paulina Gretzky and Dustin Johnson are engaged

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Paulina Gretzky is now officially off the market.

The daughter of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky got engaged to her boyfriend Dustin Johnson on Saturday night. Johnson, 29, shared a picture on his Instagram account of his girlfriend/fiancee wearing the massive engagement ring:

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Dustin Johnson adjusting to extra attention he gets from dating Paulina Gretzky

Dustin-Johnson-Paulina-GretzkyDustin Johnson is one of the more popular players on the PGA Tour. If the average girl dated the 29-year-old, she would probably have to get used to being in the spotlight all the time and having cameras follow her around. Since Johnson dates Paulina Gretzky, it’s pretty much the other way around.

Paulina is a gossip magazine and paparazzi favorite, which has taken some getting used to for Johnson over the past year.

“It’s not weird to me,” Johnson told the National Post . “I enjoy it. You’ve just got to be careful about what you’re doing. There’s always somebody taking a picture.”

It may not be weird, but Johnson admits he is not really accustomed to it just yet.

“They’re not too bad,” he said. “But, no, I mean, I’m not used to worrying about people taking pictures of me.”

For the most part, Johnson and Gretzky don’t get caught doing anything controversial or out of the ordinary. We like to gawk at pictures of Paulina dressed as St. Pauli Girl or partying with Dustin on a boat, but it’s not like they put themselves in situations where the PGA is going to be contacting Johnson about his behavior.

In addition, Johnson seems to have a solid relationship with Paulina’s father Wayne Gretzky, who many consider to be the greatest hockey player of all time.

“We play a lot of golf together, actually,” Johnson said. “He’s a fairly decent golfer. But yeah, I give him strokes.”

If Johnson has gotten to a place where he can get away with borderline criticizing his girlfriend’s father’s golf game, he’s doing pretty well for himself.

Paulina Gretzky dresses as St. Pauli Girl

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Paulina Gretzky dressed in lederhosen? Paulina Gretzky dressed lederhosen. The daughter of The Great One and her PGA golfer boyfriend Dustin Johnson recently attended some sort of German-themed event that looked like it was right out of the movie “Beerfest.” The details really aren’t important. All that matters is we finally got a chance to see Paulina dressed as St. Pauli Girl. Here’s another shot:

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