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Dustin Johnson’s girlfriend Paulina Gretzky wore her own green jacket

Dustin Johnson Paulina Gretzky

Dustin Johnson captured his first career green jacket at the Masters on Sunday, and his longtime girlfriend Paulina Gretzky was there to greet him when he capped off the remarkable performance. She, too, was wearing a green jacket.

Johnson and Gretzky embraced after Johnson tapped in for par on the 18th hole to finish at 20 under for the tournament, which was a Masters record. Paulina’s wardrobe selection was a big hit among fans.

Wearing green was a cocky move for Paulina, but she certainly pulled it off.

Johnson dominated all four days of the Masters and secured a spot in the record book with an impressive feat. The win was only fitting for the type of year the world No. 1 has had.

Johnson and Gretzky are engaged and have two children together.

Dustin Johnson secures spot in Masters record book with amazing feat

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson entered the 2020 Masters as the world’s No. 1 golfer and the favorite to win the tournament, and he certainly showed us why.

Johnson came into the final round on Sunday four shots clear of the field at 16 under par. That tied Jordan Spieth in 2015 for the best score ever at a Masters through 54 holes. With his birdie on the 15th hole during the final round, Johnson became the only player in Masters history to ever reach 20 under par.

Augusta National played a bit easier than usual this year, as there were heavy rains prior to the first round on Thursday that left the course soft for the majority of the tournament. Still, there’s a reason no golfer has ever reached 20 under par in the 86-year history of the tournament.

Johnson became the first world No. 1 to hold an outright lead at the Masters through 54 holes since Tiger Woods in 2001. He has won one major during his career — the US Open in 2016. He was 0-for-4 on winning majors after leading through 54 holes.

Dustin Johnson on potential record pace at Masters

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson had a huge round at the Masters on Saturday and is on a potential record pace.

Johnson shot a third-round 65 on Saturday at Augusta National. The 7-under score for the round put Johnson at -16 through three rounds, which ties Jordan Spieth in 2015 for the best score through 54 holes at the Masters. Spieth ended up winning the major that year at -18, which tied the 72-hole record.

Johnson was among five golfers who entered the third round tied for the lead, but he separated from the pack with a huge round, which was his second 65 of the tournament.

Johnson is the first world No. 1 to hold an outright lead at the Masters through 54 holes since Tiger Woods in 2001. Woods is -5 through three rounds and tied for 20th.

Johnson has won one major during his career — the US Open in 2016. He is 0-for-4 on winning majors after leading through 54 holes. Despite being on a record-tying pace, there is no guarantee he takes home the green jacket.

Video: Dustin Johnson hits huge birdie putt to force playoff with Jon Rahm

Dustin Johnson putt

Dustin Johnson hit one of the most clutch putts you will ever see during the final round of the BMW Championship on Sunday.

Johnson walked to the 18th hole one shot back of Jon Rahm, who was the leader in the clubhouse at 4-under for the tournament. After missing the fairway with his tee shot and having a poor angle to the flag, Johnson left himself 43 feet for a seemingly impossible downhill birdie putt. Somehow, D.J. drained it.

Johnson had to get the speed absolutely perfect, and you could see he hit it just barely enough to get it over the hump. Making a six-foot putt given the circumstances would have been challenging enough, but the difficulty of the putt made it downright incredible.

Rory McIlroy hits back at Brooks Koepka with defense of Dustin Johnson

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy went after Brooks Koepka on Sunday in defense of Dustin Johnson.

Koepka entered the final round of the PGA Championship two back of Johnson, who led the field. Koepka said he liked his chances entering the final round because he had more major wins than anyone else high on the leaderboard, including Johnson, who only had won one major.

Koepka also recognized how tough it is to win a second major.

Well, McIlroy didn’t like what he perceived to be a shot at an accomplished player like Johnson, and made his feelings known.

“Sort of hard to knock a guy that’s got 21 wins on the PGA Tour, which is three times what Brooks has,” McIlroy said on Sunday.

Koepka’s comments from Saturday are getting attention — especially among his peers as we can see — but he didn’t seem to be taking a voluntary shot at Johnson or the other players. He seemed to be responding to a question and giving a truthful answer, and that is that he has more experience than some of the other contenders. That is truthful. But when Koepka is actually trolling someone, you can tell.

McIlroy obviously saw things in a different way.

Dustin Johnson’s girlfriend Paulina Gretzky has become far less active on social media

Dustin Johnson sprung to the top of the leaderboard at the Travelers Championship with an incredible round on Saturday, which naturally led many fans to social media with one question in mind — where is Paulina?

Paulina Gretzky, the daughter of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky, has been engaged to Johnson for many years. She used to be very active on social media, which was a great source of happiness for many fans. Those who flocked to her pages as Johnson was leading the Travelers Championship on Sunday did not discover much new content, however.

That said, all indications are that things are still going well with the couple. Johnson and Gretzky have two sons together, and Andrew Holleran of The Spun pointed out that Paulina shared a heartwarming video of her and Dustin after Johnson shot a 9-under 61 on Saturday.

So why hasn’t Paulina posted more content? We’re unsure, but it probably has a lot to do with her being busy raising two young kids. There have been rumors over the years that Gretzky’s relationship with Johnson was on rocky ground, but she’s still in the 2016 U.S. Open champion’s corner.

Dustin Johnson: Tiger Woods fan support is on a different level

Dustin Johnson putt

Dustin Johnson knows that the fan support for Tiger Woods is different from anything else.

Johnson was among a group of players contending for the lead at the Masters on Sunday. After he completed his round, shooting a four-under 68 to finish 12 under, he talked about the experience. While Johnson said he had fun, he noted how much different the support for Tiger was than anyone else.

“It was a lot of fun today. You could hear the roars, and you can definitely tell the difference between a roar for me or a roar for Tiger (Woods). But I had a lot of fun out there today,” Johnson said in an interview with CBS’ Amanda Baliones.

Xander Schauffele also talked after he completed his round about the energy from the crowd.

“The crowds are incredible. I just sort of fed off the crowds. I was hearing roars from behind, which sort of pushed me forward,” Schauffele said.

The fans had been waiting a long time — since 2008 — to see Tiger win another major. You can understand why they were so fired up. He inspired a total mob scene with his Tour Championship win in Atlanta in September, so the fan support was not a surprise.

Dustin Johnson congratulates Brooks Koepka in painfully awkward video

Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson have done their best to downplay reports about them nearly getting into a physical altercation at the Ryder Cup, and we would rather take their word for it than be treated to another horrifically uncomfortable video like they one they put out on Tuesday.

After Koepka was voted the 2018 PGA Tour Player of the Year by his peers, the Tour shared a video on social media that featured Johnson congratulating Koepka. It began with Koepka telling Johnson, “Hey man, I don’t ever want anything to come between us.”

For those of you who don’t know the story, a report claimed Johnson and Koepka — who are considered close friends — got into an argument at a Team Europe afterparty after losing the Ryder Cup and nearly came to blows. Koepka has since denied that any such incident took place, but even Team USA captain Jim Furyk acknowledged that there was some sort of issue.

That video was likely a way for Johnson and Koepka to downplay all the drama, but boy was it awkward.

Brooks Koepka shoots down report of fight with Dustin Johnson

Brooks Koepka

The reports of drama between members of the Team USA Ryder Cup team have continued to roll in over the past several days, and the most noteworthy was that Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka nearly got into a physical altercation on Sunday night. According to Koepka, that report was 100 percent fabricated.

While speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Koepka said he and Johnson did not have an argument before, during or after the Ryder Cup — let alone a near fist-fight at a Team Europe afterparty.

Koepka added that people like making up stories and running with them and said this is “not the first time there’s been a news story that isn’t true that’s gone out.”

Word of the alleged confrontation first popped up in The Telegraph and was later confirmed by the Golf Channel, so multiple outlets are claiming there was some sort of altercation. Johnson and Koepka are considered close friends who work out together in Florida, which made it surprising that they were not paired together in foursomes on Friday afternoon.

From the way it sounds, the drama between Johnson and Koepka was only part of what went wrong during a “devastating” week for Team USA.

Report: Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka almost fist-fought after Ryder Cup

Emotions have been running high since Team USA was defeated in convincing fashion by Team Europe at the Ryder Cup over the weekend, but it sounds like Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka may have been more worked up than anyone.

James Corrigan of The Telegraph reported on Tuesday that Johnson and Koepka nearly came to blows and had to be separated while they were visiting the European team room after the Ryder Cup ended on Sunday. While the exact reason for the altercation is unknown, Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte confirmed on Tuesday that it did, in fact, take place.

Johnson and Koepka, two former U.S. Open champions, played together in the Saturday afternoon foursomes, losing to Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson. The two are considered close friends and often work out together in Florida, which is part of what made the altercation so surprising. Johnson’s fiancee Paulina Gretzky was nearby when the incident took place, and a source told The Telegraph that the wife of a European golfer who witnessed it was “clearly shocked and upset by the nastiness, which was very threatening.”

Team USA has not exactly handled its loss in France with class, as Patrick Reed also ripped into Jordan Spieth for not wanting to pair with him and criticized Team USA captain Jim Furyk for benching him in the afternoon on the first day. Reed has an excellent record at the Ryder Cup and felt like he was put in a position to fail this year.

Between the Ryder Cup altercation and some of the rumors that have been swirling about his relationship with Gretzky, Johnson seems to be making headlines for a lot more than just his golf swing lately.