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Paulina Gretzky broke her dating policy for Dustin Johnson

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Paulina Gretzky, daughter of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, long adhered to a very specific set of dating rules. Having grown up around athletes, she refused to date them. She believed they viewed her as little more than a trophy and that any interest they had in her was insincere.

But things changed in 2011. Gretzky broke her own set of rules when she began dating golfer Dustin Johnson.

During an appearance on the “Pillows and Beer” podcast this past Thursday, the 32-year-old Gretzky explained how her anti-athlete wall had been torn down.

“How I looked at it was like, I don’t ever want to date somebody that’s an athlete because, whether or not it was me or not, I felt like it was like a achievement for them. Being with me, dating me, whatever it was, it just didn’t feel authentic,” Gretzky explained. “I truly stayed away from athletes, I really did.”

Then she met Johnson, the world’s No. 3-ranked golfer.

“Dustin was the first person, I won’t talk about the other one before … I didn’t like that, really,” Gretzky said, denying that she was ever a cleat-chaser.

Gretzky and Johnson became engaged in 2013 and have two sons together — Tatum, 6, and River, 4. More than sports and entertainment, family life has become their top priority.

“For me, golf was always the most important thing. And now, it’s Paulina and the kids. And they’ll always be the most important,” Johnson told Golfweek last September. “Obviously, I love the game of golf, competing and playing. But they’re the most important thing.”

By all accounts, Gretzky made the right decision when breaking her own rules. And now, she and Johnson will be wed at Blackberry Farm in Tennessee.

Dustin Johnson, Paulina Gretzky celebrate Halloween with President Trump

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Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky celebrated Halloween at the famous Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., on Sunday, and it looks like the power couple spent some time with the owner. That would be former US president Donald Trump.

Both Johnson and his fiancee shared a photo on social media of them posing with Trump at the Mar-a-Lago club, which Trump owns.

Trump wasn’t in costume, so it’s possible he was just popping in to say hello to some of the party-goers. The 45th US president has been living at Mar-a-Lago since he left office. He also spent a lot of time there during his presidency, making it his “Southern White House.”

Johnson and Gretzky live in Palm Beach. Johnson has golfed with Trump in the past, and the two seem to have a close relationship.

Trump has been quite visible over the past several days. In addition to enjoying Halloween with Johnson and others, he also went viral for his actions at the World Series on Saturday night.

Dustin Johnson was so wasted at press conference after winning Ryder Cup

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Dustin Johnson put on a masterful performance during the Ryder Cup this year. Then he put on a master class showing his teammates how to celebrate.

DJ went 5-0 at the Ryder Cup, becoming the first American golfer to go 5-0 at the Ryder Cup since Larry Nelson in 1979.

After dominating the competition and helping his country to a win over Team Europe, DJ celebrated accordingly.

He drank from a massive bottle of champagne:

It’s no surprise that he seemed pretty wasted at the press conference after the event.

Take a look at this answer:

Johnson, who is 37, was also asked whether he could still out-party his younger teammates. His answer was classic:

What a legendary performance from DJ and what a legendary answer.

Paulina Gretzky, Dustin Johnson have set wedding date, location

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Eight years after getting engaged, Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky finally have a wedding date.

Gretzky recently sent her bridesmaids gift baskets that contained save the date cards. The cards revealed that the couple have a date set for the wedding, as well as a location. The two will be getting married at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee.

Blackberry Farm is a 5-star luxury hotel and resort. They even have a brewery on the property, which covers over 4,200 acres.

Johnson and Paulina met in 2009 but did not begin dating until 2013. They got engaged seven months after dating but have been engaged for years, saying they were not in a hurry to get married. They have two sons together.

Gretzky and Johnson went through a rocky period in their marriage a few years ago after some cheating rumors but appear to have gotten past that.

Johnson won the Masters last year, marking his second career major win. The 37-year-old has 24 career PGA Tour wins.

Video: Dustin Johnson drilled a spectator with a bad shot

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson got a little bit wild on the fourth hole of the third round of The Open Championship on Saturday.

After a poor tee shot, Johnson decided to make an ambitious bid for the flag out of the rough with his second shot. To do so, Johnson hit it hard — and not particularly accurately. The errant shot ended up drilling a spectator on the fly.

Johnson really drilled that thing. That person is probably going to have a bruise.

Johnson ended up having to settle for a bogey on the hole. He was three-over through eight holes in what was shaping up to be a rough round for him.

You don’t want to get in the way of one of Johnson’s shots. The guy can really drill them, sometimes a bit too much.

Paulina Gretzky says Dustin Johnson would not let her do Playboy

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Paulina Gretzky has been offered a number of modeling gigs in recent years, and Playboy was one of them. Her boyfriend made her turn it down, however.

Gretzky, the daughter of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky, has been dating PGA superstar Dustin Johnson for years. In an appearance on the “Pillows and Beer” podcast with Craig Conover and Austen Kroll recently, Gretzky revealed that Playboy reached out to her in 2013 and asked her to do a shoot. She was excited about the idea, but she had just started dating Johnson at the time. He was strongly opposed to it.

“Playboy asked me to do, you know, Playboy and I was like, ‘Yes this is a great opportunity.’ It had to be right when we started dating in around 2013,” Gretzky called, as transcribed by Matt Chivers of GolfMagic.com. “They gave me an amount and a number and Dustin was like, ‘Absolutely not I’m going to match it, you’re not doing it.’ Even though money wasn’t the thing, I could tell it bothered him so it was fine.”

Gretzky and Johnson went on to have two children together, and they will soon be married. They’ve been engaged for several years now but have yet to announce a wedding date, though Paulina says they now have one.

Johnson and Gretzky had some rocky times a few years ago over cheating rumors, but that has not kept them apart. They seem to be doing as well as ever.

Dustin Johnson makes wrong kind of history with missed cut

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Dustin Johnson made some history he probably wanted no part of.

Johnson failed to make the cut at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, South Carolina this week. That marks the second straight major where he failed to make the cut.

The last time a No. 1-ranked golfer missed the cut at two straight majors was Greg Norman in 1997.

Johnson was the defending Masters champion and missed the cut at Augusta National in April. And a month later, he missed the cut at the PGA Championship.

Johnson shot a 4-over 76 on Thursday and a 2-over 74 on Friday to go six over. He missed the cut by a stroke.

The missed cut continues a string of poor performances from Johnson. He has finished outside the top 25 in six of his last seven starts.

Johnson did have some company when it came to missing the cut. World No. 2 Justin Thomas, World No. 4 Xander Schauffele also missed the cut.

Dustin Johnson, Paulina Gretzky getting closer to a wedding date

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Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky have been engaged for more than seven years, but they have still not announced any official plans for a wedding. While no date has been set, it sounds like the couple is getting closer to tying the knot.

Adam Schupak of Golf Digest asked Johnson this week if he and Paulina have set a date to be married. The PGA star said “we do not have one yet,” but he said the decision is getting closer.

Gretzky recently shared some photos of herself dress shopping on social media, so wedding bells could be chiming in the near future.

Gretzky, the daughter of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky spoke about her longtime engagement to Johnson in a podcast appearance earlier this year. She said she and Johnson are “so in love” and explained why they have not gotten around to their wedding just yet.

Paulina was by Johnson’s side when he won the Masters last year. She even wore her own green jacket, which led to this great tweet going viral. Gretzky and Johnson share two sons together, who are 5 and 3. It would not be a surprise if the two are married at some point this year.

Video: Dustin Johnson drives ball over green on a par-4

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Bryson DeChambeau has received seemingly infinite attention over the past year or two for how far he can drive a golf ball, but Dustin Johnson reminded everyone on Sunday that he can still give it a ride, too.

While he entered the final round at the RBC Heritage nowhere near contention, Johnson may end up with the most impressive swing of the day. He went for the green the par-4 9th hole, which was playing 312 yards on Sunday. Unfortunately, the 2020 Masters champion did not leave himself with an eagle putt. That’s because his drive sailed well over the flag.

Johnson’s ball hit the back of the green on the fly, which means he carried the drive more than 312 yards. He came close to holing his pitch shot back onto the green but ended up making par.

The RBC Heritage supposedly made some custom changes for DeChambeau before DeChambeau withdrew from the tournament. Perhaps it was Johnson’s drive event organizers should have been concerned about.

Video: Dustin Johnson holes awesome shot during first round of Masters

Dustin Johnson Masters shot

Dustin Johnson got off to a bit of a slow start in the opening round of the Masters on Thursday, but the defending champion still made what will likely go down as one of the best shots of the tournament.

Johnson was looking to get up-and-down for par at the tricky 11th hole to stay 1-over for his round, but he did one better. He holed an extremely difficult pitch shot for birdie. You can see the shot below:

That is about as much emotion as you’ll ever seen from Johnson, especially during the first round of a tournament. His reaction showed just how improbable the shot was. We won’t put it on the level of what Jordan Spieth did at Pebble Beach earlier this year, but it was certainly close.