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Colin Cowherd’s Dustin Johnson-Paulina Gretzky tweet went viral

Dustin Johnson Paulina Gretzky

Colin Cowherd sent a tweet on Sunday about Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky that went viral.

After Johnson won the Masters for his second career major, the FS1 host sent a tweet saying congratulations to Johnson “on everything.” Cowherd’s tweet included a photo of the golfer with his left hand on his fiancee’s backside.

Johnson won the Masters by five strokes at 20 under for the event. After he secured his second major, he was greeted by Paulina, who wore her own green jacket.

Johnson and Gretzky have been together since at least early 2013 and were engaged later that summer. They have two children together but have not gotten married. They had some rocky times a few years ago over cheating rumors, but that has not kept them apart.

Video: Dustin Johnson was crying after winning Masters

Dustin Johnson crying

One of the reasons Dustin Johnson is the top-ranked golfer in the world is that he never seems to let his emotions get the best of him. But we have seen the green jacket bring grown men to tears countless times in the past, and D.J. was no exception.

Johnson won the Masters on Sunday by posting a score of 20 under par for the tournament, which was a Masters record. The 36-year-old told CBS’ Amanda Balionis that capturing the green jacket was a “dream come true,” and he fought back tears while discussing the feat.

Johnson is one of the most even-keeled golfers on the PGA Tour. He rarely seems rattled, though he was previously 0-for-4 in majors when he had the lead after 54 holes. He exorcised those demons in emphatic fashion on Sunday.

We know Johnson was confident heading into the final round at Augusta, but his longtime girlfriend Paulina Gretzky may have been even more certain of a victory judging by her wardrobe choice.

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.