Who Is Paulina Gretzky? - Dustin Johnson's Wife

Paulina Gretzky is the daughter of Canadian ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky

Dustin Johnson and his wife Paulina Gretzky
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Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky are golf's equivalent of the Beckhams, both used to their careers being in the spotlight. They met in 2009, but didn't officially start dating until early 2013 - and they got engaged seven months later. 

Born in Los Angeles, California, Gretzky is an actress, model and singer. Her filmography includes Grown Ups 2 (2013), Fame (2009) and Guns, Girls and Gambling (2012). Admitting that singing and song-writing is her first love, she has also had record deals in the past.

Paulina Gretzky watches her golfer husband Dustin Johnson

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The eldest of four siblings, Paulina is the daughter of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky, arguably the greatest ice hockey player of all time.

Since meeting Johnson, Gretzky has admitted to being more involved in golf, telling Golf Digest: "I didn't appreciate golf as much when I was little, probably because my mum put us in tennis camps and golf camps. My mum has a video of me when I was really young where I'm saying, 'Daddy, don't go play golf any more'".

Gretzky has even featured on the cover of Golf Digest, as well as Canadian fashion magazine, Flare. Regularly appearing at events that Johnson is playing in, she was seen caddying for him at the 2016 Masters Par 3 tournament.

The couple currently live together in Florida and have two sons - Tatum Johnson, who was born in 2015, and River Jones Johnson, who was born in 2017. 

Paulina Gretzky at the US Masters, Augusta

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Gretzky has over one million followers on Instagram, and used the platform to announce the gender of River Jones with a video of Dustin hitting a golf ball into the sea. It blew up a bright blue cloud, confirming they were having a boy.

After a long engagement the pair got hitched in April 2022. The couple married at the five-star Blackberry Farm resort, which is around three hours outside of Nashville. The farm is said to be highly-sought after and known for its peaceful atmosphere and romantic setting.

Gretzky explained the long engagement during a podcast interview in 2021, saying: "I just did things my own way, I just didn't want to listen to how everyone else viewed things. I fell in love with someone so fast and we just had the best thing that's ever happened to us happen so quickly." 

Gretzky shared an image on Instagram of a letter written by Dustin that read: "Paulina, you are the love of my life. I'm counting the seconds until I marry you." "I love you to the moon and back," it continued. Signed by "Dustin xo."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x