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Dustin Johnson after win: Seeing Paulina Gretzky, son ‘best part of the day’


Dustin Johnson’s PGA Tour comeback is in full swing courtesy of a thrilling victory over the weekend at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral. Johnson, with a 3-under 69, made up a five-stroke deficit to J.B. Holmes to eke out a one-stroke victory. It was his second-career World Golf Championship title, a victory vaulted him back into the Top-10 in the world golf rankings.

But to hear it from Johnson, the best part of the day didn’t occur on the course but when fiancĂ©e Paulina Gretzky greeted him with newborn son Tatum as he walked triumphantly off the Blue Monster.

“Now that’s what I wanted to see,” a beaming Johnson said as he saw his family waiting for him, per ABC News.

Johnson actually says seeing Gretzky and his seven-week-old son standing off the 18th green was “the best part of the day for sure.”

The 30-year-old, big-swinging superstar obviously had a tumultuous go of it both on and off the course of late, announcing last July he was taking a leave of absence from the PGA Tour amid rumors that he was struggling with substance abuse. Additional reports at the time of his announcement suggested that Johnson was not taking a leave per se but instead was secretly serving a suspension after allegedly testing positive for cocaine, a charge the golfer vehemently denies to this day.

Johnson said in January ahead of his return to the Tour that he would not answer any further questions about the rumors, explaining his position by saying, “Because it’s personal and frankly, it’s not really anybody’s business.”

Johnson also has stated that fatherhood certainly has changed him for the better.

“It’s hard to describe, but just from the first day he’s born, your perspective on life completely changes,” he said. “Things that were important aren’t important anymore. He’s kind of the only thing that’s really important, and being there for him and being a role model for him,” he told reporters after the tournament.

“It kind of makes life a lot easier I think, just because there’s just one thing that’s kind of all you think about. It definitely simplifies stuff.”

Gretzky on Sunday praised her fiancé both for his dedication to her and his success on the course.

“It’s just unbelievable. Dustin’s the best dad, he’s my best friend. He’s been so supportive with me and we’re just there for each other. I couldn’t be happier for him,” she said.

With a huge win under his belt and his outlook on life and golf better than ever, Johnson certainly seems poised for one of the better redemption stories in golf in some time.

(photo via Terez Owens)