Who's who: Dustin Johnson

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  • Dustin Johnson winner of The Masters 2020
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  • Dustin Johnson winner of The Masters 2020
  • Dustin Johnson

Who's who: Dustin Johnson

  • Name:

    Dustin Hunter Johnson
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    June 22, 1984 in Columbia, South Carolina.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    2007
  • Website:

    https://www.dustinjohnson.com

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (2): US Open (2016); Masters Tournament (2020). Ryder Cup player (2010, '12, '16, '18, '21). Presidents Cup player (2011, '15, '17, '19). Walker Cup player (2007). FedEx Cup Champion (2020). Multiple wins on the PGA Tour. PGA Tour leading money winner (2016). First to achieve a WGC 'career slam' of all four WGC events (Champions, Championship, Invitational and Match Play). Has held the official ranking of world's No.1 male golfer.

Did you know?

"DJ" as he is often called, turned professional in 2007, earning his PGA Tour card at Q-school later that year. He subsequently enjoyed at least one PGA Tour win in each of his next six seasons on the tour.

Johnson frequently put himself in position to challenge for major championships, not least at the 2011 Open Championship when he finished second to Darren Clarke, and the 2015 US Open, which was won by Jordan Spieth. Johnson's major championship breakthrough eventually came at the 2016 U.S. Open, when he overhauled Shane Lowry's four shot lead at the start of the final round, running out the winner by 3 shots at Oakmont Country Club. He added the Masters Tournament to his major titles in 2020.

One of the longest hitters on tour, Johnson plays with an unusually "bowed" left wrist position at the top of his swing, which allows him to create tremendous clubhead speed at impact. Johnson is married to Paulina Gretzky, daughter of the legendary Canadian ice hockey star Wayne Gretzky.

In 2022, aged 37, Johnson was enticed onto Greg Norman's "rebel" LIV Golf set-up; he was one of biggest "catches" for the fledgling series. Bankrolled by Saudi Arabia, this breakaway rival to the main international tours offered massive prize funds, guaranteed payouts and, for some, eye-watering signing-on bonuses. With two major championships under his belt and 24 PGA Tour wins, Johnson joined LIV Golf alongside a few notable but "ageing" golf stars, and an abundance of lower-ranked "unknowns".

Top tournaments won by Dustin Johnson

2022
America
195 (-15)
US$4 million
LIV Golf

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

195 (-15)

Prize money

US$4 million

Title sponsor

LIV Golf

Played as the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series (Boston) (Sept 2-4; LIV Golf event; 54-hole 48-player no-cut individual event with $4 million first prize, and accompanying 4-player team event for $3 million first prize). [Oaks courses, The International, Bolton, Massachusetts].
Individual event: Dustin Johnson (USA) beat Anirban Lahiri (India) and Joaquin Niemann (Chile) with an eagle at the first playoff hole (par-5 18th). Johnson bagged the $4 million first prize, with Lahiri and Niemann each getting $1,812,500.
Team event: second-placed Crushers team (Bryson DeChambeau, Paul Casey, Charles Howell III & Anirban Lahiri) finished 2 shots behind the Four Aces team (Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Pat Perez & Talor Gooch), who shared the $3 million team first prize.
Note: the fourth of eight 2022 "Invitational Series" events run by Greg Norman's Saudi Arabian-bankrolled LIV Golf company.

2021
Europe
Royal Greens
265 (-15)
US$583,330
SoftBank

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Venue

Royal Greens

Score

265 (-15)

Prize money

US$583,330

Title sponsor

SoftBank

Played as the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers (Feb 4-7; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Justin Rose (Eng) and Tony Finau (USA) finished 2 shots behind Dustin Johnson (USA), who won this event for the second time in three years. [Royal Greens G&CC, King Abdullah EC, Saudi Arabia].

2020
America
261 (-19)
$1,332,000
Travelers

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

261 (-19)

Prize money

$1,332,000

Title sponsor

Travelers

Played as the Travelers Championship (June 25-28). Second-placed Kevin Streelman (USA) finished 1 shot behind Dustin Johnson (USA), who recorded his 21st PGA Tour win. [TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, CT].

2020
Awards
x
n/a
PGA Tour

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA Tour

Dustin Johnson (USA) won the 2019-20 Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA Tour Player of the Year, based on the votes of his peers. He received this award for the second time.

2020
Awards
269 (-21)
$15 million
FedEx

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Venue

Score

269 (-21)

Prize money

$15 million

Title sponsor

FedEx

Dustin Johnson (USA) won the PGA Tour's final event of the season, the Tour Championship (Sept 4-7), and with it the 2019-20 FedEx Cup and $15 million first prize. Xander Schauffele (USA) and Justin Thomas (USA) tied for second place, 3 shots behind Johnson, and collected $4.5 million each. Jon Rahm (Esp) was a shot further back in fourth place, worth $3 million.

2020
America
254 (-30)
$1,710,000
Northern Trust

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

254 (-30)

Prize money

$1,710,000

Title sponsor

Northern Trust

Played as The Northern Trust (Aug 20-23; postponed from Aug 13-16 due to world coronavirus pandemic; first of three FedExCup playoff events). Second-placed Harris English (USA) finished 11 shots behind runaway winner Dustin Johnson (USA). [TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.].

2020
Majors
268 (-20)
$2,070,000
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

268 (-20)

Prize money

$2,070,000

Title sponsor

x

The Masters Tournament (84th) (Nov 12-15; postponed from April 12-15 due to world coronavirus pandemic). Second-placed Cameron Smith (Aus) and Sungjae Im (S Kor) finished 5 shots behind Dustin Johnson (USA), who recorded his second major championship win. Johnson's 20-under-par total broke the previous record of 18-under, held by Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].

2020
America
269 (-21)
$15,000,000
PGA Tr

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

269 (-21)

Prize money

$15,000,000

Title sponsor

PGA Tr

Played as the Tour Championship (Sept 4-7; postponed from Aug 27-30 due to world coronavirus pandemic; last of three FedExCup playoff events; the winner also being crowned 2020 FedEx Cup champion). Second-placed Justin Thomas (USA) and Xander Schauffele (USA) finished 3 shots behind Dustin Johnson (USA). [East Lake GC, Atlanta, GA].
Note: as in 2019, a staggered start was used for this event, based on FedEx Cup points earned in the regular season and in the preceding two playoff events. No.1 seed Dustin Johnson started at 10-under par; No.2 seed Jon Rahm (-8); No.3 seed Justin Thomas (-7); No.4 seed Webb Simpson (-6); No.5 seed Collin Morikawa (-5). Second-placed Schauffele started as 14th seed on -3.

2019
WGC
263 (-21)
$1,745,000
WGC

Category

WGC

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

263 (-21)

Prize money

$1,745,000

Title sponsor

WGC

Played as the WGC-Mexico Championship (Feb 21-24). Second-placed Rory McIlroy (N.Ire) finished 5 shots behind Johnson (USA), who became the only player to win all four WGC titles. [GC Chapultepec, Naucalpan, Mexico City].

2019
Europe
Royal Greens
261 (-19)
US$583,330
x

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Venue

Royal Greens

Score

261 (-19)

Prize money

US$583,330

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Saudi International (Jan 31-Feb 3; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Haotong Li (China) finished 2 shots behind Dustin Johnson (USA), who recorded his first European Tour win. [Royal Greens G&CC, King Abdullah EC, Saudi Arabia].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

268 (-24)

Prize money

$1,260,000

Title sponsor

Sentry

Played as the Sentry Tournament of Champions (Jan 4-7; first PGA Tr event of 2018; PGA Tr 2017/18 season). Second-placed Jon Rahm (Esp) finished 8 shots behind Johnson (USA). [Plantation course, Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii].

2018
America
261 (-19)
$1,188,000
FedEx

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

261 (-19)

Prize money

$1,188,000

Title sponsor

FedEx

Played as the FedEx St Jude Classic (June 7-10). Second-placed Andrew Putnam (USA) finished 6 shots behind Johnson (USA), whose win took him back to the No.1 spot in the official world golf rankings (replacing Justin Thomas). [TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN].

2018
Awards
68.70
n/a
PGA Tour

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Venue

Score

68.70

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA Tour

Dustin Johnson (USA) won the PGA Tour 2017-18 Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average (over a minimum of 50 rounds). Justin Rose (Eng) was second with 68.993; Justin Thomas (USA) was third with 69.118.

2018
America
265 (-23)
$1,116,000
RBC

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

265 (-23)

Prize money

$1,116,000

Title sponsor

RBC

Played as the RBC Canadian Open (July 26-29). Second-placed Whee Kim (S Kor) and Byeong-hun An (S Kor) finished 3 shots behind Dustin Johnson (USA). [Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, nr Toronto, Ont.].

2018
Awards
68.698
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Venue

Score

68.698

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Johnson (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest adjusted scoring average on the PGA Tour (over a minimum of 60 rounds). Justin Rose (Eng) was second with 69.993. Justin Thomas (USA) was third with 69.118.

2017
America
Glen Oaks Club, NY
267 (-13)
$1,575,000
Northern Trust

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Venue

Glen Oaks Club, NY

Score

267 (-13)

Prize money

$1,575,000

Title sponsor

Northern Trust

Played as The Northern Trust (Aug 24-27; first of four FedExCup playoff events; formerly The Barclays). World No.1 Johnson (USA) beat World No.3 Jordan Spieth (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th). [Glen Oaks Club, Westbury, Long Island, NY].

2017
WGC
270 (-14)
$1,660,000
x

Category

WGC

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

$1,660,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the WGC-Mexico Championship (March 2-5) (formerly WGC-Cadillac Championship). Second-placed Tommy Fleetwood (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Johnson (USA), who was competing in his first tournament after becoming the World No.1 male golfer. [GC Chapultepec, Naucalpan, Mexico City].

2017
WGC
2 & 1
$1,660,000
Dell

Category

WGC

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

2 & 1

Prize money

$1,660,000

Title sponsor

Dell

Played as the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (March 22-26). Johnson (USA) beat Jon Rahm (Esp) 2 and 1 in the 18-hole final. Johnson lifted the Walter Hagen Cup and recorded his third win in as many starts on the PGA Tour. He also became the first player to win a WGC slam of all four WGC events (Champions, Championship, Invitational and Match Play). [Austin CC, Austin,Texas].

2017
America
267 (-17)
$1,260,000
Genesis

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

267 (-17)

Prize money

$1,260,000

Title sponsor

Genesis

Played as the Genesis Open (Feb 16-19; formerly Northern Trust Open). Second-placed Thomas Pieters (Belg) and Scott Brown (USA) finished 5 shots behind Johnson (USA), whose win took him to No.1 in the official world rankings for the first time in his career. [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].

2016
Awards
x
n/a
PGA Tour

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA Tour

Dustin Johnson (USA) won the 2015-16 Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA Tour Player of the Year, based on the votes of his peers.

2016
Majors
276 (-4)
$1,800,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

276 (-4)

Prize money

$1,800,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (116th) (June 16-19). Second-placed Shane Lowry (Ire), Jim Furyk (USA) and Scott Piercy (USA) finished 3 shots behind first-time major championship winner Johnson (USA). [Oakmont CC, nr Pittsburgh, PA].

2016
Awards
69.172
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Venue

Score

69.172

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Johnson (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest adjusted scoring average on the PGA Tour (over a minimum of 60 rounds). Adam Scott (Aus) was second with 69.470; Jordan Spieth (USA) was third with 69.520.

2016
America
265 (-23)
$1,530,000
BMW

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

265 (-23)

Prize money

$1,530,000

Title sponsor

BMW

Played as the BMW Championship (Sept 8-11; third of four FedEx Cup playoff events). Second-placed Paul Casey (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Dustin Johnson (USA), who recorded his third win of the season. [Crooked Stick GC, Carmel, Ind.].

2016
WGC
274 (-6)
$1,620,000
Bridgestone

Category

WGC

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

274 (-6)

Prize money

$1,620,000

Title sponsor

Bridgestone

Played as the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (Jun 30-Jul 3). Second-placed Scott Piercy (USA) finished 1 shot behind Johnson (USA), who recorded his second straight win, having won the U.S. Open two weeks earlier. [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].

2016
Awards
69.17
n/a
PGA Tour

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Venue

Score

69.17

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA Tour

Dustin Johnson (USA) won the PGA Tour 2015-16 Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average (over a minimum of 50 rounds). Jason Day (Aus) was second with 69.313; Adam Scott (Aus) was third with 69.470.

2016
Awards
$9,365,185
see Score
PGA Tour

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Venue

Score

$9,365,185

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA Tour

Johnson (USA) won the Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA Tour 2016 leading money winner, with earnings of $9,365,185 on the Tour. Jason Day (Aus) was second with $8,045,112; Adam Scott (Aus) was third with $6,473,090.

2016
Awards
90 pts
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Venue

Score

90 pts

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Johnson (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money list position and scoring average). Jason Day (Aus) was second with 74 pts.

Category

WGC

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$1,570,000

Title sponsor

Cadillac

Played as the WGC-Cadillac Championship (March 5-8). Second-placed J.B. Holmes (USA) finished 1 shot behind Johnson (USA), who claimed his second win in a WGC event. [Blue Monster course, Trump Natl Doral Resort, Miami, FL].

2013
America
203 (-16)
$1,140,000
Hyundai

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

203 (-16)

Prize money

$1,140,000

Title sponsor

Hyundai

Played as the Hyundai Tournament of Champions (Jan 4-7; PGA Tour 2013 season opener). Second-placed Steve Stricker (USA) finished 4 shots behind Johnson (USA), the first player since Tiger Woods to win in each of his first six seasons on the PGA Tour. Reduced to 54 holes and a Tuesday finish due to high winds. [Plantation Course, Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii].

2013
WGC
264 (-24)
$1,400,000
HSBC

Category

WGC

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

264 (-24)

Prize money

$1,400,000

Title sponsor

HSBC

Played as the WGC-HSBC Champions (Oct 31-Nov 3; co-sanctioned by world's leading mens professional tours; second of four Eurpn Tr Final Series events). Second-placed Ian Poulter (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Johnson (USA), who claimed his first World Golf Championship win. [Sheshan Intl GC, Shanghai, China].

2012
America
271 (-9)
$1,008,000
FedEx

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

271 (-9)

Prize money

$1,008,000

Title sponsor

FedEx

Played as the FedEx St Jude Classic (June 7-10). Second-placed John Merrick (USA) finished 1 shot behind Johnson (USA). [TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN].

2011
America
194 (-19)
$1,350,000
Barclays

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

194 (-19)

Prize money

$1,350,000

Title sponsor

Barclays

Played as The Barclays (Aug 25-28; first of four FedExCup playoff events). Second-placed and defending champion Matt Kuchar (USA) finished 2 shots behind Johnson (USA). Event reduced to 54 holes with Hurricane Irene forecast to move through the area on the final day. [Plainfield CC, Edison, NJ].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

275 (-9)

Prize money

$1,350,000

Title sponsor

BMW

Played as the BMW Championship (Sept 9-12; third of four FedExCup playoff events). Second-placed Paul Casey (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Dustin Johnson (USA). [No.4 Dubsdread course, Cog Hill G&CC, Lemont, nr Chicago, IL].

2010
America
186 (-30)
$375,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

186 (-30)

Prize money

$375,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Shark Shootout (Dec 10-12; played over three rounds: 1-alternate shot; 2-better ball; 3-scramble). Second-placed team of Darren Clarke (N.Ire) & Graeme McDowell (N.Ire) finished 2 shots behind winning team of Ian Poulter (Eng) & Dustin Johnson (USA). [Gold course, Tiburon GC, Naples, FL].

2010
America
270 (-16)
$1,080,000
AT&T

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

270 (-16)

Prize money

$1,080,000

Title sponsor

AT&T

Played as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Feb 11-14). Second-placed David Duval (USA) and J.B. Holmes (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Johnson (USA). [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Monterey Peninsula CC and Spyglass Hill GC].

2009
America
201 (-15)
$1,080,000
AT&T

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

201 (-15)

Prize money

$1,080,000

Title sponsor

AT&T

Played as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Feb 12-15). Second-placed Mike Weir (Can) finished 4 shots behind Johnson (USA), who posted his second PGA Tour win. Final round cancelled due to bad weather. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Poppy Hills GC and Spyglass Hill GC].

2008
America
279 (-9)
$1,080,000
Turning Stone

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Johnson, Dustin

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$1,080,000

Title sponsor

Turning Stone

Played as the Turning Stone Championship (Oct 2-5). Second-placed Robert Allenby (Aus) finished 1 shot behind tour rookie and first-time PGA Tour winner Johnson (USA). [Atunyote GC, Turning Stone Resort, Vernon, NY].

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