Dustin Johnson Bio: Early Life, Wife, Career, Education & Net worth

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Dustin Johnson is a known name in the golf world and is a professional golfer sitting on the golf industry’s top floor. Dustin also reached No. 1 in the world rankings as the best golfer in the world.

Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson

Throughout his career, Johnson has participated in amateur golf tournaments and won many of them, including the prestigious Northeast Amateur Tour and Monroe Invitational Championship.

Well, sports asides, many of his fans are unaware of his personal life. Today, we will be talking more about his family, personal growth, relationship, and career. So, stay still and read till the end if you want to know more.

Let’s start with some quick facts about Dustin Johnson.

Quick Facts

Full Name Dustin Hunter Johnson
Birth Date June 22, 1984
Birth Place Columbia, South Carolina
Nick Name DJ
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Education Dutch Fork High School

Coastal Carolina University

Horoscope Cancer
Father’s Name Scott Johnson
Mother’s Name Kandee Johnson
Siblings Austin Johnson(Brother)

Laurie Johnson (Sister)

Age 39 Years Old
Height 6 ft 5 inches (193cm)
Weight 86 kg (189 lbs)
Shoe Size 13 (US)
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Body Measurement 43-15-34
Figure Unknown
Marital Status Married
Wife Paulina Gretzky 
Children Tatum Gretzky Johnson(Son)

River Jones Johnson(Son)

Profession Golf Player
Net Worth $50 million
Salary $5,440,000.00(Annual)
Currently Works at Unknown
Affiliations Unknown 
Active Since 2007
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Merch Hoodie, Rookie Card, Putting Mat, Autographed Photo
Last Update May, 2024


Who is Dustin Johnson? Early Life & Education

Dustin Johnson is a known professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and is the first player to win four World Golf Championship events. Johnson was born in the year on June 22, 1984, in Columbia, South Carolina (U.S.).

Dustin Johnson Playing at University
Dustin playing at Coastal Carolina University in his early days

After attaining his high school education at Dutch Fork High School, Johnson enrolled at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, to complete his education.

At college, Johnson engaged in his lifelong passion for playing golf. He took part in amateur golf tournaments during his years there and was recorded as a fantastic golfer.

Johnson was also the first player after Tiger Woods to claim a title in the first seven seasons after leaving college. Likewise, from there, Dustin graduated with a degree in Sports Management.

Dustin Johnson | Family & Nationality

Johnson is the son of Scott Johnson and Kandee Johnson. Initially, Dustin was coached by his father Scott, who was a former club pro golfer.

Besides that, Johson grew up with his two siblings, his younger brother Austin Johnson and younger sister Laurie Johnson. His brother Austin was very athletic like him and is a professional basketball player now.

Dustin Johnson siblings
Dustin Johnson with siblings Laurie and Austin.

Johnson is a very renowned personality among golf lovers holding an American nationality and belongs to the white ethnicity. Johnson is Christian by religion.

Dustin Johnson | Age & Weight

The professional golfer Dustin is 36 years old now. According to horoscope charts, the golfer is Cancer. And from what we know, the people of this sign are known to be Persuasive, passionate, and talented at the same time.

Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson is 36 years old.

 Similarly, Johnson stands at 6 feet 5 inches(193 cm) and weighs around 86 kg (189 lbs). Besides his intellect, Dustin has a well-maintained body measuring 45-15-34 inches; his shoe size is 13 (U.S.). 

Not to mention, Dustin has got a pair of dark brown eyes and short brown hair. His attractive and impressive personality has influenced many people.

Diet And Workout

The golfer is quite precise when it comes to his diet and workouts. After waking up at 6:30 in the morning, he grabs a healthy and balanced breakfast. 

He eats oats with a side of fruits and his coffee is a regular. Likewise, for a boost of protein, he takes a lot of egg whites with vegetables. 

Furthermore, he does strength training six days a week and even on his rest day, Johnson is still doing cardio. He says that for him working out has more to do with the mental aspect than with the physical aspect. 

Dustin said, “Working hard in the gym gives me confidence that when I’m on the course, even if it’s been a long day out there, I can know that I’m going to feel the same when I finish as I did when I started.”

Following his workout, DJ eats an almond butter and jelly sandwich that he pairs with BodyArmor SportWater alkaline water. Besides that, he has fish, veggies, and brown rice for dinner. 

The pro golfer will sometimes replace his carbs with quinoa that he’ll mix with veggies and chicken to make a healthy snack. Hence, all of this effort results in Dustin being an exceptional golfer. 

Dustin Johnson | Profession & Career


Johnson started his professional career in 2007, entering all three PGA Tour Q-School stages and successfully earned a PGA Tour card for 2008 by finishing a tie for 14th place.

Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson playing at the PGA tour

In his first PGA Tour event, he won the Turning Stone Resort Championship and also claimed another PGA event title, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

He competed in Open Championship in England and earned the best finish and fantastic outing player.

Johnson’s ranking rose to no. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking because of his fantastic outing winning his fifth PGA Tour event title at the Barclays, beating Matt Kuchar by two strokes.

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He also won the first BMW Championship in 2010, which took his career-high ranking no. 4 in World Golf Ranking.


The professional golfer sustained an injury in the 2012 season. His injury kept him out of action for the first two months of the 2012 season till the end of May.

Johnson started his campaign by claiming his seventh PGA Tour event, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in 2013, and also won the WGC-HSBC Champions in November.

Dustin Johnson at PGA 2012
Dustin Johnson playing at the PGA Tour 2012

In July 2014, Dustin announced, they to take the rest of the season off and seek professional help to resolve some personal challenges. Johnson got suspended for six months from the PGA Tour after he tested positive for cocaine and marijuana in 2012.

Johnson came back to action in 2015 and defeated J. B. Holmes. Similarly, his campaign kicked off with six top-10 finishes, and he won the 2016 U.S. Open, which was his first major title.


In September 2016, Dustin won the BMW Championship, which was his third tournament win. Johnson won the Genesis Open, which moved his world rankings to no. 1 in 2017.

Besides that, Johnson also won at the WGC-Mexico Championship in 2017 and marked himself as the fifth-time astounding golfer winning his first tournament and becoming number one.

Dustin Johnson at BMW championship
Dustin Johnson playing at the BMW championship

He became the first golfer to win all four WGC titles, including the 2013 WGC-HSBC Champions, 2015 WGC-Cadillac Championship, 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship, 2016 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and the 2017 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

He withdrew from the 2017 Master Tournament after suffering a back injury and claimed his 16th tour title, the first FedEx event playoff, The Northern Trust. Dustin successfully moved up to the no.1 spot on the official money list due to his win.

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The golfer also won the Sentry Tournament of Champions for the second time in 2018 with an eight-stroke victory over Jon Rahm and captured his third victory of the season, winning the RBC Canadian Open by three strokes over An Byeong-hun and Kim Meen-whee.


Johnson won the inaugural Saudi International by two strokes from China Li Haotong in 2019 and became the USA’s fifth most successful European Tour history player. Besides that, he also won his third WGC-Mexico Championship and his sixth World Golf Championship.

At the same time, he also finished the second PGA Championship two strokes back behind Brooks Koepka and became the eighth person to finish runner-up in all four majors.

Dustin Johnson won the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, and won the $15 million FedEx Cup on September 7, 2020.

Dustin Johnson | Net worth, Salary & Endorsements

As of 2024, Johnson has accumulated a net worth of $50 million. Dustin’s career earnings amount to 70 million dollars in tournament prize money and $15 million at the 2020 FedEx Cup title. Besides that, he has won a hefty amount of prize money in the PGA tour career.

The professional golfer has earned $9.36 million during just the 2016 to 2017 season. He also won the U.S. Open and earned $1.8 million from that win alone.

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Not to mention, he also makes $5,440,000 every year from his salary alone, which means his monthly wage amounts to $453,333.33. 

Johnson is the third highest-earning golfer of all time behind Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and the fifth highest-earning golfer in golf history.

He has made this around from his successful career and is the most dominant golfer on the planet. Besides that, he earns $11 million each year through endorsements. 

Likewise, the champion golfer’s current sponsors are TaylorMade, Adidas, RBC, BodyArmor, Hublot, NetJets, and Perfect Practice. Similarly, he is in partnership with LA Golf. 


The professional golfer well uses money and is involved in a lot of charity stuff, and has his own foundation named Dustin Johnson Foundation. His foundation offers youth opportunities to learn, play, and contend, ultimately giving them a competitive edge on and off the course.

Dustin Johnson Foundation
Dustin Johnson providing golf lessons at his foundation

Not to mention, The Foundation also provides lessons and scholarships to learn, opportunities to play, and instilling the skills needed to contend at their highest level.


  • That’s the great thing about golf is you never know who is going to win. On good, tough golf courses, it brings it back to the best players. But it’s always the best player that week is going to win. I mean, so it could be anybody. 
  • What does it feel like when you’re playing well? I don’t know. It feels the same as every other day. Just more putts are going in the hole. 
  • Golf is a weird sport. Some days you got it. Some days you don’t.

Dustin Johnson | Personal life, Fiancé & Wife

The professional golfer is not only successful when it comes to golf but also in his personal life. Dustin got engaged to his singer and model girlfriend, Paulina Gretzky, in August 2013.

Not to mention, Paulina is the daughter of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and actress Janet Jones; the entire Gretzky family is golf-enthusiast.

They first met in 2011 when Johnson played with Gretzky’s mom Janet Jones at Tiger Woods’ pro-am tournament.

Dustin Johnson girlfriend
Dustin Johnson with girlfriend Paulina Gretzky

Despite being engaged, this lovely couple is not married but has been together since 2013. In early 2015, the couple welcomed their first child, a baby boy Tatum Gretzky Johnson.

Dustin Johnson Family
Dustin Johnson with his Family

Similarly, right after two years, on June 14, 2017, they got blessed with another baby boy named River Jones-Johnson. The family currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida living a happy and luxurious life.

Dustin Johnson | Highlights, Awards, and Achievements

His hard work, playing skills, techniques, and intelligence gained him tremendous awards and achievements throughout his career. Likewise, Johnson also received awards for PGA player of the year and PGA Tour player in 2016.

Dustin Johnson award
Dustin Johnson Championship award

Similarly, in that same year, he was also PGA Tour leading money winner. The professional golfer also won the Monroe Invitational and the Northeast Amateur in 2007 and played on the winning Walker Cup and Palmer Cup teams.

Besides that, he also holds the Vardon Trophy and Byron Nelson Award twice in 2016 and 2018. Johnson also won FedEx Cup Champion and Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in 2020.

Dustin Johnson | Social Media Presence

The professional golfer is very active in social media. He has over 982k followers on his Instagram account, where he often posts pictures of his games, achievement, beautiful wife, and children.

Montana also has a Twitter account with  794.5k followers, where he shares his opinions, achievements, and new projects. You can follow him on his social media platforms to get the latest news on his career and life.

Dustin Johnson | FAQs

Who is the world’s number 1 ranked golf player in 2021?

Currently, Dustin holds the number 1 rank. He held the same position in 2018, 2019, and 2020 as well.

What is the proper impact position according to Dustin Johnson?

You can find DJ’s proper impact position detailed on GolfDigest.

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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