Dustin Johnson: Why Fatherhood ‘Makes Life a Lot Easier’

03/09/2015 at 02:00 PM ET

Dustin Johnson Cadillac Championship
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When golfer Dustin Johnson was forced to take a leave of absence from the PGA for personal reasons last year, he probably couldn’t have imagined that just months later, he’d be celebrating a major tournament win and a beautiful newborn baby with fiancée Paulina Gretzky.

Johnson, 30, couldn’t wait to share his Cadillac Championship victory at Trump National Doral with his family on Sunday. As the golfer walked up to sign his winning scorecard, he saw Paulina, 26, holding his 7-week-old son, Tatum, and said, “Now that’s what I wanted to see.”

Johnson credits much of his success to his new role as a father. “From the first day he’s born, your perspective on life completely changes,” he says. “Things that were important aren’t important anymore. He’s the only thing that’s really important.”

Having his life turned upside down by a newborn may have been just the shake-up the golfer needed. “It makes life a lot easier, I think, just because there’s just one thing that’s all you think about. It definitely simplifies stuff,” Johnson explains.

Paulina, the daughter of hockey great Wayne Gretzky, says of Johnson’s comeback win, “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.”

Dustin Johnson Cadillac Championship
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sally on

Just a shame that you and your girlfriend as drug addicts.

rotogravura on

the kid has wealthy parents with double-digit IQs. Johnson is talented but could not possibly be more self-impressed and uncharitable. Paulina grew up entitled and selfied almost to death. I was soooo bummed he won that tournament yesterday, but Bubba would have been just as BLEAH BLEAH BLEAH. Too bad Louis petered out.

exit82 on

Oh come on- Tatum?

cdnreader on

exit82…all the boy Gretzky names start with “T”

kaye on

Is the woman holding the baby Paulina or her mom? Looks like Janet Gretzky IMO.

Anonymous on

Okay, apparently nobody even read the article. He clearly stated that “From the first day he’s born, your perspective on life completely changes. Things that were important aren’t important anymore. He’s the only thing that’s really important.” That, to me, sounds like he is trying to change for the better! 🙂

Kestrel on

So they’re married, have a healthy baby, he’s got a great talent and a profession and they are both in love with a child they can provide for.
Yes, I can see why all the kitty claws are out.

*backbiting: Art of disrespecting and outright slandering due to jealousy that will forever be denied because the women (inevitably) have no logical excuse to defend their obnoxious behavior. Wonder how many are religious? Hmm.

c on

@kestrel: they’re not married.

Isabel on

Kestrel, yes we’re jealous. If only we all could have a partner who’s a drug addict and is notorious for poor behavior.

GP on

Congrats him on the new addition!