Paulina Gretzky caddied for her husband, Dustin Johnson, during the Masters Par 3 competition — here's a timeline of their relationship

Team Captain Dustin Johnson of 4 Aces GC and wife Paulina Gretzky celebrate the 4 Aces GC team win on the 18th green during the team championship stroke-play round of the LIV Golf Invitational - Miami at Trump National Doral Miami on October 30, 2022
Dustin Johnson and wife Paulina Gretzky on October 30, 2022.Jonathan Ferrey/LIV Golf/Getty Images
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  • Dustin Johnson and his wife, Paulina Gretzky, met through Gretzky's parents, Wayne and Janet, in 2009.

  • The golf star and the singer turned model married in 2022 and have two children.

  • Johnson returned to Augusta this week. Gretzky was his caddy at the Par 3 event before the Masters.

First, here's some background on the pair. Johnson is currently ranked No. 69 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

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Dustin Johnson.Peter Morrison / AP Images

The 38-year-old has been No. 1 throughout 139 weeks in his career, according to CBS. That puts him behind only Tiger Woods and Greg Norman for most weeks in the top spot.

However, in recent months, he's fallen out of the top 50. When he officially landed at 51 in February 2023, it was the first time in 13 years he'd been out of the top 50, according to Golf Digest.

He won the 2020 Masters, the 2016 US Open, and six World Golf Championships.

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Tiger Woods presents Johnson with his green jacket following his 2020 Masters win.Patrick Smith/Getty Images

He celebrated his Masters win with a trip to the Caribbean, tequila shots, and many games of giant Jenga.

He was a favorite to win the 2021 Masters Tournament, but ended up getting cut early on. In 2022, he came in 12th.

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Dustin Johnson.Frank Franklin II/AP Images

Days before heading to Augusta, Georgia, for the 2021 tournament, he sold his Florida mansion for $16.5 million, triple what he bought it for six years ago, Insider reported.

In 2022, he tied for 12th place.

Just a few months after the 2022 Masters, Johnson resigned from the PGA Tour and joined the controversial LIV Golf tour.

US golfer Dustin Johnson speaks during a press conference ahead of the forthcoming LIV Golf Invitational Series event at The Centurion Club in St Albans, north of London, on June 7, 2022.
Dustin Johnson speaks during a press conference ahead of the forthcoming LIV Golf Invitational Series event on June 7, 2022.ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

Johnson officially announced his resignation from the PGA Tour, formerly the only major golf tour in the world, in June 2022, The New York Times reported. "For right now, I've resigned my membership on the tour," he said.

LIV Golf is a new golf league backed by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund and run by Australian former professional golfer Greg Norman. It's aiming to reinvigorate golf through "rich paydays, star players and slick marketing," according to The Times.

As Insider has reported, LIV Golf has been plagued with controversies, as some A-list golfers like Tiger Woods have refused to join, and LIV golfers have sued the PGA Tour in order to play in both leagues.

Meanwhile, Paulina Gretzky — daughter of ice-hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and Janet Jones Gretzky — has pursued a multi-faceted career as a singer and model, over the years.

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Paulina Gretzky.Marco Garcia/AP Images

According to the Sun, her song "Collecting Dust" was featured on "Laguna Beach" back in the day.

2009: They met after Johnson was paired with Gretzky's mom, Janet, for a golf tournament.

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Johnson and Gretzky.Sam Greenwood / Getty Images

Speaking to Golf Digest in 2014, Paulina Gretzky, now 34, claimed to have looked like a "ragamuffin" during their initial 2009 meeting, but she added that Johnson was a "really cute guy" and an "endearing gentleman."

She also said her mother talked her up upon meeting Johnson.

"I'm sure he was rolling his eyes, and so was I when my mom invited me over to meet this golfer she had just met," she said.

According to, Janet Jones Gretzky invited Johnson over for dinner and he remained friendly with the family.

2012: When they finally went on their first date three years later, her parents tagged along.

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Janet Jones and Wayne Gretzky.Arthur Mola/Invision/AP Images

"I don't know if you can call it a date since my dad tagged along," Gretzky told GOLF in 2016.

Wayne Gretzky added, "That's how it goes in our family. Janet and I go out to eat, and we somehow always wind up with seven or eight people at the table. Everyone is invited."

The Gretzkys themselves have been married since 1988, and they have five kids together, including Paulina.

August 2013: Just seven months after they began dating, Johnson popped the question.

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Gretzky watches Johnson during round one of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in 2014.Tom Pennington/Getty Images

"She said yes!!!," Johnson tweeted. She added on Instagram, "Never been happier."

January 2014: Gretzky took to Instagram to showcase what Golf Digest called a "surprisingly powerful swing."

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Paulina Gretzky.Doug McSchooler/AP Images

It led to her getting a deal with TaylorMade, she later told Golf Digest.

April 2014: Gretzky said it had been hard to set a wedding date due to their whirlwind schedules. "It'll be our special day, and we just want it to be right and to fit," she said.

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Johnson and Gretzky in October 2015.Chris Condon/PGA TOUR/Getty Images

"The most important thing for me right now is my relationship with Dustin. It's what makes me happiest, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. It's important for people to realize it's okay to be happy in love. If you don't want to give up something, that's okay. But if you're in love and have to give up something, that's okay too," she told Golf Digest.

April 2014: In an interview with Golf Digest, Gretzky admitted she wasn't always a big fan of golf.

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Johnson and Gretzky.Jamie Squire / Getty Images

Of course, the Gretzkys are famous for hockey, but her family is into golf as well.

"I didn't appreciate golf as much when I was little, probably because my mom put us in tennis camps and golf camps," Gretzky told Golf Digest.

She has played, though. "I walked all 18 holes in my dad's tournament. Felt like the longest day of my life, but I stuck through it. The truth is, I was a total tomboy and loved sports. Dad always says I was his best athlete. I played softball until the sixth grade, and that's when I said, 'Dad, stop. I'm a girl,'" she told Golf Digest in 2014.

But between her parents' love of golf and her choice of husband, she's become more enamored with the sport of golf.

'I'll go with him to the range every once in a while, but mostly I just love being with him and watching him play," she said of her now-husband.

August 2014: Johnson went through a rough patch after testing positive for cocaine. The Gretzkys supported him throughout.

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Johnson and Gretzky in 2015.Jeff Gross/Getty Images reported Johnson failed drug tests for cocaine and marijuana. In July 2014, he said he would be taking a leave of absence to "seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced."

Fox News reported that Wayne Gretzky had taken to mentoring Johnson, and reportedly warned him to clean up his act and stop partying.

September 2014: Gretzky and Johnson announced they're expecting their first baby.

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Johnson and Gretzky in 2014.Noel Vasquez/GC Images/Getty Images

"@djohnsonpga & i are so excited to finally share with you all our amazing news..we're having a baby!!" Gretzky wrote on a since-deleted Instagram post on September 24, 2014, the LA Times reported.

January 2015: The couple welcomed their first son, Tatum Johnson, to the world.

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Johnson and Gretzky and son Tatum in 2016.Rob Carr/Getty Images

Tatum was born on January 15, 2015.

"Paulina and I are happy to announce the arrival of our baby boy, who was born in Los Angeles on Monday morning,"Johnson wrote on Instagram, Us Weekly reported.

"Both Paulina and the baby are healthy, resting comfortably, and in great spirits! We sincerely appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received and plan to release further details in the coming days," he added.

January 2015: Johnson indicated to Sports Illustrated that he had taken Wayne Gretzky's advice to heart by establishing a simpler, more family-oriented routine.

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Johnson, Gretzky, and son Tatum in 2016.David Cannon/Getty Images

"Over these past four or five months I've really grown up," he told Sports Illustrated in January 2015, "and I am starting to become the person I want my kids to look up to."

Sports Illustrated also reported that the couple frequently ate breakfast and dinner with Gretzky's parents when they lived nearby.

April 2016: Gretzky caddied for Johnson at the 2016 Masters.

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Johnson and Gretzky walk up No. 1 during the Par 3 Contest at the 2016 Masters Tournament.Charles Laberge/Augusta National via Getty Images

She caddied for him during the Par 3 contest, an event in which many professional golfers choose their family members or friends to act as caddies for them.

June 2016: Gretzky was there to support Johnson at his first US Open win.

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Johnson and Gretzky after Johnson won the US Open on June 19, 2016.Andrew Redington/Getty Images

This was Johnson's first Majors win, and Gretzky was there at his side when he earned his silver trophy.

July 2016: Johnson told the Associated Press they had planned to get married the year prior, but their schedules hadn't allowed it.

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Johnson and Gretzsky.Julio Cortez/AP Images

He added that the size of the wedding doesn't matter to him.

"That bill is going to Wayne," Johnson joked.

February 2017: The couple revealed they were expecting a second child. They later took to Instagram for a golf-themed gender reveal.

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Johnson and Tatum.Eric Gay/AP Images

In the post, Johnson hit a golf ball that exploded into blue powder, signifying they were expecting another son.

June 2017: Their second son, River Jones Johnson, was born.

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Johnson hugs Tatum.Ross Kinnaird / Getty Images

River was born on June 12, 2017.

"I'm so thankful for my family and the new addition River Jones Johnson @paulinagretzky," Johnson posted on Instagram upon River's birth.

2018: They were pictured at the Ryder Cup Gala dinner at the Palace of Versailles, France, where Johnson showed just what an amazing Instagram husband he is.

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Johnson and Gretzky in 2018.Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Gretzky has 1.1 million Instagram followers.

November 2020: She was right there to congratulate him when he won the Masters.

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Johnson and Gretzky in 2020.Rob Carr/Getty Images

"Honey, i'm forever & always your biggest fan. so proud of you," Gretzky wrote on Instagram to celebrate her husband's Masters win.

January 2021: They still weren't married, but Gretzky said, "We're so in love."

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Johnson and Gretzky in 2020.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

During an appearance on her sister-in-law's podcast "The Netchicks," Gretzky said," I don't know if people know if me and Dustin are really married or not. We're not. We're so in love."

She added, "I don't want anything from Dustin other than I love him."

September 2021: Gretzky was on hand to celebrate Johnson's team's win in the Ryder Cup.

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Dustin Johnson celebrates with partner Paulina Gretzky on September 26, 2021.Maddie Meyer/PGA of America/PGA of America/Getty Images

Johnson, along with his Team USA teammates, secured the Ryder Cup win in September 2021. His then-fiancée was there to celebrate his big moment by leaping into his arms and giving him a giant hug.

October 2021: They celebrated Halloween together at former president Donald Trump's Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago.

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Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky in December 2021.Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Hublot

On October 31, 2021, Johnson posted a photo of himself, Gretzky, and a few of their other friends on Halloween on Instagram captioned "Happy Halloween!!!," alongside Trump.

March 2022: They celebrated their joint bachelor/bachelorette party in St. Barts.

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Paulina Gretzky and Dustin Johnson in March 2022.Ben Jared/PGA TOUR/Getty Images

Both shared photos from their joint parties in March on social media, with Gretzky captioning her series of photos, "P's Last D" and "No Regretzkys."

April 2022: They tied the knot after an almost nine-year engagement.

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Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky.Con Chronis/PGA TOUR/Getty Images

Almost nine years after Gretzky and Johnson got engaged in August 2013 — and two kids later — the golfer and his now-wife tied the knot on April 23, 2022, in Tennessee.

It was an evening filled with celebrities, a personalized golf cart, and even a performance by Kid Rock.

Summer 2022: Gretzky attended most of Johnson's LIV tournaments to support her husband's new endeavor.

Team Captain Dustin Johnson of 4 Aces GC celebrates with wife, Paulina Gretzky, after winning the LIV Golf Invitational - Boston in a playoff at The Oaks golf course at The International on September 04, 2022
Dustin Johnson celebrates with wife, Paulina Gretzky, after winning the LIV Golf Invitational - Boston on September 4, 2022.Joe Scarnici/LIV Golf/Getty Images

Since joining the LIV Tour in June 2022, Johnson has played multiple tournaments with Gretzky cheering him on from the sidelines.

February 2023: Johnson and Gretzky took part in the Netflix docuseries "Full Swing," which details why Johnson left the PGA.

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Dustin Johnson and wife Paulina Gretzky on September 17, 2022.Charles Laberge/LIV Golf/Getty Images

"Full Swing's" first season consisted of eight episodes, each focusing on different golfers. The fifth episode, "American Dreams," focused on Johnson and Matt Fitzpatrick.

In it, fans got a closer look at Johnson and Gretzky's relationship, and she explained why, in her opinion, her husband joined LIV.

"I don't think Dustin would ever make a bad choice for his children and people have to understand at the end of the day, that's who he chose this for," she said. "Of course, I get what everyone's saying, but my dad being a hockey player — I'm sure as a kid, there were times when I'm like, 'Why does my dad have to play on my birthday?' This is about Dustin and the kids and me and taking care of us and being there with us."

Johnson put it a little more succinctly during the episode: "For me, it was playing less, and making more money. Pretty simple."

April 2023: Gretzky caddied again for Johnson during the Masters Par 3 competition.

Dustin Johnson of the United States wife, Paulina Gretzky, looks on during the Par 3 contest prior to the 2023 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 05, 2023 in Augusta, Georgia.
Paulina Gretzky looks on during the Par 3 contest prior to the 2023 Masters Tournament on April 5, 2023.Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Gretzky was once again there to support her husband during the Par 3 competition.

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