Dustin Johnson is already one of the best golfers on the PGA Tour, but with his engagement to Paulina Gretzky, fans could be witnessing the emergence of the newest power couple in the sport.
While the focus during the 2013 season was on Rory McIlroy and his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki—controversy surrounded the duo when Gary Player called out the couple recently—next season promises to be all about Johnson and Gretzky.
The duo announced their engagement Saturday when Johnson posted a photograph of the ring to Instagram.
Gretzky is the 24-year-old daughter of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky and has gained a huge following as a social media star. Instead of taking selfies and posting them to the Web, though, she will be posting more pictures with her man.
That will open a whole new group of fans to Johnson, and the frenzy will engulf the PGA Tour for the rest of 2013 and take over fully during next season’s campaign.
Johnson is already a great player who is looking to win his first major, but he has proved that he has the raw talent to be one of the best in the sport. With this stability in his personal life, perhaps the 29-year-old will have more focus on turning the corner as a professional.
While Johnson looks to get off the major snide, Gretzky will be there to steal as many looks as Lindsey Vonn does as she supports Tiger Woods and their relationship. Instead of being distracted by the media attention, Johnson should be able to keep his nose to the grindstone while his fiancee takes the media pressure off of him.
The veteran won a tournament this season (Hyundai Tournament of Champions) and earned an impressive $2,572,844 in winnings, but it was his eighth-place finish in the last major of the year (the 2013 PGA Championship from Oak Hill) that proves the focus has already started paying off.
Thus far, the duo have proved to be the perfect pairing to take over eventually as the sport's ultimate power couple.