QUICK TAKE: Johnson Ready For U.S. Open Despite Late Arrival

Dustin Johnson
Proud father, Dustin Johnson, speaks to the media at the U.S. Open Wednesday after the birth of his baby. (Photo Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

ERIN, WISCONSIN – So how has Dustin Johnson’s week gone so far?

He played golf Sunday at Sherwood Country Club near Los Angeles, was alongside his fiancée Paulina Gretzky Monday when she delivered the couple’s second son and he jetted off to Erin Hills and the U.S. Open Tuesday afternoon where he is the defending U.S. Open champion.

Just a routine run-up to the season’s second major championship.

“Yeah, it’s been very fun the last couple of days, obviously having a new son on Monday was awesome,” Johnson said Wednesday afternoon.

“Everybody’s healthy. Mom is healthy. The baby is healthy. So that’s good. They just got home today, so that’s exciting. Everything is going really good.”

The name of the newest member of Johnson’s family?

River Jones Johnson.

Here is a family moment shared on Paulina’s Instagram:

Welcome to the world baby boy..we all love you so much @djohnsonpga 6/12/17 River Jones Johnson 👼🏼💙

A post shared by Paulina Gretzky (@paulinagretzky) on

So what’s that like, being there for the birth of a child then zipping away to the pressure-filled atmosphere of the U.S. Open? Even for Johnson, who appears to be famously casual in even the most difficult situations, it’s an uncommon adjustment.

“It helps that Paulina and my son, they’re at home now. She’s a lot more comfortable and everybody is healthy,” Johnson said.

“Obviously I don’t have to worry about them. Obviously that’s a big relief, not having to worry about them. But now I’ve got to play golf. This is why I’m here. I’m here to play golf. I’m here to compete. So that’s what my job is this week.”

Johnson played 18 holes on Tuesday and nine holes on Wednesday and pronounced himself ready to go. It helps that he slipped up to Erin Hills for two days after missing the cut at the Memorial Tournament two weeks ago.

“Even though I came in late … I didn’t feel like I was behind the eight ball at all because I got to prepare 10 days ago or so,” Johnson said.



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