Timeline: Dustin Johnson’s Rise and Fall?
Depending on who you believed Thursday and Friday, Dustin Johnson left the PGA Tour to handle “personal challenges,” because he was suspended for cocaine use, or because he has a bad habit of sleeping with other players’ wives.
Heck, maybe all three.
To try to put some perspective on Johnson’s current roller-coaster ride, here’s a look back at some of the high- and low-lights of his career to date, both on and off the course.
December 2007: Finishes tied for 14th at qualifying school to earn his 2008 PGA Tour card.
October 2008: Wins Turning Stone Resort Championship in New York for first PGA title. Earns $1.8 million for season and finishes in the Top 25 six times.
February 2009: Wins the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am by four strokes.
Unknown month, 2009: Allegedly fails PGA drug test, testing positive for marijuana.
February 2010: Defends title at Pebble Beach.
August 2010: Loses one-stroke lead on final hole of PGA Championship due to two-stroke penalty.
October 2010: Ends year ranked #4 on PGA money list.
January 2011: Rumors persist that Johnson has withdrawn from the Sony Open because his college girlfriend found out he was also dating LPGA pro Natalie Gulbis. Johnson denies the rumor and says he broke up with the girlfriend, Amanda Caulder, months earlier.
July 2011: Finishes tied for second at The Open Championship. Moves to seventh in the World Golf Rankings.
August 2011: Wins The Barclays, propelling him to No.4 in the world and allowing him to finish four in the FedEx Cup standings.
March 2012: Johnson says he will miss two months after injuring his back lifting a jet ski at home. The Golf.com article published Friday says he also tested positive for cocaine in this instance and was suspended.
January 2013: Wins Hyundai Tournament of Champions and goes public with his relationship with Paulina Gretzky, daughter of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky.
August 2013: Announces engagement to Gretzky.
November 2013: Wins Hyundai Tournament again, becoming first player since Tiger Woods to win at least one PGA title in each of his first seven seasons.
May 2014: Finishes tied for fourth at US Open.
July 2014: Misses cut at RBC Candian Open.
August 2014: PGA refutes reports he has been suspended for six months for testing positive for cocaine.