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Dustin Johnson hits in “99” jersey at Canadian Open

July 25, 2018
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Adam Hadwin, of Canada, attempts to practice his tee shot with goalie mask that was used as the tee markers on the seventh hole during the pro-am at the Canadian Open golf tournament at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Dustin Johnson got into the hockey — and family — spirit on the par-3 seventh hole at Glen Abbey.

The top-ranked Johnson pulled on an Edmonton Oilers jersey with “Gretzky 99” on the back Wednesday before teeing off on the hole in the Canadian Open pro-am. Johnson is engaged to Wayne Gretzky’s daughter Paulina.

“I get a lot of fans up here, thanks to Wayne. Thanks Wayne, I appreciate that,” Johnson said. “I get a lot of fans and it’s great. It’s always fun to play for a big crowd, to have them cheering you on.”

Johnson was encouraged to embrace his extended family’s sport of choice at Glen Abbey’s seventh hole, which has a tee box surrounded by hockey boards and tournament volunteers stationed at the hole wearing referees’ stripes.

“I’m sure Wayne had something to do with it,” Johnson said. “They wanted us to wear our favorite hockey jersey when we hit the shot on No. 7 so I had the Gretzky jersey on.”

Johnson tops the field along with two-time defending champion Jhonattan Vegas, U.S. Open winner Brooks Koepka, two-time Canadian Open champion Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson and Tommy Fleetwood.

Johnson will play alongside Watson and Canadian Adam Hadwin the first two rounds.

Hadwin donned a goalie’s mask and helmet when he hit on No. 7.

“It’s always exciting to come back in to Canada and play,” Hadwin said. “They love golf up here. They love supporting Canadians. I’m really just proud to represent them.”

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