Wayne Gretzky: 'I've Told DJ He Has to Be More Like Tiger'

Wayne Gretzky: ‘I’ve Told DJ He Has to Be More Like Tiger’

Dustin and Paulina were once all over social media, but with a baby on the way and the Great One riding shotgun as an adviser, life has slowed for the happy couple.
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Wayne Gretzky wants to make sure greatness runs in the family.

The NHL’s all-time leading scorer told GOLF Magazine if Dustin Johnson, his future son-in-law, wants to maintain his winning ways, he should try to emulate golf’s great one.

“I’ve told Dustin he has to be more like Tiger,” Gretzky said. “I don’t mean he has to be Tiger — you only get a few athletes like that a century. But part of what made Tiger Tiger was relentlessness.”

Johnson captured his first major title at the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont and added victories at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and BMW Championship en route to PGA Tour Player of the Year honors, but Gretzky thinks Johnson should set his sights higher in 2017.

“If I scored 50 goals in a season, I wanted 70 the next year. If I got 70, I wanted 90. Never, ever settle,” Gretzky said. “Dustin just won three tournaments and a major. That’s a great year. Now go win five tournaments and two majors. I want him to see that only he can put limits on himself.”