Dustin Johnson has been away from the PGA Tour since announcing a "voluntary leave of absence" to seek help for "personal challenges" on July 31, which put him out of the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup.
But there is some positive news out of the Johnson camp. His fiancée, Paulina Gretzky (daughter of hockey legend, Wayne Gretzky), announced via her Instagram account that the couple is expecting their first child:
"@djohnsonpga & i are so excited to finally share with you all our amazing news..we're having a baby!"
Here is the accompanying photo:
Johnson and Gretzky were engaged in August 2013.
And they're on their way, and they'll be in Scotland before you.
The 12-man United States Ryder Cup Team, led by Captain Tom Watson, gathered in Atlanta on Sunday night before a short trip to Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, where they boarded a charter jet bound for the British Isles and a date later this week with Europe's best.
LEAVING ON A JET PLANE: Sunday's photos before the Team's departure for Scotland
Here's Tom Watson's post on Twitter:
Boarding the plane with our team. Very excited to be captain of @RyderCupUSA this year. See you in Scotland!
— Tom Watson (@TomWatsonPGA) September 22, 2014
Some members of the team got a first-hand look at the seats forward of First Class, like Rickie Fowler:
— Ryder Cup Team USA (@RyderCupUSA) September 22, 2014
Bubba Watson then took his turn in the pilot's chair:
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) September 22, 2014
With Fowler and Bubba Watson taking up residence in the jet's cockpit, it's not hard to imagine what was going through Ryder Cup rookie Jordan Spieth's mind at the time:
Did Rickie Fowler really get the letters "USA" shaved into his hair just behind his right ear before leaving for the 2014 Ryder Cup matches at Gleneagles?
LEAVING ON A JET PLANE: Photos of Sunday's departure from Atlanta
It sure appears so, according to his Twitter post:
— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA) September 21, 2014
Not sure Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan or Sam Snead would have gone to such lengths (or lack thereof) to show their dedication to the team. But then again, they also didn't get together to take the ice bucket challenge back in the day.
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The obvious next question: What did Rickie have shaved into his scalp on the left side? We may have to wait for another selfie to be sure.
If you're like us, you can't get enough of the Ryder Cup. We want to get as much behind-the-scenes content possible, and thanks to Ian Poulter, we now know what the hotel accomodations are like for Team Europe.
Poulter tweeted on Sunday morning a picture of his hotel room at Gleneagles. He also gave us a peek at the unreleased Team Europe uniforms. You can't tell much detail from the picture, but it does give a general idea of what the Europeans will look like on the course.
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) September 21, 2014
Poulter flew to Scotland on Sunday morning, tweeting that he had just landed in London and was about to take off for Scotland. That was about two hours before tweeting the photo.
We still have five days to go before the start of the Ryder Cup, but it definitely looks like Poulter is ready to go.
Team USA is departing from Atlanta later on Sunday for its overnight flight to Scotland. With at least nine hours in the air, certain golfers (we're looking at you, Rickie Fowler) will find ways to make it fun.
The names are different, but the setup sounds pretty similar to this year's Ryder Cup.
Team USA arrived at the K Club at Straffon, Ireland, with four rookies on its roster and up against a veteran-heavy European squad. Faced with the task of trying to take down the heavy favorites, the Americans struggled to keep pace. Team Europe held a 5 to 3 advantage after the first day, and pulled away on Sunday with 8 1/2 points to get the 18 1/2 to 9 1/2 victory.
One of the best Ryder Cup moments happened on Sunday as Darren Clarke, just months after the death of his wife, beat American Zach Johnson and members of both teams came up to him to show their support.
Here's a breakdown of the 2006 match:
PGA of America Championships
Benton Harbor, Mich.
Sahalee Country Club
Baltusrol Golf Club
Hazeltine National Golf Club