Dustin Johnson reveals his thoughts are already turning to RETIREMENT

World No 1 Dustin Johnson reveals his thoughts are already turning to RETIREMENT with 36-year-old planning on hanging up his clubs in next 10 years… despite winning the Masters by a record margin and topping the world golf rankings

  • Dustin Johnson won at Augusta by five shots with a record total of 20 under par 
  • Johnson has cumulatively topped the world rankings for more than 100 weeks 
  • But the South Carolina golfer admits he could finish his career as early as 2028 

Dustin Johnson admits his future retirement is already on his mind, but the new Masters champion wants much more major glory before it arrives.

Johnson cruised to a record-breaking five-shot victory at Augusta, his winning total of 20 under par eclipsing the previous tournament record of 18 under set by Tiger Woods in 1997 and equalled by Jordan Spieth in 2015.

Following his 2016 US Open win, the world number one is now halfway to the career grand slam and needs to win the US PGA and Open Championship to join Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen in having won all four majors.

Tiger Woods (right) presented Masters winner Dustin Johnson (left) with the green jacket

With his languid manner and slow southern drawl, Johnson is usually not considered to harbour lofty ambitions, but the 36-year-old revealed that perception to be some way off the mark as he detailed his future plans.

‘I feel like I’m not going to dial anything back,’ Johnson said. ‘I feel really good about everything I’m doing. I feel really confident in the golf game.

‘You know, my goal is to play for about, I don’t know, (it) keeps getting shorter, but eight, nine, maybe 10 years, and then hang out with my kids and Paulina (Gretzky, his fiance).

‘So until then, I’m going to work my butt off to be as good as I can.’

Growing up around an hour away from Augusta in South Carolina, Johnson admitted winning the Masters was a dream come true, especially with defending champion Woods on hand to slip on the famous green jacket.

Asked if he also dreams of winning numerous further majors, Johnson added: ‘I do. I do. I want to get to number three first, but I do.

‘I dream of winning a lot of majors. Just hadn’t quite happened yet. Hopefully this one will help, though, give me a little spring.’

Before the Masters, Johnson had famously failed to win any of the four majors where he led or shared the lead after 54 holes, most recently in August’s US PGA Championship.

Johnson previously won the US Open in 2016 and is world number one but may retire by 2028

Johnson has just five months to wait until he can defend his title in April, with Kiawah Island hosting the US PGA in May and Torrey Pines staging June’s US Open.

Following its postponement this year, the Open Championship is due to be held at Royal St George’s in July, where Johnson finished runner-up to Darren Clarke in 2011.

Playing alongside Clarke in the final group, Johnson was two shots behind on the par-five 14th before carving his second shot out of bounds and running up a double-bogey seven.

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