Johnson to play with Papa Gretzky

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Paulina Gretzky walks the Kapalua course last month to watch boyfriend Dustin Johnson.
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It’s common for a father to shape up one of his daughter’s potential suitors over a round of golf.

That’s what will take place this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Two-time Pebble Beach champion Dustin Johnson is paired with Wayne Gretzky for the PGA Tour event, which runs Thursday-Sunday at Pebble Beach, Calif.

Johnson has been romantically linked with Gretzky’s daughter, Paulina, since his victory at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions last month.

Here’s a look at some of the other notable pairings at Pebble Beach:

• Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is paired with Jason Bohn.

John Mallinger, who finished third at Pebble Beach in 2007 and 2008, is paired with retired tennis star Andy Roddick.

• Wisconsin native Jerry Kelly is playing with one of the Badger State’s biggest celebrities, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

• Jim Harbaugh and Jason Day both know what it’s like to be a runner-up. Day was second at the 2012 Masters and US Open. Harbaugh, the San Francisco 49ers coach, is coming off a loss at the Super Bowl.

• Jordan Spieth is making his second start as a professional this week. He’s paired with his friend from Dallas, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Rod Pampling has a good pairing should he desire any financial advice. Charles Schwab is his playing partner this week.

• Erik Compton, the two-time heart transplant recipient, is one of the PGA Tour’s feel-good stories. He’s paired with a man who made a living out of making people feel good, actor and comedian Ray Romano.

• Robert Garrigus is known for hitting the long ball. He’s paired with a man who wields quite the fastball, Justin Verlander.

• Webb Simpson, the reigning US Open champion, is paired with actor Andy Garcia.

• Matt Bettencourt was a high-school baseball player who only played golf on the side until his career was ended by a shoulder injury during his senior year. He became one of Northern California’s top amateur golfers, turned pro at 27 and then became a PGA Tour winner. He can discuss hardball with his playing partner, San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain.

• Ricky Barnes’ father, Bruce, played for the New England Patriots. It’s fitting then that Ricky is paired with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

• D.A. Points and Bill Murray won this title in 2011. They’re back at it again this year.

Other notable pairings include David Lingmerth-Josh Duhamel, Camilo Villegas-Chris O’Donnell, Patrick Cantlay-Kelly Slater, J.J. Henry-Chris Berman, Aaron Baddeley-Kenny G, Jim Furyk-Darius Rucker and Tim Clark-Carson Daly.

See Golfweek for complete pairings.

Tagged: Tim Clark, Jason Day, John Mallinger, Rod Pampling

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