Dustin Johnson set the Shadow Creek course record with Wayne Gretzky
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Dustin Johnson set the Shadow Creek course record with Wayne Gretzky

Dustin Johnson is on a tear. He won at Doral. He lost in a playoff at Riviera. His T-6 finish at the Valero Texas Open was the best among players who had the short-straw early-late draw at TPC San Antonio.

Now, he also owns the course record at the exclusive Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. Johnson apparently posted 7-under 65 on the MGM-owned, Tom Fazio-designed layout on March 15, the last day of the Valspar Championship.

According to a posting in the club's locker room (really, bathroom), Johnson was playing alongside future father-in-law Wayne Gretzky, hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios and Bellagio casino vice-president of marketing Justin Manacher.

Standing on the 16th tee, Johnson, who needed to play the final three holes in 4 under to set the record, told Gretzky, "I'm going to go birdie, birdie, eagle."

He did, making birdie on the 600-yard 16th, birdie on the 154-yard 17th and an eagle 3 at the 529-yard finisher.

Johnson's 65 isn't the lowest round ever shot at the exclusive course. Fred Couples once shot 60 to tie Tiger Woods' course record before the course underwent a $17 million renovation in 2008.

Shadow Creek is one of just a few great courses in Vegas I've never played -- Wynn Golf Club being the other. Now I have to get out there to see how astounding that round really was.

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