Jay Haas comes from a distinguished family of professional golfers. He is the nephew of 1968 Masters winner Bob Goalby, his second son Bill currently competes on the PGA Tour, as did his oldest son Jay Jr., brother Jerry Haas, and brother-in-law Dillard Pruitt, now a Rules Official on the Champions Tour. Raised in Illinois, Jay attended Wake Forest University where he was part of, what Golf World magazine has called, "the greatest college team of all time." His PGA Tour career spanned more than 25 years and featured nine victories and selections to three Ryder Cup teams. He has distinguished himself as one of the greatest players ever on the Champions Tour where he's amassed more than a dozen wins, including multiple major championships. Jay is recognized as one of the true gentlemen and ambassadors for the game of golf. He received the 2004 Payne Stewart Award for upholding the traditions of golf and was honored in 2005 with the Jim Murray Award from the Golf Writers Association of America. He was also named the 2005 recipient of the Bob Jones Award, the United States Golf Association's highest honor for distinguished sportsmanship. Haas was also inducted into the South Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and is a member of the Wake Forest Hall of Fame.Jay Haas is recognized as an icon not only his distinguished record on the golf course, but for his lifetime of service as a role model for players at all levels.
Hunter Mahan often displays the cool, laid-back demeanor and
fashion-forward style of a California kid yet also possesses the fiery
intensity he learned growing up playing the game in Texas. Finding a
balance between the two has led to success at every level of
competitive golf and, combined with his signature look - blond hair,
sunglasses and classy, colorful shield-tip FJ golf shoes - has helped
him become an ICON in the game. Hunter was born in Orange, CA
but spent most of his life in Texas. It was here that his golf career
really took hold as he won the 1999 Texas 5A High School Championship
and the 1999 USGA Junior Championship. He entered college as the top
ranked junior golfer in the country and enjoyed immediate and continued
success at USC and Oklahoma State. With a career's worth of victories,
accolades and awards, including a 28th place finish at his first
Masters, Hunter turned pro following his junior year and had little
trouble earning and keeping his Tour card. Mahan wasn't always the
picture of Zen, however, and it wasn't until a heated discussion with
his sports psychologist at the U.S. Open Qualifier in 2006 that Mahan's
career began to really blossom. No longer focusing on poor shots and
missed opportunities, Mahan's new positive outlook led him to even
greater success, including his first PGA Tour victory and a stellar
showing in his first Ryder Cup where he led the United States team in
scoring and was one of only two players to play in all five matches.
With his signature style and cool demeanor, Hunter Mahan will surely be
a golf ICON for years to come.
Robert Karlsson is known as “Ivan Drago” or “The Scientist” for his analytical and contemplative style of play. The 6 ft 5in, “The Big Swede” developed an interest in golf from his father who was a greenskeeper. He turned professional in 1989 and qualified for the European Tour in 1990. Robert has secured his place in European Tour history when he became the first Swedish player to win the Order of Merit in 2008. To date, Karlsson has won nine European Tour titles, sealing his place as Sweden’s most prolific champion. He is also a proud FootJoy Shoe and Glove wearer and an ICONIC player FootJoy is proud to be associated with.
Adam Scott has long been considered an ICON of the game, both for this smooth, powerful swing, rugged good looks and abundant talent. Almost as soon as he turned professional in 2001, Adam unveiled his talent to the world when the sweet swinging Australian burst onto the scenes and won the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship in his first year as a professional golfer. This would prove to be a sign of things to come for the international star as he amassed dozens of professional wins on Tour’s around the globe and ascended to become a top 10 ranked player in the world. Off the course, Adam’s interests include all sports, although his passion for golf is only matched by his passion for surfing. He is also in constant demand as a model, having graced magazine covers in virtually every market. Adam is also dedicated to giving back to the game as the head of the Adam Scott Foundation, which supports young people in Australia and Asia.
In many ways, including his lifetime dedication to the FootJoy brand, Adam Scott is truly an ICON.
A true Renaissance man, Luke Donald is just as comfortable with a paintbrush in his hand as a 5-iron. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in art theory and practice, and continues to develop new creations, which he donates to charity on a regular basis. On the golf course, Luke won the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship in 1999, despite competing in a back brace. He nearly missed another tournament when a boa constrictor bit him and still has the teeth marks on his hand to prove it!
Considered one of the purest ball strikers on Tour, Luke grew up playing junior golf with his brother, Christian, and the two actually still compete together each week as Christian is Luke’s regular Tour caddy. Luke’s impressive professional résumé includes wins on the PGA and European Tours, a World Cup victory for England and inclusion on several successful European Ryder Cup Teams. With his diverse background and success at every level and around the world, Luke Donald is certainly a golf ICON.
Young Spanish phenom Pablo Larrazabal was born in Barcelona, attended high school in the U.S. and returned to Spain in 2002 with the intention of turning professional. His father, Gustavo, who played for Venezuela in the World Cup of Golf, had other ideas, making the young Larrazábal work on the family fish farm to understand the value of money. He eventually learnt his lesson and turned professional in 2004.
After plying his trade on the Challenge Tour for a few years, Pablo earned his European’s Tour card in 2008. The bubbly Spaniard recorded three top 10 finishes and seven top 25 finishes in his rookie season, highlighted by his first career victory at the Open de France. These accomplishments earned him the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award.
Pablo’s standout work ethic shows to young aspiring golfers, the hard work that is required to become an ICONIC figure in the game of golf today.
With help from his hard working mother and stepfather, this long-hitting Englishman earned the opportunity to learn the game at one of the most prestigious clubs in Europe, the Wentworth Club. Introduced to the game at the age of three, Ross earned his keep at Wentworth, first in his role as a range assistant then when he was awarded one of the club’s junior golf scholarships and later as an ambassador for the resort as a world-class European Tour star.
With such an impressive pedigree, earned his European Tour card in 2006 and wasted little time in making his mark, finishing T4 in his first event and ending the year ranked 66th on the Order of Merit. He rose to the next level when he claimed his first title the following year at The KLM Open and later dominated a world-class field to win The European Open by seven strokes on his home soil at The London Golf Club.
Ross is a great example of how anything is possible with some hard work and perseverance. Couple with his cool, calm demeanor, Ross Fisher is an ICON for golfers who make their break instead of waiting for it!
Known as “El Pato” (the duck) for his waddling walk, Angel Cabrera got his start in the game when he quit school at the age of 10 to become a full time caddy at the Córdoba Country Club in Argentina.
Cabrera’s status as an ICON starts in his home country where he has grown from a caddy to a major champion. Cabrera became the first Argentine player to win the U.S. Open and the second to win a major, joining Roberto De Vicenzo, who won the British Open in 1967. The Major win for Cabrera sparked massive celebrations across the country while his hometown of Córdoba came to a standstill. As a result of his Major triumph, he was rewarded with Honorary Life Membership on The European Tour and the 2007 Olimpia de Oro (Golden Olympian), Argentina’s sportsperson of the year. Proving he has the tools to win several major championships, Cabrera struck again at the 2009 Masters where his fierce determination and powerful swing helped him prevail in a tense three-man playoff.
The accolades and achievements that Cabrera has received make him an ICON in any language.
A veteran of several epic matches on the golf course, Lee Westwood is considered one of the greatest match play, and global champions of all time. Despite getting a relatively late start in the game at the age of 13, Lee showed natural ability from the very beginning and earned several important amateur titles before bringing his talent to the worldwide stage.
Westwood won his first professional tournament in 1996 at the Volvo Scandinavian Masters and has amassed 18 European Tour titles in all on every continent, something very few professional golfers can claim. Lee was named European Tour Player of the Year in 1998 and 2000 when he also claimed the Order of Merit.
Lee Westood’s perfect balance of individual and team success sets him apart as a true ICON in the sport.
Rory McIlroy has rapidly developed into one of the brightest stars in golf. Born and bred in Hollywood, Northern Ireland, the young McIlroy showed exceptional ability from the age of two when he was recorded hitting 40 yard drives. His ascension continued through junior golf as a member of Europe’s winning 2004 Junior Ryder Cup that helped cement his position as the world’s #1 ranked amateur player. Turning professional a few years later, McIlroy challenged for tournament titles right from the start. He made the cut in his first event and finished 3rd at the next stop, becoming the quickest and youngest player ever to secure a European Tour card. He became the youngest player in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings at the end of 2008 then caught the golfing world’s attention with a wire-to-wire victory at the Dubai Desert Classic.
The determination and dedication that Rory has shown to his golf game, in addition to the raw talent and unmatched success he’s realized at each level, has many anointing the young Irishman as the next great phenom. Rory McIlroy is going to be a true golfing ICON for many years to come.
From the iconic footwear brand in golf comes a new flagship product that will provide features and benefits that embody the "best of FJ" and set a new standard for luxurious, high-performance footwear.
Introducing FJ ICON.
FJ ICON embodies the very best from FootJoy's deep heritage in the game, drawing inspiration from the countless number of shoes we've developed over the last 100+ years. From this extensive inventory, many of which have been tested and proven by the best players in the world, we selected only the best features to incorporate in the FJ ICON line, such as the proprietary waterproof technology from DryJoys and comfort and stability features from the tour-proven SYNR-G category. As for the upper patterns, it was a natural progression to draw inspiration from our strong Classics heritage while also having the vision to create new looks that have a contemporary flair. The result is a new, premium, high-performance category of golf shoes that exemplifies tradition and performance.
FJ ICON has created excitement from the beginning. In fact, the first prototypes tested with Tour players featured the new FJ ICON outsole with a stock upper pattern and no discernible FootJoy branding. These were made 'under the radar' just to gather feedback on the performance aspect of the shoes. Several Tour players immediately put these prototypes into play during tournament rounds which spoke volumes about the confidence players had in the shoes' performance from the very beginning. Overall, the feedback from the tour players has been tremendous - they have expressed excitement about the performance, fit and comfort, upper designs and virtually limitless customization capabilities.
At FootJoy, we strive to make great products that will exceed the expectations of those who are most in tune with their feet and require elite performance products. Making golf shoes is our sole passion. It's who we are and what we do every day. With FJ ICON, the ultimate goal was to produce elite-level shoes for elite players. Period. No matter where you compete to be the best, whether it's a major championship, a club championship or with your weekend foursome, put yourself in the shoes trusted by modern day Tour icons such as Ian Poulter, Camilo Villegas, Hunter Mahan and Rory McIlroy.
From the #1 shoe in golf comes FJ ICON. The best of the best.