FootJoy ended 2009 just how it began...as the #1 Shoe and Glove at retail and on professional Tours around the world. Our Tour success featured memorable performances from some of the Tour's biggest stars. We recently caught up with a few FJ players to talk about the year that was and look ahead to 2010.
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Steve Stricker (SYNR-G, PureTouch Limited) made a run at Player of the Year honors on the heels of three strong wins throughout the year. After beginning the year with five top 10 finishes, Stricker captured his first win of the year in a playoff at Colonial when he stuck his approach to 3 feet on the second hole of sudden death. He was back for more at the John Deere Classic and set the course record with a 61 in round two before closing with a final round 64 to notch his second win in four starts. Strick then notched arguably the biggest victory of his career when he birdied the final two holes to win the Deutsche Bank Championship during the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Lee Westwood (FJ ICON, PureTouch Limited) finishes the year as the highest placed European in the Official World Golf Rankings having won the inaugural Race to Dubai on the European Tour. He last won the Harry Vardon trophy in 2000, reaching Number Four in the World in the process, and equaled that feat in a momentous 2009 campaign. His superb season, capped by victories in the Portugal Masters and the Dubai World Championship, was one of the many highlights of an outstanding year.
Padraig Harrington (SYNR-G, PureTouch Limited) continued to work on some major swing changes and saw the fruits of his labor towards the end of the season. Beginning with the WGC-Bridgestone Invitaitonal, Harrington reeled off an incredible string of six consecutive top ten finishes, including all four FedEx Cup Playoff events which feature some of the strongest fields of the year.
Zach Johnson (SYNR-G, StaSof) got the year started off right by defeating fellow FJ
players Adam Scott and David Toms in the first full field event of the
year at the Sony Open in Hawaii then successfully defended his title at
the Valero Texas Open.
Former University of Georgia product, Brendon Todd cruised to a two shot victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Todd's final round was blemish free, not making a single bogey to four birdies for a four-under par round of 66.
Beginning his day in a tie for the lead, Todd made birdies at 2, 5, 9 and 10 to race to 14-under par on the week. Todd made several crafty par saves on his way to the clubhouse including a left handed, back of the wedge shot on the par-3 13th that set up perhaps the best up and down of the week. None of his chasers could catch him giving Todd his first PGA Tour win in 77 starts.
Todd relied on DryJoys Tour golf shoes and the Pure Touch Limited golf glove throughout his winning performance.
The win gives Todd a two year exemption on the PGA Tour as well as an invite to the 2015 Masters.
HP Byron Nelson Championship Shoe Count
FJ - 58%
Nearest Competitor -22%
FJ - 38%
Nearest Competitor - 12%
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On the Web.com Tour, 2013 NCAA D1 individual champion, Max Homa shot a brilliant 8-under par 63 to win by one shot in the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
"I didn’t win a lot in college and to come out and do it quickly means a lot to me and gives me a lot of confidence for wherever I may wind up at the end of the year.” Homa said post round.
He relied on FJ ICON golf shoes and the StaSof golf glove en route to his first professional victory.
BMW Charity Pro-Am Shoe Count:
FJ - 69%
Nearest Comp - 19%Glove Count:
FJ - 36%
Nearest Comp - 14%
Kenny Perry captured his third straight Champions Tour major by winning the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Alabama. The 53-year-old took a one shot lead into the final round and shot a closing even par round of 72 to win by one.
Perry wore DryJoys Tour golf shoes and the SciFlex glove en route to victory.
Regions Traditions Shoe Count:
FJ - 64%
Nearest Comp - 21%
FJ - 35%
Nearest Comp - 7%
Did you also know that wearing the wrong size glove could cause the golfer multiple issues, including blistering or calluses on the hand? As well as a shortened life span of the glove?
We estimate that nearly one in three golfers fall victim to this sizing conundrum! The majority of this group is wearing a size that is far too big for their hand.
To combat this we have created a video outlining the importance of proper fit and how to find that all important size.
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