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.
Lee Westwood rolled to a seven shot victory in the Maybank Malaysian Open.
Beginning the day with a one stroke advantage, Westwood quickly increased his lead to four strokes before a thunderstorm delayed play for over four hours. Westwood returned to the course and promptly birdied the 13th hole to increase his lead to six shots. Parring the next four holes, the Englishman closed out the tournament in style by rolling in a 15 foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation to win by seven.
“It’s a golf course that suits my game; it’s very tight in certain areas. I played well, I putted well, and the short game is good." Westwood stated post round.
Westwood relied on our performance spikeless model, the DryJoys Casual golf shoe and the StaSof golf glove en route to victory.
This is Lee's 40th career world worldwide win.
Maybank Malaysian Open Shoe Count
FJ - 66%
Nearest Competitor - 20%
FJ - 37%
Nearest Competitor - 16%
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On the Asian Tour, Englishman Lee Westwood posted a final round 67 in the Thailand Golf Championship to win by one stroke. Westwood's victory marks the second time he has lifted the trophy in this event.
''I played some really good shots and made a couple of safe putts, hit a lot of fairways." Westwood later said of his play on Sunday.
Westwood relied on DryJoys Casual golf shoes and the StaSof golf glove en route to the victory.
Thailand Golf Championship Shoe count:
FJ - 62%Nearest Comp - 16%Glove count:
FJ - 40%Nearest Comp - 14%
On the Australian Tour, Greg Chalmers defeated fellow FJ Staffer Adam Scott in a playoff at the Australian PGA Championship. Chalmers shot an eight under par round of 64 to enter the playoff. On the seventh playoff hole, Chalmers made a routine par and Scott could not match, giving Chalmers the victory.
''Just phenomenal, I'm worn out,'' said of the seven hole playoff win versus the number three player in the world.
Chalmers relied on FJ ICON MyJoys with the Boa Closure system and a full range of FJ Performance Apparel.
Australian PGA Championship Shoe count:
FJ - 80%Nearest Comp - 12%Glove count:
FJ - 52%Nearest Comp - 10%