Mark Wilson (FJ ICON #52308, SciFlex glove) went bogey-free over the final 36 holes Sunday en route to capturing the Sony Open by two shots over fellow FJ players Tim Clark (DryJoys Tour style #53767) and Steve Marino (FJ Sport style #53102, SciFlex). Wilson shot a 5-under 65 in the morning to take a one-shot lead into the afternoon round. Despite only six minutes between rounds, he closed with a 3-under 67 for his third career victory.The win came with some anxious moments, courtesy of Marino and Clark. Marino was 13 under and needed an eagle on 18, which looked improbable when his drive splashed out of the bunker and onto the side of a hill.With his feet in the sand, and the ball about chest-high on the hill, Marino lashed at it with a fairway metal and watched it hook onto the front of the green and stop 40 feet away."I saw the ball, and I thought, 'OK, eagle is going to be pretty tough for him to make.' It was one incredible shot," Wilson said.Marino's eagle putt narrowly missed, and Wilson pitched to 4 feet and made a birdie he didn't need. He finished at 16-under 264.The big move of the day came from Clark, and he was on the other side of the course.Because of the 36-hole final -- forced by a washout in the first round Thursday -- players did not change groups for the afternoon. Clark started the day six shots out of the lead, shot 66 in the morning and made his move on the front nine -- his last nine holes. His birdie on No. 6 took him to 12 under, then he nearly made an ace on the par-3 seventh for a tap-in birdie and gave himself two good looks at the end.With this win, Wilson earns his second trip to Augusta for the Masters. His first came in 2001 as a spectator. Wilson won the Honda Classic in 2007, but a month later Augusta National changed its criteria to invite most PGA TOUR winners. He won in Mexico two years later, but that doesn't count toward the Masters because it is an opposite-field tournament.Wilson finally returns to Augusta as a player, and he can only hope his celebration ends by April."From what I've learned over the years is the more you succeed out here, the more people expect of you," Wilson said. "But I'm going to enjoy this like crazy."
Mark Wilson began the day with a 2 stroke lead in the frost delayed Waste Management
Open over fellow FootJoy player Jason Dufner. Dufner (FJ Sport) birdied the
famed par 3 16th and the drivable par 4 17th to force a playoff with
Wilson. After exchanging pars on the first playoff hole, Wilson laid back with his tee shot and struck a smooth 7 iron approach that set up a 9 footer for the win. Wilson, trusting FJ Icon Style # 52354 and a
SciFlex glove emerged
from the playoff to win the Waste Management Open for his second victory in
only three starts this season. "I'm just enjoying the ride here and that's just kind of the way I'm
going to look at the year here, just ride this train as long as I can,"
Wilson said of the victory.
D.A. Points (SYNR-G #53918 and SciFlex #68115) won the AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am with a 5-under par 67. This is D.A.'s first career victory, earning him a spot in The Masters along with a 2 year PGA Tour exemption. Standing in the fairway on the hardest hole Pebble has to offer, the par 5 14th, Points holed his third shot for eagle giving him a 1 shot lead with 4 to play. Points then holed a 30 foot birdie putt on the par 4 15th to all but assure him the victory. "Pebble Beach may be the most iconic place in America to play golf, and to win here, it's just a dream come true," said Points.
Hunter Mahan (FJ Icon) shot a 66 to finish solo second.
Sunday at Bay Hill was the toughest final round on tour this year and Martin Laird (SciFlex) emerged from the calamity to claim the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Laird's day included a 3 stroke lead and also 3 stroke deficit in a span of 7 holes. Laird later said, "When I saw I was three down, I didn't have a choice. I had to start
playing some good golf. I had to make birdies. Steve was playing too
good. That was really the focus. It was trying to get this trophy."
He did exactly that with birdies on 15 and 16, followed by clutch pars on the final 2 holes to finish victorious.
Steve Marino (FJ Sport and SciFlex) finished in solo second after two plugged lies derailed his chances to win.
This is the 4th victory for the SciFlex glove this year.
Lee Westwood (Synr-G and SciFlex) celebrated his birthday by reclaiming the top spot on the Official World Golf Rankings with a win at the Indonesian Masters (Asian Tour). Lee Westwood played stellar golf all week at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club and began his final round with a 5 shot lead. Westwood was steady on the outward nine, shooting even par. On the 11th, Westwood faced a tricky 15 footer for birdie and nailed it. Now with some momentum, Lee birdied two more holes to finish the tourney at 19-under par 3 shots clear of second place. When asked about becoming world number one again, Westwood downplayed the feat, "It was about coming here this week and trying to win the Indonesian Masters and I've done that."
On the European Tour, big hitting Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts (FJ ICON) won the Volvo China Open at a staggering mark of 24-under par. This is Nicolas' first European Tour victory coming 10 years after first earning his European Tour card at the age of 18. Colsaerts later said of his victory, "I’m enjoying every second of it...I’m dizzy - my head is going
all over the place. I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time and
I think I did it in the best of manners so I’m really delighted."
Fresh off a decisive victory in Malaysia that claimed Westwood (DryJoys Tour #53635 and SciFlex) the number one spot in the World Golf Ranking, Lee claimed his second consecutive tournament with a win at the Ballantine's Championship. Wanting to validate his top position, Westwood came from behind to win in South Korea. Starting his final round three strokes back of the leaders, he shot a final round 5-under 67 to defeat his competitors by 1 stroke. Westwood later stated, “It was very tough and to go around without making a bogey, five birdies and 13
pars was a special round of golf."
Luke Donald (FJ ICON MyJoys) bested Lee Westwood (DryJoys Tour #53635 and SciFlex) in a playoff to capture the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club in Surrey, England. The players faced brutal conditions all week and they both finished the tournament at 6 under, 278 total. On the first playoff hole Donald safely pitched his 3rd shot onto the green within 6 feet, placing the pressure on Westwood to match him. Westwood's approach would land on the green only to spin back into the water. Donald would then hole his six footer for the victory. The win moves Donald to number one on the Official World Golf Rankings, supplanting his fellow countryman Westwood.
Donald is embracing his new status stating, “It doesn't get much better. I'm not sure if there will ever be a case
where Number One and Number Two in the world are playing off for the
tournament, but also a chance for the Number One ranking in the world. A
unique history I think has been made, and glad to be a part of it.”
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Lee Westwood cruised to a seven-shot victory on Sunday in the Thailand Golf Championship. Westwood wearing FJ Sport and SciFlex set the pace early, opening the tournament with a 12 under par 60 on the Amata Springs course. He then followed the stellar round with an impressive eight-under par 64 to open a 11 shot lead through two rounds of play.
"I've amazed myself really...It's been
staggering, it all came together well. It's probably the best I've ever
played." Westwood said of his blistering start to the tourney.
Despite his massive lead, Westwood felt the pressure of holding onto it, "I've never had an 11-shot lead before and it was difficult to come out
and refocus and reset goals...it's yours to
lose really with an 11-shot lead. There was pressure involved.
Yesterday, I didn't know how to approach it or handle it." Westwood handled the pressure just closing with a three under par 69 to win by seven shots. The win moves Westwood to number two on the official world golf rankings.
FJ Ambassador Louis Oosthuizen (FJ ICON & SciFlex) began The 2012 Race to Dubai in style as he successfully defended his Africa Open title at East London Golf Club.
The South African won on home soil for the second year running with a closing 67 to hold off the challenge of compatriot and fellow FJ loyalist Tjaart Van der Walt. The former Open Champion held firm on the back nine as his playing partners struggled for birdies, Oosthuizen running out a two shot winner on 27 under par.
Oosthuizen was by far the most aggressive player in the final group, and asked about his decision to try and drive the greens on the shorter par fours said: “On six, I go for that green every time, so to me it was a good driver today with the wind into me.”
A huge drive at the 11th set up Oosthuizen for a two-putt birdie on the 11th, and a 30 foot birdie at the penultimate hole all but sealed a victory that was confirmed when he got up-and-down from the back of the 18th green for par.
Oosthuizen scooped the prizes of €158,500 which provisionally places him top of the Race to Dubai standings.
On his third start to the 2012 PGA Tour season, Mark Wilson, with memories of his two wins early last year, wrapped up a two stroke victory by holding off a slew of contenders at the Humana Challenge.
Wilson, at 21 under par, began the final round with a three stroke lead over fellow FJ Ambassadors Zach Johnson, Robert Garrigus and Ben Crane. Garrigus gave Wilson the biggest challenge on Sunday as Garrigus took the lead from Wilson on the par four tenth hole with a birdie.
Wilson wearing FJ ICON and SciFlex, responded with an up-and-down birdie from over the green on the par five eleventh hole to regain a share of the lead at the top of the leaderboard. On the next, Wilson hit his approach shot into a greenside bunker, only to hole out the 49 foot bunker shot for another birdie to retake the lead. He added two more birdies on his way in, including a birdie on the last to seal the deal on the victory.
This is Wilson's fifth career PGA Tour victory.
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Jbe Kruger of South Africa emerged from the tight leaderboard at the Avantha Masters for his maiden European Tour victory. Going in to the final round, just three strokes separated the top 15 on
the leaderboard, and Kruger was at the top with a bogey free third round
that included two eagles and two birdies.
Playing with the lead has proved difficult on the worldwide tours this year, but this time Kruger in FJ ICON and SciFlex responded brilliantly with three birdies on his opening nine Sunday to hold onto that one shot cushion heading into the final nine. Extending the lead in his last round, he added another birdie from off of the green at the treacherous par 3 11th. Kruger's only blemish of the day was on the 17th hole, making a bogey to decrease his lead to two. Unfazed, he made a heroic par on the last hole to wrap up the two stroke victory.
Kruger added post round, “I’m very relieved to win for the first time...if you want to win you need to make putts on the
final day and I did that today," continuing, "It’s a big relief now that I’ve
won, but I think I needed all those second-place finishes to be able to
Second at last week’s Masters Tournament. Third in Houston two weeks
ago. But after two near misses and over 10,000 miles travelled, FJ
ambassador Louis Oosthuizen (DryJoys Tour & SciFlex) finally clinched the victory his recent form richly deserved at the Maybank Malaysian Open.
The 29 year old South African defied the psychological fatigue of
being pipped to a second Major Championship by fellow FJ loyalist Bubba
Watson (FJ ICON) at
Augusta National last Sunday and the physical tiredness of a 30-hour
journey to win by three shots at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.
And all of that before you factor in the jet-lag of travelling across
12 time zones, made harder by the storm disruptions on Friday and
Saturday which left the 2010 Open Champion with 26 holes to play on the
final day. Truly this was a remarkable performance as Oosthuizen carded a
closing 68 for a 17 under par total, with all four of his rounds
One clear overnight, Oosthuizen ground down his nearest challenger,
who remained in contention right until the closing stretch but struggled
to make birdies in a bogey-free round of 70.
Oosthuizen began the day by playing the last eight holes of his third
round in level par, and was briefly caught when his nearest competitor
birdied the 15th and 16th.
He turned in a two under par 34, with his nearest challenger staying
in touch with birdies at the fifth and tenth - both par fives - but
crucially Oosthuizen was able to raise his game on the back nine and
sink a ten foot birdie putt at the 13th.
A fifth European Tour title was all but secured after a slice of good
fortune on the 16th - Oosthuizen’s drive almost went in the water, but
having got lucky he took full advantage with a pitch to two feet and
“I thought I was going to be a lot more tired,” said Oosthuizen,
after recording the fifth victory by a South African on the 2012 Race to
Dubai. “It was a long journey to get here and I have to be honest and
say that I didn't expect to play this well because of the tiredness.
Follwing his fantastic win Oozthuizen moves to €1,293,705 in The Race to Dubai, and 12th in the World Golf Rankings.
Elsewhere for FJ Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello continued his good form
with a closing 71 for a 12 under total sixth on 11 under and defending
champion Matteo Manassero also recorded top-ten finishes after rounds of
71 and 69 respectively.
Jason Dufner (XPS-1 and FJ Apparel) won the HP Byron Nelson Championship in dramatic fashion by holing a 25 foot birdie putt on the last hole of regulation to win by one over fellow FJ staffer, Dicky Pride (FJ Sport and SciFlex).
Beginning the day with the lead, Dufner fell behind with early bogeys on two and three. He bounced back quickly with a birdie on the fourth, fifth, and seventh holes to join the leaders at nine under par.
He added a birdie at ten to retake the lead alone. Dufner, first in greens in regulation and second in driving accuracy, birdied the sixteenth hole to keep pace with surging playing competitors. On the final hole, with a hazard left and trees right, Dufner launched his tee ball straight up the middle. With only a short wedge shot left, Dufner played a shot to the middle of the green, 25 feet from the pin. He then poured in the downhill, right to left putt for the one stroke victory.
Post round Dufner stated, "You probably couldn't dream it any better than what's been going on
here" Continuing, "The wedding has been in the works for close to a
year, so we know that's been coming around the corner. And there's been a
lot of good golf since then, but to win two events and get married in
the span of 22 days, pretty remarkable."
This is Dufner's second win in his past three starts. The win also moves him to the top spot on the FedEx Cup leaderboard and into third place on the Ryder Cup points list.
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In 1996, a young Lee Westwood won his maiden European tour victory at the Nordea Masters. Now fast forward to 2012 and Westwood has added another Nordea Masters to his impressive worldwide resume. Westwood, in FJ Sport and SciFlex, shot rounds of 68, 64, 68, and 69 to reach the -19 under par total, five clear of his closest competitor.
“I played really well this week - you don’t win tournaments by five shots without playing well.” Westwood later said of the impressive victory. He then added some levity to the moment," It feels really special winning here another time – I’ve won it in three decades now which just shows how old we’re getting!"
This is Westwood's 22nd career win on the European tour.
Westwood will now head to The Olympic Club in San Francisco for his shot at the U.S. Open. In the opening two rounds he will be paired with fellow FJ staffers Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald.
This week's FJ Tour insider will bring you inside the ropes of the Alstom Open De France. Being right outside one of the fashion capitals of the world our FJ players would not disappoint with their on course styling!
Swedish born PGA Tour rookie, Jonas Blixt (SciFlex) wrapped up his first career victory with a win at the Frys.com Open held at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, CA. Entering the day one stroke back of the leader, Blixt shot one under on the front nine to remain in contention. Adding a birdie on the 15th, tied Blixt for the lead.
After bombing his tee shot over the green on the driveable 17th hole, Jonas played a delicate flop shot that came to rest seven feet from the hole. One of the best putters on tour, Blixt gently rolled the putt in center cut to take the outright lead. Making par at the last earned him the victory.
“It’s unbelievable,” Blixt said. “I have no words right now. This is the biggest dream I’ve ever had.”
The win move Blixt to 35th on the money list and earns him a two year exemption on the PGA Tour.
PGA Tour Shoe Count :
FJ - 78 (60%)Nearest Comp. - 25 (19%)
Louis Oostuizen of South Africa won the Volvo Golf Champions event at Durban Country Club with a Sunday best, six under par 66 to win by one stroke.
Starting the day five strokes back of the lead, Oosthiuizen made up solid ground on the front nine shooting a four under 32 to creep within one of the lead. Continuing his near perfect play on the back, Louis, in DryJoys Tour and SciFlex, birdied his first two holes to take sole possession of the lead. Oosthuizen added another birdie at the 14th before a late bogey at the 16th gave others hope at catching him. Their pursuit would be in vain with Louis parring the final two holes to take home the championship.The win coupled with seven top tens in his past eight starts has moved the former Open Champion Oosthuizen to number four on the Official World Golf Rankings, his highest ranking ever. This was Louis' sixth European Tour victory.
Volvo Golf Shoe Count: FJ - 58%Nearest Comp. - 18%
Kevin Streelman (in FJ ICON and SciFlex) tamed the daunting Innisbrook Copperheard course to claim his first PGA Tour title in his 153rd PGA Tour start. Entering the weekend at even par, Streelman played his next 36 holes at 10 under, not dropping a single shot over the stretch. The ten under total was good enough to take home a two stroke victory.
"I just stayed really patient and had a peace about me today...It’s such a tough golf course where you’ve got to pick your battles.” said Streelman of his controlled round.
The win earns Streelman an invitation to this years' Masters Tournament.
Tampa Bay Championship Shoe Count:
FJ - 63%
Nearest Competitor - 21%
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On the European Tour, Thomas Aiken won the Avantha Masters with a final round 67 to win by three strokes. Aiken, in FJ ICON MyJoys, shot all four rounds in the 60's, including a blistering ten under par 62 on Saturday to race to the top of the leaderboard. Aiken carded twenty-one birdies and two eagles versus only two bogeys over the 72 holes of tournament play.
“I’ve been playing very nicely the last four months, not making a lot of mistakes, but just not sinking enough putts,” said Aiken, continuing, “This week a few went in, I hit some better iron shots which gave me a better chance to sink some putts, and I played some phenomenal golf.”
This is Aiken's second European Tour Victory; the win also moves Aiken into the top 100 on the official world golf rankings.
Stacy Lewis has captured the world number one position with a win at the RR Donnelly LPGA Founders Cup. Entering the final round four behind, Lewis in FJ Sport BOA and StaSof, biridied nine of the final 18 holes to run away with a three shot victory.
Lewis's 23 under par total set a tournament record.
This is Stacy's seventh LPGA Tour victory and second of 2013.
D.A. Points came back from a nearly three hour rain delay to win the Shell Houston Open by one stroke over Henrik Stenson and Billy Horschel.
Beginning the day one back, Points made six birdies in the first 14 holes, racing to a one stroke lead before play ceased. With a two year PGA Tour exemption and a Masters invitation on the line, D.A. made clutch pars on the final four holes including up and downs on the final two to post the clubhouse lead at 16 under. No one could catch the total, which gave D.A. his second PGA tour victory.
Points trusted his XPS-1 golf shoes and FJ Sciflex glove en route to his win, "The XPS-1 gives me the comfort and stability I need to play my best golf." Continuing, "The SciFlex fits my hand and is breathable for the hot conditions we always play in."
Seven different FJ styles graced the top 25 of the Shell Houston Open. D.A. opted for max stability of the XPS-1, second place finisher Billy Horschel went for fashion forward performance in FJ Icon MyJoys. Other players in the top 25, Ben Crane in Contour, Oothuizen in DryJoys Tour, Bill Haas in FJ Sport, Westwood in FJ Icon, and Wheatcroft in the M:Project. FJ truly has a shoe for every golfer and every swing.
Shell Houston Open Shoe Count
FJ - 64%
Nearest competitor - 18%
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The major of the year is upon us and excitement is stirring for the first tee shot to fly across the hallowed grounds of Augusta National! With countless story-lines abound and many of the games top players in peak form it should prove to be yet another historic major championship.
Furthermore, since this is often considered the beginning of the golf season for many players, we would like to extend you the opportunity to win some new FJ products to begin your season!
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Brett Rumford cruised to his second consecutive victory at the Volvo China Open. Rumford's three under par 33, on the front nine, increased his one stroke overnight lead to three. Competitors drew closer over the back nine, until Rumford posted birdies at 12, 13, and 14 to increase his lead to six. Rumford went on to post a four day total of 16 under par to win by four strokes over the competition.
The 35 year old, five time European Tour winner stated post round, "As with last week I’m kind of speechless at the moment." Continuing, “It’s quite surreal – it’s the first time I’ve actually played the week after a win so I’m more than pleased. It’s hard to get my head around it at the moment."
Rumford was cool and comfortable all week in head-to-toe FJ Performance Golf Apparel, FJ ICON, and SciFlex. Brett also became the 31st player to win consecutive titles on The European Tour.
Volvo China Open Shoe Count: FJ - 65%Nearest Comp - 17%Glove Count:FJ - 45%Nearest Comp - 15%
On the Asian Tour, fellow FJ Staffer and FJ Performance Apparel Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger locked down a one stroke victory at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters. Bernd shot a front nine 34 to climb the to top of the leaderboard.
The Austrian added an eagle at the 12th and a birdie at the 16th to post a four day total of 273 or 15 under par across the nearly 7,400 yard Royale Jakarta Golf Club, the total left him one stroke clear of the competition. This is Bernd's first victory of the 2013 season and sixth international victory overall.
Bernd also wore FJ ICON and StaSof en route to his victory.
Winning is never easy on a professional tour, which Wiesberger understood stating post round, "I was struggling in the beginning after my birdie on one. But at the turn I got a bit of momentum going because I was confident with my ball striking.”
Journeyman, Ken Duke wrapped up a playoff victory at the Travelers Championship for his first PGA Tour win in 187 starts.
Winning on the PGA Tour sometimes requires a little luck, Duke's approach into the tenth hole ricocheted of off a greenside tree to within five feet of the pin. Duke converted the birdie and proceeded to birdie three more holes on the back nine, en route to a final round 66. His four round total of 12 under par placed him into a playoff. The playoff was short lived as Duke birdied the second hole of sudden death to secure the win.
"You gotta believe in yourself in everything you do," Duke said. "That's why those guys at the top are winning week in, week out because they believe they can do it. It's kind of one of those things once you finally do it it might come easier the next time. That's kind of the way I feel."
Ken Duke opted for the lightweight performance and stability of the FJ Sport during his winning performance.
The Travelers Championship Shoe Count
FJ - 60%
Nearest Competitor - 17%
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David Howell celebrated his first European Tour title in seven years by beating Peter Uihlein in a sudden-death play-off at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Howell wearing DryJoys Tour™ golf shoes and a SciFlex™ glove, carded a final round of 67 to set the clubhouse target at St Andrews and then watched as overnight leader Uihlein (XPS-1™ & Pure Touch®) missed from 15 feet for a winning birdie on the 18th, meaning the pair finished tied on 23 under par.
Playing the first hole at St Andrews to begin the play-off, both players narrowly missed long birdie attempts but Howell, who had lost all four of his previous play-offs, made no such mistake from eight feet to claim the title and first prize of €589,561.
Uihlein began the day with a two-shot lead but a combination of a three-putt bogey at the first and a blistering start from France's Thomas Levet saw that instantly wiped out.
Levet (FJ ICON™) briefly led by two shots when he opened with five straight birdies and also picked up a shot on the seventh, but faded over the closing stretch and saw his hopes ended by driving out of bounds on the 14th. He did have the consolation of winning the pro-am competition however.
Howell’s victory at St. Andrews lifts him to the top of the European Ryder Cup Points List and to 12th on the Race to Dubai, guaranteeing qualification for the season finale DP World Tour Championship - where the Dubai resident will make his debut from the 14-17 November.
The 38 year old also jumps 82 places in the Official World Golf Rankings to 94.
"I have never played in an Open Championship here but to win a golf tournament as a professional at the Home of Golf is quite amazing and I am really thrilled” stated Howell.
"I was really nervous all week and strangely less nervous today - I can't explain that at all. I stayed calm and smooth under pressure and that was really pleasing”.
Matt Jones began Sunday's dreary final round in the Shell Houston Open six shots back of the leader and needed nothing short of a heroic round to have any shot at the title. Opening his final round with a bogey, the 33 year old Australian, Jones made four birdies on his front nine making the turn in three under par 33.
Still chasing the lead the entire back nine Jones birdies three of the first seven holes on the back nine to get within one of the lead. Jones made an untimely bogey at the 17th that would seem to seal his fate. Jones would not let the bogey become his undoing and proceeded to roll in a forty foot plus birdie putt on the 72nd hole of regulation to get within one of the leader back on the tee.
As luck would have it, a bogey from the leader led to a playoff. The players headed back to the 18th tee.
Jones' approach into the first playoff hole came up well short of the green leaving himself a 42 yard pitch shot to the hole. Stepping into the shot, Jones hit a low runner that tracked right at the hole and fell to the bottom of the cup for birdie. Jones' playing competitor couldn't match the birdie giving Jones the victory!
"I walked up there and told my caddy I was going to chip it in," Jones said. " You don't know if it's going to lip out, low or high, but when I saw it disappear it's probably the happiest I've been on the golf course."
The win earns Jones the last invitation to next week's Masters Tournament.
Jones relied on FJ Icon and SciFlex during Sunday's rainy final round.
FJ Shoe Count
FJ - 57%
Nearest Competitor - 18%
FJ Glove Count
FJ - 38%
Nearest Competitor - 13%
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