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."
Jonathan Byrd (DryJoys Tour #53733) tapped in for par on the second playoff hole to defeat fellow FJ player Robert Garrigus (FJ Superlites #58117) and win the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He closed with a final round 6-under 67 en route to winning his second consecutive PGA Tour start. You may recall Byrd won last fall at the season-ending event in Las Vegas with a hole-in-one in sudden death to earn the invite to Kapalua. At the time, Byrd was fighting to keep his Tour card, sitting outside the top 125 on the money list. Jonathan Byrd has now recorded the first two official wins for the new DryJoys Tour golf shoes from FootJoy. In shops this week, DryJoys Tour were "Built for the Tour That Inspired Them," and add to the long history of success for the DryJoys brand. In addition to Byrd, Steve Stricker, Tim Clark and Zach Johnson also wore the new DryJoys Tour this week in Hawaii. For more, click here to visit DryJoysTour.com. This was Byrd's fifth career victory and definitely the biggest. He had never won an event before July. He had never beaten a field this strong, with only PGA TOUR winners from last year. And this one came with some perks. Byrd earned an automatic invitation to the Masters, and with his second win in the last two months, he is exempt for the U.S. Open.Steve Stricker, tied with Byrd and Garrigus going into the final round, shot 71 and tied for fourth. Ian Poulter closed with a 66 to tie for sixth -- he hasn't finished worse than that in his last five tournaments. In 2011, when FJ WINS, YOU WIN. Every week a player wins on the PGA Tour using FJ gear, you have a chance to win the same products. Click here to enter this week's FJ WINS, YOU WIN and to learn more about the sweepstakes.
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Ben Crane won the inaugural Asia Pacific Classic on Sunday, eagling the par-4 15th and making an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win by a stroke. The win is the second consecutive for players wearing the new DryJoys Tour, following Jonathan Byrd's dramatic victory in Las Vegas. Crane, who wore DryJoys Tour style #53635 and Pure Touch Limited, closed with a 2-under 69 at The Mines Resort to finish at 18 under and earned $1 million in the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event in Southeast Asia.After making three straight bogeys to fall a stroke behind, Crane drove the green on the 15th and holed his 8-foot eagle putt to regain the lead. After falling into a tie heading to 18, Crane avoided a playoff with his winning birdie.Crane won the Farmers Insurance Open in January at Torrey Pines for his third career PGA TOUR victory. The win Sunday in the 40-player event -- also sanctioned by the Asian Tour -- doesn't count as an official PGA TOUR victory."I had a great opportunity with that putt (on 18) which I'll always remember. I was so nervous and I was just praying. I just wanted to hit a good putt and to see it go into the hole. It felt so good," said Crane."I just regrouped (after 14) and didn't get ahead of myself. I knew I was still in the tournament. I hit an unbelievable shot on 15 with my driver and that kind of turned things around. It was an exciting turnaround. That was an unbelievable finish," he said.
In a stunning finish in Las Vegas, Jonathan Byrd (DryJoys Tour style #53754) won a three-man playoff with a hole-in-one on the fourth extra hole. After finishing the third playoff hole at #18, Byrd, Cameron Percy and the third competitor debated whether to keep playing the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open because of darkness. They all decided to go one more hole Sunday -- the 204-yard 17th at TPC Summerlin.And it essentially was over with one swing.Byrd was first to tee off with a six iron. His shot landed about 10 feet short of the flag and disappeared into the cup. It was so dark Byrd wasn't even sure it went in. All he had to do was wait for the other competitors to hit their shots before celebrating his first win of the year and fourth of his career. Almost as stunning was that Byrd remained in the playoff. On the third playoff hole, the par-4 18th, Byrd's approach tumbled over the green and was one hop away from going into the water. Instead, it settled in a clump of grass, he chipped up to 7 feet and made the par putt just to stay alive."I'm in shock," Byrd said, certainly speaking for everyone watching another Fall Series thriller.This one was even more incredible, and it came at just the right time. Byrd was No. 117 on the money list going into Las Vegas, and his fourth career victory gives him a two-year exemption.Appropriately enough, Byrd's thrilling victory was also the first win for DryJoys Tour™ - a new category of performance golf shoes born from a 21-year heritage as the #1 all-weather performance shoe in golf. Following several years of development driven by player insight, DryJoys Tour deliver the comfort, flexibility and waterproof performance that players at all levels have come to expect from the DryJoys® brand while integrating dramatically enhanced Tour-caliber stability features.The new DryJoys Tour golf shoes have been engineered to exceed the demands of the world's top professionals. Featuring the next generation Tri-Density TPU Stability PODS™ outsole, DryJoys Tour shoes provide the stability and performance required to compete on the tour's most demanding courses. Blended seamlessly with traditional upper styling crafted from the finest premium leathers, this new category surpasses the expectations of even the most discernible tour players.