Jason Dufner has been on the cusp of winning several tournaments in the past two years and today he fulfilled his potential by claiming the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Through the first three rounds of play, Dufner shot rounds of 67-65-67 to sit atop the leaderboard at 17-under par, two clear of his competition heading into Sunday's final round.
Dufner, wearing XPS-1 and FJ Apparel, started off the day with five straight pars before a bogey on the sixth hole that dropped him from the lead. He rebounded quickly with back-to-back birdies on seven and eight to retake the top spot. Dufner added another birdie at 10 to retain his lead. Then after several gutsy back nine par saves, Dufner's drive on the par four 16th found a hazard. With an alligator lurking nearby, Dufner wisely took a drop and hit his ball to the right side of the green. Now looking at 40-plus feet for par to stay tied for the lead, Dufner calmly rolled in the improbable putt to keep his momentum. After grinding out two more pars on 17 and 18, Dufner was headed to a sudden death playoff.
Both players exchanged pars on the opening playoff hole and they headed back to the 18th tee for the third time today. This time Dufner seized the moment, hitting the par five 18th in two shots and making a routine two putts for birdie and the victory. This is Dufner's first PGA Tour win. Post round Dufner stated of his winning performance, "I am really, really excited and to get the monkey off my back is a great feeling".
Luke Donald (FJ ICON MyJoys) also put on an impressive performance, shooting a final round 67 to finish solo third and retaking the number one spot on the Official World Golf Rankings.
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Two weeks ago Luke Donald lost the world number one ranking to Rory McIlroy after holding it for 40 consecutive weeks. This week, Englishman Luke Donald, wearing custom FJ ICON MyJoys, emerged from a four man playoff to win the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook Golf Resort to reclaim the world number one ranking.
Beginning the day three strokes off of the 54-hole lead, Donald shot a flawless bogey free, five under par 66 to tie Robert Garrigus (FJ SPORT) and two other competitors for a sudden death playoff.
Donald, teeing off last in the playoff, narrowly missed his tee shot to the right rough. Hitting his approach shot first, Donald took dead aim striking a mid iron to within five feet of the hole. His playing competitors could not muster similar brilliance on their approaches and fell outside of Donald. With all of his playing competitors missing their birdie bids, Donald had the five footer for the win and the world number one ranking. Luke stroked the putt and watched it curl into the left side of the cup for the victory.
Luke Donald still has his eyes on this seasons first major stating, "I feel like I've achieved a lot in my career but this is perfect
preparation. I've got two weeks off now and can look forward to Augusta."
Rory McIlroy also chimed via twitter on the Englishman supplanting him as the top ranked golfer, "Well I enjoyed it while it lasted! Congrats @LukeDonald! Impressive performance!"
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The world's number one player, Luke Donald was a late entrant into the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. He announced his entry via Twitter proposing his goal to win the season long PGA Tour money title. Already leading the European Tour Money list by $1.8 million over Rory McIlroy, Donald aimed to become the first player ever to win both money titles in the same calender year.
Luke's chances looked slim entering the final round five strokes off the 54-hole lead in 13th place. At the turn, he was still two strokes behind the current money leader Webb Simpson, but Donald (in FJ ICON MyJoys) pieced together a brilliant back nine to charge up the leaderboard. He ran in 6 straight birdies on the back nine, including a holed 45 foot putt on the par-3 15th to give himself a two stroke lead. With pars on his last three holes, Donald finished the tournament at 17 under. He was two strokes clear of the field with several players still on the course. All of those players; including Simpson, could not match the brilliant back nine of Donald as Simpson finished tied for 6th.
The win gave Donald his second PGA Tour victory of the year, his 14th top ten of the year, and the season long money race on the PGA Tour. Donald has five possible starts left on the European Tour for a chance to become the first player ever to win both money titles.
Luke Donald (FJ MyJoys) fired an impeccable, bogey free 9-under 63 to win the rain-shortened Barclays Scottish Open. Donald shot rounds of 67-67-63 and finished the tournament at 19-under par, 4 strokes clear of his closest competitor. This is Donald's first win since taking over the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings and it is also his second consecutive victory on the European Tour.
Donald will head into next week's Open Championship at Royal St. Georges full of confidence, "I felt good out there, very comfortable, very in control. That's a
good sign for next week...There's always a little added
pressure when you're No. 1 but hopefully I've proved I can handle that.
It was a pretty strong field this week and the best way to prepare," Donald stated after his victory.
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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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Luke Donald upset the top seed and world's #1 ranked player Sunday to win the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. On a day that tested every facet of his game in wildly changing weather conditions, Luke relied upon the unparalleled performance and comfort of FJ ICON golf shoes customized with his own style through the MyJoys program (black base/black caiman gator accent). On a bizarre final day in the high desert, which began with snow covering the fairways, Donald pulled ahead for good with a birdie on the par-5 11th and a par on the next hole, eventually wining 3-and-2. Donald played only 89 holes in six matches and never trailed in any of them. In fact, he led after 81 of those holes.The victory was Donald’s first on the PGA TOUR in just under five years and the third of his career. His last win came in 2006 at The Honda Classic. With the victory, Donald climbs from ninth to a career-high third in the Official World Golf Ranking. “It’s hard to put into words right now (what this means to me),” Donald said “It certainly is some, I guess, pay back for all the hard work I have done. I have a lot of people to thank.”Donald needed just 73 holes to reach the final, beating the record of 77 set in 2003. His Accenture Match Play Championship record has improved to 16-10."It couldn’t have gone any better — not to get to the 18th hole in any match this week and pretty much go through reasonably stress-free," Donald said. "I played solid this week. It’s nice to get the victory."
Luke Donald eagled the 16th hole on Sunday to shoot a 5-under 67 and win the Madrid Masters by a single stroke. Donald, who wore a stunning pair of custom FJ ICON MyJoys, finished at 21-under 267 at Club de Campo and collected his third European Tour victory. The Englishman won twice in 2004 on the European Tour and twice on the PGA Tour, but Donald hadn't made it to the winner's circle anywhere since the 2006 Honda Classic on the PGA Tour."It's definitely a weight off my shoulders," said Donald. "I felt a little frustrated that I hadn't won in the last four years. I tried to stay positive today."This was also sweet retribution from last week. Donald was tied for the lead last Sunday at the BMW PGA Championship, but double-bogeyed the 17th hole to lose by a stroke."Last week was very disappointing," acknowledged Donald. "To put it behind me and come out here and win this week, I'm very proud of the way I played. It feels really good."