The Fashion Insider on pgatour.com recently caught up with FJ player, and Tour fashion icon, Brian Gay to find out what inspires his bold choices and how you can achieve the same looks at your course. Brian specifically talked about the role his footwear plays in his outfits and the endless possibilities available through the custom MyJoys program...
"I also get excited about shoes and I recently had FootJoy do some custom shoes for me to match the outfits. The thing that is so great about Sligo is that they really pay attention to my needs and ideas and when I mentioned that I would like to get some custom shoes made from FootJoy, the partners from Sligo sent me swatches to pass on to FootJoy to create some shoes that would exactly match their colors. FootJoy is a sponsor of mine as well and I really appreciated them going the extra mile to help me completely coordinate my outfits."
Check out the bold statement Nationwide Tour player Martin Piller made recently with some stunning, custom FJ ICON Asymmetricals featuring the hibiscus print! And he wore them right into the winner's circle when he captured his first Tour victory earlier this year at the Stadion Athens Classic in Georgia. On that day, Piller began the day one back and was locked in a battle until the final hole where he stuffed an 8-iron approach to 8 feet and secured his maiden victory.
Piller's done it again.
After making the cut by one shot at the recent Cox Classic, Piller roared into contention with a 62 on Saturday and followed that with a final round 7-under 64 to win the tournament by two shots and secure his PGA Tour card for next year. En route to victory, Piller reeled off a birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie streak that matched the best birdie-eagle streak in tournament history.
"(This win) was a lot different than Athens, where par was good," said
Piller. "I knew that par was not going to be good and I knew that
I was going to have to go out and make something happen. I didn't have
a number in mind. The only number I had in mind was one."
In winning tournaments in different styles, both battling with other players and then storming from behind, Piller proves he's deserving of a promotion to the big stage next year.
"I was very determined, I was very focused and I was very aggressive," said Piller. "I didn't want to be back here next year, in a good kind of way."
To learn more about Martin Piller, check out this video on pgatour.com.
Hunter Mahan won for the second time this year, coming from four shots back to start the day to win the World Golf Championship - Bridgestone Invitational. Mahan ran off five birdies on the front nine to take the lead, then had three clutch par saves down the stretch to finish off a 6-under 64 and a two-shot victory over fellow FJ player, Ryan Palmer (FJ ICON style #52005). While both players wore FJ ICON golf shoes, Hunter went with a custom design through the MyJoys program. Hunter also wore a StaSof glove while Palmer opted for SciFlex. Mahan's victory locked up a spot on the United States Ryder Cup team as he is now No. 2 in points with only this week's PGA Championship remaining before the top eight Americans qualify. Hunter has played on the last three U.S. teams as a Captains Pick."That was my goal at the beginning of the year, to make the team on my own," Mahan said.Hunter shot a final round 6-under 64 to finish with a 12-under 268 total. He became the third American with multiple victories on the PGA TOUR this year, and likely will move to a career-best No. 12 in the world.Turning Stone Resort ChampionshipMeanwhile at the Turning Stone Resort Championship, it was a major accomplishment of a different sort for FJ player Bill Lunde (FJ ICON). Less than five years after he quit competitive golf, he earned a spot in next week's PGA Championship by winning the Turning Stone Resort Championship. Lunde shot a final round 6-under 66 to rally for a come-from-behind victory with a 17-under 271 total. "All these guys out here, you're never far from playing good. You can sit here and say, 'I'm playing awful, I don't know how I'm going to break 80 today,' but you're never that far off."Lunde made the weekend cut by one stroke and but trailed by only four heading into the final round following a 64 on Saturday. Lunde climbed to the top of Sunday's leaderboard with six birdies and a 30 on the front side. None of the success seemed possible to Lunde in 2005 when he stopped playing after a tough year on the Nationwide Tour. He went to the PGA TOUR's Q-School in November and didn't qualify for the second stage so found a job in real estate in Las Vegas. He returned to the Nationwide Tour in 2008 and took advantage of his second chance. He won the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational that year and finished fifth on the money list, which earned him a spot on the PGA TOUR in 2009."I tried to make an agreement with myself when I started playing again to ... if I could just have a better attitude right off the bat, I'd become a better player than I ever was before," he said. "And that was kind of my goal. Obviously it doesn't happen every day, but it's definitely better than it was and something I'll probably battle for the rest of my life. I'm just so competitive. I can't handle not playing well or bad breaks. It gets me down."
Paul Goydos (FJ ICON black smooth calfskin bicycle toe, SciFlex glove) became just the fourth person to fire a 59 on the PGA Tour when he scorched TPC Deere Run yesterday during the first round of the John Deere Classic. Goydos birdied every hole on the back nine except for No. 15, where he holed a six-foot par putt to keep a sub-60 in sight. He finished off with three birdies, the last one from seven feet to join the most exclusive club in golf. You can read all about the round on pgatour.com or hear about it from Goydos himself in the video below (click here if video does not appear). One of the most amazing aspects of the day yesterday, in addition to Goydos' feat, is that it was nearly matched by the man who previously help the course record, Steve Stricker (Custom all-white DryJoys MyJoys, Pure Touch Limited glove). Needing an eagle at the last to reach 59, Stricker's approach appeared headed for the cup but curled around at the last second, leaving him a 2-footer for birdie and a first round 11-under 60. With a morning tee time on Friday, Stricker will have first crack at a repeat performance and also the opportunity to set the tone heading into the weekend. Stay tuned, this could get pretty wild!
Check out these beautiful FJ ICON MyJoys that were recently built for the Commander in Chief. Notorious for hitting the links to relax or entertain foreign dignitaries, this world leader has been wearing FJ golf shoes for some time, but we decided it was time for an upgrade. Keep an eye out for pictures of him in his new shoes and let us know if you see these show up in any photographs.
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."
The FootJoy team in Europe just concluded a great promotion called MyJoys May that culminated in a group of 8 FJ players wearing MyJoys shoes that were hand picked by website visitors.
We caught up with Richard Fryer, our FJ European Marketing Manager to tell us a little about how MyJoys May came about ...
"Everyone loves to know what shoes the Tour guys are wearing, and we thought why not let the consumer choose! Really, its the only piece of equipment that we can throw open to the everyday club golfer to choose on behalf of the player.
The BMW PGA at Wentworth is the flagship event on the European Tour so we felt that this would be the perfect event to showcase the shoes. The fact that both MyJoys and May start with the same letter was just a coincidence....! So we spoke to all the key players and got them to design 3 pairs of shoes through our website www.myjoys.co.uk and to let us have the designs.
The idea initially began inviting news subscribers to design a pair from scratch for Titleist and FJ Staffer Kenneth Ferrie. Kenny went through the hundreds of entries and selected a pair of white sheild tip FJ ICON MyJoys with a lime patent saddle and a pink patent accent - they looked superb! Here's a photo of him wearing them with the winning designer Chris Pyle, a 4 handicapper from Hull.
We then put up the website www.myjoysmay.co.uk which featured eight prominent European FJ players and consumer got to vote on one of the 3 designs on the players' shortlist. A live leaderboard would then generate to show which design was in the lead. This was then backed up by some banner advertising on the major websites in the UK to allow even more golfers to get involved.
MyJoys has had a great start to the year, with the addition of 4 FJ ICON styles to the MyJoys programme golfers across Europe are ordering some great designs and really taking advantage of the seemingly endless number of customisation options."
Tour pros the world over are embracing the fashion, fun that MyJoys has to offer. Build yours today by visiting your local golf retailer or by visiting MyJoys.com.
Our European Marketing team recently launched "MyJoys May," during which you can vote on which MyJoys select players will wear at the upcoming BMW PGA Championship (May 20-23). Participants include eight players who are frequent visitors to the MyJoys custom program -- Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Ross Fisher, Robert Karlsson, Henrik Stenson, Pablo Larrazabal and Chris Wood. Click on the image below to vote!
Hunter Mahan won the Waste Management Phoenix Open for his second PGA TOUR title Sunday, closing with a second consecutive bogey-free 6-under 65 to come from four strokes down. He becomes the seventh player in the season's first nine events to win wearing FootJoy golf shoes and the second consecutive to win wearing FJ ICON MyJoys. Hunter also relied on a StaSof glove. The 27-year-old Mahan had an eagle and a pair of birdies in a late four-hole span Sunday to finish at 16-under 268. Since winning the 2007 Travelers Championship, Mahan has continued to improve each year. He played on the 2008 Ryder Cup team and had six top-10s in 2009, including a runner-up finish at the AT&T National."It's just finding a way to win. I just haven't been able to do it," he said. "So obviously it feels great to get off the year on my fifth tournament to win. It gives me a lot of confidence in myself that I'm doing the right things in my game, and it feels great, it really does."The shot of the tournament for Mahan came at the par-5 13th when he hit his second shot from 250 yards to within seven feet and made the eagle putt to reach 14-under par. His 18-foot birdie putt on the par-4 14th moved him into the lead and then the clincher came at the notorious 16th, the par 3 surrounded by bleachers filled with noisy, irreverent fans who cheer and boo with equal enthusiasm.Mahan's tee shot caught the edge of the green and he made the subsequent 14-foot putt to regain the lead at 16 under and he would never look back.** During the 2010 PGA Tour season, when FJ WINS, YOU WIN. Enter now for your chance to win a pair of FJ ICON golf shoes and a StaSof glove just like Hunter wore during the final round Sunday.
Still struggling with what to get that special someone this year? Custom MyJoys are the answer, but you need to act fast! Friday December 4 is the last day you can order MyJoys via priority shipping (+$15/pair) in order to receive them by December 25.
If it's someone that loves a particular NFL, MLB or Collegiate team, we have over 100 team logos to choose from in addition to over 100 custom leather colors and prints, stock logos and endless personalization options. With spiked and spikeless, men's and women's options, you can find something for everyone on your shopping list.
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Lee Westwood (FJ ICON, PureTouch Limited) fired a course record 8-under 64 Sunday to run away from the field with a six shot victory at the Dubai World Championship. The 36-year-old shot four rounds in the 60's to finish the week with a 23-under total and lead the way for FJ players who swept the top four positions on the leaderboard. Ross McGowan (FJ ICON style #52070, StaSof glove) carded a final round 68, including five straight birdies from the 12th, to secure second place at 17-under after a sustained charge from Rory McIlroy (FJ ICON MyJoys, PureTouch Limited) who birdied five holes on the back nine to finish third at 15-under. Padraig Harrington (SYNR-G style #53918, PureTouch Limited) finished in a tie for fourth. Westwood also secured the season-long Race to Dubai and recognition as the European Number One for the second time in his career. He came to the final event trailing Rory McIlroy. Westwood's victory was the 32nd victory worldwide as a professional and his second victory on The European Tour this season. It also moves Westwood up to World Number Four in the Official World Golf Rankings, matching his highest career position.“I’m delighted to be standing here and it’s got to be the best day of my golfing career. I think that's about as good as I've ever played under this pressure," said Westwood.“Hopefully there will be more, maybe a Major in the future. Some of the young players coming through, like Rory McIlroy, put me under a lot of pressure so it will be tough. I’m going to enjoy the rest of 2009.”
We've been meeting with some of our Tour players over the past several months to take them through the more than 2 million custom combinations available in FootJoy's MyJoys program. Watch the video to hear what they think of the program and to see what custom combinations they chose! Click on COMMENTS to let us know which pair were your favorite.
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They were the best team during the regular season and the New York Yankees were every bit as good in the postseason, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies in six games to earn their record 27th World Series Championship. Celebrate this historic season and show your pride with a pair of custom Yankees MyJoys, available in both spiked and spikeless.
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Billed as the place "where golfers unite to talk about everything golf," The Hacker's Paradise recently received a pair of very stylish MyJoys featuring Lilac Large Lizard Print and Lime patent leathers. Josh from THP will be reviewing the MyJoys process as well as the shoes themselves in the next few weeks before he cleans them and places them among his collectables! Check out the thread when you have a chance to read what the THP community thinks of the shoes and poke around the site which has some pretty cool features and very active golf enthusiasts.
Recognized as the preeminant amateur team event, the Walker Cup is a men's amateur competition played every other year between a squad from the United States and another representing Great Britain and Ireland. It always features some of the very best young players who you will soon be watching compete on professional tours around the world. While there are many differences between the two sides, when this year's 42nd Walker Cup Match was played at the 6,846-yard Merion Golf Club, the 10 players on each side had one very important equipment choice in common...they all chose to wear the new FJ ICON golf shoes from FootJoy. The teams chose two styles each, one for the morning fourball matches and one for the afternoon singles matches. The United States team, which defeated the GB&I team 16.5 - 9.5 to win for the third consecutive time, wore the FJ ICON white pebble, traditional saddle (style #52005) during the morning matches and the new white and black sport saddle (style #52070) during the afternoon. The GB&I team opted for custom shoes through FootJoy's MyJoys program that featured their team logo on the heel of the shoes. They also wore the white pebble traditional saddle in the morning but opted for a white and black saddle (style #52039) in the afternoon. Overall, it was the third consecutive win for the Americans, who now hold a 34-7-1 all-time record in the Walker Cup. Check out some images below. [Gallery: 09walker_cup]