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.
So Yeon Ryu (LoPro Collection and SciFlex) began the Monday finish in the U.S. Women's Open chasing clubhouse leader Hee Kyung Seo (Women's DryJoys and StaSof). Seo grasped the 3-under par clubhouse lead Sunday evening before play was suspended. Ryu, one stroke back, had 3 holes to make up a one shot difference. After pars on the first two holes, Ryu hit a brilliant 6 iron from 170 yards to 6 feet. She drained the putt to force a playoff against Seo.
The playoff was set for the three holes Ryu just played to finish her final round, "It was a big benefit for me to play those playoff holes early Monday morning to finish my forth round," Ryu later said of the playoff holes. She took advantage going par, birdie, birdie to win the playoff comfortably over Seo.
Seo, gracefully accepted defeat, "I feel very happy that a South Korean player won this great, big tournament."
This is So Yeon Ryu's first LPGA Victory.
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PGA Tour rookie Brendan Steele; wearing custom FJ ICON shoes from the MyJoys program, emerged from a crowded leaderboard to win the Valero Texas Open for his first career victory on the PGA Tour. Carrying a 1-stroke lead into the final round Steele showed the steely grit of a PGA Tour veteran as he closed with a 1 under par 71. An early bogey on the 5th hole could have derailed the rookies chance as it dropped him into a three way tie for the lead. Showing poise and composure, Steele quickly bounced back making birdie on the 7th hole to retake the lead. Charley Hoffman would pull within 1 stroke of Steele after an eagle on the par-5 eighth; but ultimately it would not be enough to catch Steele, who would par the last 11 holes to finish off victorious.
To celebrate the 2011 Master's Tournament we are offering you a chance wear what the pros will be wearing at Augusta this year. Our Limited Edition Masters shoe will be extremely limited in quantity with just 150 pairs available for the entire world. Featuring a beautiful Augusta green crocodile print, they will be available at MyJoys.com on all FJ ICON styles at 8:00 am ET on Monday April 4, 2011. Here is a Sneak Peak of what they could look like.
Here at FootJoy, we really enjoy seeing all the different combinations people come up
with to demonstrate their very unique style; from styles loud enough for Ian Poulter to styles for the most conservative of golfers. That is the beauty of the MyJoys site; it is entirely up to you!
Here are the winners of the Most Unique MyJoy Designs of 2010. Taking first place with over 4,000 votes is the Women's LoPro. In second, with 3,847 votes, came the men's maroon, white, and blue shield tip. Last but not least with 3,677 votes came another shield tip in red, white, and brown. I want to thank everyone for their overwhelming response and voting!
If you've been watching the MyJoys ticker on the FJ homepage like we have, no doubt you've seen some very unique shoes come through this past year. We really enjoy seeing all the different combinations people come up with to demonstrate their very unique style and have pulled out some of the "most unique" from 2010.
We give you the tools and, as you'll see, you respond in ways we could only imagine...or ways we could not possibly have imagined. While some of the designs may not meet your style requirements, you have to be impressed with the boldness of some golfers.
These are actual orders from actual consumers!
Click here to vote on the most unique styles of 2010 and for the chance to win a pair of MyJoys for yourself.
Click on COMMENTS to let us know what you think of these designs!
Don't know what to buy for that person who has everything this holiday season? How about the ultimate golf gift...personalized golf shoes from the #1 shoe brand in the game. With literally millions of possible combinations, there's something for everyone on your list no matter the skill level or style preference. For the women golfers in your life, we're excited to announce the arrival of the very successful LoPro Sport, added just this week to the MyJoys collection. Visit MyJoys.com to get started.
MyJoys FJ ICON for Him:
And MyJoys LoPro Sport for her:
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!