Stacy Lewis shot a final round 72 to win the Women's British Open across the blustery Old Course at St. Andrews this weekend. Trailing the leaders deep into the final nine holes, Lewis made birdie three on the famed road hole to reach 7-under par. Her five iron approach into the green settled four feet from the hole. Lewis described this shot as, "one of the best of my career...I was trying to hit it 160 yards in the air. It worked out perfectly."
Heading to the 18th, Lewis told her caddy she would need one more birdie to assure her the win. Lewis' drive left her 40 yards short of the green. Electing to putt the ball, Lewis rolled it through the "Valley of Sin" to about 20 feet past the hole. She made the come-backer for birdie to post eight under par for the tournament. The eight under total was enough, as all competitors fell victim to the brutal winds whipping across the historic Old Course, giving Lewis a two stroke victory.
"It all happened so fast at the end. You're afraid for every shot, and all of a sudden you make a couple of birdies and it's over," said Lewis of her final nine on the Old Course. This is Lewis' second Major victory and third win of 2013.
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Women's British Open
FJ - 51%Nearest Comp - 25%Gloves:FJ - 41%Nearest Comp - 8%
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.
Michael Thompson survived the brutal weekend conditions at PGA National to claim the Honda Classic by two strokes over former U.S. Open Champion, Geoff Ogilvy.
Already eight under at the halfway point of the tournament, Thompson looked to be the man to beat over the weekend. Playing at the top of the leaderboard, Thompson carded 4 bogeys and 4 birdies en route to his Saturday even par, 70 tally. The eight under total was good enough to earn Thompson a share of the 54 hole lead with fellow FJ staffer Luke Guthrie.
Playing in the final group for the second straight day, Thompson struck early with an eagle at the par 5 third hole to reach ten under par. Thompson dropped a shot at the next, but answered with a birdie on the following hole. Thompson, in FJ ICON and StaSof, managed to grind out a one under front nine, leaving him at 9 under for the championship.
Continuing his conservative play, Thompson made six straight pars before three putting for bogey at 16 -- a hole Oglivy birdied to get within two of Thompson. Ogilvy birdied 17, as well, to get within one of the Alabama grad, Thompson. Staying poised, Thompson rattled off a birdie on the last to shut the door on his competitors for his first PGA Tour victory.
Honda Classic Shoe Count
FJ - 58%
Closest Competitor - 20%
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On the LPGA Tour, 2012 Player of the Year Stacy Lewis continued her world beating play by winning the HSBC Women's Championship in Singapore. Tied for the lead at the start of the day, Lewis grinded through the first six holes at even par. She then launched a drive at the par five seventh hole leaving her only 200 yards to the stick. in FJ Sport BOA and StaSof, she hit what she considered one the best shots of her career nearly jarring the shot for albatross, she settled for the eagle and control of the tournament. Lewis added another birdie at the ninth to remain at the top of the leaderboard.
Playing with the lead is difficult even for a Player of the Year, "The last four or five holes, I was pretty nervous, I'm not going to lie," Lewis said post round of playing with the lead. Despite late bogeys, she would hold on for a one shot victory. The victory is her sixth on the LPGA Tour.
On the Web.com Tour, former college phenom Patrick Cantlay set the scoring record at the Colombia Championship by seven shots. Cantly's 18 under par total was good enough for a four stroke victory. “It feels really good to win. I felt in control all day," said the former UCLA Bruin, "This sets the year off on the right foot. Even though I’m one of the youngest guys out here, I feel really comfortable out here.”
The win moves Cantlay to the top of the Web.com money list.
Colombia Championship Shoe Count
FJ - 67%
Nearest Competitor - 18%
World number two, Stacy Lewis wrapped up her third 2012 LGPA victory this past weekend by winning the Navistar LPGA Classic in Pratville, AL. Fresh off a T8 in the British Open and the filming of our new "FJ. The Mark of a Player" commercial spots, Lewis did not let the the travel and extra obligations distract her.
Opening with rounds of 66, 70, and 65 gave Lewis a two shot cushion heading into the final round. Lewis, using FJ LoPro Casual and StaSof, made an early bogey on the second hole but bounced back with birdies at the fifth and consecutive birdies at nine and ten to reach seventeen under par. A late birdie at the par-three sixteenth gave her a two stoke lead with two strokes to play. Stacy parred in giving her the title.
Lewis stated post round, “Winning never gets easier," adding, “I think it might have looked
easy out there but it was hard. Every shot was stressful, and I know on
this golf course with one swing you can make a double pretty easy."
Lewis now has a commanding lead in the Rolex Player of the Year ranking.
Stacy Lewis (Women's LoPro and StaSof) won the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship, holding off world number one and four time major winnner Yani Tseng (Women's DryJoys and StaSof) for the victory. Lewis, in her professional debut, held the 54 hole lead at the 2008 U.S. Women's Open at Interlachen. She finished tied for third. Three years later, she was still winless.
This time, Lewis began the day 2 strokes back of Yani Tseng on a firm blustery day in the LPGA's first major of the year. Lewis played steady on the front and took the lead on the par 5 ninth with a birdie to Tseng's bogey. A clutch birdie and par save on 12 and 17 catapulted her to a final round 69 and a three stroke victory. This is Lewis's first career victory and later said post round, "It doesn't even feel real yet... I'm
still trying to figure out if I actually won, but I played so good
today and I was just proud of the way I hung in there and made some key
putts, especially on 17... I don't think it's quite sunk