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.
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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.
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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.
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Los Angeles native, John Merrick won the Northern Trust Open at Historic Riviera Country Club with a par on the second sudden death playoff hole.
Merrick (FJ ICON and StaSof) shot three consecutive rounds under par to sit three strokes behind the 54 hole leader and defending champion, Bill Haas. With Haas struggling over the final 18, the UCLA product, Merrick capitalized making birdies on the tenth and eleventh holes to reach twelve under par. A late bogey let Merrick's competitors back into the tournament before parring in to post eleven under par. At the end of regulation, only one could match his score.
Moving to the 18th hole, both players managed to escape with pars on the first playoff hole. Moving to the famous drivable par four tenth hole, Merrick conservatively laid back to 90 yards leaving a full lob wedge into the green. Merrick played the wedge to 15 feet of the pin and calmly two putted for the win.
When asked what this win meant to Merrick, he was nearly speechless,"I can't put this into words. Growing up as a kid, coming out here, I just wanted to play this tournament."
This is Merrick's first win on the PGA Tour, also earning the 30 year old a spot in this year's Masters Tournament.
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Welshman Jamie Donaldson carded a final round 68 to take home the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship by a single stroke. Donaldson, in FJ ICON and StaSof, posted a smooth 34 on the front nine that included two bookend birdies and seven pars. His unflappable play continued for the first eight holes on the backside until a three putt bogey on the last gave his chasers some hope. They failed to capitalize on their opportunity, giving Donaldson the win.
“It’s pretty surreal really, I’ve played really good all week although I’ve got away with murder up the last" Donaldson stated post round. Continuing "I played the pro-am on Wednesday and thought the course was too difficult and I had no chance,I thought if I could get a decent finish I would be chuffed...To be holding this trophy is just mad."
This is Donaldson's second European Tour victory, his first coming in the Irish Open at Royal Portrush the previous year. The win also moves Donaldson inside the top 30 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Hometown favorite and fifth ranked player in the world, Adam Scott shot a 5-under 67 to win the Australian Masters at Kingston Heath in Melbourne.
Starting the day one stroke back, Scott wasted little time birdieing the first to draw even with the 54 hole leader. Scott, in FJ Sport and StaSof, then added four more birdies on the front making the turn with a one stroke lead. On the back nine, Scott added eight straight pars before making birdie at the last to finish at 17 under par, four clear of his closest competitor. This is Scott's first win of the 2012 season.
Scott later stated of his win, "This has been a long time coming, This is pretty sweet to be in the gold jacket and hold this trophy that I've been admiring since I was a little kid."
"This has been a long time coming," Scott said. "This is pretty sweet to be in the gold jacket and hold this trophy that I've been admiring since I was a little kid.
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.
Scott Piercy won the Canadian Open with a final round 67 to edge fellow FJ Ambassador Robert Garrigus by one. Piercy began the week with an eight under par 62 to take the early clubhouse lead; but with much work still left to do, he added a pair of 67's over the next two days to remain in contention.
Now on the final day, two strokes behind 54 hole leader Garrigus, Piercy (FJ ICON and StaSof) rattled off four birdies through the first five holes to leap into contention. Piercy cooled towards the middle of his round before adding a chip in birdie at the 15 hole to reach 17 under par. Parring in, Piercy had to wait and watch his competitors try to match his 17 under total.
No player could catch the total, making Piercy the 2012 RBC Canadian Open Champion. This is Piercy's second career win and the victory moves him to 13th on the FedEx Cup leaderboard.
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Zach Johnson is no stranger to winning on the PGA Tour and this weekend the former Master's Champion added another to his victory total with a win at the John Deere Classic.
Johnson, in DryJoys Tour and StaSof, fired a final round six under par 65 to jump in front of 54 hole leader Troy Matteson. Now two strokes back with two to play, Matteson (DryJoys Tour) jarred a 60 foot eagle putt to tie the Johnson's clubhouse lead at 20 under par. Making par on the last, the two players would head back on the course for a sudden death playoff.
On the first playoff hole both players exchanged head scratching double bogeys and headed back to the 18th tee for the third time today. This time Johnson rifled his 190 yard fairway bunker approach to within a foot of the cup. Matteson needed more late day heroics to have any chance to extend the playoff but missed his birdie bid giving Zach a tap in for the victory. Johnson converted the tap in making him the 2012 John Deer Classic Champion.
Zach later stated of his clutch playoff approach shot, “I think we’re stating the obvious...That was my shot of the week.”
This is Zach's ninth win on the PGA Tour and second of the season. The win also moves Zach to second in the FedEx Cup standings.
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On the PGA Tour, Ted Potter Jr. won the Greenbrier Classic in a three hole playoff over fellow FJ staffer Troy Kelly (DryJoys Tour). Potter, three off the lead with two holes to play, eagled the 600 plus yard par five seventeenth to get within one of the leader. The PGA Tour rookie, in FJ Icon, added another birdie on the par three finishing hole to take the clubhouse lead at 16 under par. Opting to watch the action unfold instead of staying loose on the range, Potter watched Kelly par his final two holes to tie him in the clubhouse.
With the playoff set, they headed to the par three 18th where both players exchanged pars. Moving to the seventeenth, Potter narrowly missed a short birdie putt that would of sealed the deal on Kelly's chances, but Potter calmly tapped in his par and they headed to the par three last for the third time today. This time Potter stuck one into a few feet and made the birdie putt for the win. This is Ted Potter Jr's first PGA Tour win.
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Now, moving to Paris for the European Tour's Alstom Open De France, where Marcel Siem put together a final round five under par 67 to outlast the field by one. Siem, in FJ Icon MyJoys and StaSof, started his day with a drive into a hazard but the German showed some grit, fighting back to save his par despite the errant opening shot. Marcel added five birdies and a single bogey to close out the field and win the Championship.
This is Siem's first victory since the 2004 Dunhill Championship, stating post round, "It means so much to me to win after that long stretch. It's all about
winning in the end and it puts so much pressure every time you don't win
and people start talking, you will never win again and stuff like that,
so it's very important for me."
On the LPGA Tour, Na Yeon Choi battled the long and tough Blackwolf Run U.S. Women's Open venue to win by four shots over fellow FJ player Amy Yang. Choi, in Women's DryJoys, was around the top of the leaderboard all week but a third round 65, the fifth lowest round in U.S. Women's Open history, catapulted her to the top field by six strokes. Shooting even par on the front nine, Choi tripled the tenth hole to give the other players an outside chance of catching her. She bounced back with birdies at 11, 15, and 16 to promptly slam the door on her competition and win the championship.
This is Choi's first major triumph and the win will moves her to second on the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings.
Welshman, Jamie Donaldson made eight birdies on over his final 18 holes to win the Irish Open by four over fellow FJ staffer's Rafa Cabrera Bello and Anthony Wall.
Donaldson shot three consecutive rounds in the 60's to take the 54 hole lead into Sunday. Donaldson, in FJ ICON and StaSof, had a calm focus throughout his final round round stating, "I didn't really look at any leaderboards on the way around, I didn't really know what was going on.”
It worked brilliantly as both times he dropped a shot with bogey he immediately birdied the next hole to not lose any momentum. He ended up carding a six under par 66 to win the highly coveted Irish Open.
Final round playing partner Anthony Wall spoke highly of Donaldson's game, "I've never doubted him. He's a class act and a super, super player, and he
deserves everything he gets because he does work hard and he's got
loads of talent."
This is the 36 year old's first win on the European Tour in 255 starts.
Marc Leishman shot a flawless, bogey free 62 to win the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT. The big Aussie began the day six strokes of the 54 hole lead and needed a big round to give himself a chance.
Leishman, in FJ ICON and StaSof, fired off 5 birdies on the front nine to race up the leaderboard. Then Leishman added three more birdies on the back nine to take the clubhouse lead at 14 under par. With many players still on the course, Leishman's lead was very much in doubt and he had to wait over two hours to see if the total would be enough.
Adding post round, "I didn't think it was going to be enough," continuing, "Golf is a funny game, a really funny game." His total held up giving Leishman his first PGA Tour win. The victory moves him to 23rd in the race for the FedEx Cup and his final round 62 is the lowest final round score by a champion this season.
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ShanShan Feng (Women's DryJoys and StaSof) shot a bogey free round of 67 to win the Wegmans LPGA Championship by two shots over fellow FJ Staffer, Stacy Lewis. Starting the day three strokes back, Feng played brilliantly from tee to green hitting 11 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens to shoot the tournament low round.
Feng had no knowledge of her position in the tournament stating, "I was on 18th green and I looked at the board and I was leading. I couldn't believe it." Adding, "I was focusing on very shot. If I win, I win. If I don't, I don't. It just worked out."
Feng has become the first Chinese player to win on the LPGA Tour. The win also moves Feng to fifth on the Official World Golf Rankings.
Zach Johnson held off fellow FJ staffer, Jason Dufner to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Forth Worth, TX. Dufner, coming off two wins in the past month, had the upper hand beginning the round with a one stroke lead over Johnson.
Johnson in DryJoys Tour MyJoys and StaSof, struck first birdieing the second hole to Dufner's bogey. Dufner (FJ Apparel and FJ ICON) fought back with birdies at five and six to retake the lead. Johnson remained steady and both players headed to the back nine tied.
On the par five 11th Johnson birdied to Dufner's bogey creating a two shot lead for the Iowa native. Johnson extended the lead on the 15th hole to three shots. Johnson would not relinquish his lead eventually winning by one stroke over Dufner.
“In some respects, I kind of feel like I took down a lion,” Johnson said of Dufner post round, adding, "He’s been at the top of his game.”
This is Johnson's eighth PGA Tour victory and first since winning the Crown Plaza Invitational in 2010. The win also moves Johnson to third in the FedEx Cup race while Dufner remains at the top.
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Nicolas Colsaerts (FJ ICON & StaSof) beat his fellow competitor on the final green to win the Volvo World Match Play Championship.
In blustery conditions at Finca Cortesin, the Belgian bomber
continued his remarkable record in Volvo-sponsored events. Since winning
his maiden European Tour title at the Volvo China Open in 2011 he has
finished third at last year’s Volvo World Match Play, fourth at the
Volvo Golf Champions and second at the 2012 Volvo China Open.
His seventh win as a professional takes him into the Official
World Golf Ranking's top 50 for the first time and lifts him into an
automatic qualifying place for The Ryder Cup.
The 29 year old from
Brussels, whose 316 yard average off the tee is longer than that of
America's number one bomber Bubba Watson, Moves to €1,130,111 in The
Race to Dubai. This is the second consecutive season and second time in
his career he has won more than €1 million in a single season. It is
also his highest single-season earnings, beating the €1,091,504 he
amassed in 2011.
FJ loyalist Ricardo Santos (XPS-1 & StaSof)
fired a stunning nine under par 63 on home soil in the final round of
the Madeira Islands Open – Portugal to claim his maiden European Tour
The 29 year old delighted the home crowds as he overhauled the
overnight leader and withstood the challenge of the rest of the field to
finish four shots clear on 22 under par – a record low total for the
event. Santos, a 2011 Challenge Tour graduate, produced a nerveless,
flawless performance when it mattered most, however, sinking a monster
putt on the 17th to all but guarantee victory and then adding gloss to
the finish with another birdie at the last.
He is the first Portuguese player to win a European Tour event in his
home country, and he said: “It is very emotional and I haven’t got the
words to describe how I feel. To win my first European Tour event in
my own country is very special. The putt on the 17th was unbelievable,
and I knew then that victory was mine."
Santos was 105th in The Race
to Dubai heading into this event, largely thanks to finishing tied tenth
in the Avantha Masters in February, but rises to 50th with the €112,500
earned for this victory.