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.
Former British Open Champion, Ben Curtis captured an emotional victory in San Antonio this week at the Valero Texas Open. Curtis in head to toe FJ performance apparel, opened the week with back to back 67's, racing up the leaderboard with the 10-under par total. Blustery winds made scoring difficult on Saturday as Curtis shot a one over par 73, despite the over par score Curtis retained the lead heading into the final round.
The tough scoring conditions from Saturday carried over to the final round, but Curtis (DryJoys Tour and StaSof) kept his head down and grinded out a front nine 35 to remain ahead of his challengers. Then Curtis made early bogey's on the back nine to drop into a tie for the lead. He fought back, making a string of pars before holing an unlikely 23-footer on the 17th hole to remain one ahead of his competition. On the final hole, Curtis's challengers failed to make birdie giving Curtis two putts for the win. He would finish the tournament out in style, holing the 12-footer for birdie and a two stroke victory.
This is Curtis's fourth PGA Tour win and first in the last six years adding post round, "It's been a tough couple of years just fighting through it." The win moves Curtis to the 28th spot on the FedEx Cup rankings.
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Hunter Mahan shot a 1-under 71 this Sunday to win the Shell Houston Open. Hunter entered the final round one stroke off of the 54 hole lead thanks to a seven under par third round that shot sprung him up the crowded leaderboard.
Mahan's final round started with eight straight pars before sticking his approach on the 237 yard par-3 ninth hole. He converted the five foot birdie putt to take a one shot lead into the back nine. Mahan added another birdie at the tenth hole to increase his lead. The lead was one as Mahan stood on the tee of the treacherous 18th hole. His drive split the fairway setting up a 200 yard approach to the large undulating green. After a well struck iron shot, Mahan two putted for the one shot victory. With the win Mahan becomes the first two time winner on the 2012 PGA Tour.
Mahan in FJ ICON and StaSof, led the field in greens in regulation hitting nearly 90 percent during the tournament. The win also moves Mahan to number four on the Official World golf rankings, making him the highest ranked American player heading into the Masters Tournament.
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FJ Loyalist Michael Hoey shot a final-round 65 to win the Hassan Trophy in Morocco by three shots.
Hoey (FJ ICON #52005) began the final round two behind the leader, but three birdies inside the last five holes ensured Hoey took home the title.Hoey’s three shot victory lifts him inside the top 15 on The Race to Dubai and puts him back in the hunt for a Ryder Cup debut later this year.
The winner of last year's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, had begun with an opening-round 74 but a 67, followed by successive 65s, gave the 33-year-old his fourth European Tour victory.
"It's amazing," said Hoey. "It's a great golf course, and the weather has been great the last two days. "I knew it was going be tough and I thought it would be tighter at the end, but I was happy to see my last approach land on the 18th green. On his chances of qualifying for the European Ryder Cup team, he added: "I haven't really been thinking about it but I'm in contention now.
Elsewhere Fellow FJ wearer Jamie Donaldson carded a course record 61 - 11 under par - to finish in a tie for third, a further shot back. He was joined on 13 under by fellow FJ ambassador Phillip Price. Hoey is now second in The Ryder Cup qualifying campaign, and his €250,000 first prize moves him to €316,798 in The Race to Dubai.
Paul Lawrie won the Qatar Masters shooting a seven under par 65 in the final round. Lawrie, in FJ ICON and StaSof, began the day with a one stroke lead and only made one birdie on the first eight holes. Then, on the par five ninth hole Lawrie chipped in for eagle to increase his lead. On the back nine, Lawrie added four more birdies including another holed chip from just off the 17th green to take a four stroke lead heading into the last hole. Finishing up with a routine par, Lawrie wrapped up the victory.
Lawrie later commented on his play this week, "I played lovely all week. But today I think tee to green, apart from my tee shot on 10th, I can't play much better than that."
This is his seventh European Tour victory and second win at the Qatar Masters. The win catapults Lawrie into the top 50 on the official world golf rankings and earns him a spot in the WGC Accenture Match Play in two weeks.
Greg Chalmers held off the 54-hole leader and fellow countryman John Senden (FJ ICON and StaSof) to win the Emirates Australian Open title at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney. Senden had a two stroke lead over Chalmers at the start of the final round. Stumbling out of the gate, Senden dropped three shots in the first four holes to open the door for Chalmers.
Chalmers, wearing DryJoys Tour, seized the opportunity with birdies on the first two holes to create a two stroke lead. Senden fought back on the back nine, cutting the lead to one until Chalmers birdied the par three fifteenth to extend the lead.
Senden responded with a birdie on the 17th, cutting the lead back to one. On the final hole Chalmers would miss the green in a tricky spot while Senden hit the green and had a good look at birdie. Senden's birdie putt narrowly skirted across the hole, and Chalmers would get up and down for par to win the tournament.
This is the second time Chalmers won the Emirates Australian Open; the victories coming 12 years apart.
Bryce Molder emerged from a six hole playoff with Briny Baird to win the Frys.com Open.
Molder wearing FJ ICON and StaSof, began the day three strokes off of the 54 hole lead held by Briny Baird (FJ ICON). Playing a bogey free round, Molder captured the lead from Baird with a birdie on the par four 13th. Now playing from behind, Baird would hole out for eagle on the par four 17th for the second consecutive day to retake the lead at 17 under par. On his final hole Molder made a timely birdie to tie the lead and give himself a chance at a playoff. After Baird's birdie bid on the last came up short the playoff was set.
Both players would exchange pars and birdies on the first three playoff holes with no player gaining a distinct advantage until the fourth playoff hole when Molder drove his ball into a hazard on the drivable par 4 17th hole. Playing his second shot from the hazard, he would wedge it onto the green eventually tapping in for par. Baird would miss his birdie put on the same hole extending the playoff. Both players exchanged birdies on the next hole to move to the sixth and decisive hole. After a pure iron shot, Molder rolled in a six foot birdie putt to wrap up his first career PGA Tour victory.
Bill Haas had experienced playoff heartbreak twice this season but in his third attempt at this year's Tour Championship, with so much at stake, Haas would prove his metal as a clutch performer. Beginning the day three strokes off of the 54 hole lead Haas shot a two under par 68 to force an all-FJ ICON playoff with Hunter Mahan. Haas wore a traditional all black FJ ICON shield tip (#52271) while Mahan opted for the latest FJ ICON pyramid saddle pattern in all white (#52114).On the first sudden death playoff hole Haas would miss the par three 18th green wide right. Now with little green to work and a fluffy lie Haas hit a high flop shot to the tucked pin leaving him a tricky downhill ten footer for par. Haas gently rolled the difficult putt right into the center of the cup. Mahan, not to be outdone also got up and down for par from the right green-side bunker. Moving on to the par four 17th hole, Haas drove his ball into a fairway bunker on the right side of the fairway. He then followed with a slightly pulled approach shot that trickled into the green-side hazard. With the ball sitting half submerged in water, ten plus feet below the green, Haas chose to play it. His result was spectacular, hitting a high, spinning shot that stopped no more then three feet from the hole. After Mahan narrowly missed his birdie bid, both players headed back to the 18th for the third time on Sunday. Haas rifled a four iron directly at the center of the green leaving him a slick downhill putt from the back fringe. Mahan hit his tee shot into the same bunker from earlier in the playoff, only this time he failed to get up and down for par. This left Haas with a four foot putt to win THE TOUR Championship and the season-long FedEx Cup crown. Haas stuck to his routine and rolled the putt in center cut for this third career PGA Tour victory. The combined victory's earned Haas a a five year Tour exemption and a $11.4 million dollar pay day.
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Adam Scott (FJ Sport and StaSof)
won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational by four shots with brilliant golf
over the weekend. Scott's tournament began with a bogey-free round of
62, one stroke off the course record, to take the early lead in the
Championship. A second round 70 would not hurt Adam as he shot a four
under par 66 on Saturday to retake the lead.
Entering the final
round one stroke ahead of the field, Scott shot a one under par 34 on
the front side to stay in control of the tournament. On the back nine
Scott ran away with the tournament making four birdies, including a
chip-in birdie on the par 3 twelfth. Scott would cap off his
captivating weekend with a birdie on the last to win by four shots over
world number one Luke Donald finishing in second. This is Scott's first
WGC Victory, which also moves Adam back into the top ten of the
Official World Golf Rankings.
Steve Stricker successfully defended his John Deere Classic title for the second straight year with a 25-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to win by one shot over PGA Tour rookie Kyle Stanley (FJ ICON #52315 & StaSof).
Stricker (DryJoys Tour #53635 ,Pure Touch Limited, & ProDry Lisle Shirt #32963), already a winner this year at the Memorial, began the day with a 2-stroke lead. By the time Stricker made the turn he had a five shot advantage. Stanley, playing like a seasoned veteran, mounted a raucous back nine charge that included birdies on five of his first six holes to take the lead.
Not to be outdone, Stricker birdied 17 to pull within one of the PGA Tour rookie. Stanley then bogeyed the 18th leaving Stricker on the last hole with a chance to win for the third consecutive year. After missing the fairway Stricker hit a solid recovery shot from an awkward stance 25 feet from the pin. Stricker struck his putt and erupted with emotion as the ball gently fell in the left side of the cup securing his victory.
This is Stricker's 11th career victory making him the only player to have multiple victories in each of the past three seasons on the PGA Tour. Stanley's runner up finished earn him a spot in next week's Open Championship.
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On the European Tour, Pablo Larrazabal (FJ ICON MyJoys and StaSof) claimed the BMW International Open in a playoff for his second career victory. Larrazabal shot four rounds in the sixties to finish the tournament at 16-under par. The victory earns Pablo a spot in the Open Championship next month at Royal St. George's.
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Eric Compton won the Mexico Open on the Nationwide Tour for his first career victory. The win moves Compton to 15th on the Nationwide Tour money list virtually guaranteeing him a PGA Tour card in 2012. "To win this is everything to me. I never thought I'd play golf again,
at least not at this level, and I proved to myself I'm more than just a
guy with two heart transplants."
For more on Compton's Victory read here: Golf.com
Harrison Frazar (FJ ICON MyJoys) defeated Robert Karlsson (FJ ICON #52005 and StaSof)
in a playoff to claim the Fedex St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind.
Frazar began the day 1 shot behind Karlsson thanks to a third round 64
that included seven birdies.
The final round was a two man race from the very beginning with the
rest of the field several shots behind. Frazar and Karlsson exchanged
birdies on the first hole and the battle for the top position would
continue all day. Frazar drew even with Karlsson after a birdie on the
third but was not alone of top of the leaderboard until Karlsson made
bogey on the 17th. Frazar gave a shot back on the last hole and the
players finish tied at the top.
On the first playoff hole, Frazar narrowly missed a birdie putt that
would of given him the victory. The players halved the first and second
playoff holes with pars. On the third and deciding hole Frazar two
putted from 22 feet for par and the victory. This is Frazar's first
For more on Harrison's win read at : Golf.com
Robert Rock went wire to wire in FJ ICON golf shoes to collect his
first career victory on the European Tour. Rock would shoot an 8-under
par 64 on day one and would not look back, carding consecutive rounds of
68 or better the following days for the victory. Rock later said, “I
thought I would eventually do it. It’s taken longer than planned but
it’s incredibly hard to win on this Tour...I’ve had good results but
I’ve come up short. Finally, it’s all
gone my way.”
For more on Rock's victory at the BMW Italian Open read at Europeantour.com
On the LPGA Tour, world number one Yani Tseng (Women's DryJoys #99184)
won the State Farm Classic for her second victory of the year in only 9
starts. Tseng would finish of the tournament with at 21-under 267,
three strokes clear of her nearest competitor.
Mark Wiebe won the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn on the
Champions Tour. Wiebe closed out the 3-day tournament at 19-under par,
getting him into a playoff. Wiebe birdied the first playoff hole to
match his competitor, two holes later Wiebe would make a par to claim
completed the sweep on the Nationwide Tour's Rex Hospital Open.
Beginning the day on a very crowded leaderboard, Thompson would shoot a
final round 68 that included a birdie on the 18th hole for the victory.
Thompson later said of his closing birdie, "It set up perfectly for me
because I like to fade the ball...It was every golfer's dream putt --
seven feet with a little
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K.J. Choi (FJ ICON #52366 and StaSof) emerged from the star studded field to win THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Inclement weather on the previous day forced most of the field to play extra holes on Sunday. Choi began his Sunday on the 11th hole, finishing his last 7 holes in 2 under par to post a 67, 1 shot off of the 54 hole lead.
Choi quietly plodded his way around the Stadium course avoiding any major mistakes. His birdie on the famous island green 17th gave him sole possession of the lead at 13-under par. The pressure was then on Choi to par the last hole and force a playoff after his playing partner birdied 18. Choi saved par and the sudden death playoff was set.
On the first playoff hole, Choi played conservatively to the wider left side of the 17th green and trusted he could get down in two strokes. K.J. hit a perfect lag putt and made the next to win THE PLAYERS Championship. This is K.J.'s 8th career victory on the PGA Tour and by far the largest victory of his career. Later Choi said, "For me to shoot under par on this course every day, it's like a miracle, to be honest with you."
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
Robert Karlsson overcame Ian Poulter in a play-off to win the season-ending Dubai World Championship for his second victory of the year. Karlsson wore FJ ICON style #52005 (all white traditional saddle) and a StaSof glove while Poulter opted for another FJ ICON all-white pattern through the MyJoys program and a SciFlex glove. The pair finished regulation ties at 14-under after Karlsson, three behind overnight, started his final round with consecutive birdies and a hole out for eagle on the par four third hole. He had two more birdies on the back nine before a fantastic approach shot that almost hit the pin on the 18th, spun back and landed within a few feet of the hole. He converted the birdie to force the playoff. Karlsson and Poulter, who was looking to win for the second consecutive week, birdied the first extra hole after hitting approaches within five feet. At the second extra hole Poulter left himself 30 feet for birdie while Karlsson again hit an approach to within three feet.Poulter then called a one shot penalty on himself when he dropped his ball on his marker and moved it. Two putts meant a bogey six for Poulter, but the penalty was irrelevant as Karlsson holed his birdie putt for the victory.Karlsson, who won the European Tour Order of Merit in 2008 and has suffered a serious eye problem and glandular fever since then, said: "It was a strange day to say the least. To start birdie-birdie-eagle is not what you expect to happen when you are three behind."Then there was the one shot penalty. It's not the way you want to win, but these things happen in golf.“It's a fantastic field, and obviously when we have all of the best players in Europe together, the way it looks now, it's going to be a great field - so to win here is fantastic.”