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.
For more on Larrazabal's win read here: Europeantour.com
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
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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.”
Adam Scott fired a 3-under 68 to win the Barclays Singapore Open for the third time. Adam, who was also victorious here in 2006 and 2007, laced up a pair of FJ ICON style #52005 and wore a StaSof glove en route to his seventh career European Tour title. Following a five hour rain delay on Sunday, the leaders returned to the course Monday morning to play the back nine.
Chased by several players from start to finish, including Ian Poulter who won here last year, the former World Number Three parred the 16th and 17th before
finishing with a flourish when he birdied from 12 feet at the last for a three shot margin of victory.
“It feels great,” said Scott, who last won on The European Tour two
and a half years ago. “Relief to finally get finished, it’s been a bit
of a long week. I’m very happy to be winning here again.
Heath Slocum (SYNR-G, StaSof) closed with a final round 2-under 68 at the Sea Island Golf Club to win the new McGladrey Classic on Sunday. Slocum finished with a 14-under total of 266 and a one-shot victory over Bill Haas who was looking to win for the second consecutive week.
Slocum was in a three-way tie for the lead coming to the 16th hole. In a matter of moments, one of his competitors hit into the hazard and made double bogey while the other three-putted for bogey. Slocum was trying to lag his putt from 60 feet toward the front of the green when it banged into the pin and disappeared for birdie.
“That’s a putt he’ll always remember,” Haas said.
It was the fourth victory of Slocum's career, and should put him just outside the top 50 in the world. Slocum moved to No. 29 on the PGA Tour money list with one tournament left on his schedule. The top 30 earn invitations to the Masters. It was his first victory since he won The Barclays last year in the FedEx Cup playoffs by making a 10-foot birdie on the last hole to beat several of the world's best players.
Haas, who won last week at the Viking Classic for his second victory this year, all but locked up his return to Augusta National. He drilled an approach on the par-5 15th to 10 feet for eagle to give himself a shot at back-to-back wins. The runner-up finish was worth $432,000, which moved him to No. 18 on the money list.
Most of the players in the top 30 are not playing much this time of the year, and it’s unlikely Haas will be knocked out of the top 30.
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The endless hours Charley Hoffman spent working in his sand game paid off in a huge way Monday, leading to an impressive five shot victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship. After finishing last season ranked near the bottom in sand-save percentage, Hoffman began working with short-game specialist James Sieckmann and noticed immediate improvements. Every one else noticed the improvements late Monday afternoon. Tied for the lead and standing awkwardly in the greenside bunker at TPC Boston's 13th hole, the ball below his feet, Hoffman popped the ball out perfectly, landed it halfway to the pin that was 48 feet away, then watched it make a beeline right to the cup. Birdie. He hadn't just saved par, he gained a stroke and a lead that he wouldn't give away. "I can tell you right now -- if I wouldn't have met that guy (Sieckmann), I wouldn't have won this golf tournament," Hoffman said. "I could barely get it out of the bunkers before, pretty shocking.That was just one highlight of many for Hoffman who dropped 11 birdies en route to a memorable 9-under 62 that tied the tournament's 72-hole record of 22-under par. After starting the day four shots off the lead, Hoffman came roaring out of the gates with four birdies over the first five holes to jump into contention. Equally as noticeable as Hoffman's improved sand play were his color co-ordinated custom green StaSof glove and FJ ICON Asymmetrical golf shoes featuring a limited edition green caiman gator print. For your chance to win products similar to what Charley Hoffman used on Monday, click here to enter the FJ WINS, YOU WIN sweepstakes.
Zach Johnson shot a closing 6-under 64 Sunday to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial by three shots. Zach earned his seventh career PGA Tour victory and the first for the new FJ SPORT golf shoe. FJ SPORT is designed and developed for the player seeking bold, athletic-inspired performance golf shoes. Utilizing striking patterns and color, FJ SPORT integrates proven performance attributes and premium materials. Zach wore FJ SPORT style #53102 and a StaSof glove during his most recent victory. With a 21-under 259 total, Zach not only set a new tournament record, but recorded the lowest four-round total on the PGA Tour since FJ player Geoff Ogilvy won the season-opening SBS Championship at 22-under 270. With storms surrounding the golf course all day Sunday, Zach endured several weather delays to earn the coveted plaid jacket. Johnson's clinching shot at the 381-yard 17th was his fifth birdie on the back nine. Three of those birdies came on putts of at least 22 feet in a four-hole stretch. He took the lead for good when he drained the longest of the three, a 25-footer at the 427-yard 15th hole soon after the initial weather delay."I love it. There's a reason I love playing here and keep coming back," Johnson said. "The course does suit me as far as shot-making. I just feel honored."
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Australia’s Adam Scott (FJ ICON style #52005, StaSof glove) made the Valero Texas Open his first PGA Tour victory in two years, shooting a combined 11-under 133 in a 36-hole finale Sunday to win by a stroke.The 2008 Byron Nelson Classic winner, Scott overcame two early bogeys with an eagle on the par-4 17th in his third-round 66, then built his lead with six birdies en route to a closing 67 on the new Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.Scott finished at 14-under 274 and earned $1,098,000 for his seventh career tour victory.Adam Scott is the latest player to trust the new FJ ICON golf shoes and a StaSof glove en route to victory on the PGA Tour. As with all FJ victories this year, when FJ WINS, YOU WIN! Enter now to win FJ ICON golf shoes and a StaSof glove just like Adam wore on Sunday.
Jason Bohn (FJ ICON style #52047, StaSof glove) won the Zurich Classic in New Orleans on Sunday for his second PGA TOUR title, birdieing three of the final four holes for a 5-under 67.Bohn, who completed a third-round 71 in the morning in the weather-plagued tournament, finished at 18-under 270. He also won the 2005 B.C. Open but has recently battled numerous injuries."This is life changing," said the 37-year-old Bohn, who admitted making his putt on 18, following a phenomenal approach that stopped on the edge of the cup, with tears in his eyes.Bohn led since his opening round 65 but had to play a lot of golf over the final three days to capture his second Tour title. Heavy rain and lightning Friday and again Saturday morning delayed the early rounds so he was required to play 24 holes Saturday and 30 on Sunday. He had seven birdies and one bogey in his 30 holes Sunday.
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FootJoy, the #1 Shoe in Golf and #1 Shoe on every Tour Worldwide, announced today that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Geoff Ogilvy.
Geoff is an international star who excels under the toughest conditions. A six-time champion on the PGA Tour, Geoff has topped some of the best fields in golf throughout his career. He famously won the 2006 United States Open with a chip-in par on the 17th hole and a clutch up-and-down par on the final hole. The victory was Geoff's first major championship and he became just the second Australian to win the tournament. He has also won three World Golf Championship events, which feature only the top ranked players in the world, including the Accenture Match Play Championship twice.
In 2009, Geoff was the first multiple winner of the season. He led wire-to-wire to win the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship, then claimed the second of his two Match Play Championship titles in Arizona where he resides. Geoff is one of only two players to win the event twice.
"Like many Tour players, I grew up wearing FootJoy golf shoes and gloves so putting them on again is a bit of a home-coming for me, said Ogilvy. “I’ve been using the new products and they’re fantastic. I'm really excited to start the season in FootJoy product."
Geoff joins the industry leader at a time when the brand has significant momentum with tremendous new product. The ultra-stable SYNR-G® shoe category continues to be the shoes of choice for many of the game's best players such as Padraig Harrington, Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson. In addition, the new flagship shoe category, FJ ICON, delivers the perfect blend of performance and stylish elegance. FJ ICON has quickly attracted a loyal following from elite players like Ian Poulter, Camilo Villegas, Rory McIlroy, Hunter Mahan and hundreds more. As the worldwide leader in golf gloves, Ogilvy will rely on the incredible feel and performance of the legendary StaSof® glove.
"Geoff is a fantastic addition to our staff as he embodies many of the qualities that define the FootJoy brand," said Rob Kelley, Director of Brand Marketing for FootJoy. "He is a global icon who plays the game with passion and integrity and has a proven record of success."
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Steve Stricker (SYNR-G, PureTouch Limited) made a run at Player of the Year honors on the heels of three strong wins throughout the year. After beginning the year with five top 10 finishes, Stricker captured his first win of the year in a playoff at Colonial when he stuck his approach to 3 feet on the second hole of sudden death. He was back for more at the John Deere Classic and set the course record with a 61 in round two before closing with a final round 64 to notch his second win in four starts. Strick then notched arguably the biggest victory of his career when he birdied the final two holes to win the Deutsche Bank Championship during the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Lee Westwood (FJ ICON, PureTouch Limited) finishes the year as the highest placed European in the Official World Golf Rankings having won the inaugural Race to Dubai on the European Tour. He last won the Harry Vardon trophy in 2000, reaching Number Four in the World in the process, and equaled that feat in a momentous 2009 campaign. His superb season, capped by victories in the Portugal Masters and the Dubai World Championship, was one of the many highlights of an outstanding year.
Padraig Harrington (SYNR-G, PureTouch Limited) continued to work on some major swing changes and saw the fruits of his labor towards the end of the season. Beginning with the WGC-Bridgestone Invitaitonal, Harrington reeled off an incredible string of six consecutive top ten finishes, including all four FedEx Cup Playoff events which feature some of the strongest fields of the year.
Zach Johnson (SYNR-G, StaSof) got the year started off right by defeating fellow FJ
players Adam Scott and David Toms in the first full field event of the
year at the Sony Open in Hawaii then successfully defended his title at
the Valero Texas Open.
Troy Matteson (DryJoys Tech style #53523, StaSof glove) birdied the second playoff hole to win the Frys.com Open on Sunday at Grayhawk Golf Club. After bogeying the final two holes in regulation to fall into the three-man playoff, Matteson had a second chance at the 17th and 18th and would not let the opportunity pass him by. Relying on past experience of winning this tournament as a rookie in 2006, Matteson denied two rookies this year who were trying to capture their first career PGA Tour victories and playing privileges for next year and beyond. Matteson rolled into Sunday with a three-stroke lead, thanks to back-to-back 61s on Friday and Saturday – a PGA Tour record for lowest score in consecutive rounds. However, he stumbled at the end of the final round and found himself battling two young guns. After all three players parred the first playoff hole, Matteson hit his approach within 3 feet on the 464-yard par-4 17th hole. With shadows stretching onto the green, he rolled in the putt for his second PGA Tour win.The victory capped a strong final two months for Matteson as he made the cut in his final eight events and finished in the top 20 three times. The 29-year-old’s first Tour victory came as a rookie in 2006, when he won the Frys.com Open in Las Vegas.