John Senden picked up a pair of new FJ ICON style #52146 last week in Grand Blanc and wore them all four rounds. John shot a final round 70 to finish in a tie for 2nd place at 17-under par.
Thanks to everyone who participating in the third FJ Challenge. Despite making this one even more difficult than the previous two, we were once again very impressed with the caliber of answers. Banderson is the winner of a new FootJoy ProDry Superlite golf shirt! We'll be doing another contest soon, so stay tuned. Click below to see the players unveiled.
Once again, we're testing your knowledge of FJ players on Tour based solely on their footwear. Can you identify these 11 players who help make FootJoy the #1 shoe in golf? First person to guess all 11 correctly will win a prize (sorry, U.S. residents only).
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We asked a group of our Tour players who they thought was totally styling in their FJ's and received a very wide range of answers. Ultimately, though, it came down to a battle between two of our most prominent players....click on the image to see who received the most votes then click on COMMENT and tell us who you think is styling in their FJ's!
Click on the image below to hear Tom Watson's post-round interview following his playoff loss at the Open Championship.
With relatively calm playing conditions on day one, several players with Open Championship experience took full advantage. 59-year-old Tom Watson owns five Open Championships, including the 1977 "Duel in the Sun" at Turnberry. Watson kept the ball in the fairway, rolled in five birdies and bailed himself out the few times he got into trouble, including a testy 6-footer at the final hole to preserve a bogey-free 65 that has him tied for second with another former champion. Ben Curtis "shocked the world" six years ago when he won the Open Championship. He appears ready to contend once again, having finished in the top 10 the last two years. On Thursday, Curtis overcame a pair of bogeys with an eagle at the par-5 seventh and birdies on four of his last six holes. He finished with a routine two-putt par at No. 18 to match Watson with a 5-under 65. Click on the images below to hear from Watson and Curtis as well as Mathew Goggin and John Senden who are tied for fifth at 4-under.
Tom Watson (-5, T2)
Ben Curtis (-5, T2)
Mathew Goggin (-4, T5)
John Senden (-4, T5)
We've got more photos from our FJ folks onsite at Turnberry! Pretty busy few days for everyone at the Open Championship, especially the players as they make final preparations for tomorrow's opening round. One of my favorite sayings is that you can't win a major on Thursday, but you can certainly lose one! Can't wait to see how this event unfolds, starting tomorrow morning.
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Check out the action from Tuesday at the Open Championship where we saw several players wearing their new FJ ICONS!
We'll have updates, photos and interviews all week from the 138th Open Championship at Turnberry. Click on the images below to see interviews from players we caught up with last week to talk about the Open.
Davis Love III
Steve Stricker followed a sizzling 61 on Saturday with 36 solid holes on Sunday to win the John Deere Classic by three strokes. As he's done most of the season, Stricker relied on the comfort and stability of SYNR-G golf shoes to carry him through a long day. He also trusted the FootJoy Pure Touch Limited glove.
Stricker completed his third round in the morning with a 3-under 68, then fired a 7-under 64 in the fourth round to finish at 264 for the tournament. That earned him his second PGA Tour win this year and sixth in all.
His approach to the 13th green in the fourth round stopped 3 feet from the cup, setting up a birdie that put him at 19 under, but he just missed two birdie putts on the 15th and 16th holes. His 11-footer on No. 15 rolled around the rim, and his 12-footer on the par-3 16th stopped a few inches from the cup. Stricker finally went to 20 under on the par-5 17th, tapping in for birdie after his 50-footer hit the rim.
His best shot was when he holed out from the fairway for an eagle on the par-4 No. 6 in the fourth round, his 98-yard shot clearing a bunker and landing in the cup to put him at 17 under. That tied him for the lead with fellow FootJoy player Zach Johnson, who was off the course long before Stricker. Johnson tied for second with Brett Quigley who also qualified for this week's British Open with his top five finish.
Six days after fellow FJ player Hunter Mahan (FJ ICON style #52112) tied a course record with an 8-under 62 at Congressional, Steve Stricker (SYNR-G style #53883) did the same with a 10-under 61 at TPC Deere Run. Amazingly, he needed just nine putts on his first nine holes and 22 in all, matching a career best. The 61 tied the career low he set in January in the third round at the 50th Bob Hope Classic. With 36 holes set to be played tomorrow, Stricker will start the day three shots off the lead.
Click on the image below to hear Steve's thoughts following the round.
Just came across this pretty cool video of World Long Drive Champion, and FJ player, Jamie Sadlowsk at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Jamie wowed some notable Tour pros on the range before moving to the golf course where he attempted to drive the 429-yard 18th hole at TPC Las Colinas. CLICK HERE to check out the video on the Pinnacle Golf Blog.
We all know about "driving for shoe and putting for dough," but would you rather have the ability to drive the ball like this or putt lights out? Click on COMMENTS and let us know!
Hunter Mahan finished runner-up at the AT&T National this week, following a sensational final round 8-under 62 on Sunday. Mahan, wearing FJ ICON style #52112, carded six birdies on the back nine en route to tying the course record that was set on Thursday. It was his third straight finish in the top six.
Click on the image below to hear Hunter's thoughts following the round.
[by Guy Smith, Acushnet Company European Tour Rep]
With the Race To Dubai really heating up, the two highest placed FootJoy shoe wearers, Rory McIlroy and Ross Fisher, positions 3 & 4 respectively, are sitting out the French Open this week in preparation for the Open Championship at Turnberry in two weeks time. This will open the door to the other 10 FootJoy shoe wearers currently in the Race To Dubai top 20 to catch up to them.
Last year's winner, Pablo Larrazabal is really looking forward to defending the title he won last year. It is turning into a very special week for the Larrazabal family, as Pablo's brother, Alex, has joined him in the French Open field after qualifying for the tournament last week. This is exactly what Pablo did last year before storming to an emphatic victory over the Golf National course to claim his first European Tour title and helped him to become the Sir Henry Cotton, Rookie of the Year. Can lightning strike twice!?
Another player who loves this tournament is FootJoy wearer Soren Hansen, he finished in third place last year. He was in fine form this week and looking to improve on last years finish.
The big story of the week has been the launch of the FJ ICON shoes to the European Tour. Players came to visit the Titleist Tour Support Vehicle to collect their new shoes, and only positive responses were heard. The majority of comments included how light the shoes felt and how comfortable they were. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these on the players this week and the next few weeks. More styles will be released to the players at The Open Championship.
One player already wearing the FJ ICON shoe is Ian Poulter. It was good to see him again in Europe after a long spell across the Pond on the USPGA Tour. Ian will certainly fancy his chances this week as he has been showing some great form and can't be too far away from a win. He is joined in the field by Angel Cabrera, who will be looking to add to his Masters crown earlier in the season and SYNR-G and FootJoy PureTouch wearer, Padraig Harrington.
Trailing by a shot to start the day, Kenny Perry (SciFlex glove) fired a bogey-free 7-under 63 to run away with the Travelers Championship on Sunday. He set the tournament scoring record with a 22-under 258 total (61-68-66-63), including a course record-tying 61 on Thursday, to win by three shots over David Toms (SYNR-G style #53883) and Paul Goydos (ReelFit style #53918, SciFlex glove).
Perry has now won five times in just over a year, the most of any player on TOUR, and 14 times in his career. His 258 tied the fourth-best 72-hole score in TOUR history and beat the old tournament record of 259 set in 1982.
The 48-year old Perry, the new leader in the Chase for the FedEx Cup, shot a 32 on the front nine and then birdied the tenth and eleventh holes. He was up by five strokes heading to the par-4 15th and put the tournament away by making birdie on No. 17 after hitting a 164-yard approach to within 8 feet.
"I knew that I had to keep making birdies," he said. "I wasn't going to let up. I wasn't going to play defensive golf. I learned something from that (Augusta) mistake."