Ten time PGA Tour winner and Masters Champion Zach Johnson is no stranger to closing the deal down the stretch of big events against the world's best players, and this weekend he did not disappoint. Four strokes down with eight holes to play, Zach Johnson birdied four of seven holes to tie for the lead heading to the eighteenth.
Then, from the middle of the fairway on the final hole of regulation, Johnson inexplicably hits his eight iron approach into the green front hazard. Recomposing himself and taking his drop at 58 yards, Johnson, who is widely regarded as one of the best with a wedge in his hands, holes out the shot to save par and force a playoff!
On the first hole of the playoff, Johnson played the 18th with much less drama, hitting the fairway, and green and two putting for a par. His playing competitor would fail to get up and down from a greenside bunker giving Zach the victory.
Zach Johnson opted for the always reliable DryJoys Tour golf shoe and StaSof golf glove during his winning performance.
Nineteen year old, Jordan Spieth became the youngest PGA Tour winner in 82 years with his playoff victory at the John Deere Classic today. Everyone who follows golf knew the former University of Texas stalwart would eventually win on the PGA Tour, they just did not expect it coming so soon. Spieth closed the final round of the tournament with a 65, thanks to a miraculous holed bunker shot for birdie on the 72nd hole of regulation. His 19 under par total was good enough to enter a playoff with defending/former major champion Zach Johnson (DryJoys Tour and StaSof) and David Hearn (FJ Sport).
On the first hole of the sudden death playoff, all three players exchanged pars. Playing the 18th again, for the third time, Johnson narrowly missed a birdie on the high side of the hole and tapped in for par. His playing competitors also made pars to extend the match. On the next two playoff holes, all three players made pars, again, to continue the playoff.
Now on the 18th tee for the fourth time, each player missed the fairway wide right and would have to scramble to have any hope at capturing the win. Spieth had the most direct line to the green and hit a low running seven iron that bounded just over the green to the back fringe. After Spieth putted to within a few feet of the hole, Hearn had a tricky par putt to extend the playoff. Hearn missed giving Spieth a short putt for the win. Speith converted the short putt making him one of the youngest PGA Tour winners in history.
Spieth wore Contour Casual during his Championship performance.
The win earns Spieth an exemption to next week's Open Championship, next years Masters® Tournament, and a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour.
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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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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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This past weekend several PGA Tour players arrived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the first annual Zach Johnson Foundation Classic held at Elmcrest Country Club to raise money for the Foundation's Kids on Course initiative. Kids on Course began in May of 2011, with a goal of raising $1.05 million dollars in its first three years to fund programs devoted to helping students achieve academic and personal successes at local schools. For the event, Johnson set the fund raising goal at $250,000. However, an overwhelming response to the event and its cause doubled the charitable donation to over $500,000 dollars. In a selfless act, Zach and his wife, then, decided they would match every dollar raised with money from their own pocket, pushing the grand total to over one million dollars.Zach's wife Kim later said, "The community stepped up so much...so we needed to step up in a big way, too. We want to give a good foundation to the Foundation. So we said: ‘This is the first year, let’s do it."The Johnson's have been no strangers to helping those in need. In 2008, they held a fund-raiser to help those affected by flooding in their native Iowa. The outing raised over $350,000 dollars to aid in relief efforts.
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With Father's Day right around the corner we asked several Tour player's about the first time they beat their dad at golf and the life lessons they learned from them. EnJoy!!!
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I have not yet had the honor or the privilege to meet 7-time PGA tour winner and 07' Masters Champion Zach Johnson; but working here at FootJoy you hear plenty of stories of tour players. Zach Johnson is no different and is most certainly a crowd favorite inside these walls in Fairhaven, Mass. His fellow Iowans certainly hold him in the utmost regard also. Johnson, whose precision game has made him a staple on the PGA Tour, received an award at his Alma Mater; Drake University the other day for contributions to his profession and community.
Heavy flooding swept across Iowa in 2008. Johnson, in response to these floods held a golf outing that raised almost $350,000 to help affected people. Last summer, Johnson started a foundation that is aimed at helping needy children in Cedar Rapids.
Does he do these things because it is good press or because it is the right thing to do? I believe that Johnson chooses the latter, because he genuinely cares about his fellow man and most certainly his fellow Iowans.
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FootJoy ended 2009 just how it began...as the #1 Shoe and Glove at retail and on professional Tours around the world. Our Tour success featured memorable performances from some of the Tour's biggest stars. We recently caught up with a few FJ players to talk about the year that was and look ahead to 2010.
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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.
With just one event remaining in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, three FootJoy players, all of whom wear SYNR-G shoes, control their own destiny. With a win in two weeks at East Lake GC in Atlanta, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson and Heath Slocum can win the coveted FedEx Cup and the $10 million top prize. Stricker and Slocum earned their spot in the top five via dramatic playoff victories. Slocum, who was the second last player to qualify for the playoffs, made a clutch par putt on the 72nd hole at The Barclays to capture the first playoff event and Stricker followed suit the next week, getting up and down for a clinching birdie at the 72nd hole to win by one at the Deutsche Bank Championship. For Zach, it's been consistency throughout the season that has put him in this position. Victories at the Sony Open and Valero Texas Open, as well as 12 other top 25 finishes, including his fifth place at the BMW Championship, assured this major champion a shot at the season's cumulative championship.
Stricker, now the #2 ranked palyer in the world will be making his sixth appearance at the TOUR Championship, while it will be the second for Slocum and fourth for Johnson who, most recently, tied for second back in 2007. With more than half of the 30 players at East Lake wearing FootJoy shoes, we like the odds of an FJ player bringing home the hardware from the TOUR Championship. If it's Stricker, Slocum or Johnson, there will be an additional 10 million reasons to celebrate!
Check out the action from Tuesday at the Open Championship where we saw several players wearing their new FJ ICONS!
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