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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 Padraig Harrington. Following a historic 2008 season in which he captured two major championships, was named PGA Tour Player of the Year and The European Tour Golfer of the Year, Harrington will add yet another “#1” to his resume when he laces up the #1 Shoe in Golf in 2009.
Harrington will wear the new SYNR-G shoe, which debuts January 1. A perfect combination of comfort and stability, SYNR-G is engineered for players such as Harrington who possess higher swing speeds and demand additional support and motion control in their golf shoes. Padraig will be featured in new FootJoy television advertisements as well as print and online creative throughout the year. For more on SYNR-G, visit the microsite at www.footjoy.com/synrg.
"FootJoy is a brand that just about every young golfer is brought up wearing, and I was no different," said Harrington. “The belief should be that you are using the very best shoes available, which will give you an edge over the field. The new SYNR-G shoes from FootJoy are fantastic. They support the foot well throughout the golf swing, which is so important to hitting solid, powerful shots.”
Long considered one of Europe's most talented and popular athletes, Padraig has enjoyed a steady ascension up the world golf rankings to his current position as the #4 ranked player. His climb to elite player status escalated rapidly after he captured the Volvo Order of Merit as the top player in Europe in 2006. He validated that title by winning his national open at the 2007 Irish Open and then capturing his first major weeks later at the 2007 British Open Championship at Carnoustie. Harrington doubled his pleasure last year, winning two majors. He first defended his crown at the British Open at Royal Birkdale in July and then won the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills C.C just weeks later. Throughout his career, Harrington has amassed 16 International victories, 5 PGA Tour victories including 3 major championships and he’s been selected to 5 European Ryder Cup teams.
“We are thrilled to welcome Padraig Harrington to Team FJ,” said Rob Kelley, Director of Brand Marketing for FootJoy. “Padraig not only brings an unparalleled record of worldwide success but also an intimate knowledge of the research and technology behind footwear development.”
I beg to differ. Back in the good old days of the 21st. Century models there were a couple of velcro pairs in the range and a matching glove range.
There has also resently been an aqualite with a double velcro fastener!!!
Welcome Padraig back to the Foot Joy Brand! My only complaint is they never make the high performance shoes for women!
I'm looking forward to the Padraig slam, only 2 to go!
Congrats to Padraig Harrington for joining FootJoy. He is a great inspiration to young golfers. And Congrats to winning his two majors and Player of the Year.
I have worn FJs since the 80's. I'm 61 now and still wouldn't wear any other golf shoe. For staying dry and comfortable, they can't be beat, especially when it gets wet and muddy here in Kentucky. I think Padraig is one of the most dynamic young guys on tour and I wish him the best in 2009.
Delighted that Padraig has joined after my bad experience with one of your competitors.
Best wishes for 2009!
I noticed the shoe sweepstakes says U.S. Residents ... do I presume not UK??
Will this mean Padraig will be giving up those twenty plus yards he was stating he was getting from wearing Hitec ?
Hi Cyril. Thanks for checking in. Unfortunately, yes, this current SYNR-G sweepstakes is for US residents only. However, please check out our UK site (www.footjoy.co.uk) where you'll find sweepstakes and content specific to your region. I hope this helps.
Welcome to #1
I have always admired Padraig for being his own man. He always was different. He used Wilson clubs which no one else used, he wore shirts I had never seen before and he even got a total unknown shoe company recognised, Hi-Tec.
Its easy to see the almighty buck has got to him now too and even he will become like the rest of the PGA pros. Sad.
I've worn FootJoy DryJoys for many years. I wear a size 13M and live in Germany so sometimes have a hard time finding shoes that fit. My FootJoy golf shoes are extremely comfortable. Are your street shoes designed to fit the same as your golf shoes?
Hi folks ,i wear Footjoy REELFIT,s, a great quality shoe but boy are they heavy . Is this right or am i getting weaker ?.
just recieved my new SYNR-G yesterday. Very stable and good looking. Great job guys.
Well done, FootJoy, in signing Padraig Harrington to wear your shoes. As he demonstrated with Wilson, he only chooses the best equipment which feels will give him an edge.
Welcome aboard Padraig. Hopefully this season is as good, if not better, than last one.
I'm hoping lightning will strike twice for me as well; I think my puchase of Footjoys over a different competitor last year were a contributiing factor in my best golf year EVER (lowest rounds ever, top 10 finish in club Order of Merit, undefeated in year end match play tournament).