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    Fantastic First for Richard S. Johnson

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    Richard S. Johnson"I'm like every other person, I got a mortgage to pay off as well, so that probably will happen a little bit. It's just such a neat feeling now I can play the rest of the year and -- you know, my mom's biggest dream has always been to go to Hawaii, and she's turning 60 in December so I guess we're going to Hawaii." That was Richard S. Johnson on how his life will change after winning the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee on Sunday. Johnson wrapped up his first PGA Tour victory in dramatic fashion, dropping birdies on three of his last four holes to shoot 6-under par 64 and win by one shot. He finished 16-under par on the 6,759-yard Brown Deer Park Golf Course to win the $720,000 first prize. Johnson, who had a hole-in-one on Thursday, got the birdies when he needed them the most, first sinking a birdie putt of about 12 feet on the par-4 17th-hole to break away from a tie. However, with the title still up for grabs, he then birdied the par-5 18th after hitting a spectacular 3-wood approach to 20 feet and two-putting for birdie for the one shot win. Johnson wore DryJoys PODS Traditional (style #53597) during the victory. Johnson, the sixth golfer from Sweden to win on TOUR and seventh first-time winner this season, had to go through q-school last fall to get his TOUR card back...something he won't have to endure for at least a few years now.

    Interview: Ben Curtis (Open Championship, Rd. 3)

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    Ben Curtis went out early and posted an even par 70 during the third round of The Open Championship, one of only four players to be at level par or better on Saturday. Little did he realize how good that score would turn out to be! With winds howling anywhere from 30-50 mph, scores have soared in the afternoon and Curtis now finds himself tied for fifth heading into tomorrow's final round. In this video, Ben explains just how adventurous the round was and what adjustments a player tries to make when winds are blowing that hard.


    Tour Insider: Open Championship Friday

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    What a difference a day makes. While yesterday the story was the weather (or lack thereof for the afternoon guys), today it was players making leaps up the leaderboard. With conditions relatively docile compared to the previous day, several FJ players seized the opportunity to post a low round, led by Camilo Villegas who posted a 5-under 65 this morning. After a 6-over 76 in yesterday's driving rain, Villegas posted the sixth lowest score ever at Royal Birkdale and will now enter the weekend just two shots off the lead. Of course, tomorrow's forecast is for a "STRONG WIND HAZARD" so anything can happen from here on in... Check out these images from Friday at The Open Championship.

    Click here to begin the slideshow.: < Camilo sits just two shots off the lead entering the weekend

    Tour Insider: Open Championship Thursday

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    They say winning The Open Championship often depends no the tee times you draw...and that pretty much sums up the first day at this year's championship when a drastic turn in the weather almost made it seem like two different days. For those that went out first, they were greeted by 30 mph winds and sideways rain, leading to a scoring average that was three shots higher (77.4 vs, 74.4) than the afternoon wave of players. In fact, 19 of the 78 players who teed off in the morning shot 80 or higher. Not one player in the afternoon shot 80 or above. Not a great day for golf, but a perfect day for Footjoy Performance Outerwear! Might be time to send a box of chocolates or a set of car keys to the guy who makes those tee times... Check out these images from Thursday at The Open Championship.

    Click here to begin the slideshow.: < 'Hey, I got an extra ticket to The Open on Thursday. You wanna go?'

    Tour Insider: Open Championship Wednesday

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    FootJoy will be bringing you updates from Royal Birkdale throughout the week with help from Guy Smith (Tour Rep) and Rich Fryer (Marketing Director), who are onsite and inside the ropes. Check out these images from Wednesday at The Open Championship. Then read the full diary entry that follows.

    Click here to begin the slideshow.: < The distinct leaderboard of the season's third major championship

    The hotel may not be up to much, but the golf course is superb! All of the players were out and about today, braving the strong westerly wind coming from the Irish Sea, some playing a full round, some opting to play 4-5 holes and spend the rest of the day chipping, putting and hitting balls. The Open Championship is where we do a substantial shoe issue to the players, including many new styles that, and with 4 experienced shoe-fitters on hand in the form of members of the UK FJ Salesforce. The Fitting Cabin has been flat-out from Monday through Wednesday with players coming in to collect new shoes, some to double check their sizing, others wanting to simply put some new spikes in....

    As you’ve seen we created some Open special MyJoys for some of the players, including JB Holmes who put them straight on and went out to play in them. One of the new styles of Classics that was unleashed this week is a black pebble and patent shield-tip Classics Dry Premiere, which was seen on the feet of Adam Scott, David Frost and recent winner Ross Fisher. DryJoys are another popular choice, and are being worn by Zach Johnson, Jerry Kelly, Woody Austin and Vijay Singh. DL III dropped by and picked up a pair of white/brown ReelFit which went straight on and kept Davis stable as he hit balls on the range. Fresh from victory at Loch Lomond last week Graeme McDowell was on top form and proudly sporting a pair of Classics Exotics in Ostrich leather, complete with matching belt and money clip. And having grown up on the links of Northern Ireland it would be fair to say that Graeme was feeling very much at home, and was absolutely ripping it in practice. The practice ground was facing straight into the stiff breeze and was giving the players a great chance to work on keeping their ball flight down. JB Holmes, wearing DryJoys PODS #53502 was crushing his Cobra driver, long, low and straight. Given the stiff wind (gentle breeze according to the locals) there has been a lot of demand for FJ Outerwear from players and caddies alike, and has been keeping the likes of Zach Johnson, Ross Fisher and Paul Waring warm and dry. Martin Kaymer looks in excellent form, and took some time out of his practice schedule to head over to the Golf Foundation and challenge the kids to a chipping contest. As you can see from the video, he didn’t fare too well… One of the best features of the Open Championship is the ability for anyone to qualify. One of those who has done it the ‘hard’ way is Jon Bevan, a professional from the Southwest of England. For the past 3 years Jon has played both Regional and Final Qualifying, including making the cut at Carnoustie last year, and true to form is here again, and swinging it well. Jon, a member of Team DryJoys in the UK, shot an excellent 3 under par over 36 holes at Southport and Ainsdale to claim his place in the field, and is relishing the challenge ahead. Having spent some time on the range watching the players, keep your eyes on Lee Westwood, Angel Cabrera and Soren Hansen.