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    Ask the Tour Players

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    Wachovia Logo We'll be blogging next week from the Wachovia Championship and want you to help us interview the Tour players. So click on "Add a Comment" and submit a question you would like to ask a Tour player - either related to their shoes, gloves or outerwear or just something in general, such as how they decide what to wear each week or which golf course or baseball team is their favorite. We'll pose your questions to our FootJoy players in Charlotte and post their responses upon our return.

    Four in a Row for Ochoa

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    World No. 1 Lorena Ochoa became the first U.S. LPGA Tour player in 45 years to win four LPGA tournaments in consecutive weeks on Sunday, firing a final round 3-under 69 to win the Ginn Open. Ochoa, who has now won five of her first six events to begin the season, finished with a 19-under 269 total to shatter the tournament's 72-hole scoring record by seven on her way to a three shot victory.Ochoa, who wore her trademark white custom Classics each of the four rounds, began the day with a one shot lead but was trailing after narrowly missing birdie putts on Nos. 5, 6, and 7. She finally grabbed the lead with a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 8, then followed with two more on the next two holes to grab the lead for good.She will look to tie the LPGA record of five consecutive victories in two weeks at the SemGroup Championship (May 1-4) in Oklahoma. THE STREAK
    • Fifth win in six events (includes the HSBC Champions, a non-LPGA Tour event)
    • Tenth win in her last 15 tournaments, dating to last year
    • She opened with an 11-stroke victory in Singapore (HSBC Women's Champions), defended her Safeway International title with a seven-stroke romp, won the season's first major by five shots (Kraft Nabisco Championship), and then led all the way last week in Mexico and won by 11 (Corona Championship).
    • All five of her victories have come with her leading to start the final round.
    • She leads the Tour in driving distance average at 277.5, Rolex Player of the Year points (183), greens in regulation (.810), birdies (124) rounds under par (22 of 23), top-10 finishes (6 of 6) and scoring average (67.8696).

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    Tour Insider: Verizon Heritage

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    We spoke with Skip Haugen this week, one of the FootJoy representatives on the PGA Tour, and he had some interesting feedback regarding the MyJoys with the new camo leather pattern. Shipped to a handful of players the week before the Masters, Skip said the reaction has been great from players and fans. Boo told Skip his MyJoys "caused quite a stir in Augusta, both inside and outside the ropes." Davis Love also raised some eyebrows when he wore them during the Pro-Am this week. He told Skip "I could have sold about a dozen pair of these MyJoys during the Pro-Am...everyone loved them!" In addition to Boo and Davis, you can also keep an eye on these players who also requested the new camo leather pattern -David Toms, John Riegger and Brett Wetterich, who also wore them last week in Augusta. If you like what you see, build your own custom shoes at MyJoys.com.

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    Tour Insider: Volvo China Open

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    We received the following update from Jonathan Loosemore, one our European Tour reps at the Volvo China Open... Plenty to report from Beijing: Volvo China Open Notes Brier 2007 Volvo China Open winner, Markus Brier (right), broke out a new pair of white smooth/brown tumbled ReelFit for his title defence in Beijing this week. Brier, who chooses to wear ReelFit exclusively also was excited to order some new SciFlex Colour gloves... being a patriot, he ordered mostly red gloves, since red/white are his national colours but also chose some to match his new shirts for the season. Other SciFlex wearers were given the chance to order SciFlex Colours this week too... many chose a selection of colours to match their clothing. Pre-tournament favourite, Graeme McDowell, was delighted with his shipment of FootJoy golf socks he received last week. He proudly flashed his ProDry socks to me as he walked onto the range to prepare for Wednesday's pro-am!! Titleist/FootJoy staffer, Jose-Filipe Lima, was praising the new DryJoys this week. He has been trying the shoes for the last few weeks and has decided he would like to wear them almost exclusively. He said he felt a lot less tired after a round due to the improved cushioning of the PODS. Challenge Tour graduate, Leif Westerberg, has now received his custom built Classics Tour... the left shoe has been built up by one centimetre to help him overcome a leg-length discrepancy that has been causing him discomfort for a number of years. He is very happy with the results of FootJoy's custom team. Soren Kjeldsen, Ross McGowan and Asian Tour staffer Prom Meesawat are now proudly displaying FJ logos on their collars. That's all for this week. Cheers!

    What Would an 8 Handicap Shoot at Augusta?

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    There's one tradition at the Masters that doesn't generate as much attention as, say the Par 3 Competition or the Champions Dinner, but is no less exciting. It's the lottery that takes place to determine which media members covering the tournament will have the opportunity to play the course on Monday, just hours after the players have cleaned out their lockers. Check out this story by Steve DiMeglio from USA Today summarizing his experience playing Augusta National as an 8 handicap yesterday. Then click on "Add Comment" and let us know how you think you would play.