FootJoy player Bruce Vaughan holed a 20-foot putt to win the Senior British Open in a playoff, his first tournament victory on either the Champions Tour or PGA TOUR.
In a dramatic turnaround at Royal Troon on Sunday, Vaughan stormed back from three down with nine to play to force a playoff. Trailing by one on the 18th green in regulation, Vaughan made par then watched as the leader came up 15 feet short on a putt from off the green. He made the putt for bogey which left both players tied at 6-under 278 and headed back to the 18th tee for the playoff.
Vaughan pitched to the center of the green and then holed his putt. Cook, however, missed his putt from 12 feet and the former firefighter from Hutchinson, Kansas, collected his biggest-ever paycheck of $312,258. Vaughan, who has had six operations on his left knee, celebrated his first tournament triumph and one that gets him into the field for next year's British Open at Turnberry.
"Money is great but until you win, you're just another player. It's all about winning. You only get a few of these," said Vaughan, whose mother Maxine died in a car crash seven weeks ago after returning from watching him play a tournament in Iowa.
In our ongoing effort to introduce you to the people who drive the FootJoy brand, we occasionally will focus on someone who is not technically an FJ employee but is just as vital to the success of our business. Someone like James Antonelli, the head golf professional at Marshfield Country Club in Marshfield, MA. Click on the image below to meet James, find out about his favorite FJ products and to learn more about Marshfield Country Club - a beautiful club about 30 minutes south of Boston.
Defending champion, Per-Ulrik Johansson, was singing the praises of the ReelFit this week in Moscow. He ordered two more pairs in time for the Scandinavian Masters in his native Stockholm in a couple of weeks.
Danny Willett was seen sporting a new pair of white Classics as he continues his quest to secure his European Tour card from sponsors' invitations ahead of the Qualifying School this autumn.
Fresh from an excellent showing at last week's Open Championship, Paul Waring (right) boasted how his FJ Outerwear, RainGrip glove and DryJoys PODS Tech (style #53502) kept him dry and comfortable during the wet weather at Royal Birkdale.
Fashion-conscious Welshman, Jamie Donaldson, was anxiously enquiring about new styles for 2009. There is often some excitement at this time of the year when the new styles are revealed to the tour players.
Sam Walker was enquiring if his exotic Classics had arrived and asked to receive them at the Scandinavian Masters. Anticipating a warm, dry week in Stockholm, he wants to give them a debut at Arlandastad early next month!!
Check out the slideshow from the Russian Open where, once again, FootJoy is the #1 shoe, trusted by 69% of the players, compared to 17% for the nearest competitor.
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"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.
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.