Scott Hebert of Traverse City, Mich., mounted a back nine charge to rally from a three-shot deficit and win the 41st PGA Professional National Championship.
The 39-year-old Hebert, a PGA head professional at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme, Mich., birdied five of his first seven holes of the back nine for a closing 4-under-par 68 and a one-stroke victory in the showcase event for PGA Professionals.
Hebert wore DryJoys Tech style #53502 during his dramatic final round triumph. He was one of more than 180 players (58%) who helped make FootJoy the #1 shoe at the elite event.
Check out this story in the Oakland (MI) Press to hear Scott reflect on this special win and even more special news in his personal life.
Hebert, who had endured a personal drama a week earlier with the premature birth of his daughter, was noticeably calm and composed as he crafted a memorable final round for a winning total of 12-under-par 276 on the 7,043-yard Great Waters layout.
Hebert picked up the Walter Hagen Cup for his work and a check of $75,000 from a total purse of $550,000. He will be leading a delegation of 20 PGA Professionals to his home state of Michigan for the 90th PGA Championship, Aug. 7-10, at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich.
"This means everything to me, and it's the greatest thing that I've ever won," said Hebert. "To play there [his home state] will be extra special. That atmosphere is going to be incredible and fun to be around."
Hebert said that he could not wait to contact his wife, Laurie, who had been released from the hospital just a day after he arrived for a practice round at the National Championship.
"My daughter (Susie) wasn't due until July 12, "said Hebert, a six-time Michigan Open champion. "But, she was doing well when I had left to come here, and her health was never in danger. She just needed time to spend time in the hospital to develop a little more. To be honest, I was surprised how well I hit it, but I was happy to be here."
Jeff Sluman captured his first Champions Tour event on Sunday at the Bank of America Championship in Concord, MA. Slu closed in dramatic fashion by making birdies on three of the last four holes. He birdied the 15th to break a tie with Loren Roberts, then made putts of more than 30 feet on the 17th and 18th to secure the two-stroke win. Sluman, who joined the senior circuit last September, shot an 8-under 64 and finished at 17-under 199.
Jeff was decked out in FJ products for his inaugural over 50 circuit victory. He dialed in a pair of brown and white ReelFit shoes along with a slick orange and white SciFlex glove on Sunday.
FootJoy was the clear leader in shoe and glove count at this week's event
Shoe Count : FJ - 71%, nearest competitor 14%
Glove Count : FJ - 39%, nearest competitor 24% (Titleist)
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Team DryJoys member and SciFlex fan Jerry Kelly is notorious for his highly competitive spirit and outward display of emotion on the golf course. Add "man of his word" to that description as well.
After promising Kristina Merkle that he would caddie for her if she qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, the 2-time PGA Tour winner fulfilled his obligation earlier this week, making the short drive to Erin Hills Golf Course from his home in Madison, Wis. Kelly donned the caddie bib for Merckle during her final practice round Sunday and first competitive round Monday before heading off to compete at this week's Travelers Championship in Connecticut.
When asked how many shots Kelly saved her, Merkle responded: “A lot. A hundred. He’s an awesome caddie. He kept me laughing, he kept me calm and focused on the golf course.”
Check out this story for more.
[We received this Tour update last week from our friends on the European Tour...]
A couple of glorious sunny days in Northern France at AA St Omer Golf Club, where we had the opportunity to work with some of the up an coming young talent on the European Tour and European Challenge Tour.
This is one of the few events where we get to see a large number of Challenge Tour players at a European Tour event, so there was plenty of action on the Titleist Tour Support Vehicle this week, with players placing shoe orders, changing spikes and checking glove and shoe sizes to see them through to the end of the season.
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Plenty of positive comments from players regarding the comfort and style of the new DryJoys. They are looking forward to putting them to the test around the undulating terrain at AA St Omer. This was accentuated by Chris Gane who came to the Acushnet European headquarters earlier in the year for a shoe fitting. This is the first time we have see him since and he is delighted with his new size and fit of DryJoys. So much so, he has spread the word to his playing colleagues who would also like to benefit from this service. John E Morgan and John Mellor both made visits to the FootJoy Tour reps for shoe fittings this week, for advice on shoe sizing and styles.
Paul Waring & Pablo Larrazabal (custom Black with White Classics Tour butterfly design) both collected new shoes for the event. Pablo also wanted to know if the shoes knew how to win! ........ FJ #1 shoe in golf ...... enough said!