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    Jimmy Walker Wins the Frys.com Open

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    Jimmy Walker took home the Frys.com Open with a final round 66 that left him two clear of the field.  

    Entering the day in a tie for fourth, thanks to a third round 9-under par 62, Walker needed a solid Sunday performance to have any shot at the title.  Walker came out of the gate making two birdies on the first four holes before turning in three under par 32.  On the back nine Walker added two more birdies to race to the top and take home the title. 

    The 54-hole leader, 23 year old Challenge Tour player Brooks Koepka had a fresh outlook on not protecting his the lead, "I just didn't make the shots I needed to win. Congrats to Jimmy on that. He played very well. But just try to learn from the whole experience. Any time you can put yourself in that kind of pressure, it's always good. It you take something from it, that's even better."

    The win comes In his eighth season and his 188th tournament.  It also earns Walker a spot in the 2014 Masters Tournament, "I felt like I was good enough to be in them, play in them," Walker said. "There's always this big pressure to get into Augusta, and I would press here, press there. You want to be playing in the big stuff. That's what I'm aspiring to do -- play against the world's best."

    Jimmy Walker chose FJ ICON and StaSof to capture the win. 

    FJ Introduces XPS-1 to the Custom MyJoys Program

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    (Fairhaven, MA) - FootJoy, the #1 Shoe in Golf, announces the introduction of XPS-1™to the custom MyJoys®program. XPS-1 was designed to provide the golfer with unparalleled levels of platform stability and balance during the golf swing.  Extensive player testing has concluded that some golfers need added stability in their golf footwear and XPS-1 provides them with just that. XPS-1 now gives the player unmatched platform stability and comfort in a striking new customizable pattern.

    This fresh new XPS-1 design features three areas of customizable color: a base color being the predominant color on the shoe and half moon contemporary saddle to give it a modern golf look.  An additional accent color will cover the tongue and top collar of the shoe.  A new ghost white Xtreme Outsole featuring TPU lateral outriggers that extend beyond the upper to create an ultra-wide platform for maximum ground contact give the XPS-1 its trademark stability platform.

    XPS-1 will also feature all of the original under-the-hood elements that made it one of the highest performing shoes in golf.  This technology packed shoe offers unmatched levels of comfort and fit. Innovative 3D Viscoelastic GelCollar™technology provides custom fit and comfort around the collar while a LaserPlus Last is contoured to precisely match the shape of the foot. A high-performance Multi-Density Fit-Bed®with EVA support and HeelLoc™technology further enhances stability, cushioning and shock absorption.

    Additionally, with the introduction of XPS-1 to MyJoys, six new microfiber materials will also be added to the program.  These materials will be used in conjunction with the 40 plus leathers previously available in the MyJoys program, including smooth, patent, metallic and animal print leathers.

    ·    White and Silver “Sphinx”
    ·    Black and Silver “Sphinx”
    ·    Silver Fluid Patent
    ·    White Microfiber Patent
    ·    Blue Metal Patent
    ·    Black Metal Patent

    Furthermore, the advanced BOA®Closure System™is also be offered as an option with XPS-1 MyJoys.

    Availability: Now at http://www.myjoys.com or through an authorized FJ retailer

    About MyJoys
MyJoys®offers consumers over 8,000,000 ways to customize the #1 Shoe in Golf, including *** print leathers, personalization, country flags and MLB and Collegiate logos. Men's and women's cleated and spikeless options are available.

    FJ. The #1 Shoe in Golf.

    Home of Golf Heaven for Howell

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    David Howell celebrated his first European Tour title in seven years by beating Peter Uihlein in a sudden-death play-off at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

    Howell wearing DryJoys Tour™ golf shoes and a SciFlex™ glove, carded a final round of 67 to set the clubhouse target at St Andrews and then watched as overnight leader Uihlein  (XPS-1™ & Pure Touch®) missed from 15 feet for a winning birdie on the 18th, meaning the pair finished tied on 23 under par.

    Playing the first hole at St Andrews to begin the play-off, both players narrowly missed long birdie attempts but Howell, who had lost all four of his previous play-offs, made no such mistake from eight feet to claim the title and first prize of €589,561.

    Uihlein began the day with a two-shot lead but a combination of a three-putt bogey at the first and a blistering start from France's Thomas Levet saw that instantly wiped out.

    Levet (FJ ICON™) briefly led by two shots when he opened with five straight birdies and also picked up a shot on the seventh, but faded over the closing stretch and saw his hopes ended by driving out of bounds on the 14th. He did have the consolation of winning the pro-am competition however.

    Howell’s victory at St. Andrews lifts him to the top of the European Ryder Cup Points List and to 12th on the Race to Dubai, guaranteeing qualification for the season finale DP World Tour Championship - where the Dubai resident will make his debut from the 14-17 November.

    The 38 year old also jumps 82 places in the Official World Golf Rankings to 94.

    "I have never played in an Open Championship here but to win a golf tournament as a professional at the Home of Golf is quite amazing and I am really thrilled” stated Howell.

    "I was really nervous all week and strangely less nervous today - I can't explain that at all. I stayed calm and smooth under pressure and that was really pleasing”.

    Henrik Stenson Runs Away with the Fedex Cup

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    Henrik Stenson rode his hot streak straight through East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, GA, capturing both the Fedex Cup and Tour Championship titles.  A few weeks prior, Stenson won the second event of the Fedex Cup playoffs outside of Boston placing him in control of his own destiny to capture the 10 million dollar Fedex Cup bonus.

    Henrik opened the tournament with a near flawless 64 to take the top spot on the leaderboard, continuing on Friday with a four under par 66.  The following day, Stenson looked poised to run away with the event by shooting a front nine 31 for the second consecutive day before a few back nine bogeys brought him back down from his lofty score.  Despite the late bogeys, Stenson still took a multiple shot lead into the final 18 on Sunday.

    Needing only to maintain his lead, Stenson rattled off 7 straight pars to begin his round on Sunday. He added a birdie at the eighth and par at the ninth to accomplish his goals of being mistake-free and staying at the top of the leaderboard.  Stenson added two birdies and one bogey on the back nine to finish his day at two under par and 13 under par for the week, good enough for a three stroke victory over fellow FJ Staffers, Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth.

    "It's been an incredible run," said Stenson of his play, "To win both these trophies today feels unbelievable."

    Stenson's comeback has now come full circle, the big swinging Swede had previously dropped all the way to 230th in the Official World Golf Rankings and now sits comfortably inside the top ten on the standings.  He acknowledged his struggles by stating that, "one should never give up and just keep trying harder."

    Henrik chose FJ ICON and PureTouch Limited during his world beating performance.

    Stenson is the first European player to win the Fedex Cup

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    Dutch Delight - Luiten Wins KLM Open

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    Joost Luiten delighted the home crowd with victory in the KLM Open at Kennemer Golf Club.

    The Dutchman wearing FJ Sport BOA claimed the title on the first hole of a sudden-death play-off and became the first home winner for a decade.

    Luiten only needed a par on the play-off hole and he duly obliged. His drive split the fairway and it left him an approach of 164 metres, which set up a long iron into the middle of the green and he then two putted for par.

    "I don't know what it means for Dutch golf but I think it's pretty big. Maarten Lafeber won it in 2003 and that was huge, and to have another Dutch winner now I think it will help the game here and hopefully we can create more Dutch winners for this tournament." Luiten added after his win.

    It’s the first time a Dutchman has recorded multiple victories in the same European Tour season and the 27 year old now moves into inside the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking from 81st.

    This victory continues his wonderful summer form, including his first victory of the year in the Lyoness Open and in his last eight events; he has won twice, tied second in the Irish Open, tied fourth in the Wales Open and tied tenth in the BMW International Open.

    KLM Open Shoe Count

    FJ - 69%

    Nearest Competitor - 15%