(Fairhaven, MA) - FootJoy, the #1 Outerwear Brand in Golf, introduces a completely new rainwear category called DryJoys Tour XP™. Designed to deliver “Xtreme Performance”under all weather conditions, DryJoys Tour XP is FootJoy’s most innovative collection of performance outerwear.Similar to all FJ apparel and outerwear, DryJoys Tour XP is made specifically for golf. The versatile 3-layer bonded fabric is stretchable, waterproof, windproof, and breathable for optimal comfort and performance on the golf course. It combines four-way stretch shell fabric with a waterproof barrier and smooth finish on the inside. The new construction also removes excess weight, yet still delivers waterproof protection up to 20,000mm of water column pressure, which greatly exceeds any rain golfers experience during play. "Our goal for FJ Outerwear is to Make Every Day Playable and the new DryJoys Tour XP collection accomplishes that through several innovations in material and construction which deliver extreme protection in all playing conditions," said Whitney Trimble, Director of Marketing, FJ Apparel. "As a key component of our highly successful layering system, the versatile DryJoys Tour XP line is perfect in cool and wet conditions or an outer shell for warmer wet days."FEATURES/BENEFITS· 3 Layer Bonded Fabric eliminates unnecessary weight and provides waterproof and breathable performance· FJ Four-way Stretch Shell allows for a complete range of motion during the swing.· Xtreme DWR Finish beads water off the garment· New YKK Waterproof Main Zipper provides a leak proof barrier · 20,000 mm of water column pressure
This latest category from FJ offers a wide range of options for players, including a Full-Zip Jacket, Pullover Rain Shirt, Short Sleeve Rain Shirt and Rain Pants.
FJ DryJoys Tour XP rainwear is tour proven by the best players in the world, including many who will compete this week in the Open Championship at Muirfield.
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Nineteen year old, Jordan Spieth became the youngest PGA Tour winner in 82 years with his playoff victory at the John Deere Classic today. Everyone who follows golf knew the former University of Texas stalwart would eventually win on the PGA Tour, they just did not expect it coming so soon. Spieth closed the final round of the tournament with a 65, thanks to a miraculous holed bunker shot for birdie on the 72nd hole of regulation. His 19 under par total was good enough to enter a playoff with defending/former major champion Zach Johnson (DryJoys Tour and StaSof) and David Hearn (FJ Sport).
On the first hole of the sudden death playoff, all three players exchanged pars. Playing the 18th again, for the third time, Johnson narrowly missed a birdie on the high side of the hole and tapped in for par. His playing competitors also made pars to extend the match. On the next two playoff holes, all three players made pars, again, to continue the playoff.
Now on the 18th tee for the fourth time, each player missed the fairway wide right and would have to scramble to have any hope at capturing the win. Spieth had the most direct line to the green and hit a low running seven iron that bounded just over the green to the back fringe. After Spieth putted to within a few feet of the hole, Hearn had a tricky par putt to extend the playoff. Hearn missed giving Spieth a short putt for the win. Speith converted the short putt making him one of the youngest PGA Tour winners in history.
Spieth wore Contour Casual during his Championship performance.
The win earns Spieth an exemption to next week's Open Championship, next years Masters® Tournament, and a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour.
John Deere Classic Shoe Count
FJ - 60 %
Nearest Competitor - 20%
Being no stranger to the big stage, 2011 Fedex Cup Champion Bill Haas found victory at the always-daunting Congressional Country Club.
Beginning the day in a four way tie for first place, Haas knew he could not just back into the title. Haas made an early birdie at the second before giving a stroke back to par at the 5th.
Even par for the day heading into the 8th, Haas rolled in a 12 foot birdie to reach 8 under for the tourney. On the following hole, Haas hit another brilliant approach setting up another birdie. Then on the treacherous par 3 tenth, Haas rolled in his third consecutive birdie to take a two shot lead over fellow FJ Staffer Roberto Castro.
Castro stuck with Haas over the back nine but could not chip away at his lead. Haas led by at least two over the entire back nine and calmly rolled in a three foot putt for par at the last to take home the title.
"I just kept the ball in front of me,'' Haas said. "Nothing too crazy.'' Always humble, Haas adds a fifth PGA Tour win to his record and moves to 7th in the 2013 Fedex Cup race.
Haas relied on the lightweight stability of his FJ Sport golf shoes throughout the week.
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Journeyman, Ken Duke wrapped up a playoff victory at the Travelers Championship for his first PGA Tour win in 187 starts.
Winning on the PGA Tour sometimes requires a little luck, Duke's approach into the tenth hole ricocheted of off a greenside tree to within five feet of the pin. Duke converted the birdie and proceeded to birdie three more holes on the back nine, en route to a final round 66. His four round total of 12 under par placed him into a playoff. The playoff was short lived as Duke birdied the second hole of sudden death to secure the win.
"You gotta believe in yourself in everything you do," Duke said. "That's why those guys at the top are winning week in, week out because they believe they can do it. It's kind of one of those things once you finally do it it might come easier the next time. That's kind of the way I feel."
Ken Duke opted for the lightweight performance and stability of the FJ Sport during his winning performance.
The Travelers Championship Shoe Count
FJ - 60%
Nearest Competitor - 17%
An emotional Simon Thornton dedicated his maiden European Tour victory to his late father after the Irishman held his nerve to claim the Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open title in a play-off and fittingly on Father’s Day.
Thornton (FJ Sport & StaSof) holed several tricky putts on the back nine but left his best till last on the final hole, as he drained a ten-foot putt to take it to extra holes.
Under the most intense of pressure, the 36 year old rolled it into the cup and clenched his fist in celebration as he signed for a one under par 70.
He kept his cool once again in the play-off, finding the fringe of the green, The Irishman then rolled a perfectly-weighted putt from 30 feet which slid just left of the hole, ensuring his par and most importantly the win.
“It’s so big for me,” said a tearful Thornton. “On father’s day too, he passed away three years ago and it still hurts, but they are happy tears today. This is dedicated to him.”
“I didn’t play particularly well today in perfect conditions but I got up and down when I had to and holed good putts.”
“I didn’t put myself in position very well so I was scrambling but my short game held up. I've been working hard on my short game for a couple of years now so I'm delighted. I changed my putter and my putting technique last week too so it all came together this week.”
“On the last putt – I had been saying to myself all day, if I'm going to make it easy for myself you need to try on every putt and make sure it goes where you want to hit it – so I just picked a line and willed it in and it dropped.”
Thornton’s rise is an incredible story of progression to the top of European golf against all odds, as he was a seven handicap golfer just over a decade ago.
Born in Bradford, England, he moved to Ireland to become an Assistant Professional at Royal County Down Golf Club before rising through the Irish professional ranks to the Challenge Tour and then The European Tour.
“Hopefully this is a stepping stone for me,” he said. “I’ll go home this week now and celebrate, take a week off, and then play in the Irish Open.
“Last year was a huge disappointment on The European Tour after getting there through the Challenge Tour.
“To come here and play like I did is incredible. What happens now with this category is fantastic; it’s mad how things have changed. It’s surreal.”