In response to one of the greatest NFL press conferences in history (thank you , Mr. Jim Mora), yes, we are talking about the playoffs as the FedEx Cup playoffs get underway this week at the Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club. Click here for an explanation on the new points system that is intended to create more movement in the rankings and, ultimately, more drama. Click here for a story on the traditional styling of Ridgewood CC, a "classic woodland course." Click here for the updated FedEx Cup points list.
And no, you don't win a new FedEx Cup truck for a hole-in-one, but you may need it to get your $10 million home if you win the Cup!
Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge won the Xerox Classic for his first Nationwide Tour title Sunday, closing with a 1-under 69 at Irondequoit Country Club for a two-stroke victory.
De Jonge, wearing Classics Tour and a SciFlex glove, finished at 13-under 267 and earned $108,000 to jump from 12th to second on the money list with $316,056, pretty much guaranteeing him a return trip to the PGA Tour in 2009.
“This is such a tough golf course that sometimes when you hit a good shot it doesn’t end up in a good spot,” said de Jonge, tied for 29th in greens in regulation but first in putting for the week. “My short game was probably the best it’s ever been for a whole week. It was just one of those weeks.”
The 28-year old former Virginia Tech player has par-or-better scores in 26 of his last 28 rounds and is a combined 79 under in that stretch. In his last four starts, he has tied for third, tied for 18th, finished fifth and won. This week he fired four rounds in the 60's (67-64-67-69) en route to victory.
“This is the best lengthy stretch of golf I’ve played in my life,” de Jonge said.
Australia's Katherine Hull came from six strokes behind Sunday to win the Canadian Women's Open for her first LPGA Tour title. The 26-year-old Hull, a former star at Pepperdine, shot a 3-under 69 to finish at 11-under 277 for a one stroke victory.
"This is something we all dream about as kids and to have it actually happen is amazing," Hull said. "I was thinking this might be the year I broke through and got a win, but at six shots back, I didn't think much about it.
"I just tried to play the best I could. I honestly didn't expect to win at all. But that's how golf goes. It's four rounds, 72 holes and anything can happen."
The European Tour team is in Stockholm, Sweden this week for the SAS Masters and the field is stacked with European players hoping to make the Ryder Cup team. While the automatic spots for the U.S. team were announced last weekend, the European Tour has three more weeks to qualify.
The SAS Masters came to a dramatic conclusion last year when FootJoy player Mikko Illonen birdied the final hole to avoid a three man playoff and secure his second victory of the season. Once again, FootJoy is the #1 shoe at the SAS Masters with 60% of the players.
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Kevin enjoys FootJoy Classics, SciFlex gloves and moonlight walks on the beach. Okay, two of those we know are true. What is also true is that Kevin has played on almost every mini Tour in the country, he earned his PGA Tour card through Q-School last year and he proved he belongs at this level by leading after the first round of this year's U.S. Open. He's also made nine straight cuts heading into this week's Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.
Check out this profile on pgatour.com to learn more about Kevin.
MyJoys offers even more ways to personalize the #1 shoe in golf with the announcement of eight more colleges and universities to the program. Featuring the official college colors and logos, collegiate MyJoys are a great gift for school alumni and fans, especially with the college football season just around the corner. You can now add the following schools: Brigham Young University, Hawaii, Iowa State, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Texas A&M, UNLV and Wake Forest.
With a total of 48 school logos now available, log on to www.footjoy.com/myjoys to see if your favorite school is on the list. If it's not, come back soon as the roster expands on a regular basis. And don't forget, in addition to the collegiate shoes, MyJoys also offers all Major League Baseball and National Football League teams, in addition to thousands of colors, logos and personalization options so you can customize your own pair of men's and women's FootJoys.