Vijay Singh swirled in a 3-foot par putt on the last hole to win his first career World Golf Championship event Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Singh closed with a 2-under 68 for a one shot victory over fellow FootJoy player Lee Westwood (Classics Dry Premiere style #50672).
Singh, who wore DryJoys PODS Traditional (style #53562) and a SciFlex glove throughout the week, finished with a 10-under 270 total. The victory was the 32nd of his career on the PGA Tour and first on U.S. soil since the Arnold Palmer Invitational back in 2007. With the win, he is expected to move up to #4 in the World Golf Rankings ahead of this week's final major - the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills.
Westwood, who could have moved up to No. 4 in the world with his first U.S. title in 10 years, rallied from a five-shot deficit with 11 holes to play to get within one of the lead. But he missed a 7-foot birdie on the 17th, and his 15-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the 18th to tie for the lead was left all the way. He closed with a 69 to tie for second.
Wearing ReelFits (style #53843) and a SciFlex, Parker McLachlin shot a 2-over 74 Sunday to claim his first PGA Tour victory in convincing fashion at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open. The 29-year-old UCLA grad finished the week with an 18-under 270 total for a seven shot victory and, in the process, punched his ticket to this week's PGA Championship at Oakland Hills.
"It feels like it has been a lifetime coming. It has been a dream of mine since I was about 12," said McLachlin, who grew up in Hawaii and played at UCLA. "This is a huge stepping stone for me."
McLachlin recovered from trouble time after time on Sunday to card 14 pars, three bogeys and a birdie on the 18th. He could afford to play conservatively on Sunday due to magnificent early round play that saw him fire a course record 10-under 62 on Friday and set the 54-hole record at 20-under on Saturday.
He loves skateboarding and fast boats, fired a 60 at the 2007 Nationwide Tour Championship to help earn his first PGA Tour card and recently boarded a private jet to play in his first major, The 2008 Open Championship. He also has three top 10's this year and appears in good position to make the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Click here to read more about FootJoy player, and PGA Tour rookie, Michael Letzig.
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.