FootJoy player Robert Karlsson demonstrated great poise during the first round, rallying from a double bogey at the first to go on and shoot a 2-under 68. Karlsson actually rebounded with three consecutive birdies and five over his next seven holes before struggling a bit on the back nine. Click on the image below to hear the Big Swede's thoughts on the round.
Check out these images from the practice rounds at Oakland Hills where players are making final preparations for Thursday's first round.
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Okay, so a European hasn't won the PGA Championship since Scotland's Tommy Armour in 1930. But here in New England, stats like that are meaningless since 2004 when the Red Sox did what no pro sports team had ever done before in rallying from a 3-0 deficit in the ALCS. So that's why we're ignoring that bit of history and picking Robert Karlsson (right, Classics Tour style #51112, StaSof glove) as one player to watch at the PGA. Well, that and the fact that he's the only player to finish in the top ten in all three majors this year - The Masters (T8), U.S. Open (T4) and The Open Championship (T7). In fact, the Big Swede hasn't finished outside the top 20 since March, a run that includes six top tens on the European Tour.
He's on an incredible run right now, one that has locked up his spot on Nick Faldo's European Ryder Cup squad. I expect that to continue at Oakland Hills, so keep an eye on the Big Swede this week...
FootJoy will be the #1 shoe at the PGA Championship just as it has been at all the previous majors and PGA Tour events this year. While you should keep an eye on FJ players you know, like Vijay Singh, Adam Scott, Zach Johnson and Lee Westwood, you might also want to keep an eye on the PGA Club Professionals who are in the field. Below is a list of FootJoy players who qualified through their performance at the 2008 PGA Professional National Championship, led by the winner, Scott Hebert (see story about Scott, who's playing in his home state this week, here).
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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.