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    Tour Insider: Open Championship Thursday

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    They say winning The Open Championship often depends no the tee times you draw...and that pretty much sums up the first day at this year's championship when a drastic turn in the weather almost made it seem like two different days. For those that went out first, they were greeted by 30 mph winds and sideways rain, leading to a scoring average that was three shots higher (77.4 vs, 74.4) than the afternoon wave of players. In fact, 19 of the 78 players who teed off in the morning shot 80 or higher. Not one player in the afternoon shot 80 or above. Not a great day for golf, but a perfect day for Footjoy Performance Outerwear! Might be time to send a box of chocolates or a set of car keys to the guy who makes those tee times... Check out these images from Thursday at The Open Championship.

    Click here to begin the slideshow.: < 'Hey, I got an extra ticket to The Open on Thursday. You wanna go?'

    Tour Insider: Open Championship Wednesday

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    FootJoy will be bringing you updates from Royal Birkdale throughout the week with help from Guy Smith (Tour Rep) and Rich Fryer (Marketing Director), who are onsite and inside the ropes. Check out these images from Wednesday at The Open Championship. Then read the full diary entry that follows.

    Click here to begin the slideshow.: < The distinct leaderboard of the season's third major championship

    The hotel may not be up to much, but the golf course is superb! All of the players were out and about today, braving the strong westerly wind coming from the Irish Sea, some playing a full round, some opting to play 4-5 holes and spend the rest of the day chipping, putting and hitting balls. The Open Championship is where we do a substantial shoe issue to the players, including many new styles that, and with 4 experienced shoe-fitters on hand in the form of members of the UK FJ Salesforce. The Fitting Cabin has been flat-out from Monday through Wednesday with players coming in to collect new shoes, some to double check their sizing, others wanting to simply put some new spikes in....

    As you’ve seen we created some Open special MyJoys for some of the players, including JB Holmes who put them straight on and went out to play in them. One of the new styles of Classics that was unleashed this week is a black pebble and patent shield-tip Classics Dry Premiere, which was seen on the feet of Adam Scott, David Frost and recent winner Ross Fisher. DryJoys are another popular choice, and are being worn by Zach Johnson, Jerry Kelly, Woody Austin and Vijay Singh. DL III dropped by and picked up a pair of white/brown ReelFit which went straight on and kept Davis stable as he hit balls on the range. Fresh from victory at Loch Lomond last week Graeme McDowell was on top form and proudly sporting a pair of Classics Exotics in Ostrich leather, complete with matching belt and money clip. And having grown up on the links of Northern Ireland it would be fair to say that Graeme was feeling very much at home, and was absolutely ripping it in practice. The practice ground was facing straight into the stiff breeze and was giving the players a great chance to work on keeping their ball flight down. JB Holmes, wearing DryJoys PODS #53502 was crushing his Cobra driver, long, low and straight. Given the stiff wind (gentle breeze according to the locals) there has been a lot of demand for FJ Outerwear from players and caddies alike, and has been keeping the likes of Zach Johnson, Ross Fisher and Paul Waring warm and dry. Martin Kaymer looks in excellent form, and took some time out of his practice schedule to head over to the Golf Foundation and challenge the kids to a chipping contest. As you can see from the video, he didn’t fare too well… One of the best features of the Open Championship is the ability for anyone to qualify. One of those who has done it the ‘hard’ way is Jon Bevan, a professional from the Southwest of England. For the past 3 years Jon has played both Regional and Final Qualifying, including making the cut at Carnoustie last year, and true to form is here again, and swinging it well. Jon, a member of Team DryJoys in the UK, shot an excellent 3 under par over 36 holes at Southport and Ainsdale to claim his place in the field, and is relishing the challenge ahead. Having spent some time on the range watching the players, keep your eyes on Lee Westwood, Angel Cabrera and Soren Hansen.

    Products for the 2008 Open Championship

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    We're back with a sneak peek at some products you'll see only at this year's Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. We'll be bringing you all sorts of material from the season's third major, including inside-the-ropes photos and video so check back throughout the week for the latest.

    Click here to begin the slideshow.: < Keep an eye on these players to see if they rock the MyJoys

    MyJoys Welcomes the NFL

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    FootJoy is proud to welcome the NFL to the MyJoys program with all 32 team logos now available in hundreds of color combinations! Choose from the DryJoys Tech, DryJoys Traditional (spiked or spikeless) or Contours shoes and then select from a number of color combinations that are precisely matched with the colors of your favorite teams. Whether you're a member of the Dog Pound, the Black Hole, Buccaneer Cove, a Cheesehead, a 12th Man or just a big-time fan, you can match your shoes with your team hat, team shirt, team socks and team club headcovers. Vikings' purple, Giants' blue, Packers' green, Browns' brown (and orange)...they're all there. Click here to order your MyJoys. FootJoy player Ben Curtis will kick things off when he debuts three NFL team logos at this year's Open Championship. Click on the image below to get a first look at the shoes he'll wear this week as well as some you may see him wear the rest of the year and others that are sure to be best-sellers!

    Click here to begin the slideshow.: < Are you ready for some...golf?

    2008 British Open Preview Interviews

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    Check out these preview interviews to hear how players are preparing to tackle Royal Birkdale. As you'll learn, players have to make a lot of adjustments, from simple ones like the time difference to more complicated changes like altering their natural shot-shape and trajectory to battle the wind and course set-up that is not like anything they've faced this year. Zach also talks about the flooding that has devastated his hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and what he and the PGA Tour are doing to help people recover.