Ross Fisher capped off a terrific week by winning The European Open in emphatic style Sunday at The London Golf Club. Just days after going through qualifying to earn a spot in The Open Championship, the 27 year old Englishman, who began the tournament with a course-record 63, completed a majestic seven stroke win by holing a bunker shot on the last to close with a 4-under 68. Beginning the final round with a three shot lead, Fisher all but put the tournament out of reach with a 50 foot eagle putt on the fifth hole and finished the week with a 20-under 268 total.
As outlined in our European "Tour Insider," below, Fisher played 36 holes Monday to qualify for The Open Championship in two weeks. He considered pulling out of this week's tournament due to exhaustion but can rest peacefully now knowing he defeated many former, and possibly future, Ryder Cup veterans en route to victory...something he may add to his resume later this year after moving from 21st to 11th in the Ryder Cup points standings.
Fisher relied on Clasics Tour style #51315 shoes, FootJoy Performance Outerwear and ProDry Extreme Crew socks to overcome adverse weather conditions and a world-class field en route to his second European Tour victory.
“They say the second win is harder. I might have made it look easy, but it certainly wasn’t.”
Glorious sunshine this week at The London Club, where tired players and caddies arrived on Tuesday following 36 holes at Sunningdale for International Final Qualifying the previous day. We saw Ross Fisher (RIGHT), fresh from qualifying for this years Open, practicing in his Classics Tour early in the week.
Alejandro Canizares, who usually wears only Contour, collected a new pair of DryJoys Tech style #53502.
Peter O'Malley picked up two new pairs of ReelFit, style #53832 and #53859.
Alex Noren is trying a new pair of Classics Tour, style #51315. Up until now he has always worn Classics Dry Premiere, however heading into the summer season in Europe he is looking for a shoe which offers him the same support, but a bit lighter with some additional cushioning, to help with the firmer fairways.
Danny Willett, the former World #1 Amateur, visted the truck to pick up some FootJoy ProDry socks, and was proudly displaying his FJ alliegance with an FJ on his collar
Spikeless MyJoys are proving to be a popular choice of footwear amongst the caddies on the European Tour (See images below).
MyJoys now offers even more exciting and unique ways to customize your FootJoy shoes with the introduction of six limited edition calfskin leathers. While supplies last, you can customize the #1 shoe in golf using black gator, blue lizard, brown ostrich, and red, blue and lime patent leather prints.
These six new "exotic" leathers, are joined in the line by five other new leathers - grey smooth 437 (a nice mid-tone grey), blue smooth 436 (blue with purple hue), blue smooth 654 (blue with grey hue) and two new reds that are slightly brighter than the current red smooth 400 and popular in our licensed products - red smooth 187 and red smooth 200.
** Please note, calfskin is a print as opposed to the genuine leathers offered through our Exotic Custom Classics program.
Go to MyJoys.com to see the full range of color and customization options!
EXOTIC CALFSKIN LEATHERS:
Congratulations to the lucky winners of the FJ 2008 USA Glove Sweepstakes. The following 14 winners will receive a USA SciFlex prototype gloves worn by the tour pros at this year's U.S. Open.
Dana Straw : Sammamish, WA
Steven Kennard : Dayton, OH
David Fisher : Lexington, KY
Mitch Martin : College Station, TX
John Sakowicz Jr. : Ukiah, CA
Gary Potter : Tulsa, OK
Andrew Spinneit : Danvers, MA
Scott Buras : Slidell, LA
Bradley Blank : Mansfield, OH
Ivan Amron : Boca Roaton, FL
Larry Acord : New Port Richey
Francis McNaughton : Harrisburg, PA
Philip Strand - Patterson : Plymouth, MN
*** Rho : Akron, OH
Two weeks away from her 20th birthday, Inbee Park (MyJoys shoes/StaSof glove) closed with a 2-under 71 to become the youngest winner in the history of the U.S. Women’s Open. Park finished at 9-under 283, four shots clear of the field, marking the largest margin of victory at the Women’s Open since 2001. Park was the only player to break par all four days at Interlachen, and became the third player in the last six years to make the U.S. Women’s Open her first LPGA Tour victory.
As the pressure mounted during the final round, many players saw their chances slip away with untimely bogeys on the difficult Interlachen layout. Not Park. She pulled away with crucial putts on three straight holes -- two birdies and one par -- early on the back nine and added a final birdie for a 2-under 71. She was bogey-free over her final 10 holes and was the only player in the final nine groups to break par.
Inbee wore MyJoys shoes to enjoy the walk to her first victory. Her white/ white DryJoys contained the monogram "INBEE" on both heels. She also held on tight to her U.S. Open trophy with a pearl white StaSof glove.
FootJoy was clear shoe and glove choice of more players at the 2008 U.S. Women's Open.
FootJoy : 56%, Nearest Competitor : 17%
FootJoy : 43%, Nearest Competitor : 25% (Titleist)
Meanwhile, on the European Tour, Spanish rookie Pablo Larrazabal (white Classics Dry Premiere style #50672) captured the French Open for his first PGA European Tour victory, closing with a 4-under 67 to also win by four strokes. Larrazabal, who had to play two qualifying rounds to get into the event, finished at 15-under 269. Quite an accomplishment for the 25-year old Spaniard who five years ago was at this event caddying for his brother.
Being chased by major champions and Ryder Cup veterans, Larrazabal made the difference on the last four holes. After a bogey on the 14th, he sank birdie putts from 10 and 25 feet on the 15th and 16th to increase his lead to five strokes.
FootJoy was the #1 shoe at the French Open with 61% of the players wearing FootJoy shoes.