We received the following update from Jonathan Loosemore, one our European Tour reps at the Volvo China Open...
Plenty to report from Beijing:
2007 Volvo China Open winner, Markus Brier (right), broke out a new pair of white smooth/brown tumbled ReelFit for his title defence in Beijing this week. Brier, who chooses to wear ReelFit exclusively also was excited to order some new SciFlex Colour gloves... being a patriot, he ordered mostly red gloves, since red/white are his national colours but also chose some to match his new shirts for the season.
Other SciFlex wearers were given the chance to order SciFlex Colours this week too... many chose a selection of colours to match their clothing.
Pre-tournament favourite, Graeme McDowell, was delighted with his shipment of FootJoy golf socks he received last week. He proudly flashed his ProDry socks to me as he walked onto the range to prepare for Wednesday's pro-am!!
Titleist/FootJoy staffer, Jose-Filipe Lima, was praising the new DryJoys this week. He has been trying the shoes for the last few weeks and has decided he would like to wear them almost exclusively. He said he felt a lot less tired after a round due to the improved cushioning of the PODS.
Challenge Tour graduate, Leif Westerberg, has now received his custom built Classics Tour... the left shoe has been built up by one centimetre to help him overcome a leg-length discrepancy that has been causing him discomfort for a number of years. He is very happy with the results of FootJoy's custom team.
Soren Kjeldsen, Ross McGowan and Asian Tour staffer Prom Meesawat are now proudly displaying FJ logos on their collars.
That's all for this week.
There's one tradition at the Masters that doesn't generate as much attention as, say the Par 3 Competition or the Champions Dinner, but is no less exciting. It's the lottery that takes place to determine which media members covering the tournament will have the opportunity to play the course on Monday, just hours after the players have cleaned out their lockers.
Check out this story by Steve DiMeglio from USA Today summarizing his experience playing Augusta National as an 8 handicap yesterday. Then click on "Add Comment" and let us know how you think you would play.
FootJoy player Lorena Ochoa dominated once again, closing with a final round 4-under 69 Sunday to win the Corona Championship in her native Mexico. Ochoa fired four rounds in the 60's (66-66-66-69) to finish with a 25-under 267 total for a convincing 11 shot victory. She has now won three tournaments in a row and four of her first five to begin the year. During those four victories, Ochoa has won twice by 11 shots (also at the HSBC Women's Champions) and three times has shot all four rounds in the 60's. The victory was also her second in three years at this event and 21st of her career.
With the win, Lorena qualifies for the LPGA Hall of Fame, becoming the second youngest player to do so, although she still must be a tour member for 10 years (in her case, 2012) to become eligible for induction.
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Whether you are among the thousands of fortunate patrons in Augusta or one of millions watching from home, the final round of the Masters is always a must-see event. And this year was no different. With unpredictable wind gusts combining with tricky pin placements and the pressure of playing on Sunday at the Masters, players moved up and down the leaderboad as scores increased. In fact, the scoring average on Sunday (74.67) was more than two strokes higher than Saturday (72.58), the fourth largest increase in Masters history between rounds three and four.
All in all, a very entertaining week for players and fans, and, unofficially, the beginning of the golf season nationwide. We hope you'll continue to visit the blog this year for all the latest news, images, interviews and insider information.
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Click on the slideshow to see how FootJoy players finished at the 2008 Masters
Another suspenseful "moving" day at the Masters as players fought hard to put themselves in position to contend for the championship on Sunday. With many player chasing their first major championship, you can expect the final round to be full of drama.
While Saturday began with rain that caused a suspension of play, it wasn't long before the skies cleared, the conditions softened slightly and players once again tried to take advantage of the few birdie opportunities the course yielded. Check out the slideshow to see how some FootJoy players fared on Saturday.
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Click on the slideshow to see how FootJoy players are faring at the 2008 Masters