Matt Jones began Sunday's dreary final round in the Shell Houston Open six shots back of the leader and needed nothing short of a heroic round to have any shot at the title. Opening his final round with a bogey, the 33 year old Australian, Jones made four birdies on his front nine making the turn in three under par 33.
Still chasing the lead the entire back nine Jones birdies three of the first seven holes on the back nine to get within one of the lead. Jones made an untimely bogey at the 17th that would seem to seal his fate. Jones would not let the bogey become his undoing and proceeded to roll in a forty foot plus birdie putt on the 72nd hole of regulation to get within one of the leader back on the tee.
As luck would have it, a bogey from the leader led to a playoff. The players headed back to the 18th tee.
Jones' approach into the first playoff hole came up well short of the green leaving himself a 42 yard pitch shot to the hole. Stepping into the shot, Jones hit a low runner that tracked right at the hole and fell to the bottom of the cup for birdie. Jones' playing competitor couldn't match the birdie giving Jones the victory!
"I walked up there and told my caddy I was going to chip it in," Jones said. " You don't know if it's going to lip out, low or high, but when I saw it disappear it's probably the happiest I've been on the golf course."
The win earns Jones the last invitation to next week's Masters Tournament.
Jones relied on FJ Icon and SciFlex during Sunday's rainy final round.
FJ Shoe Count
FJ - 57%
Nearest Competitor - 18%
FJ Glove Count
FJ - 38%
Nearest Competitor - 13%
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Steven Bowditch battled through blustery conditions on a difficult TPC San Antonio golf course to win the Valero Texas Open.The 30 year old Australian began Sunday's final round with a three stroke lead thanks to three rounds in the sixties that placed him at 12 under par. Bowditch dropped a few shots early, but remained atop the leaderboard as his chasers also fell victim to the difficult, windy conditions. On the back nine, a birdie on the par 5 - 14th hole helped pad his lead. Heading to the final hole with a two stroke advantage, Bowditch made a bogey but it would be enough to take home his first PGA Tour win. Bowditch relied on on XPS-1 golf shoes and the StaSof golf glove all week in Texas. The win punches Bowditch's ticket to the Masters, the Players and the PGA Championship.
FJ - 58%
Nearest Competitor - 19%
FJ - 40%
Nearest Competitor - 10%
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Fashion meets function and performance in new line of street style golf shoes, available April 15'
FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (March 18, 2014) -- FootJoy, the #1 Shoe in Golf, announced today the debut of FJ City, a new shoe collection offering men a stylish and functional option on the golf course. FJ City is inspired by popular street styles and features trendy designs made of high-quality, full-grain waterproof leather uppers and a durable, cleated outsole. The line offers six styles and a variety of eye-catching two-tone color options. Five of the styles are also available with a spikeless outsole through the FJ Professional line for wear on and off the course. “The new FJ City line gives fashion-conscious players seeking the latest in footwear trends an alternative shoe option that not only delivers the performance features to play well, but stylish designs to look their best on the course and in the clubhouse,”said Doug Robinson, Vice President of Design and Development Worldwide at FootJoy. “FJ City was inspired by modern trends and is a sophisticated balance between performance and style. Each design element, material and color combination was carefully selected in order to deliver a polished, well-crafted shoe.”
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John Senden took home the Valspar Championship with a final round one under par 70 to win by one stroke over fellow FJ Staffer, Kevin Na. Senden shot up the leaderboard thanks to a third round 64 that left him two shy of the 54 hole lead. Senden's Sunday chase began with a birdie on the opening hole. Conditions, then, toughened as the winds picked up making scoring even more difficult across the brutal Copperhead course. But out in one under par 34, Senden had a chance to take home the title. To heighten his chances at victory, he birdied two of the three difficult holes that make up the course's "Snake Pit". Adding a long two putt for par at the last gave Senden the lead in the clubhouse that sustained despite the players still on the course.
No player could match the seven under par total giving John Senden his first PGA Tour Victory since 2006. "If I could just stay in the moment, I knew I was swinging well enough to give it a shake," Senden said of his chances to win. The Australian relied on FJ Icon golf shoes and the Pure Touch Limited glove en route to victory. Valspar Championship Shoe CountFJ - 57%Nearest Competitor - 20%Glove CountFJ - 35%Nearest Competitor - 14%
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FootJoy proudly announces the selection of Corey Fisk as its 2013 Sales Representative of the year. The official presentation to recognize Corey for this distinguished award took place recently at the FJ National Sales Meeting in Orlando.
A graduate of the Methodist College PGM program, Corey has been a valuable contributor to the Acushnet Company since 1999. He started on Acushnet Customer Service Team before breaking into sales as an associate Sales Rep in Arizona in 2003. From there he accepted the challenge of running his own territory in Louisianna gaining valuable experience that prepared him for his return to Arizona to follow his mentor and Arizona golf sales legend Terry LeFevre in 2009.
Over the last three years, Corey has grown his territory by 18%, 21% and 8%, respectively. He has won 7 FootJoy Gold Circle awards during his 13 year sales tenure.
“Corey works as hard as anyone in the company. His relationships run long and deep, he is driven to succeed in his professional life, and equally driven to succeed in the critical roles of father and husband. “ said Jim Morrison, Vice President, FootJoy U.S. Sales. “We congratulate Corey on this well-deserved and distinguished achievement and are proud to have him as part of the FJ sales team.”
Corey and his family reside in Chandler, Arizona.