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    Binhai Lake GC is the Venue For This Week's European Tour Event - The 2013 Volvo China Open.

    Let's have a look inside the ropes and see who is around...

    Eagle Lands Rumford Play-Off Victory

    Australia’s Brett Rumford overcame a late wobble to win the Ballantine’s Championship after a dramatic three-way play-off.

    An eagle at the first extra hole gave the 35 year old a fourth European Tour title and first for six years after a closing 68 left him on 11 under par.

    Rumford wearing a full line up of FJ apparel in addition to his FJ ICON shoes and SciFlex glove, had raced to the turn in just 30 strokes in the final round and still led by two shots with two holes to play, only to run up a double-bogey six on the 17th after a wild drive led to a penalty drop from a ***.

    Another errant tee-shot on the 18th meant Rumford eventually had to hole from eight feet to save par, and fellow FJ player, Scotland’s Peter Whiteford (FJ ICON and SciFlex) knew a four at the last would be enough to win.

    The 32 year old chipped to five feet after missing the green with his approach, but agonisingly missed the birdie putt to finish alongside Rumford on 11 under.

    The three players returned to the 18th tee and, after a quick call to his coach, Rumford hit a much better drive and having  seen his opponents fail to reach the green in two fired a brilliant approach to four feet and eagled to take the title.

    “It was an absolute rollercoaster ride of emotions out there this afternoon, obviously my last five holes yesterday and front nine today got me in a great position to take this tournament.”

    In what was a fantastic weekend for FJ winners, Billy Horschel claimed his first PGA Tour victory by tying the course record eight under par-64 to win the Zurich Classic.

    The 26-year old began the final day two strokes back of the lead and wasted little time catching the leaders, carding four birdies on the front nine for a 32.  Continuing his red hot play, Horschel made consecutive birdies at 10, 11, and 12 to race to the top of the leaderboard.

    Dropping a stroke at the 15th, Billy rebounded with a birdie at the following hole to keep the lead.  Needing a birdie at the par five final hole to wrap up the victory, Horschel drained a 27 foot birdie bid and exploded into emotion at the realisation that he is now a PGA Tour winner.

    Horschel relied on FJ ICON MyJoys and StaSof throughout his breakthrough performance.

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    2013 Ballantines Championship Tour Update

    This week, Blackstone GC on the edge of Seoul, plays host to the European Tour for the 2013 Ballantines Championship. Check out the slide show below for a look behind the ropes of this week's event.

    A Look Behind the Ropes at the Open de Espana

    This week, we are at the Open de Espana at the Parador de El Saler course near Valencia. Check out the slide show below for a look behind the ropes of this week's event.

    Great Scott!

    Coming off major heartbreak at last year's Open Championship, Adam Scott knows what major pressure feels like on Sunday of a major championship.  With that experience in his rear view, Adam Scott put on a performance for the ages winning the 2013 Masters in a playoff over Angel Cabrera.

    Adam Scott wearing FJ Sport and StaSof gloves, began the day one stroke behind the leaders, at six under par.  Opening his final round with a bogey, Adam quickly gained the stroke back with a long left-to-right birdie putt at the third to climb into contention.  Parring out on the front nine, Scott trailed leader Cabrera by three strokes.

    With ground to make up, the Australian narrowly missed the hazard on the heavily protected par five 13th green.  A chip and a short putt gave Adam a birdie, closing the gap on the leaders.  He struck again hitting the par five 15th green in two shots and two putting for a birdie, which put him putting in a tie for first place.

    After just missing birdie bids on 16 and 17, Scott had a downhill 23 foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole of regulation.  After much deliberation with his caddy, he stood over the putt and brushed it in the low side of the hole, exploding in emotion as it rattled around the bottom of the cup to reach nine under par.

    Not to be outdone, grizzly veteran and two-time Major Champion, Angel Cabrera ( FJ ICON and StaSof) knew a birdie was needed to have any hope of another green jacket.  Splitting the fairway, the Argentinian then stuck his approach shot to a mere putters' length.  Cabrera converted the birdie bid forcing the playoff with Scott. 

    On the first hole of the sudden death playoff, both players launched drives right up the centre of the narrow, punishing fairway.  Hitting their approach shots, both players hit the green only to spin off one of the steep Augusta National false front's.  Cabrera was outside of Scott and missed his birdie chip by inches.  Splitting pars, they headed to the 10th where Bubba's famous hooked gap wedge set the scene the previous year. 

    Continuing the world class standard of play, both players found the fairway with Cabrera drilling a driving iron up by Scott’s 3 wood. The players then hit cracking iron shots into the green leaving makeable birdie putts. With Scott shading it, Cabrera putted first, facing a slippery right-to-left slider - he missed ever so slightly on the high side giving Adam a right to left putt for the win.  Taking his time to find his read the Adelaide born golfer stood over his putt and drained it to become a Master's Champion and the first Australian to don the green jacket.


    “I don’t know how that happened,” Scott said. “It seems a long way away from a couple of years ago here and even last July when I was trying to win another major. It fell my way today. It was incredible. It’s incredible to be in this position."


    In what was an incredible finale Angel Cabrera showed his class and embraced the 32 year old champion and as he walked off the 10th green he stated:


    “Adam is a great person, a great player,” said Cabrera, the two-time Major Champion who won the Masters in a playoff in 2009.


    Well done Adam Scott, a tremendous effort and a deserving champion!


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