J B Holmes wins Phoenix Open for second time… Big hitting J B Holmes, sealed his second PGA Tour victory in the event he won as a rookie two years ago. The 23 year old, who lead by four overnight, fought hard all day but managed to stay within one shot of the clubhouse leader. Holmes managed to keep his nerve on the last, sinking a 10-foot birdie putt to force a playoff. With no previous sudden-death experience, Holmes showed no nerves producing a huge 359 yards tee shot, setting up a pitch to eight foot which the Kentucky-born Holmes holed for victory. With this victory, During the week, J B put his faith in a pair of the new White Titanium FootJoy DryJoys PODS golf shoes. To complete his attire, Holmes opted for a FootJoy golf glove which enabled him to get a firm grip on the trophy. The weekend also proved to a great success for many FootJoy players on the European Tour in the Dubai Desert Classic. Seven of the top 10 players put their faith in a pair of FootJoy golf shoes.
Australia’s Adam Scott shot an impressive 11-under par 61 final round to win the Commercialbank Qatar Masters. The Australian began the day three shots adrift of the overnight leader Johan Edfors, but with five birdies on the first five holes, Scott started to make his move on the field. Out in 30, Scott picked up a further three birdies immediately after the turn to move clear of his closest rival, fellow FootJoy wearer Henrik Stenson. With further birdies at the fifteenth and seventeenth, Scott finished with an impressive course record 11-under-par 61 to finish three ahead of Stenson. The win secured a record in Qatar for Scott of played twice, won twice, more importantly moving him up the world ranking by three places to become World No5.
Wearing a pair of FootJoy Classics golf shoes, Scott strode clear of the field to capture his sixth European Tour Title.
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Kaymer wins in Abu Dhabi
Martin Kaymer, the European Tour rookie of the year for 2007, held his nerve to win his maiden European Tour title at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. The 23-year-old started the day six shots clear on 17-under, and the biggest threat came from fellow FootJoy ambassadors, Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson. By the turn his lead was halved as a result of consecutive bogeys at the fourth, fifth and six. The German steadied himself on the back nine, carding a final round two-over-par 74, which saw him clear of the field by four shots.
Just as Westwood and Stenson, Kaymer laced up a pair of Classics Dry Premiere to stride to his maiden tour victory, taking him to 35th place in the world rankings. In all, 7 of the top ten finishers put their trust in FootJoy golf shoes. Due to a mishap at the beginning of the week, Kaymer was without his usual pair of FootJoy shoes but the Tour team managed to furnished him with a pair of white Classics which carried him across the finish line in style.
Chopra achieves lifelong long dream in Hawaii
Daniel Chopra wins the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Hawaii after beating fellow FootJoy ambassador Steve Stricker in a tense playoff at the Plantation Course, Kapalua. The pair were tied on 18-under-par 274 after the final round, Chopra carded a seven-under 66 while Stricker shot an impressive nine-under 64. Luck would prove to be on Chopra's side going into the play-off, in the shape of his ball marker, which reads “Fortune Favours the brave”. On the first extra hole on the par-5 18th, Stricker putted from 120 feet for eagle when his ball hit Chopra’s ball marker, resulting in the putt finishing 10 feet short. Stricker missed the resulting birdie putt. The win finally came at the fourth playoff hole, the par 5 ninth, where Chopra made birdie leaving Stricker needing to hole from 15 feet to tie. The putt slid past the hole giving Chopra his second career PGA win.
The Swede earned $1.1 million and a Mercedes-Benz sports car. More importantly to Chopra the win earned him his first trip to the Masters. “I get to go to Augusta, my lifelong dream,” Chopra said. The tournament also saw strong finishes for FootJoy Players Hunter Mahan and Nick Watney who both finished T5. Mahan finished with the joint lowest final round carding a nine-under 64.
Chopra strode to victory wearing a combination of the new black FootJoy DryJoys PODS (#53523) and the all white Golf Athletics (#56808) , while a FootJoy StaSof golf glove helped him take a firm grip on the winner’s trophy.
South Africa’s James Kingston claimed his first win on the European Tour on home soil at the Pearl Valley Golf Estates, winning the South African Open by one stroke from England’s Oliver Wilson. Kingston was crowned champion after a final round which was heavily affected by torrid weather conditions which saw play suspended for nearly 4 hours earlier in the day. The 42 year old shot a final round 1- under-par 71 which took him to 4-under for the tournament. Kingston’s victory ensured that the trophy remained in the republic for the eighth straight year.
Kingston achieved his first European Tour win in a pair of Black FootJoy® Classics Dry Premiere golf shoes. And to complete his attire, Kingston opted for a FootJoy SciFlex golf glove which helped him get a grip of the trophy.
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