Gregory Bourdy won the Estorial Open de Portugal in a dramatic 3 way play off. Bourdy had a share of the lead in the first three rounds, but a three over par front nine in the final round saw his chance of winning fade. However, the FootJoy wearer managed to find his stride on the back nine with back-to-back birdies at ten and eleven, finally finishing in a three way tie on 18-under-par 266. The Frenchman held his nerve in the play-off, finally winning on the third extra hole to claim his second European Tour Title and the $208,330 first prize.
Bourdy put his faith in a pair of all black FootJoy Classics, which helped carry him to victory in ultimate comfort and style.
To succeed at Augusta, bringing your ‘A’ game is probably the first requirement, but at this level of competition every detail is important in preparing for the season’s first Major - and that includes the right choice of shoes. Masters Champion Zach Johnson is one who knows the course well and will be challenging for a second green jacket in a pair of ‘Augusta Green’ MyJoys as a big fan of the comfort and stability of the new DryJoys shoe.
Talk to a professional golfer who has had the privilege of playing and competing at Augusta in The Masters and they’ll tell you just how much local knowledge plays its part. Just one of the things that make the Masters unique is that it stays at the same very special venue.
2000 Champion Vijay Singh will be wearing new DryJoys as he steps out on the perfectly manicured undulations of Augusta National leading the challenge of the international contingent. FootJoy players like European Order of Merit leader Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Angel Cabrera who has demonstrated just how well his game shapes up for Augusta over the past couple of years.
Of course all players have to drive down Magnolia Way to collect their competitor’s badge for The Masters for the first time. Amongst this year’s rookies are the young German Martin Kaymer, the Danes Soren and Anders Hansen, not to mention 2008 Tour winners Daniel Chopra and JB Holmes. They will have a lot to learn about the Masters, but they’ll be striding confidently from the first tee trusting in the comfort and performance of FootJoy. We wish them every success.
They’re sleek, they’re stylish and they’re on the blocks for 2008. New FootJoy Golf Athletics. Equipped with super-soft leather uppers, a cushioned EVA Fit-bed® and DuraMax™ Rubber outsoles with Pulsar® cleats by Softspikes, the spec. is as impressive as the performance.
Three styles are on the rostrum. A white smooth waterproof leather with cloud smooth perforated saddle. A white smooth waterproof leather and black tumbled with contrast stitch and a smart white smooth waterproof leather with burnt orange smooth with contrast stitch.
Designed like the athletic shoes worn off the course, these models offer a familiar sporting ride – superb cushioning and incredible comfort. Lightweight and with a waterproof guarantee, with new Golf Athletics from FootJoy you can expect to be fleet-of-foot on the golf course whatever the weather.
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FootJoy’s staff on the Tour have been clocking up the air miles in support of the pro’s as they tee up on the European Tour’s International schedule from New Delhi to Madeira. As ever, the players are more than happy to be taking delivery of their new FootJoy shoes and gloves for the season ahead.
Ian Poulter was at his sartorial best at the Johnnie Walker Classic sporting black and gold FootJoy Classics to match his attire. The finishing touch was a sequinned FJ logo on his shirt which he claimed he’d ironed on himself!
At the Malaysian Open the humidity was very high and many of the players went up a glove size as a result. David Lynn requested FootJoy’s RainGrip glove for the week, prompting enquiries from other players who could see how the glove was perfect for the conditions. Aussie Tony Carolan collected a pair of Golf Athletics and found them so comfortable, they immediately went into play in the first round.
On to Jeju and the Ballantine’s Championship where Jeev Milkha Singh picked-up two pairs of Classics to go with his DryJoys PODS that he has been sporting the past few weeks. His choice was the all black and was more than impressed with the comfort support and stability of the new shoe.
Final stop, Madeira where the FootJoy team were the recipients of many ‘thank-you’s’ as over the past couple of weeks, fully-exempt European Tour players have received the shoes they selected for the season. All were very complimentary, especially Peter Gustafsson who had requested styles that were striking and ‘different’. Apparently his white and red Classics really fitted the bill.
There’ll be more from the Tour in the next issue of The Comfort Zone. In the meantime check out the new FootJoy Tour Blog at www.footjoyblog.com where you’ll find some sneak pics of some Masters ‘specials’ in production. While there’s no guarantee that the pros will wear them in competition, look out for FootJoy players sporting custom FootJoy golf shoes in the seasons first major.
Your rain gear is something you shouldn't have to think about. After all, we prefer playing our golf when the weather is sunny and warm. But the days you do need some protective outerwear, you don't want to worry about wind cutting through your jacket, rain dripping down the back of your neck, your legs getting wet or the club slipping out of your hands.
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So no matter what you encounter on the course this spring, we've got you covered from top to bottom, from the first layer to the last. Start with the ProDry Pique Long Sleeve Golf Shirt or Performance ProDry Superlite Short Sleeve Golf shirt and top it off with any number of Performance Outerwear options, from the soft and durable Microfibre Shell of our Wind Shirts to the versatility of our Short Sleeve Rain Shirts and the lightweight performance of the Performance Light Jacket and Rain Trousers. Just put it on and forget about it. You've got bigger things to worry about....like that slippery little six-footer for par.