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  • Rock Closes Out Strong Field in Abu Dhabi

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    European Tour journeyman, Robert Rock held off one of the strongest fields assembled in golf this week to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.  The Englishman started the day in a tie for the 54-hole lead at 11 under par.  Rock wearing custom FJ ICON MyJoys, made early birdies on the second, third, and sixth holes to take control of the tournament. 

    He would then drop shots on the eighth and thirteenth giving his pursuers, including Rory McIlroy a chance to over take the lead.  Rock would bounce back hitting brilliant iron shots on the fourteenth and sixteenth setting up birdies to give him a two stroke lead heading into the last. 

    Missing his tee shot into a hazard right on the 72nd hole, Rock with the lead, gave up much distance to drop in the fairway to give himself a better shot at making a bogey and taking home the trophy.  He did just that hitting his third shot just short of the green, he then pitched on, and two putted for the one shot victory over the ultra talented Rory McIlroy.

    This is Rock's second European Tour victory and by far the larger of the two.  The win moves Rock into the top 60 on the official world golf rankings and earns him an invitation to the WGC Bridgestone Invitational along with the WGC - HSBC Champions.

  • 5 Weekend Wins for FootJoy

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    Harrison Frazar (FJ ICON MyJoys) defeated Robert Karlsson (FJ ICON #52005 and StaSof) in a playoff to claim the Fedex St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind.  Frazar began the day 1 shot behind Karlsson thanks to a third round 64 that included seven birdies. 

    The final round was a two man race from the very beginning with the rest of the field several shots behind.  Frazar and Karlsson exchanged birdies on the first hole and the battle for the top position would continue all day.  Frazar drew even with Karlsson after a birdie on the third but was not alone of top of the leaderboard until Karlsson made bogey on the 17th.  Frazar gave a shot back on the last hole and the players finish tied at the top. 

    On the first playoff hole, Frazar narrowly missed a birdie putt that would of given him the victory.  The players halved the first and second playoff holes with pars.  On the third and deciding hole Frazar two putted from 22 feet for par and the victory.  This is Frazar's first career victory.

    For more on Harrison's win read at : Golf.com

    Robert Rock went wire to wire in FJ ICON golf shoes to collect his first career victory on the European Tour.  Rock would shoot an 8-under par 64 on day one and would not look back, carding consecutive rounds of 68 or better the following days for the victory.  Rock later said, “I thought I would eventually do it. It’s taken longer than planned but it’s incredibly hard to win on this Tour...I’ve had good results but I’ve come up short. Finally, it’s all gone my way.”

    For more on Rock's victory at the BMW Italian Open read at Europeantour.com

    On the LPGA Tour, world number one Yani Tseng (Women's DryJoys #99184) won the State Farm Classic for her second victory of the year in only 9 starts.  Tseng would finish of the tournament with at 21-under 267, three strokes clear of her nearest competitor.

    Mark Wiebe won the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn on the Champions Tour.  Wiebe closed out the 3-day tournament at 19-under par, getting him into a playoff.  Wiebe birdied the first playoff hole to match his competitor, two holes later Wiebe would make a par to claim the title. 

    Kyle Thompson completed the sweep on the Nationwide Tour's Rex Hospital Open.  Beginning the day on a very crowded leaderboard, Thompson would shoot a final round 68 that included a birdie on the 18th hole for the victory.  Thompson later said of his closing birdie, "It set up perfectly for me because I like to fade the ball...It was every golfer's dream putt -- seven feet with a little right-to-left break." 

    For more on Thompson's victory read at PGATOUR.com