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Sim Earns First Win for FJ ICON, Promotion to PGA TOUR

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Michael Sim collected his third win of the season Sunday at the Nationwide Tour's Christmas in October Classic, earning him an immediate promotion to the PGA TOUR and recognition as the first professional to win in the new FJ ICON golf shoes.

The 24-year-old Sim, wearing FJ ICON style #52005, ended the week at 20-under 264, posting a rhythmic 65-67-65-67 pattern that included only two bogeys, one each on Thursday and Friday. The victory gives Sim an instant promotion to the PGA TOUR this year and will make him fully exempt on Tour next year, just the ninth player in Tour history to earn the promotion.

Sim, the former No. 1-ranked amateur in the world, also broke Troy Matteson's single-season earnings record of $495,009 set in 2005. He has eclipsed the record in just 12 starts and is averaging a whopping $43,923 for every week he tees it up.

"It's very relieving," said Sim, who collected his second win at the BMW Charity Pro-Am in mid-May. "I'd been in this position before and I wasn't able to get it done. I tried to stay in the moment as best I could. In Omaha I found it really difficult to stay focused on the last day. Fortunately I learned how to deal with those distractions. I did everything right today."

To learn more about FJ ICON, click here to see the styles, click here to visit the new FJ ICON microsite and click here to read an interview with Jack Erickson, VP of Golf Footwear for FootJoy.

  • Great article.  This guy is going to be a future star on the PGA Tour.  

  • I was at the Nationwide event doing media relations -- Sim's victory was impressive! We had driving rain on both Monday and Wednesday which made the course soggy. Lift, clean and place on Thursday and Friday helped all scores, as did soft greens, but Friday play was in a steady 20 mph wind. Typical Nicklaus design was tough! Sim played well, was gracious to fans and media, and looked terrific in his Icons!

  • He is a great player. Just hope he can keep it up. It is too bad when a player has the season of his career, playing on the "wrong" tour. I believe he could have won on the PGA with his play this year. Will be interesting to see what he can do in the fall series.

  • This is a great story, and can't wait to see what he can do week in and week out on the PGA Tour.  He certainly has the game to be a force in the future.

  • Guess I was not signed in for the comment above. Reiterating -- Sim definitely earned his battlefield promotion.

  • Congratulations to Sims and FJ!!   Job well done!

  • congrats keep up the good work