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Mahan Captures the WGC Accenture Match Play
In this week's WGC Accenture Match Play, 64 of the world's best players competed at the rugged Dove Mountain Course in Marana, Arizona. After four days of competition only four players remained. All four players choose FJ shoes and gloves to help them compete week in and week out on the worldwide stage.
With the all FJ final four set, Hunter Mahan (FJ ICON and StaSof) took on Mark Wilson (FJ ICON and SciFlex) in the first match this Sunday. Hunter Mahan, playing some tremendous golf, took down Wilson 2 & 1 to to be the first competitor in the Championship match.
Rory McIlroy (FJ SPORT and Pure Touch Limited) would take on Lee Westwood (FJ SPORT and Sciflex) in the other semifinal match. Falling three down through the first four holes, McIlroy responded brilliantly winning four of the next five holes taking a one up lead into the back nine. Rory did not look back, eventually defeating Westwood 3 & 1.
In the Championship match and potential Ryder Cup preview, the red hot Hunter Mahan; who led the field in birdies, took on the world number two golfer in Rory McIlroy. Both players showed nerves on the opening hole exchanging bogies. On the next three holes both players went birdie, birdie, bogey to remain all square.
Mahan then beat McIlroy on the sixth, seventh, and eighth holes to open a three up lead. He would add the tenth hole to go four up. Fighting back, McIlroy won the eleventh with a chip in for eagle. Keeping the pressure on Mahan, Rory birdied the fourteenth to further wear away the Mahan lead. It would not be enough, as the players would halve the next three holes to give Mahan a 2 & 1 victory over McIlroy.
Mahan, showing some humility, "I got hot there in the middle of the week and was able to ride it out," adding, "He’s (McIlroy) the best player in the world right now, I knew he’d made a charge, and he did.”
McIlroy also spoke highly of Mahan, " He was solid as ever. He’s a deserving champion.”
This is Hunter's second World Golf Championship win and the victory moves Hunter into the top ten on the official world golf rankings.
In the consolation match, Wilson defeated Westwood one up to finish third and fourth respectively for the Championship.
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Haas Wins in Dramatic Fashion at Riviera CC
2011 Fed-Ex cup Champion, Bill Haas claimed his first victory of the 2012 season at Riviera CC, home of the Northern Trust Open.
Haas, two strokes down at the beginning of the final round, shot a two under par 69 to claim the clubhouse lead. Haas would then wait for the players chasing him to finish up their final rounds, eventually leading to a three way tie at the top.
With a three man playoff set, Haas wearing FJ ICON would hit the fairway and narrowly miss the green on his approach. Haas, no stranger to pressure, calmly chipped his ball to within five feet of the hole and brushed in the par saving putt to extend the playoff.
Moving onto the short and treacherous driveable par 4 10th, Haas pulled a driver and went for the green only to end up long and left of the 312-yard heavily guarded hole. Instead of playing his upcoming pitch directly at the tricky pin, Haas played the percentage shot to the middle of the green where he could easily make a par. Haas then sized up the 43-footer with several feet of break and poured it straight into the center of the cup for birdie. Both of his playing competitors would fail to convert their birdies making Bill Haas the 2012 Northern Trust Open Champion.Link to this entry
FootJoy Proud to Introduce its Full Line Performance Apparel Collection
We at FootJoy are pleased to announce that we will be taking yet another significant step into the full line golf apparel business with the launch of our new 2012 FJ Performance Apparel Collection. Available in selective stores across SEA from the beginning of March, this stunning seasonal collection features a complete range of men’s golf apparel in a selection of contemporary colour stories and a variety of fashionable patterns. Every garment from polo-shirts and trousers to pullover’s and knitwear has been manufactured using the very latest high-tech performance fabrics and golf-conscious construction to ensure the entire collection provides the perfect complement to the existing line of FJ advanced outerwear. The unveiling of the FJ Performance Apparel Collection completes the FJ product line up that now includes all categories of golf clothing, mastering the balance in comfort, style and performance.
Following on from the continued success of the outerwear category, including the hugely popular and innovative FJ Layering System, the time has finally come for FJ to enter the full line men’s golf apparel business following a strategic initiative that has been carefully considered for a number of years. Supported by an extremely sophisticated and comprehensive study of the golf apparel category, the new FJ Performance Apparel Collection features an array of essential garments that can be worn both on and off-course. The range is spearheaded by four stylish and modern colour stories entitled; Cape Collection (Navy/Ocean/Yellow/White), Savannah Collection (Black/Red/White), Valley Collection (Purple/Charcoal/Grey/White) and Shore Collection (Navy/Coral/Khaki/White). These modern colour palettes perfectly complement the garment designs and allow golfers to effortlessly coordinate their outfits throughout the range. The addition of an Athletic fit option within the collection ensures that those seeking a more tailored look are spoilt for choice. The design focus however remains on one sport – golf, which is FootJoy’s sole passion.
Born from golfer feedback at all levels, the FJ Performance Apparel Collection has already received strong feedback from the professional ranks around the world and will be worn on tour by the likes of Spanish star, Rafael Cabrera-Bello and multiple PGA Tour winner, Steve Stricker who is has been wearing FJ apparel for a number of years, “I continue to be impressed with the quality, fit, comfort and overall performance of FJ apparel. The layering system is absolutely terrific, allowing me to regulate my body temperature based upon changing conditions. In addition, the new performance lisle shirts that I have been wearing all year are superb.”
“We’re excited about our move into the full-line apparel market and believe the timing is perfect. We’ve talked to golfers and our trade partners, who enthusiastically support the plans and offerings; the response to the range has been nothing short of incredible, generating numerous phone calls wanting to preview and book the product. We are confident we have an excellent range, and look forward to a positive response from golfers across the country.
FJ Players Enjoy Remarkable Success on 2011 PGA Tour
FootJoy, the #1 shoe and glove in golf, completed an outstanding season on the PGA Tour with Luke Donald's dramatic comeback at the season-ending Children's Miracle Network Classic. The world #1 ranked golfer wore FJ ICON™ golf shoes en route to locking up his second PGA Tour win of the season as well as the season-long money title.
Inclusive of Luke's victory, players wearing FJ shoes captured 67% of the official tournaments this season or 30 wins in 45 events, compared to six for the nearest competitor. Also, 8 of the top 10 players on the PGA Tour money list and 7 of the top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings rely on FJ shoes. Players wearing FJ gloves won an impressive 18 times on the PGA Tour (43%).
FJ players have the option of choosing from the entire catalog of performance products to suit their individual needs. Most of the world’s best seek three different types of performance golf shoes…all with similar levels of success.
FJ ICON™: “Put Yourself In Their Shoes.” The ultimate in performance, feel and style, FJ ICON is the preferred shoe on Tour. Exquisite detailing, refined materials and extensive customization capabilities define the most popular choice among the world’s best, including Luke Donald, Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson, Bill Haas and KJ Choi.
FJ SPORT: Durable and comfortable with great athletic styling, FJ SPORT is the lightest performance shoe in the FJ line-up. Worn to victory by Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Nick Watney, Lee Westwood and Matteo Manassero, among others.
DryJoys Tour™: “Built For The Tour That Inspired Them.” The most advanced and comfortable DryJoys shoe ever created, with multi-pod construction designed to move naturally with the foot throughout the swing. Steve Stricker, Ben Crane and Jonathan Byrd are among several winners in this product. Coming soon: XPS-1, the most stable golf shoe ever constructed.
Of note this season on the PGA TOUR:
** FJ players captured 7 of the first 10 events to start the season, including Jonathan Byrd’s victory at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Byrd was the first player to win in DryJoys Tour, launched in January.
** FJ players swept the three World Golf Championship events and the three corresponding full field events:
-- WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship (Luke Donald/FJ ICON MyJoys) & Mayakoba Golf Classic (Johnson Wagner/FJ ICON/SciFlex™ glove)
-- WGC-Cadillac Championship (Nick Watney/FJ Sport/Pure Touch® Limited glove) & Puerto Rico Open (Michael Bradley/ReelFit/SciFlex glove)
-- WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (Adam Scott/FJ Sport/StaSof®) & Reno Tahoe Open (Scott Piercy/FJ ICON/StaSof glove)
** K.J. Choi (FJ ICON/StaSof) won THE PLAYERS Championship in sudden death.
** Rory McIlroy (FJ Sport/Pure Touch Limited) captured the U.S. Open by eight shots and broke the Open scoring record in the process.
-- Mark Wilson (FJ ICON/SciFlex) and Webb Simpson (FJ ICON) also won twice in a four-week spans.
** Bill Haas (FJ ICON) captured THE TOUR Championship and season-long FedEx Cup with a dramatic shot from the bank of East Lake.
** FJ players swept the Fall Series events (Kevin Na, Bryce Molder, Ben Crane and Luke Donald).
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Kyle Stanley Finds Redemption in Scottsdale
Last Sunday, Kyle Stanley lost a heartbreaking playoff at Torrey Pines, and some wondered if and when he would recover. As a former Clemson University standout and Hogan award winner, Stanley knew he had all the tools to become a PGA Tour winner.
This Sunday, he proved his metal coming back from eight shots down at the beginning of the day to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open by one shot over fellow FJ Ambassador Ben Crane. Stanley, playing in FJ ICON and StaSof, made six birdies and no bogeys on his way to a 65 and the victory.
Playing partner Ben Crane tweeted this post-round about Stanley's win, "As a fan of sports you have to love what @kylestanleygolf did this week. CONGRATS, Kyle you earned this. The whole golf world is proud"
The win moves Stanley to the number one spot on the FedEx Cup leaderboard and earns him exempt status on the PGA Tour through 2014.