Shoe Count: 2008 Johnnie Walker Championship

29/08/2008

FootJoy - 62%

Nearest Competitor - 22%

FootJoy Year to Date - 61.6%

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Tour Insider : Johnnie Walker @ Gleneagles

28/08/2008

We are happy to announce we just fit Per-Ulrik Johansson into FJ shoes this season.  The shoe he has chosen is the FootJoy ReelFit. He is wearing styles 53859 this week and has placed an order for another ReelFit style. Good to see PU back in FJ’s!

South African player, James Kamte was the proud owner of a new pair of Classics.

Michael Lorenzo-Vera collected a nice new pair of Exotic Classics in Black Gator, not to be worn on the course this week as it is very wet up in Scotland.

Danny Willet was loving his new Classics Dry Premiere, whilst young Titleist Ambassador Martin Kaymer, placed an order for three new pairs of Classics.

One player forgot to pack his shoes this week, resulting in the local FootJoy ASM (Lewis Mackle) and Tour Rep (that’s me!) trying to locate a pair of shoes for the week for him. Eventually found him a new pair of DryJoys PODS.

Ariel Canete from Argentina, collected a new pair of DryJoys Tech, style 53502.

Ryder Cup hopeful, Soren Hansen picked up some new Red Label rainwear for the week ahead and trousers. Plenty of players wearing Red Label this week as there has been rain everyday for the past three weeks at Gleneagles. So much for the British Summer!!

All for now!…………………… Next week Switzerland

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Shoe Count: 2008 KLM Open

22/08/2008

 

FootJoy - 63%

Nearest Competitor - 24%

FootJoy Year to Date - 61.6%

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Playoff Payoff for Singh at The Barclays

22/08/2008

Vijay Singh won The Barclays for a record fourth time Sunday, closing out his playoff opponents with birdies on the first two extra holes. After finishing regulation tied with an 8-under 276 total, one of Singh’s playoff opponents dropped a 27-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole. Singh, who wore DryJoys Traditional and a SciFlex glove on Sunday, calmly matched him with a birdie putt of his own from 26 feet and then had a tap-in birdie on the next hole for the victory, the 33rd of his career on the PGA Tour. The 45-year-old Fijian was also best at the Barclays in 1993, 1995 and 2006, although this was the first time the event was held at Ridgewood Country Club. The win moves Singh to the top of the FedEx Cup points race after one event as the Tour now moves to the TPC Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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The Barclays: Round 2 Update

22/08/2008

Stricker Round Two BarclaysThe suspense builds as players battle for a prestigious PGA Tour win, entry into next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, FedEx Cup points, Ryder Cup points and more during round two of the Barclays. Defending champion Steve Stricker (right, top), with all that to play for and more, came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and followed fellow FootJoy player Hunter Mahan’s 9-under 62 yesterday with an impressive bogey-free 7-under 64 of his own to take the early lead. Inclusive of his tidy first round 3-under 68 in challenging afternoon conditions, Stricker sits at 10-under for the tournament. Wearing all-white DryJoys Traditional (available through MyJoys), he’s hit 27 of 35 greens in regulation so far, and needed only 25 putts during his round on Friday, both strengths in his game. Could we be seeing the Stricker from last year who caught fire during the Playoffs? Let’s hope so…

Ben Curtis Round Two BarclaysAnother player heading into the weekend with some momentum is Ben Curtis (right, bottom). Wearing the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants colors, including DryJoys Traditional style MyJoys, Ben fired a 3-under 68 on Friday and sits near the top of the leaderboard. In the last month, Ben has finished top 10 in two majors (T7 - British Open, T2 - PGA Championship) and made his first United States Ryder Cup team. He’s another guy to keep an eye on, and not just to see how he alternates between the Giants and Jets this week while in New Jersey.

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Playoffs?! You’re Talking About the Playoffs?! Playoffs?

20/08/2008

In response to one of the greatest NFL press conferences in history (thank you , Mr. Jim Mora), yes, we are talking about the playoffs as the FedEx Cup playoffs get underway this week at the Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club. Click here for an explanation on the new points system that is intended to create more movement in the rankings and, ultimately, more drama. Click here for a story on the traditional styling of Ridgewood CC, a “classic woodland course.” Click here for the updated FedEx Cup points list.

And no, you don’t win a new FedEx Cup truck for a hole-in-one, but you may need it to get your $10 million home if you win the Cup!FedEx Cup Truck

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One Player to Watch During the FedEx Cup Playoffs

20/08/2008

One of our players to watch during the FedEx Cup Playoffs is…

Steve Stricker (ReelFit, StaSof)

Steve Stricker FedEx PickStrick’s been quiet this year, but if you really dig into the stats, you see he’s having a pretty solid season. He’s 21st in FedEx Cup points, he’s 23rd on the season’s Money List and he’s ranked #10 in the world. So clearly he’s been playing some good golf. Granted, not as many wins as the last two season’s but that was a pace few could keep up with. Not only does our man from Wisconsin have five top ten finishes (one less than this time last year), but he’s the defending champion this week, beginning a playoff system that was very kind to him last year and anxious to earn his spot on his first United States Ryder Cup team.

Need more concrete stats? How about these from our friends at PGA Tour ShotLink, which you would consider important coming into the playoffs…4th in Final Round Scoring Avg. (ex. 5th lowest Sunday round at the PGA Championship with a 69), 2nd in GIR under 125 yards, 6th in putting from over 25 feet and 4th in Scrambling from the Rough. And after switching to the new Titleist 909 driver before the PGA Championship, he hit 69% of the tight fairways at Oakland Hills.

In conclusion, whether you consider hard stats or personal motivation a key indicator for success, Steve Stricker looks like someone to keep an eye on over the next month.

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Fantastic Firsts for de Jonge and Hull

18/08/2008

Brendon deJonge XeroxZimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge won the Xerox Classic for his first Nationwide Tour title Sunday, closing with a 1-under 69 at Irondequoit Country Club for a two-stroke victory.

De Jonge, wearing Classics Tour and a SciFlex glove, finished at 13-under 267 and earned $108,000 to jump from 12th to second on the money list with $316,056, pretty much guaranteeing him a return trip to the PGA Tour in 2009.

“This is such a tough golf course that sometimes when you hit a good shot it doesn’t end up in a good spot,” said de Jonge, tied for 29th in greens in regulation but first in putting for the week. “My short game was probably the best it’s ever been for a whole week. It was just one of those weeks.”

The 28-year old former Virginia Tech player has par-or-better scores in 26 of his last 28 rounds and is a combined 79 under in that stretch. In his last four starts, he has tied for third, tied for 18th, finished fifth and won. This week he fired four rounds in the 60’s (67-64-67-69) en route to victory.

“This is the best lengthy stretch of golf I’ve played in my life,” de Jonge said.

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Katherine Hull CanadianAustralia’s Katherine Hull came from six strokes behind Sunday to win the Canadian Women’s Open for her first LPGA Tour title. The 26-year-old Hull, a former star at Pepperdine, shot a 3-under 69 to finish at 11-under 277 for a one stroke victory.

“This is something we all dream about as kids and to have it actually happen is amazing,” Hull said. “I was thinking this might be the year I broke through and got a win, but at six shots back, I didn’t think much about it.

“I just tried to play the best I could. I honestly didn’t expect to win at all. But that’s how golf goes. It’s four rounds, 72 holes and anything can happen.”

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Shoe Count: 2008 SAS Masters

15/08/2008

FootJoy - 60%

Nearest Competitor - 25%

FootJoy Year to Date - 61.9%

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Slideshow: SAS Masters (European Tour)

14/08/2008

The European Tour team is in Stockholm, Sweden this week for the SAS Masters and the field is stacked with European players hoping to make the Ryder Cup team. While the automatic spots for the U.S. team were announced last weekend, the European Tour has three more weeks to qualify.

The SAS Masters came to a dramatic conclusion last year when FootJoy player Mikko Illonen birdied the final hole to avoid a three man playoff and secure his second victory of the season. Once again, FootJoy is the #1 shoe at the SAS Masters with 60% of the players.

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Getting to Know Tour Rookie Kevin Streelman

13/08/2008

Kevin StreelmanKevin enjoys FootJoy Classics, SciFlex gloves and moonlight walks on the beach. Okay, two of those we know are true. What is also true is that Kevin has played on almost every mini Tour in the country, he earned his PGA Tour card through Q-School last year and he proved he belongs at this level by leading after the first round of this year’s U.S. Open. He’s also made nine straight cuts heading into this week’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

Check out this profile on pgatour.com to learn more about Kevin.

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2008 Wyndham Championship

13/08/2008

More players wore FootJoy shoes than any other shoe brand at the 2008 Wyndham Championship.

 

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9/08/2008

With Friday’s scoring average nearly five strokes over par (74.845), the “Monster” lived up to it’s billing. However, several players were able to go low and make a strong move up the leaderboard, including DryJoys enthusiasts J.B. Holmes (DryJoys Tech), Ben Curtis (DryJoys Traditional - MyJoys) and Jeev Milkha Singh (DryJoys Tech). J.B. holds the 36-hole lead going into the weekend with Curtis, who tied for the low round of the championship with a 3-under 67, just one shot behind. Singh continues to battle a brutal foot injury but you would never know watching his solid play. He’s in a large group of players three shots behind Holmes at +2. Click on the image below to see images from Friday.

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FootJoy is the #1 Shoe at the USPGA Championship

8/08/2008

 FootJoy is the #1 shoe at the PGA Championship just as it has been at all the previous majors and PGA and European Tour events this year. While you should keep an eye on FJ players such as Vijay Singh, Adam Scott, Zach Johnson and Lee Westwood, you might also want to keep an eye on FootJoy Classics wearer Robert Karlsson who is the the only player to finish in the top ten in all three majors this year - The Masters (T8), U.S. Open (T4) and The Open Championship (T7). In fact, the Big Swede hasn’t finished outside the top 20 since March, a run that includes six top tens on the European Tour.

FootJoy continues its dominance as the #1 Shoe & Glove in Golf. 

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8/08/2008

It was a wild day one at the 2008 PGA Championship. Similar to the other majors, you need to take advantage of the course conditions when they’re more receptive to scoring like the morning was yesterday at Oakland Hills. Two players who seized the opportunity to go off in the morning were FootJoy players Robert Karlsson and Jeev Milkha Singh who tied for the lead at 2-under. Similar to The Open Championship a few weeks ago, conditions became more difficult in the afternoon as the wind kicked up, the course firmed up and weather delays forced play to continue on Friday. What will day two bring? I guess we’ll have to tune in to find out!

Click here for a must-read-to-believe profile on the always-entertaining Karlsson from CBS Sportsline.

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One Player to Watch at the PGA

6/08/2008

Karlsson PGA practiceOkay, so a European hasn’t won the PGA Championship since Scotland’s Tommy Armour in 1930. But here in New England, stats like that are meaningless since 2004 when the Red Sox did what no pro sports team had ever done before in rallying from a 3-0 deficit in the ALCS. So that’s why we’re ignoring that bit of history and picking Robert Karlsson (right, Classics Tour style #51112, StaSof glove) as one player to watch at the PGA. Well, that and the fact that he’s the only player to finish in the top ten in all three majors this year - The Masters (T8), U.S. Open (T4) and The Open Championship (T7). In fact, the Big Swede hasn’t finished outside the top 20 since March, a run that includes six top tens on the European Tour.

He’s on an incredible run right now, one that has locked up his spot on Nick Faldo’s European Ryder Cup squad. I expect that to continue at Oakland Hills, so keep an eye on the Big Swede this week…

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6/08/2008

Check out these images from the practice rounds at Oakland Hills where players are making final preparations for Thursday’s first round.

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PGA Club Professionals at Oakland Hills

5/08/2008

FootJoy will be the #1 shoe at the PGA Championship just as it has been at all the previous majors and PGA Tour events this year. While you should keep an eye on FJ players you know, like Vijay Singh, Adam Scott, Zach Johnson and Lee Westwood, you might also want to keep an eye on the PGA Club Professionals who are in the field. Below is a list of FootJoy players who qualified through their performance at the 2008 PGA Professional National Championship, led by the winner, Scott Hebert (see story about Scott, who’s playing in his home state this week, here).

CLICK THIS LINK TO MEET THE QUALIFIERS… [Read more →]

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Reel Impressive Win for McLachlin

4/08/2008

Wearing ReelFits (style #53843) and a SciFlex, Parker McLachlin shot a 2-over 74 Sunday to claim his first PGA Tour victory in convincing fashion at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open. The 29-year-old UCLA grad finished the week with an 18-under 270 total for a seven shot victory and, in the process, punched his ticket to this week’s PGA Championship at Oakland Hills.

“It feels like it has been a lifetime coming. It has been a dream of mine since I was about 12,” said McLachlin, who grew up in Hawaii and played at UCLA. “This is a huge stepping stone for me.”

McLachlin recovered from trouble time after time on Sunday to card 14 pars, three bogeys and a birdie on the 18th. He could afford to play conservatively on Sunday due to magnificent early round play that saw him fire a course record 10-under 62 on Friday and set the 54-hole record at 20-under on Saturday.

Parker Reno Win

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Singh Holds On for First WGC Win

4/08/2008

Vijey WGC BridgestoneVijay Singh swirled in a 3-foot par putt on the last hole to win his first career World Golf Championship event Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Singh closed with a 2-under 68 for a one shot victory over fellow FootJoy player Lee Westwood (Classics Dry Premiere style #50672).

Singh, who wore DryJoys PODS Traditional (style #53562) and a SciFlex glove throughout the week, finished with a 10-under 270 total. The victory was the 32nd of his career on the PGA Tour and first on U.S. soil since the Arnold Palmer Invitational back in 2007. With the win, he is expected to move up to #4 in the World Golf Rankings ahead of this week’s final major - the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills.

Westwood, who could have moved up to No. 4 in the world with his first U.S. title in 10 years, rallied from a five-shot deficit with 11 holes to play to get within one of the lead. But he missed a 7-foot birdie on the 17th, and his 15-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the 18th to tie for the lead was left all the way. He closed with a 69 to tie for second.

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