McIlroy Closes the Season in Style
World number one, Rory McIlroy closed out the season ending Dubai World Championship with five straight birdies to wrap up his second European Tour win of the season.
Entering the final round tied with Luke Donald, McIlroy faltered early allowing the Englishman to take the upper hand. McIlroy (FJ Sport and Pure Touch) responded with three birdies on the front nine to carry a one stroke lead into the back. On the final nine, McIlroy made six birdies to take home the title by two strokes over his nearest competitor.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling – I said I wanted to win both trophies this week and that is exactly what I’ve managed to do," said McIlroy of becoming the second player ever to win the money title on each said of the Atlantic in a single calendar year. Continuing, "I knew I needed to do something special over the closing few holes - I really couldn’t have wished for a better ending."
This is Rory's sixth worldwide win of the 2012 season.
54% of playing competitors at the Dubai World Championship chose FJ shoes to compete in the season ending event.
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3 Win Weekend for FJ!!!
Luke Donald (FJ ICON) retained his lead in the final round of the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Japan, to record a five-stroke victory. The Tournament was being played at the Phoenix Country Club, featuring some of the prominent names on the Japan Golf Tour.
Donald carded a six-under par 65 in the first round and shared the. He then showed another sparkling display of the game on Friday, to take the sole lead, following a seven-under par 64.
On Saturday, he failed to maintain his form and recorded three birdies against the same number of bogeys to finish with an even-par score for the round.
However, it was good enough to retain his position on top of the leaderboard. The final round witnessed him regain his form, as he carded a three-under par 68 for a 16-under par tournament score.
It was Donald’s third professional victory of the season, as he won the PGA Tour’s Transitions Championship and European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship earlier this season.
The victory also allowed the Englishman to leapfrog to the second position in the Official World Golf Rankings.
"BOOM!! 3rd win of the year - honoured to add my name to the great Champions that have won the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament," tweeted Donald. “Loved my week here in Japan - the Dunlop Phoenix is a great event, on a great course, great food, great beer....it's just great!”
Henrik Stenson (FJ ICON & Pure Touch) held on to his three-shot overnight lead to win the European Tour's South African Open on Sunday and end a three-year wait for a tournament title.
The Swede finished with a 1-under 71 for a 17-under total of 271 and his first victory since the 2009 Players Championship. It was also Stenson's first win on the European Tour in five years.
"2011 was a tough year with not much good going on on the course for me," Stenson said. "I felt I was getting closer and closer and obviously I'm delighted to get a win before the end of the year."
Fellow FJ ambassador George Coetzee was second at 14 under after the South African's challenge never really got going in the final round.
Coetzee put himself in contention for his first European title with a course-record 63 on Saturday, and he eagled the par-5 third hole Sunday. But he could manage only two more birdies and had three bogeys for a 71.
Stenson had four birdies, enough for a long-awaited victory despite a wobble midway through his round, when he made bogey on No. 6 and a double bogey on the short ninth hole after dumping his tee shot into the water.
He is only the second foreign player to win the South African Open title in the last decade and sealed his place at the season-ending World Tour Championship in Dubai after entering this tournament at No. 59 on the money list. The top 60 go to Dubai next weekend.
"It was great that I came down here from the U.S.," he said. "One of the big reasons was that I was 59th, so I needed a good week."
To cap his good week, the 36-year-old Stenson collected a little over $200,000 for the win.
Hometown favorite and fifth ranked player in the world, Adam Scott shot a 5-under 67 to win the Australian Masters at Kingston Heath in Melbourne.
Starting the day one stroke back, Scott wasted little time birdieing the first to draw even with the 54 hole leader. Scott, in FJ Sport and StaSof, then added four more birdies on the front making the turn with a one stroke lead. On the back nine, Scott added eight straight pars before making birdie at the last to finish at 17 under par, four clear of his closest competitor. This is Scott's first win of the 2012 season.
Scott later stated of his win, "This has been a long time coming, This is pretty sweet to be in the gold jacket and hold this trophy that I've been admiring since I was a little kid."
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Stacy Lewis romps to victory in Japan
FJ loyalist Stacy Lewis (LoPro Casual & StaSof) stormed to victory at the Mizuno Classic 2012 after she made a dramatic charge in the final round by shooting 10 birdies.
Lewis, who got off to a slow start at the three-round LPGA tournament at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club but the American star posted a 70 in the second round, but when she moved into the final round on Sunday, her game quickly switched to an aggressive mode.
Lewis kicked off the round by draining two back-to-back birdies on the first and second hole. She, however, faltered on the third hole, carding a bogey.
She quickly regained her momentum and started boosting her score. A birdie on the par-4 fourth helped her adjust to the conditions on the course.
The first two rounds saw a bit windy conditions on the course, with players struggling to stay focused on their short game. However, the last day was relatively calm as modest winds swept through the course all day.
On the back nine, Lewis impressed the Japanese spectators with a birdie binge. She rattled off a birdie on the 10th, but had to suffer a bogey on the difficult par-3 11th. She then posted two straight birdies.
Lewis sent the spectators shouting in appreciation after she sank three consecutive birdies on 16th, 17th and 18th hole.
Sharing her thoughts at the end of the tournament on Sunday, Lewis said that she was happy that she managed to come into contention in the final moments. She said her putting remained good on every hole.
“It was awesome. I felt it was coming yesterday, like I played really solid I just didn’t make any putts. But to makes those three putts I made coming down the stretch was unbelievable. Hopefully I hold on to that lead,” said Lewis who has now racked up four LPGA titles in the current season.
Nick Watney Wins CIMB Classic in Malaysia
Nick Watney (FJ Sport) missed a chance for a 59 on Sunday in his CIMB Classic victory, closing with a course-record 10-under 61 at The Mines despite a bogey at the 18th.
Needing a birdie on the par-4 18th for a 59, Watney drove into the left rough, failed to reach the green with his approach and left his long birdie pitch just short of the putting surface.
The American finished at 22-under 262 and earned $1.3 million in the unofficial PGA Tour event, finishing a stroke ahead of 2011 champion and FJ Ambassador Bo Van Pelt. The tournament will become a full-fledged PGA Tour event next year when the tour begins its new season in October after the FedEx Cup.
Van Pelt (XPS-1) tied for second, carding 66 after starting the round tied for the lead.
The players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairways for the last three rounds because the course was soaked by tropical overnight storms.
Watney won the FedEx Cup opener at Bethpage Black in August for his fifth official PGA Tour victory.
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Shin Storms to Victory
FJ Ambassador Jiyai Shin (women's DryJoys MyJoys shoes & StaSof glove) captured the Ricoh Women’s British Open in record fashion for her second victory in as many weeks. Shin closed with a 1-over par 73 in strong winds and persistent rain for a four-round total of 9-under par 279, a whopping nine shots clear of her nearest competitor. Shin, who posted a new women's course record on Saturday with an 8-under par 64, was the only player in the field to shoot under par for the tournament. Her margin of victory sets a record for the biggest win in championship history, bettering the previous mark by four shots.
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Shin's win is her ninth in less than five seasons on the LPGA Tour. She won last week's Kingsmill Championship in a nine-hole playoff.
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McIlroy Rolls To Victory
Rory McIlroy, fresh off two wins in the previous three weeks, added another victory to his 2012 total by winning the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana.
Like the previous week, McIlroy (FJ SPORT and Pure Touch) came from from behind to claim the title, shooting a 5-under par 67 in Sunday’s final round to win by two strokes over fellow FJ Staffer Lee Westwood. McIlroy's final 27 holes of the tournament included nine birdies and a lone bogey.
“I’m just on a great run at the moment...I’m playing well, I’m confident – just hope to keep it going.” McIlroy stated post victory.
Rory retains the top spot in the FedEx Cup rankings and this is Rory's fourth victory of the PGA Tour season.
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McIlroy Notches Third PGA Tour Win of 2012
World number one and reigning PGA Champion Rory McIlroy added another victory to his 2012 total at the Deutsche Bank Championship. The second-leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs was held right up the road from the Acushnet Company headquarters at TPC Boston.
The Ulsterman shot rounds of 65, 65, and 67 over the first three days of competition to sit three behind the 54-hole leader Oosthuizen. The former Open Champion, Louis Oosthuizen had gained the lead over McIlroy thanks to a third round 63 that shot him up the leaderboard.
The two were paired together for the final round. McIlroy, in FJ Sport and Pure Touch, struck first and birdied 3 of his first four holes, trumping Oosthuizen's lone birdie in the same stretch. McIlroy added birdies at six and eight to take control of the tournament. Louis, in DryJoys Tour Boa and a newly redesigned SciFlex, fought back with two late back-nine birdies to get within one stroke of McIlroy. Both players exchanged pars on the final hole to give Rory McIlroy the victory.
Rory knows there is still much work to be done to win the Fedex Cup stating, “It’s good to get a victory in these playoffs. It sets me up in a good position for the next two weeks.”
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Rory Blows Away the Field in the 94th PGA Championship
Rory McIlroy has added a second major championship to his already stellar resume, blowing away the field by a record-setting eight shots to win this week's PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. McIlroy's first major triumph, the 2011 U.S. Open was won by the same margin.
Rory (FJ Sport and Pure Touch Limited) opened the week with a five under par 67 to solidly place himself near the top of the leaderboard. Entering the weekend two strokes off, Rory carded another 67 to claim outright leader by three shots going in to Sunday.
Rory, then, put on a display of pure golfing ability over the final 18 holes, making six birdies, several gutsy par saves, and most importantly, no bogies en route to his eight shot romp. The 23 year old, multiple major winner added post round, "It was a great round of golf. I'm speechless." Continuing, "It's just been incredible. I had a good feeling about it at the start. I never imagined to do this."
The major win moves Rory to number one on the official world golf rankings and into the number two spot in the FedEx Cup race. McIlroy also becomes the second youngest player to win two majors.
Piercy Wins Canadian Open
Scott Piercy won the Canadian Open with a final round 67 to edge fellow FJ Ambassador Robert Garrigus by one. Piercy began the week with an eight under par 62 to take the early clubhouse lead; but with much work still left to do, he added a pair of 67's over the next two days to remain in contention.
Now on the final day, two strokes behind 54 hole leader Garrigus, Piercy (FJ ICON and StaSof) rattled off four birdies through the first five holes to leap into contention. Piercy cooled towards the middle of his round before adding a chip in birdie at the 15 hole to reach 17 under par. Parring in, Piercy had to wait and watch his competitors try to match his 17 under total.
No player could catch the total, making Piercy the 2012 RBC Canadian Open Champion. This is Piercy's second career win and the victory moves him to 13th on the FedEx Cup leaderboard.
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