Matteson Emerges from Playoff to Win Frys.com for Second Time

2009-10-26

 Troy Matteson (DryJoys Tech, StaSof glove) birdied the second playoff hole to win the Frys.com Open on Sunday at Grayhawk Golf Club. After bogeying the final two holes in regulation to fall into the three-man playoff, Matteson had a second chance at the 17th and 18th and would not let the opportunity pass him by. Relying on past experience of winning this tournament as a rookie in 2006, Matteson denied two rookies this year who were trying to capture their first career PGA Tour victories and playing privileges for next year and beyond.

Matteson rolled into Sunday with a three-stroke lead, thanks to back-to-back 61s on Friday and Saturday – a PGA Tour record for lowest score in consecutive rounds. However, he stumbled at the end of the final round and found himself battling two young guns.

After all three players parred the first playoff hole, Matteson hit his approach within 3 feet on the 464-yard par-4 17th hole. With shadows stretching onto the green, he rolled in the putt for his second PGA Tour win.

The victory capped a strong final two months for Matteson as he made the cut in his final eight events and finished in the top 20 three times. The 29-year-old’s first Tour victory came as a rookie in 2006, when he won the Frys.com Open in Las Vegas.

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Return to Glory for Westwood.

2009-10-19

 Lee Westwood ended more than two years without a title by capturing the Portugal Masters by two shots. Wearing the new FJ ICON golf shoe and Pure Touch glove from FootJoy, Westwood closed with a 6-under 66 on Sunday and finished with a 23-under 265 total for his 30th career win.

Westwood came out hot, converting birdies on his first four holes but it was his final birdie at the 17th hole that sealed the victory.  Westwood went long and left at the 589 yard 17th and although he was able to take a free drop he still faced a tricky shot.

"All I could see was trees (right in front of him) and water (over the green) - and I had a really tight lie," he added.

However, from around 30 yards he almost holed it, tapped in for birdie and had his two shot lead that he would take the clubhouse.

In addition to getting back to his winning ways, Westwood also takes over the lead in the European Tour's Race to Dubai, passing fellow FJ ICON fan Rory McIlroy, and climbs back into the top five of the world golf rankings, a goal of his since 2007.

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Madrid Master

2009-10-12

 Ross McGowan saw off a spirited challenge from Mikko Ilonen to win the Madrid Masters and seal his first European Tour title by three shots. Ross' victory marks his the first victory for the new FJ ICON golf shoe from FootJoy, which has only recently been launched.

After a record-equalling third round of 12 under par 60, the Englishman claimed victory from a following group that included 8 FootJoy wearers in the top 9 places. FJ ICON was the choice for Ross in a stunning white/black shield tip pattern which was customised through the MyJoys programme. Just like many golfers, Ross' feet are slightly different sizes so made the most of the custom options available through MyJoys to find the perfect platform from which to claim victory.

"I came here this week in form and it's lovely to come away with the trophy," he said. "Once I saw where some of the pins were it was a lot trickier and my game-plan was to hit as many greens as I could.

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Ochoa Back on Top with Win at Navistar

2009-10-06

 Lorena Ochoa successfully defended her Navistar LPGA Classic title, shooting a final round 2-under 70 on Sunday for a four-stroke victory.

Ochoa finished at 18-under 270 on The Senator course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Capitol Hill complex to snap an 11-start winless streak dating to the Corona Championship in late April. The top-ranked Mexican star has three victories this year and 27 overall on the LPGA Tour.

"There are places where you feel comfortable and you feel a good vibe and you like the course," Ochoa said. "This has been really good for me. I feel comfortable here. I have a lot of good memories."

Ochoa wiped out her three-stroke lead coming into the day with a bogey and double bogey in the first five holes. She erased any drama with a birdie on No. 17. Ochoa has been wearing women's DryJoys since September and has finished in the top 10 the last four weeks, including a runner-up last week. She was wearing an all-white pair of DryJoys both Saturday and Sunday.

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