FJ ambassador Matteo Manassero made history this weekend by winning the Castello Masters at the Club de Campo del Mediterraneo, Spain. At 17 years and 188 days old the Italian teenager beat the previous record set by the winner of the 2008 Johnnie Walker Championship who was 18 years and 113 days.

"I am too young to have a drink, I am too young to drive so I will not be buying a car and I have not got a girlfriend who would like a present," he said.

"But this was my first chance to win a tournament, which I never thought would come so quickly and to do it is unbelievable. My first aim when I turned professional was to win enough money to keep my card for next year and I achieved that in September."

The teenage sensation began the day two shots behind fellow FJ shoe and glove wearer Gary Boyd (FJ ICON & StaSof glove), but Manaserro pilled on the pressure as the tournament approached its climax. The 2009 Amateur Champion made three birdies in a row from the 13th to take a two shot lead which he never looked like giving up, finally finishing on 16 under, four clear of his nearest competitor Ignacio Garrido (SYNR-G & StaSof).

Manassero wore FJ Sport shoes and StaSof glove en route to the first place prize of €333,330. FJ was again the shoe of choice by the majority of this week’s field with 63% lacing up in FJ shoes.

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Byrd Flies to Victory!


 In a stunning finish in Las Vegas, Jonathan Byrd (FJ Shoes) won a three-man playoff with a hole-in-one on the fourth extra hole.

After finishing the third playoff hole at #18, Byrd, Cameron Percy and the third competitor debated whether to keep playing the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open because of darkness. They all decided to go one more hole Sunday -- the 204-yard 17th at TPC Summerlin.

And it essentially was over with one swing.

Byrd was first to tee off with a six iron. His shot landed about 10 feet short of the flag and disappeared into the cup. It was so dark Byrd wasn't even sure it went in. All he had to do was wait for the other competitors to hit their shots before celebrating his first win of the year and fourth of his career.

Almost as stunning was that Byrd remained in the playoff. On the third playoff hole, the par-4 18th, Byrd's approach tumbled over the green and was one hop away from going into the water. Instead, it settled in a clump of grass, he chipped up to 7 feet and made the par putt just to stay alive.

"I'm in shock," Byrd said, certainly speaking for everyone watching another Fall Series thriller.

This one was even more incredible, and it came at just the right time. Byrd was No. 117 on the money list going into Las Vegas, and his fourth career victory gives him a two-year exemption.


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Green Light in Portugal


 Richard Green (FJ ICON and StaSof glove) unleashed a mesmerising final round of 65 at the Oceanico Victoria Club to claim the Portugal Masters by two shots. The 39 year old began the final round seven shots adrift of the leader, but the left hander from Australia set a clubhouse lead of 18 under par 270 and was never caught. Green had an impressive pack of players challenging him at the top of the leader board, but it was to be his day, finally claiming a two shot victory. Chasing Green's lead was a pack of high calibre players which included FJ ambassador Robert Karlsson (FJ ICON & StaSof glove), who finally finished joint second.

The victory in Portugal earns Green his third European Tour Title and also gains a European Tour exemption until the end of 2012.

FJ continues to be the shoe of choice on the European Tour with 64% of this week’s field lacing up in FJ shoes.

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Back Where he Belongs!


 Padraig Harrington (SYNR-G shoes & Pure Touch glove) won the Iskandar Johor Open yesterday, securing his first victory for two years. The three time major champion enjoyed a five stroke lead going into the final round, and an impressive three under 69 in his final round secured an impressive three shot victory. The Irishman’s closest competitor was fellow FJ wearer, Noh Seung-Yul (FJ ICON & Pure Touch). The 19 year old Noh retained the Asian Tour Order of Merit after shooting a final round 65 to secure second place.

The month of October has proved to be an enjoyable month for Padraig after playing in Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup Team and now securing his third victory on the Asian Tour. The win for Harrington secured a cheque of $198,125 and more importantly for him gets him back into the winner’s circle.

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Slocum Trusts SYNR-G and StaSof to Win at Sea Island


 Heath Slocum (SYNR-G, StaSof) closed with a final round 2-under 68 at the Sea Island Golf Club to win the new McGladrey Classic on Sunday. Slocum finished with a 14-under total of 266 and a one-shot victory over Bill Haas who was looking to win for the second consecutive week.

Slocum was in a three-way tie for the lead coming to the 16th hole. In a matter of moments, one of his competitors hit into the hazard and made double bogey while the other three-putted for bogey. Slocum was trying to lag his putt from 60 feet toward the front of the green when it banged into the pin and disappeared for birdie.

“That’s a putt he’ll always remember,” Haas said.

It was the fourth victory of Slocum's career, and should put him just outside the top 50 in the world. Slocum moved to No. 29 on the PGA Tour money list with one tournament left on his schedule. The top 30 earn invitations to the Masters. It was his first victory since he won The Barclays last year in the FedEx Cup playoffs by making a 10-foot birdie on the last hole to beat several of the world's best players.

Haas, who won last week at the Viking Classic for his second victory this year, all but locked up his return to Augusta National. He drilled an approach on the par-5 15th to 10 feet for eagle to give himself a shot at back-to-back wins. The runner-up finish was worth $432,000, which moved him to No. 18 on the money list. Most of the players in the top 30 are not playing much this time of the year, and it’s unlikely Haas will be knocked out of the top 30.

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Magic Monday for Europe!


 Monday 4th October 2010 – It was a magic Monday for the European Team as they won the Ryder Cup on a sensational final day at The Celtic Manor.

This year’s event was the first year that play had to be extended to the Monday. Typical British weather meant that on occasions the course resembled a swimming pool rather than a Championship golf course, but the green keepers at The Celtic Manor Resort worked their magic to ensure the course was kept in tip top condition and ensured the event could be finished on Monday.

There were many FJ players on show in the event. From the US Team, two of their strongest performers on the final day were Steve Stricker (FJ shoes & PureTouch glove) and Zach Johnson. Stricker was put out first to try and get the momentum going for his side. Playing against fellow FJ wearer Lee Westwood (FJ shoes & PureTouch glove), who had shown fantastic form all week, Stricker managed to get the first point of the day for his team with a well fought 2&1 victory.

The other memorable US performance came from Zach Johnson (FJ Sport & StaSof glove) who played some magnificent golf to also defeat a fellow FJ ambassador in Padraig Harrington (SYNR-G shoes and PureTouch glove). The 3&2 win for Johnson meant the US team got back on level terms with the Europeans, with both teams tied on 13½ points.

With the Europeans winning the final game, Europe had recaptured the Ryder Cup by a small one point margin.

Although he didn’t know it at the time, the half point secured  by Rory McIlroy (FJ Sport & PureTouch glove) ensured Europe reached the winning score of 14½ points. Rory showed nerves of steel to get up and down from the greenside bunker to earn the half.

The other European hero’s were Ian Poulter (FJ ICON MyJoys & SciFlex glove) and Luke Donald (FJ ICON). Poults as usual was his reliable self, winning his final match 5&4 with Luke’s match going down to the wire, finally winning the match by one hole.

And finally Ross Fisher (FJ ICON & PureTouch glove), playing in his first Ryder Cup, lost a tight game with fellow FJ wearer and Ryder Cup rookie Jeff Overton (FJ Sport & SciFlex glove).

With the final score at 14½- 13½, Europe regained The Ryder Cup. The week will be remembered as one of the best ever to be played. We saw all types of weather, new formats and more importantly a fantastic competiton.

We now have to wait until 2012 to do battle again at The Medinah Country Club, Chicago, where the US will be hoping to get their revenge!

FJ is proud of all its players who played this week and is also proud to continue to be the #1 Shoe & Glove in Golf

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Haas tog sin andra vinst


 Bill Haas led wire to wire to win the Viking Classic by three strokes for his second victory of the year. Haas, who won the Bob Hope Classic earlier in the year for his first career title, struggled a bit on Sunday but had built a five shot cushion to start the day which was enough to hold off several fellow FJ players. He closed with an even par 72 on Sunday and finished the week with a 15-under 273 total. In addition to extending his PGA Tour exemption through 2013, Haas moved to no. 26 on the money and also earned spots in the Masters and the U.S. Open.

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