Hoey's Hassan Triumph


FJ Loyalist Michael Hoey shot a final-round 65 to win the Hassan Trophy in Morocco by three shots.

Hoey (FJ ICON #52005) began the final round two behind the leader, but three birdies inside the last five holes ensured Hoey took home the title.
Hoey’s three shot victory lifts him inside the top 15 on The Race to Dubai and puts him back in the hunt for a Ryder Cup debut later this year.
The winner of last year's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, had begun with an opening-round 74 but a 67, followed by successive 65s, gave the 33-year-old his fourth European Tour victory.
"It's amazing," said Hoey. "It's a great golf course, and the weather has been great the last two days.
"I knew it was going be tough and I thought it would be tighter at the end, but I was happy to see my last approach land on the 18th green.

On his chances of qualifying for the European Ryder Cup team, he added: "I haven't really been thinking about it but I'm in contention now.
Elsewhere Fellow FJ wearer Jamie Donaldson carded a course record 61 - 11 under par - to finish in a tie for third, a further shot back.

He was joined on 13 under by fellow FJ ambassador Phillip Price. FJ Sport and StaSof wearer Matteo Manassero, who needed to win in order to qualify for the Masters in April, was in contention at the beginning of the final round, but had to settle for a tie for sixth

Hoey is now second in The Ryder Cup qualifying campaign, and  his €250,000 first prize moves him to €316,798 in The Race to Dubai.

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Double Win for FJ!


Luke Donald Reclaims the World Number One Ranking

Two weeks ago Luke Donald lost the world number one ranking to Rory McIlroy after holding it for 40 consecutive weeks.  This week, Englishman Luke Donald, wearing custom FJ ICON MyJoys, emerged from a four man playoff to win the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook Golf Resort to reclaim the world number one ranking.

Beginning the day three strokes off of the 54-hole lead, Donald shot a flawless bogey free, five under par 66 to tie Robert Garrigus (FJ SPORT) and two other competitors for a sudden death playoff.

Donald, teeing off last in the playoff, narrowly missed his tee shot to the right rough. Hitting his approach shot first, Donald took dead aim striking a mid iron to within five feet of the hole.  His playing competitors could not muster similar brilliance on their approaches and fell outside of Donald.  With all of his playing competitors missing their birdie bids, Donald had the five footer for the win and the world number one ranking.  Luke stroked the putt and watched it curl into the left side of the cup for the victory.

Luke Donald still has his eyes on this seasons first major stating, "I feel like I've achieved a lot in my career but this is perfect preparation. I've got two weeks off now and can look forward to Augusta."

Rory McIlroy also chimed via twitter on the Englishman supplanting him as the top ranked golfer, "Well I enjoyed it while it lasted! Congrats @LukeDonald! Impressive performance!"

Brilliant Quesne Claims maiden Title

 FJ Loyalist Julien Quesne produced the round of his life on the final day of the Open de Andalucía Costa del Sol and with it walked away with the €166,660 winner’s prize.

The 31 year old Frenchman, who graduated from last season’s Challenge Tour wearing FJ ICON Wave had never before won more than the €22,464 he took home for finishing 17th at last month’s Avantha Masters in a European Tour event.

But an eight under par 64 – matching the Aloha course record – took him to 17 under par and neither FJ ambassador Matteo Manassero (FJ Sport and StaSof) or the rest of the field could catch him.

Quesne birdied four of the last five holes, his magnificent approach to the difficult 18th leaving him a five foot putt which he nervelessly holed.

The two-time Challenge Tour winner, never previously higher than 16th in a European Tour event and 322nd in the Official World Golf Ranking, finished two clear of Italian teenager Manassero,

Quesne birdied both par fives on the front nine, and rolled in mid-range birdie putts at the eighth and ninth to turn in 32.

After five consecutive pars he sunk a 12 footer at the 14th to spark his decisive run, rolling in a 15 footer at the 15th and two-putting from 60 feet at the long 16th before producing one of the shots of the week into the final green.

Quesne moves to around 180th in the Official World Golf Ranking from 322nd and becomes the 400th different winner in European Tour history.



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FJ. The Mark of a Player.


FootJoy is identified and defined by a common mark: the FJ. When wearing a product with the FJ mark, you define yourself as a player who is committed to the game of golf and identify yourself with an authentic golf brand that is worn by more players on the worldwide tours and more players, in general. Other company logos?  They could relate to several different sports. But not the FJ mark. 

That mark is special. 

It’s authentic.  

It’s reliable. 

It thrives on performance.

FJ.  The Mark of a Player.



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Rory Ascends to the Top of the Golfing World


Rory McIlroy has long had potential of becoming the top ranked player in the world.  Since his days as a curly headed teenage amateur from Northern Ireland, many have said it is only a matter of time before the young Ulsterman becomes a dominant force in the game.  Praise from his peers has been bountiful, Hunter Mahan, immediately following his win over McIlroy in the WGC Accenture Match Play last week was quick to comment on McIlroy's play of late, " He’s (McIlroy) the best player in the world right now."   

Final round playing partner Harris English, who was two strokes off the lead entering the final round stated, "I’ve definitely watched him play the last couple of years. He’s got a great game and he deserves. I think he’s the best player in the world right now, hands down, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. He’s very impressive."

McIlroy has not been oblivious to what he can accomplish with a win at the Honda, "I have to try to focus on what I’ve been trying to do all week, which is hit fairways and hit greens and stay in the present, and not think about everything that could happen."

Rory fulfilled all of his promise today by capturing the coveted top spot in the world golf rankings with a win at the Honda Classic. 

Rory, gaming FJ SPORT and Pure Touch Limited, shot rounds of 66, 67, and 66 in the first three rounds to take a two stroke lead into the final day. Opening the day with a routine par, Rory had to scramble for par on the second, holing a 13-footer to remain in the lead.  McIlroy continued to make scrambling pars, on the seventh after short-siding himself in thick rough, Rory showed some real toughness chipping on and holing the 12-footer for par to hold onto his one shot cushion over fellow FJ Staffer, Tom Gillis (DryJoys Tour and SciFlex). 

On the next, McIlroy made his first birdie of the day to increase his lead. After a par on the 9th, McIlroy carried a three stroke lead into the back nine.

After dropping a shot at the 12th, McIlroy bounced back with a birdie at the next to again increase his lead.  McIlroy's short game was sharp, converting difficult up and downs on 14, 15, and 17 to not give any shots back to the field.  On the final hole with a two stroke lead, McIlroy hit a towering tee shot right up the middle of the fairway and hit a smart layup shot, leaving just a short wedge into the green.  From there, Rory wedged his ball right where he was aimed and two putted for the victory and the world number one ranking. 

Following the round Rory commented on his play, "I knew par golf would probably be good enough and that's what I was trying to do, so to shoot one under is very nice and I was able to get the job done. My short game all week has been very good and it's what you need on a tough course like this. You know you are not going to hit every green."

Rory has finished inside the top five in ten of his last eleven starts, two of those top five finishes being victories during his rise to the top.

McIlroy's next start will be the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral, then McIlroy will take a few weeks off to prepare for the Masters.

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