Kelly captures Zurich wearing SYNR-G and Sciflex


 After enduring a seven-year winless streak, Jerry Kelly shot a final round 1-under 71 to capture the Zurich Classic by one shot on Sunday. Kelly, a longtime SciFlex fan, has also worn SYNR-G shoes since their debut this year. He wore style #53883 during the final round.

Kelly offset bogeys on No. 8 and No. 10 with birdies on Nos. 5, 11 and 14 for a 1-under 71 in the final round. He finished with a 14-under 274 total, one stroke ahead of three players. It was the 42-year-old Wisconsin player’s first PGA Tour title since he won two in 2002 – exactly 200 starts ago.

His first title since claiming the Sony Open and Advil Western Open in 2002 provided Kelly with his biggest payday ever. The winning purse moved Kelly from No. 97 to No. 14 on the money list with $1.4 million. It also earns him full exempt status through 2011 and an invitation to the Master next year.

“It’s been a long time,” said Kelly, who was showered with Mardi Gras beads by fans and presented with a large tray of char-broiled oysters by his favorite New Orleans restaurant. “I sometimes doubted if it was ever going to happen again.”

Kelly, known for showing his emotions on the golf course, was in full celebration mode after the win. He took the umbrella from the parade marshal, donned his tasseled sash and danced his way off the 18th as the brass band played an exuberant Dixieland tune.

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Ochoa continues to dominate


 Mexican Lorena Ochoa shot a 5-under 68 on in her final round to win the Corona Championship for the second straight year. The FootJoy shoe wearer was in impressive form having posted two consecutive rounds of 65 on Thursday and Friday. Ochoa, who won last year’s tournament by 11 shots, didn’t have such an easy time despite finishing the tournament with exactly the same score. The 27-year-old Mexican drew on her experience with important birdies at 15 and 16 which helped secure her 26th Tour Title and maintain her position as the world’s #1 lady golfer.

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Tour Update


 Top European Tour Representative, Jonathan Loosemore has been busy this week the European Tour is in Jeju, otherwise known as "The Honeymoon Island," where a strong field is assembled for the second Ballantine's Championship, an event tri-sanctioned with the Asian Tour and Korean PGA Tour. Last year's winner was the affable Irishman and FJ ambassador, Graeme McDowell, who was sporting a smart pair of brown Classics during his practice round. 

One of the main challengers at this year’s event is likely to be Lee Westwood (pictured here he is on the 1st tee on pro-am day, wearing a brand new pair of white Classics).

One of the local favourites is the newest addition to FJ's exciting worldwide team of ambassadors, Korean teenage sensation Seung-Yul Noh. The youngest winner on the Asian, he surely has an exciting future ahead of him.

 Another of our young FootJoy players on good form is Carlos Del Moral from Spain (pictured right). Here he is warming up on Wednesday wearing his new FJ outerwear.

FootJoy continues to be the #1 Shoe of choice with 70% of this week’s field choosing to put their faith in FootJoy Shoes.


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Strange Habit


 FootJoy wearer Scott Strange (FootJoy Classics) won the Volvo China Open after shooting a final round four-under-par 68, which included five birdies. The impressive finish secured victory for Strange who finished eight-under-par 280, one shot ahead of a fellow FootJoy wearer. The 32 year old Australian overcame the damp conditions in style, choosing to put his trust in FJ outerwear, helping make every day playable. The tournament started brightly for many FootJoy wearers,  none more so than the 2007 Champion Marcus Brier who lead after the first round. Brier secured a top ten finish in the stability of the SYNR:G and the style and comfort of ReelFit.

The  second European Tour Title for Strange earned him the first prize cheque of $366,660 and also wins a place in the 16-man field for the World Match Play Championship in Spain later this year.

FootJoy continues to be the #1 Shoe on the European Tour with 67% of the field at this week’s event choosing to put their faith in FJ.

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Gay Dominant


 Brian Gay shot a 7-under 64 Sunday to win the Verizon Heritage by an astounding 10 shots. He broke the 13-year-old scoring record, finishing at 20-under 264 on the way to his second PGA TOUR victory. Gay wore all-white shield tip Classics Dry Premiere and a StaSof glove in the final round.

Gay admitted he found validation in his second PGA Tour victory, which was the largest margin of victory on Tour in almost three years. His first win came last year at the Mayakoba Golf Classic which is contested opposite the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Gay bested Loren Roberts’ mark of 19 under in winning the 1996 Verizon Heritage. Gay’s 10-shot edge over fellow FootJoy players Luke Donald (66) and Briny Baird (68) shattered the seven strokes five-time champ Davis Love III won by in 1998.

Besides a $1.026 million first prize, Gay earned a trip to his first Masters next year.

Gay began the day with a three shot lead and essentially wrapped things up two holes. He struck his approach to 10 feet on No. 1 for a birdie to increase the lead to four. A hole later, he rolled in a curling, uphill 57-footer for an eagle-3, raising his putter as the ball disappeared into the cup.


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Cabrera win's US Masters


 Angel Cabrera (Classics) became the first Argentine to win the green jacket at Augusta National on Sunday by surviving a wild final round followed by a three-man sudden death playoff with fellow FootJoy players Kenny Perry (SciFlex glove) and Chad Campbell (Classics, prototype glove).

After closing with a final round 1-under 71, Cabrera drove into the trees on the first playoff hole, hit another shot off a Georgia pine, but still scrambled for par with an 8-foot putt. He won on the next playoff hole with a routine par on the 10th when Perry missed the green to the left and made bogey.

Cabrera, who won the U.S. Open at Oakmont two years ago, won his second career major and the first green jacket for Argentina.

It was 41 years ago when Roberto de Vicenzo made one of golf’s most famous gaffes, signing for the wrong score that denied him a spot in a Masters playoff.

De Vicenzo gave Cabrera a picture of a green jacket two years ago when Cabrera returned home as U.S. Open champion and told him to go for it. On this turbulent day, it took everything Cabrera had.

He closed with a 1-under 71 to get into the first three-man playoff at the Masters in 22 years.

“This is a great moment, the dream of any golfer to win the Masters,” Cabrera said through an interpreter during the green jacket ceremony. “I’m so emotional I can barely talk.”

As with most Masters tournaments, the final few holes were filled with near-misses and “what-could-have-been” moments. Campbell, who was steady throughout the day, finished with a 69 and was eliminated on the first playoff hole when he found a bunker from the middle of the 18th fairway, then watched his 6-foot par putt barely lip out of the hole. Perry did not make a birdie until his 20-foot putt on the 12th curled into the side of the cup. Campbell, playing in the group ahead, narrowly missed two eagle putts on the back nine to forge a brief share of the lead.

Then it looked like Perry had the green jacket buttoned up when he hit his tee shot to within a foot of the cup on the par-3 16th hole for a two-shot lead over Campbell and Cabrera, who made an 18-foot birdie putt on the 16th just to stay in the game. However, Perry bogeyed his final two holes setting the stage for the playoff.

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Michael Hoey and FootJoy prove to be a perfect SYNR-G.


 Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey claimed his first European Tour victory at the Estoril Open de Portugal in a tense playoff. Hoey produced one of the rounds of his life to surge to the top of the leaderboard with an impressive five under 66. The thirty-year-old Hoey had started the day five shots off the lead down in 19th place, but his impressive final round saw him tie with Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano at the top of the leaderboard to force a playoff. The playoff began with two more trips down the 18th both of which were halved with pars. The man from Belfast finally got his hands on the trophy after a great up and down for par on the 17th. The win secured Hoey the first place prize of £192,755 and more importantly a two-year exemption on the European Tour.

FJ Collar wearer Hoey strode to victory in the new FootJoy SYNR-G shoe which gave him a solid platform to experience his maiden European Tour victory.

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