Westwood and Colsaerts hit the heights!

2011-04-29

Lee Westwood (Synr-G and SciFlex) celebrated his birthday by reclaiming the top spot on the Official World Golf Rankings with a win at the Indonesian Masters (Asian Tour). Lee Westwood played oustanding golf all week at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club and began his final round with a 5 shot lead. Westwood was steady on the outward nine, shooting even par. On the 11th, Westwood faced a tricky 15 footer for birdie and nailed it. Now with some momentum, Lee birdied two more holes to finish the tourney at 19-under par 3 shots clear of second place. When asked about becoming world number one again, Westwood downplayed the feat, "It was about coming here this week and trying to win the Indonesian Masters and I've done that."

On the European Tour, big hitting Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts (FJ ICON) won the Volvo China Open at a staggering mark of 24-under par. This is Nicolas' first European Tour victory coming 10 years after first earning his European Tour card at the age of 18. Colsaerts later said of his victory, "I’m enjoying every second of it...I’m dizzy - my head is going all over the place. I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time and I think I did it in the best of manners so I’m really delighted."

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Malaysian Masterclass!

2011-04-18

 FJ ambassador Matteo Manassero (FJ Sport & StaSof) earned himself a €288,465 birthday present this weekend by winning the Maybank Malaysian Open. The Italian, who turns 18 on Tuesday, overcame the challenge posed from three fellow FJ ambassadors; Gregory Bourdy, Rory McIlroy and Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

Manassero became the European Tour’s youngest ever winner in Spain last year when he won the Castello Masters. With this win the 17 year-old now holds the top two positions on this list.

The leaders had 27 holes to play on Sunday after a six hour weather delay earlier in the week. It was McIlroy who immediately extended his two shot over night lead with a birdie at the third, but the 21 year-old Northern Irishman was passed by Manassero who produced some brilliance on his way to victory. This was evident at the par five 10th, where the Italian holed a 9 iron for eagle, setting him on his way to victory. Walking down the last, Manassero required a par to hold of the challenge from Bourdy, and the teenager showed a great calmness, to complete his task without any drama.

Speaking after his win Manassero commented “It feels amazing – it’s a great achievement. As I always say I could never have expected to have one win before I was 18 and now I’ve got two”.

With a shoe count of 65% and the top three players lacing up in FJ shoes, it is clear to see that FJ is still the #1 Shoe in Golf.

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Nerves of Steele!

2011-04-18

 PGA Tour rookie Brendan Steele; wearing custom FJ ICON shoes from the MyJoys programme, emerged from a crowded leaderboard to win the Valero Texas Open for his first career victory on the PGA Tour.  Carrying a 1-stroke lead into the final round Steele showed the steely grit of a PGA Tour veteran as he closed with a 1 under par 71.  An early bogey on the 5th hole could have derailed the rookies chance as it dropped him into a three way tie for the lead.  Showing poise and composure, Steele quickly bounced back making birdie on the 7th hole to retake the lead.  Charley Hoffman would pull within 1 stroke of Steele after an eagle on the par-5 eighth; but ultimately it would not be enough to catch Steele, who would par the last 11 holes to finish off victorious.


 

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Horsey Gallops to Victory!

2011-04-04

David Horsey won the Trophée Hassan II in a tense three man all FJ play-off. Going into the final round, Horsey shared the lead with his fellow FJ ambassador, Ryhs Davies (FJ ICON & SciFlex). The Englishman made the perfect start to the round with a hole-in-one at the 180 yard second, but Davies managed to claw back Horsey’s lead. Both players exchanged blows all day long and it was fitting that such a tough encounter was to be decided in a sudden death, three man play-off.

The first hole of the play-off was halved, with all three players making par. This left the players marching back to the 18th tee to do battle again. Horsey’s challengers both made par at the second play-off hole, with the 25 year-old making birdie to secure his second European Tour Title.

Speaking after his win a relieved Horsey commented “To win is a great feeling that hasn’t quite sunk in yet but I am sure it will in the next day of two”.

Horsey secured the first place cheque of €250,000 in the style and comfort of FJ ICON.

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