Jason Dufner Claims First PGA Tour Victory in Louisiana

2012-04-30

Jason Dufner has been on the cusp of winning several tournaments in the past two years and today he fulfilled his potential by claiming the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. 

Through the first three rounds of play, Dufner shot rounds of 67-65-67 to sit atop the leaderboard at 17-under par, two clear of his competition heading into Sunday's final round.

Dufner, wearing XPS-1 and FJ Apparel, started off the day with five straight pars before a bogey on the sixth hole that dropped him from the lead.  He rebounded quickly with back-to-back birdies on seven and eight to retake the top spot.  Dufner added another birdie at 10 to retain his lead.  Then after several gutsy back nine par saves, Dufner's drive on the par four 16th found a hazard.  With an alligator lurking nearby, Dufner wisely took a drop and hit his ball to the right side of the green.  Now looking at 40-plus feet for par to stay tied for the lead, Dufner calmly rolled in the improbable putt to keep his momentum.  After grinding out two more pars on 17 and 18, Dufner was headed to a sudden death playoff.

Both players exchanged pars on the opening playoff hole and they headed back to the 18th tee for the third time today.  This time Dufner seized the moment, hitting the par five 18th in two shots and making a routine two putts for birdie and the victory.  This is Dufner's first PGA Tour win.  Post round Dufner stated of his winning performance, "I am really, really excited and to get the monkey off my back is a great feeling".

Luke Donald (FJ ICON MyJoys) also put on an impressive performance, shooting a final round 67 to finish solo third and retaking the number one spot on the Official World Golf Rankings. 


 

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Wiesberger Wins Ballantine's Championship

2012-04-30

FJ Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger won his first European Tour title in fine style at the Ballantine’s Championship as the Austrian cruised to a five shot victory in FJ ICON MyJoys and StaSof Glove.

Five shots clear overnight after consecutive course-record rounds of 65, the 26 year old was coolness personified as he compiled a closing round of 68. Twice a runner-up on The European Tour last season, there was never any danger of Wiesberger missing out this time as he played his final 59 holes without dropping a shot at Blackstone Golf Club.

Wiesberger, a runner-up in Scotland and South Africa last season, started with a pitch to six feet at the long fifth for a first gain of the day after opening with four consecutive pars.
Four further pars saw Wiesberger turn in 35 and still five clear, and he clocked up five further pars


He certainly finished off in style as he drained a 15 foot birdie putt at the last for good measure to finish with an 18 under par total.

“I just tried to enjoy it and I had the three best rounds of my life,” said Wiesberger. “I tried not to make bogeys and I did that pretty well, it was awesome.

“My game plan was to hit as many greens as possible and try to make putts, and they dropped in the end.

The victory earns him €367,500 which moves him to €438,464 in The Race to Dubai. It could also potentially move to around 95th in the Official World Golf Ranking from 170th.

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Curtis Returns to the Winner's Circle in Texas

2012-04-23

Former British Open Champion, Ben Curtis captured an emotional victory in San Antonio this week at the Valero Texas Open.  Curtis in head to toe FJ performance apparel, opened the week with back to back 67's, racing up the leaderboard with the 10-under par total.  Blustery winds made scoring difficult on Saturday as Curtis shot a one over par 73, despite the over par score Curtis retained the lead heading into the final round.

The tough scoring conditions from Saturday carried over to the final round, but Curtis (DryJoys Tour and StaSof) kept his head down and grinded out a front nine 35 to remain ahead of his challengers.  Then Curtis made early bogey's on the back nine to drop into a tie for the lead.  He fought back, making a string of pars before holing an unlikely 23-footer on the 17th hole to remain one ahead of his competition.  On the final hole, Curtis's challengers failed to make birdie giving Curtis two putts for the win.  He would finish the tournament out in style, holing the 12-footer for birdie and a two stroke victory.

This is Curtis's fourth PGA Tour win and first in the last six years adding post round, "It's been a tough couple of years just fighting through it." The win moves Curtis to the 28th spot on the FedEx Cup rankings.

This was part of a 3 win weekend for FJ. Lee Westwood (FJ Sport & SciFlex) successfully defended his Indonesian Masters tournament. It was his first title of the year and 38th in total for his career.

The World Number Three golfer completed a marathon of 32 holes as he returned on Sunday morning to finish the third round before closing with a final round 74 for a winning total of 16 under par at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.

The trio of Wins was completed on the European Tour at the Volvo China Open.

 

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Curtis Returns to the Winner's Circle in Texas

2012-04-23

Former British Open Champion, Ben Curtis captured an emotional victory in San Antonio this week at the Valero Texas Open.  Curtis in head to toe FJ performance apparel, opened the week with back to back 67's, racing up the leaderboard with the 10-under par total.  Blustery winds made scoring difficult on Saturday as Curtis shot a one over par 73, despite the over par score Curtis retained the lead heading into the final round.

The tough scoring conditions from Saturday carried over to the final round, but Curtis (DryJoys Tour and StaSof) kept his head down and grinded out a front nine 35 to remain ahead of his challengers.  Then Curtis made early bogey's on the back nine to drop into a tie for the lead.  He fought back, making a string of pars before holing an unlikely 23-footer on the 17th hole to remain one ahead of his competition.  On the final hole, Curtis's challengers failed to make birdie giving Curtis two putts for the win.  He would finish the tournament out in style, holing the 12-footer for birdie and a two stroke victory.

This is Curtis's fourth PGA Tour win and first in the last six years adding post round, "It's been a tough couple of years just fighting through it." The win moves Curtis to the 28th spot on the FedEx Cup rankings.

This was part of a 3 win weekend for FJ. Lee Westwood (FJ Sport & SciFlex) successfully defended his Indonesian Masters tournament. It was his first title of the year and 38th in total for his career.

The World Number Three golfer completed a marathon of 32 holes as he returned on Sunday morning to finish the third round before closing with a final round 74 for a winning total of 16 under par at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.

The trio of Wins was completed on the European Tour at the Volvo China Open.

 

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Oosthuizen Wins in Malaysia!

2012-04-16

Second at last week’s Masters Tournament. Third in Houston two weeks ago. But after two near misses and over 10,000 miles travelled, FJ ambassador Louis Oosthuizen (DryJoys Tour & SciFlex) finally clinched the victory his recent form richly deserved at the Maybank Malaysian Open.

The 29 year old South African defied the psychological fatigue of being pipped to a second Major Championship by fellow FJ loyalist Bubba Watson at Augusta National last Sunday and the physical tiredness of a 30-hour journey to win by three shots at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

And all of that before you factor in the jet-lag of travelling across 12 time zones, made harder by the storm disruptions on Friday and Saturday which left the 2010 Open Champion with 26 holes to play on the final day. Truly this was a remarkable performance as Oosthuizen carded a closing 68 for a 17 under par total, with all four of his rounds sub-70.

One clear overnight, Oosthuizen ground down his nearest challenger, who remained in contention right until the closing stretch but struggled to make birdies in a bogey-free round of 70.

Oosthuizen began the day by playing the last eight holes of his third round in level par, and was briefly caught when his nearest competitor birdied the 15th and 16th.

He turned in a two under par 34, with his nearest challenger staying in touch with birdies at the fifth and tenth - both par fives - but crucially Oosthuizen was able to raise his game on the back nine and sink a ten foot birdie putt at the 13th.

A fifth European Tour title was all but secured after a slice of good fortune on the 16th - Oosthuizen’s drive almost went in the water, but having got lucky he took full advantage with a pitch to two feet and birdied.

“I thought I was going to be a lot more tired,” said Oosthuizen, after recording the fifth victory by a South African on the 2012 Race to Dubai. “It was a long journey to get here and I have to be honest and say that I didn't expect to play this well because of the tiredness.

Follwing his fantastic win Oozthuizen moves to €1,293,705 in The Race to Dubai, and 12th in the World Golf Rankings.

Elsewhere for FJ Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello continued his good form with a closing 71 for a 12 under total sixth on 11 under and defending champion Matteo Manassero also recorded top-ten finishes after rounds of 71 and 69 respectively.


 

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Bubba wins at The Masters

2012-04-10

The big hitting lefty from Bagdad, Florida, Bubba Watson is now a Masters Champion.  Bubba wearing a new FJ ICON pattern and SPIDR2 glove, shot under par in each of the first three rounds of the tournament to sit at six under par after the first three days of competition.  For the final round Bubba was paired with fellow FJ Staffer Louis Oosthuizen.  Louis was one stroke in front of Bubba as they stepped onto the first tee of the final day.

Oosthuizen (DryJoys Tour and SciFlex) struck first, on the downhill par five second hole Louis blistered a four iron from over 250 yards at the open-center of the green.  The shot landed just short and took a hard break right towards the hole on the back of the green, the ball continued to roll and roll until hitting the flag and dropping into the cup for a double eagle.  This was only the forth double eagle in Masters history and first double eagle on the 2nd hole.  The albatross moved Louis to the top of the leaderboard - four strokes in front of Bubba Watson.

Bubba fought back with a birdie on the 5th hole to draw a shot closer to the leader Oosthuizen.

Watson kept the pressure on Oosthuizen converting a two putt birdie on the par five 13th hole.  He then added birdies on 14, 15, and 16 to draw even with the former British Open Champion.  Both players parred the final two holes, setting up a sudden death playoff.

Teeing off the eighteenth hole for the fifth time this week, both players hit drives straight up the narrow fairway.  They then exchanged brilliant approach shots, setting up potential birdies.  They both narrowly missed their birdie putts, halved pars, and headed to the steeply downhill tenth hole. 

Bubba's tee shot missed the fairway well right of his intended target, landing behind the galleries lining the fairway.  With Bubba seemingly in some trouble, Oosthuizen laid back with a fairway metal only to miss the green short on his approach.  Now Bubba sized up his shot from the pine straw right of the fairway, it called for a 30+ yard hook from a dodgy lie with a short iron to hit the green.  The lefty pulled the shot off perfectly giving him a birdie look for the win.  With Oostuizen failing to get up and down, Bubba would need two putts for the win.  Watson calmly lagged the putt to the hole and tapped in to claim the green jacket.   

 

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Hunter Mahan Locks Up Second Win of 2012

2012-04-02

Hunter Mahan shot a 1-under 71 this Sunday to win the Shell Houston Open.  Hunter entered the final round one stroke off of the 54 hole lead thanks to a seven under par third round that shot sprung him up the crowded leaderboard. 

Mahan's final round started with eight straight pars before sticking his approach on the 237 yard par-3 ninth hole.  He converted the five foot birdie putt to take a one shot lead into the back nine.  Mahan added another birdie at the tenth hole to increase his lead.  The lead was one as Mahan stood on the tee of the treacherous 18th hole.  His drive split the fairway setting up a 200 yard approach to the large undulating green.  After a well struck iron shot, Mahan two putted for the one shot victory.  With the win Mahan becomes the first two time winner on the 2012 PGA Tour.

Mahan in FJ ICON and StaSof, led the field in greens in regulation hitting nearly 90 percent during the tournament.  The win also moves Mahan to number four on the Official World golf rankings, making him the highest ranked American player heading into the Masters Tournament. 

 

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