Pablo Storms to Victory in Munich!

2011-06-27

FJ ambassador Pablo Larrazabal showed nerves of steel to win the BMW International Open on the fifth play-off hole to clinch his second European Tour title in Munich.

The 28 year old's victory came only 20 days after he lost at the sixth hole of sudden death in an Open Championship qualifier at Sunningdale. Now Larrazabal will be going to Sandwich after.

There was also sadness attached to Pablo’s victory, "Last week we lost my grandad, the captain of the family, and this is for him," he said.

Larrazabal finished on 16 under par total of 272, tying with his fellow countryman, both finishing with rounds of 68.

They first played the 18th twice more - and birdied it both times - and then the 12th and 17th, two par threes, could not separate them.

Larrazabal was much the further from the cup in two on their return to the 18th, but he was the one to get down in two for the €333,330 first prize.

Larrazabal will be back in the top 100 after starting the week 180th, and he has showed in the last few months that he is close to being back to his best.

The week also proved to be a successful one for other FJ players. With Luke Donald and Lee Westwood first and second and with US Open Champion Rory McIlroy moving to World Number three, it is the first time United Kingdom players have occupied the leading three positions since the Official World Golf Ranking began in 1986.

Pablo wore FJ ICON golf shoes and a StaSof glove on route to his second European Tout title.


 

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McIlroy's Major Masterclass!

2011-06-20

Rory McIlroy (PureTouch and FJ SPORT #53102) has reached the pinnacle of professional golf, becoming a Major Champion at the 2011 U.S. Open. The 22-year-old Ulsterman put on a display of pure golfing excellence at Congressional Country Club becoming only the 5th player to lead wire-to-wire on his way to victory in a U.S. Open Championship. 
Rory's onslaught of Congressional began with a birdie and his stellar play continued all week, shooting four rounds in the 60's.  He reached 10 under par in only 26 holes, making Rory the quickest player to reach such a lofty score in a U.S. Open.  McIlroy also set the U.S. Open record for total score (268), most stokes under par (-16), along with 10 other U.S. Open records. 
McIlroy received praise from many of his peers all week including the number one ranked golf Luke Donald stating, "As I've said before, I think he has probably the most talent I've ever seen from a golfer."  Not many will argue this now as the young McIlroy moves to number 4 in the Official World Golf Rankings and is reaching the potential many of his peers have seen for years.

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Playoff Payoff for Frazar

2011-06-13

Harrison Frazar (FJ ICON MyJoys) defeated Robert Karlsson (FJ ICON #52005 and StaSof) in a playoff to claim the Fedex St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind, his first win in 355 attempts.  Frazar began the day 1 shot behind Karlsson thanks to a third round 64 that included seven birdies. 
The final round was a two man race from the very beginning with the rest of the field several shots behind.  Frazar and Karlsson exchanged birdies on the first hole and the battle for the top position would continue all day.  Frazar drew even with Karlsson after a birdie on the third but was not alone of top of the leaderboard until Karlsson made bogey on the 17th.  Frazar gave a shot back on the last hole and the players finish tied at the top. 
On the first playoff hole, Frazar narrowly missed a birdie putt that would of given him the victory.  The players halved the first and second playoff holes with pars.  On the third and deciding hole Frazar two putted from 22 feet for par and the victory.  This is Frazar's first career victory.

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Solid As A Rock!

2011-06-13

FJ ambassador Robert Rock (FJ ICON MyJoys) secured his maiden European Tour Title win this weekend at the BMW Italian Open.  This was Rock’s 209th attempt at victory, and the nine-year Tour veteran who has previously had three runners-up places on the European Tour, was not going to let victory slip through his fingers this time.

Rock, two clear overnight, seemed understandably nervous over the opening holes and a bogey at the third could have added to much pressure on the 34-year-old. This wasn’t the case with Rock responding in style, reeling off four consecutive birdies from the fifth and further gains at the 10th & 11th put Rock in the driving seat to victory.

Rock safely navigated his was round his last few holes for a final round-five-under-par 67 to finish on 21 under for the tournament, securing a one shot lead from his fellow FJ ambassador Gary Boyd. The win for Rock secured him first place prize of €250,000. Rob’s next date is a debut appearance at the US Open in Maryland on Thursday, and on this form he will be a good outside bet.

FJ was once again the shoe of choice with 71% of the field lacing up in the #1 Shoe in Golf.

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Stricker Holds On to Win the Memorial

2011-06-06

Steve Stricker  (ProDry Lisle Stripe Golf Shirt, PureTouch Limited, DryJoys Tour)  finished off a brilliant week of golf with a final round 68 to claim the Memorial Tournament held at Muirfield Village.

He began his final round with a three shot lead thanks to three rounds in the 60's on the previous days. Stricker's torrid pace continued Sunday, shooting an outward nine, 6-under par 30.  A weather delay would force Stricker to cease play after the 12th.  Upon resuming play, Stricker would make a clutch sand saves on 16 and 17 to take a two shot lead into the 72nd hole.  All he would need is a bogey 5 on the last to win the tournament and Stricker did just that by tapping in his bogey putt for the victory.  This is Stricker's tenth win on the PGA Tour and the win makes Stricker the highest ranked American golfer on the Official World Golf Rankings.

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