Parry Explodes into The Winner's Circle

2010-09-27

 England’s John Parry became the third rookie to win on the European Tour this season, by claiming the Vivendi Cup 2010 at the Golf de Joyenval in Paris. The 23 year old from Harrogate had not finished higher than ninth in any previous tournament, but once he got his nose in front he never looked liked giving up his lead. The win for Parry secured his European Tour card for another season. Prior to this event the FJ ICON & StaSof wearer sat 116th on The Race to Dubai, with the top 115 keeping their cards at the end of the year. Parry fired a closing 70 to take the €204,160 top prize with a 17 under par total 271.

The week was also a good warm up for Ryder Cup player Padraig Harrington, who produced a best-of-the-day 64 to finish eighth. The Dubliner will be happy with where his game is and will be looking forward to going head-to-head with the American Team at Celtic Manor.

FJ was once again the shoe choice of many at this week’s event with 68% of the field putting their faith in FootJoy.

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Lara Aloft in Austria

2010-09-20

 FJ shoe (DryJoys) & glove (StaSof) wearer, Jose Manuel Lara produced a sensational final round to win the Austrian Open after a dramatic playoff. The win completes a remarkable return to form for the DryJoys shoe wearer who has missed nine consecutive cuts, but a fourth place finish at the KLM Open last week gave him the confidence to produce some of his best golf this week. The 33-year-old forced his way into the playoff after an impressive final round 64, which included 10 birdies. The Spaniard secured his first victory in four years on the first playoff hole, earning him €125,000 and more importantly securing his European Tour Card for another season.

FJ continues to be the #1 Shoe in golf with 71% of this week’s field putting their faith in FJ shoes.

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Monday Magic for Hoff

2010-09-08

 The endless hours Charley Hoffman spent working in his sand game paid off in a huge way Monday, leading to an impressive five shot victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship. After finishing last season ranked near the bottom in sand-save percentage, Hoffman began working with short-game specialist James Sieckmann and noticed immediate improvements. Every one else noticed the improvements late Monday afternoon.

Tied for the lead and standing awkwardly in the greenside bunker at TPC Boston's 13th hole, the ball below his feet, Hoffman popped the ball out perfectly, landed it halfway to the pin that was 48 feet away, then watched it make a beeline right to the cup. Birdie. He hadn't just saved par, he gained a stroke and a lead that he wouldn't give away.

"I can tell you right now -- if I wouldn't have met that guy (Sieckmann), I wouldn't have won this golf tournament," Hoffman said. "I could barely get it out of the bunkers before, pretty shocking.

That was just one highlight of many for Hoffman who dropped 11 birdies en route to a memorable 9-under 62 that tied the tournament's 72-hole record of 22-under par. After starting the day four shots off the lead, Hoffman came roaring out of the gates with four birdies over the first five holes to jump into contention

Equally as noticeable as Hoffman's improved sand play were his color co-ordinated custom green StaSof glove and FJ ICON Asymmetrical golf shoes featuring a limited edition green caiman gator print.

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