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Yani Tseng Claims Fourth Major Title
Top ranked women's golfer, Yani Tseng (Women's DryJoys and StaSof) captured her fourth major at the Wegmans LPGA Championship. Tseng went wire-to-wire for a 10 stroke victory, tying the LPGA scoring record at a major with a score of 19-under par. This is Tseng's third title of 2011 and eighth overall.
For more on Tseng's major victory read here: Golf.com
On the European Tour, Pablo Larrazabal (FJ ICON MyJoys and StaSof) claimed the BMW International Open in a playoff for his second career victory. Larrazabal shot four rounds in the sixties to finish the tournament at 16-under par. The victory earns Pablo a spot in the Open Championship next month at Royal St. George's.
For more on Larrazabal's win read here: Europeantour.com
Eric Compton won the Mexico Open on the Nationwide Tour for his first career victory. The win moves Compton to 15th on the Nationwide Tour money list virtually guaranteeing him a PGA Tour card in 2012. "To win this is everything to me. I never thought I'd play golf again, at least not at this level, and I proved to myself I'm more than just a guy with two heart transplants."Link to this entry!
Pablo Storms to Victory in Germany
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.Link to this entry!
Mcilroy Makes History in First Major Championship Victory
Rory Mcilroy (Pure Touch Limited 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.Link to this entry!
Round One from Congressional
FootJoy players are all over the top of the leaderboard at the 2011 U.S. Open. Here are a couple of shots from day one at Congressional.
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5 Weekend Wins for FootJoy
Harrison Frazar (FJ ICON MyJoys) defeated Robert Karlsson (FJ ICON and StaSof) in a playoff to claim the Fedex St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind. 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.
For more on Harrison's win read at : Golf.com
Robert Rock went wire to wire in FJ ICON golf shoes to collect his first career victory on the European Tour. Rock would shoot an 8-under par 64 on day one and would not look back, carding consecutive rounds of 68 or better the following days for the victory. Rock later said, “I thought I would eventually do it. It’s taken longer than planned but it’s incredibly hard to win on this Tour...I’ve had good results but I’ve come up short. Finally, it’s all gone my way.”
For more on Rock's victory at the BMW Italian Open read at Europeantour.com
On the LPGA Tour, world number one Yani Tseng (Women's DryJoys) won the State Farm Classic for her second victory of the year in only 9 starts. Tseng would finish of the tournament with at 21-under 267, three strokes clear of her nearest competitor.
Mark Wiebe won the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn on the Champions Tour. Wiebe closed out the 3-day tournament at 19-under par, getting him into a playoff. Wiebe birdied the first playoff hole to match his competitor, two holes later Wiebe would make a par to claim the title.
Kyle Thompson completed the sweep on the Nationwide Tour's Rex Hospital Open. Beginning the day on a very crowded leaderboard, Thompson would shoot a final round 68 that included a birdie on the 18th hole for the victory. Thompson later said of his closing birdie, "It set up perfectly for me because I like to fade the ball...It was every golfer's dream putt -- seven feet with a little right-to-left break."Link to this entry!
Stricker Holds On to Win at The Memorial
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.