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It's Bubba Time
Bubba Watson (FJ Icon and FJ SPIDR2) shot a 5 under par 67 to win the Farmer's Insurance Open for his second career victory. Bubba started the day 2 strokes off the lead on a very crowded leaderboard. Know for his prodigious length, it was his daft putting stroke that helped clinch the victory late. Flying the green on the par 4 17th leaving him a treacherous downhill chip, Watson rolled his chip 10 feet by the hole. He sank the putt to keep the lead. On the par 5 18th, Bubba sank a 12 foot downhill slider for birdie that all but assured him the victory.
Bubba trusted his FJ SPIDR2 glove with Digita Tac Response leather to keep up with his immense swing speed and his superhuman ability to shape shots on his way to the win.
Nick Watney also made some noise earlier in the day closing with a 63 and back nine 28 to finish in solo sixth.
Winning Weekend for Wilson
FJ ambassador Mark Wilson (FJ ICON & SciFlex glove) had two reasons to celebrate this weekend, firstly after claiming victory at this weekend’s Sony Open and secondly for securing an invitation to this year’s Masters.
With the first round a complete washout on Thursday, a 36-hole Sunday shootout was necessitated to get the tournament in with the 5-round Bob Hope Classic starting on Wednesday. Going into the final two rounds, Wilson sat in a three-way tie for second but charged into lead after a third round bogey-free 65.
After his third round, the rush began to get ready for his tee time for the final round. It was estimated that Wilson had only six minutes from the time he finished his third round to the time he was due to start his fourth round. Wilson continued his consistent scoring into the final round, shooting a bogey-free 67 to claim a two shot victory from fellow FJ ambassador Tim Clark (DryJoys Tour).
The win was Wilson’s third PGA Tour victory and just as important for him secures his first appearance at the Masters in April. Speaking after his win Wilson commented “I don’t have too many bogey-free rounds in my career, so it’s pretty cool to have two in the same day.”
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Byrd Swoops in Hawai!
FJ Ambassador Jonathan Byrd carded a final round 6-under-par 67 to win the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on the second playoff hole against fellow FJ shoe wearer Robert Garrigus. Heading into the final round Byrd was tied for the lead with Garrigus and fellow DryJoys Tour wearer Steve Stricker, but it was Byrd and garrigus who pulled away from the field to set up a tense play-off. The two players parred the first play-off hole before heading to the first hole of the plantation course for what would be the decisive action.
Reaching the first green both players had similar putts for birdie. Byrd nearly made his, missing by less than an inch. Unfortunately Garrigus was to three putt, handing victory to Byrd.
The win secures Byrd’s fifth career win, his second event in a row on the PGA Tour, having won the Justin Timberlake Invitational in Las Vegas in his final event of the 2010 season. With this kind of form, 2011 is sure to be an exciting year for Jonathan Byrd.
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King Louis Wins on Home Soil!
Louis Oosthuizen (FJ ICON & SciFlex glove) birdied the first play-off hole to win the Africa Open at the East London Golf Club. All three competitors in the playoff were fashioning FJ shoes but it was to be the South Africans day, claiming his third European Tour title. Oosthuizen had been tied for the third round lead with fellow FJ ambassador Markus Brier (FJ Sport) but it was The Open champion who managed to stay in contention, needing a birdie on one of his remaining three holes to take victory, Oosthuizen could only managed pars to set up an all FJ play-off.
Teeing off first in the playoff on the par-four 18th Oosthuizen managed to find the fairway setting up a short approach into the green. With a sand wedge in his hands he hit his approach to 10 feet of the hole, a distance he never looked likely to miss with the putter in his hands.. With the win Oosthuizen picked up the top prize of £158,500 and his first European Tour title on home soil. Speaking after the event Oosthuizen commented “It’s a great way to start the season. This is my first European Tour title in South Africa and I am delighted about that”.
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