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FootJoy ambassador Robert Karlsson (FJ ICON & StaSof glove) overcame his fellow FootJoy counterpart, Ian Poulter (FJ ICON MyJoys & SciFlex glove), to win the season-ending Dubai World Championship. Karlsson started his final round three behind Poulter, but managed to play his way into contention, starting his final round with consecutive birdies before holing his second shot for eagle on the par-4 third. The tall Swede had two more birdies on the back nine before a fantastic approach shot almost hit the pin on the 18th, finally finishing a few feet from the hole securing his birdie and a place in a playoff with Poulter.
The playoff saw both players head back up the 18th for sudden death to decide who would win the first place prize of €910,348. Both birdied the first extra hole so it was back to the 18th tee again. Poulter’s approach was slightly mis-cued, leaving him a 30 foot birdie putt. Karlsson was precise again, leaving his approach three foot from the cup. The drama was still not over, with Poulter accidentally dropping his ball onto his ball marker, moving it and incurring a one stroke penalty, effectively handing the victory to Karlssson. Poulter spotted his error and reported it to the match referee, whose ruling left him with a long putt for par instead of birdie. The putt came up short, taking the pressure off Karlsson. As expected the 41-year-old from Sweden showed his class, holing his birdie putt and claiming 11th European Tour Victory
It was a good day all round for FJ players, with World #1 Lee Westwood (SYNR-G & Pure Touch glove) finishing in a tie for third ending a fantastic season for the Englishman. Westwood’s Ryder Cup team mate, Rory McIlroy (FJ Sport & Pure Touch glove) finished the event in style, making eagle on the 18th to pull within two shots of the lead, finally finishing fifth.
After his win Karlsson commented “It’s a fantastic field, and obviously when we have all the best players in Europe together, the way it looks now, it’s going to be a great field – so to win here is fantastic”.
With the top five finishing players putting their faith in FJ shoes, it is no surprise that FootJoy continues to be the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf.
Westwood on Top of The World
FJ Ambassador Lee Westwood will wake up this morning feeling on top of the world after becoming the World’s Number One golfer. The Englishman will be reflecting on a remarkable turnaround in fortunes which sees him become the first European number one for 16 years, seven years after slumping to 266th in the rankings. When Lee was asked if this was the most satisfying moment in his career, the 37-year-old said “Yes I think so. It’s a dream everyone has to say there is nobody better than me at the moment. You have to say it is a career highlight.”
Westwood will have to fight hard to hold onto the number one spot as he flies to Shaghai to play in this week’s WGC HSBC Champions event, an event which fields the best players in the world.
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