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Ricardo Santos lifts Rookie of the Year Award with FootJoy
November 29, 2012

Ricardo Santos has become the first Portuguese winner of The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award, following a season in which he won the Madeira Islands Open at Santo da Serra, becoming only the second Portuguese player to win on the International Schedule.

Santos is also a FootJoy brand ambassador, as were the last three winners of The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of The Year Award. In 2010, Matteo Manassero took the award after a stunning debut season as a 17 year old wearing the FJ Sport, while Santos succeeds youngster Tom Lewis who took the spoils at the Portugal Masters in 2011 wearing the FJ ICON.

Ricardo Santos lifts the Madeira Islands Open Trophy at Santo da Serra

With his choice resting on the FJ Sport shoe and FJ StaSof glove, Santos fulfilled his boyhood dream by winning on Portuguese soil with a superb final round of 63. Notching up seven birdies, the score was lowest final round by a winner during the 2012 season. The impressive nature of the victory helped Santos to become the first Rookie winner on the 2012 European Tour International Schedule.

In one of the most memorable seasons in European Tour history, FootJoy ambassadors secured some of the year’s most revered titles. Rory McIlroy led the way wearing the FJ Sport, with a string of incredibly consistent performances. The Irishman’s stellar year ended with him holding the World No. 1 ranking and topping the European Tour and PGA Tour money lists, repeating the success of fellow brand ambassador, World No. 2 and FJ Icon wearer Luke Donald, who claimed the PGA BMW Championship 2012. FootJoy loyalist Roger Chapman claimed the Senior Open title, whilst fellow brand ambassador Espen Kofstad topped the standings on the Challenge Tour, showcasing the stronghold FootJoy enjoys across all levels of the game.

The FJ Sport as worn by Ricardo Santos

“This year has been one of FootJoy’s most successful European Tour seasons ever, with FJ ambassadors not only victorious in all four Majors but also sitting at #1 and #2 in the world rankings”, commented Russell Lawes, European Marketing Manager, FootJoy. “The Rookie of the Year trophy caps off a fantastic 2012 season and I am sure Ricardo will build on this success next year,”

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