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FootJoy wearers score a three Tour hat-trick

February 18, 2013

FootJoy pros John Merrick, Darren Fichardt and Jiyai Shin were all in the winners' circle this weekend, each with a different style from the market-leader.

At the Africa Open, 37 year-old Fichardt sealed a fourth European Tour title and first on home-soil, while across the pond Merrick claimed his maiden PGA Tour title at the Northern Trust Open after a two-hole playoff. Down under in Canberra, 24-year-old former World No. 1 Jiyai Shin outduelled the current World No. 1 and the No. 1 ranked women's amateur to hoist aloft the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open trophy.

The 2013 FootJoy FJ ICON, XPS-1, DryJoys Tour and FJ Sport

Beginning the final-round tied at the top of the leaderboard at the Africa Open, Fichardt produced some magnificent golf on the front nine, including an eagle on the 3rd hole, to pull four-shots clear of the chasing pack. Wearing the FJ Sport shoe and the StaSof glove, the experienced South African never looked back as he eventually holed out on the final green for a 16 under-par total and a two shot victory over fellow brand ambassador, Grégory Bourdy. The win marks the fourth win of Fichardt’s career and the winner’s cheque for €234,544 vaults him up to13th in The Race to Dubai rankings.

John Merrick claimed an emotional maiden victory at the Northern Trust Open following a two-hole playoff with fellow FJ pro Charlie Beljan. Wearing the FJ ICON shoes and the StaSof glove, Merrick, a UCLA graduate who played Riviera plenty of times in college, remained calm under the most intense pressure to walk away with the $1,888,000 winner’s cheque. In doing so he moves up to 4th position in the season-long FedEx Cup standings.

In Australia, Jiyai Shin was once again in magnificent form as she led from start-to-finish to secure the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open title at Royal Canberra Golf Club. Wearing her customised Women’s DryJoys MyJoys and using the FJ StaSof glove, the 24 year-old began her week with opening rounds of 65 and 67 to take a firm grip on proceedings. A solid final round of 72 ensured a four-round total of 18 under-par for a two-shot victory over a strong chasing pack.

In addition to the victories all three tours, the usage counts on both the European and the PGA Tours continued to highlight FootJoy’s position as the No. 1 shoe and glove in golf. At the Africa Open a whopping 80% of the field wore FootJoy golf shoes, while the figure at Riviera Country Club was 58% in FJ shoes and 40% for FJ gloves.

“Firstly I would like to congratulate Darren, John and Jiyai on their respective victories, in what has been a tremendous weekend for the FootJoy brand around the world,” commented Russell Lawes, European Marketing Manager, FootJoy. “To have three winners, trusting three different FJ golf shoe models is particularly pleasing and clearly demonstrates the outstanding performance capabilities right throughout the 2013 FJ range. As we move into the World Golf Championships and Major Championships I am confident that our stable of brand ambassadors will continue to deliver at the highest echelons of the game.”

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