Players pay FootJoy the ultimate compliment

By Jason SobelJanuary 28, 2012, 1:40 am

ORLANDO, Fla. – It’s no secret that elite professional golfers get paid by sponsors to play certain equipment and wear specific clothing. What may come as a surprise is the fact that many forgo such sponsorship contracts in favor of the freedom to employ anything they would like.

Consider it the ultimate compliment for a company. A player eschewing guaranteed money in favor of supporting that brand.

FootJoy knows all about that compliment. The only PGA Tour player currently under contract to wear the company’s apparel is Hyundai Tournament of Champions winner Steve Stricker. The other 14 regular members who brandish the clothes are simply doing so because they feel it’s the best.

“Steve Stricker is under contract to wear our product,” FootJoy director of marketing Whitney Trimble said during the PGA Merchandise Show on Friday. “Everybody else does it voluntarily. They choose to. It’s a testament to the apparel.”

This season’s line includes more vibrant colors, but also focuses on new material.

“We’re going for updated, traditional designs, but performance fabrics, so all polyester, man-made fabrics that have that look and feel of mercerized cotton, but with all the attributes of performance,” Trimble explained. “It wicks moisture, has UV sun protection, it holds its color and doesn’t shrink, it holds its shape and lasts longer. But all in that updated, traditional design.”

Updated and traditional also describes FootJoy’s newest line of footwear, so it should come as no surprise that even more players are wearing spikes from the company without being under any contractual obligation.

There are currently three players in the top-25 on the Official World Golf Ranking who aren't under contract to put their feet in FootJoy, but still do – and there are many more cases amongst those ranked in the top-50, top-100 and beyond.

“The key for us is plurality,” FootJoy president Jim Connor said. “It’s to have a balance throughout our Tour roster. From the first-class group in the top-20, the business class group from 30-50, then the coach group, which is all the way up to 125 and non-exempt. We’re always looking to make sure we’re balanced and have representation in all of those groups. We’re never looking for one or two players to drive our business. To us, that’s a risky strategy and it’s not effective.”

Meanwhile, the players wearing FootJoy shoes speak to the impact it has on their performance level.

“Golf is a game from the ground up. It starts with your feet. If your feet are bad and you can't have balance, you can't have any of those so that is where it starts,” said Bo Van Pelt, who wears the DryJoys Tour. “You look at any great athlete they are always on balance no matter what the sport and golf is no different. … When I'm at a tournament, it's time to go to work. So I need to make sure I have all the necessary tools to perform at the highest level. That includes shoes.”

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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