On Sunday, Kevin Stadler shot a final round 68 to close out a victory at the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open. In his 239th career start on the PGA Tour, Stadler came back from a two-shot deficit on Sunday to finish at 16-under par and capture his 1st PGA Tour victory, a mere five miles from his Scottsdale home. Not only did Kevin earn a victory at TPC Scottsdale, it will allow him to make history.
Aside from a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour, this win secured a spot for Stadler in the 2014 Masters Tournament this April. For the first time, he will get to join his father, 13-time PGA Tour winner and 1982 Champion, Craig Stadler, at Augusta National. This marks a special moment in golf history as the Stadler’s will become the first father-son duo to play together in The Masters.
When asked if he had thought about joining his dad at Augusta, he replied, “That was in the forefront of my mind when I was out there”. The elder Stadler kept it very simple when asked about his sons 1st win, “It’s awesome”.
While this year will mark Kevin’s first appearance at Augusta, it will also be the last for the man who was affectionately nicknamed “The Walrus”. “It’s going to great for me because it’s really my last one. I kept saying, you know, when he gets in, that’s my last (Masters).”
We are excited to announce that K.J. Choi has agreed to terms on a multi-year contract to join its professional tour staff. Considered one of Asia’s most successful golfers, Choi has won 21 tournaments worldwide since turning professional in 1994. He started his career on the Korean Tour, picking up his first win at the 1995 14th Phantom Open. In 1999, Choi earned two victories on the Japan Golf Tour – later that year, he became the first Korean to gain a PGA Tour card. He counts the 2011 Players Championship among his eight PGA Tour victories.
“Having Mr. Choi as a member of our Srixon staff gives us a great sense of pride,” said Todd Harman, President of Cleveland Golf/Srixon – U.S.A. “Mr. Choi’s contributions to the game of golf have been significant throughout his career, but his deep commitment to numerous charitable causes have made him the type of brand ambassador that any organization would be honored to have as a member of their team.”
Choi’s contract includes playing a Z-STAR golf ball and wearing a Srixon glove, while maintaining a Srixon logo on his apparel and golf bag.
“I am very excited to be part of the Srixon team,” said Choi. “The Srixon ball is a top quality ball and I feel very comfortable playing it.”
In 2007, he founded the K.J. Choi Foundation with a focus on educational opportunities and better lives for children all over the world. The Foundation has donated over $1 million and extended its reach through scholarships and aid for victims of natural disasters. Choi was recently named the recipient of the 2013 Golf Writers Association of America’s Charlie Bartlett Award, awarded to a professional golfer for his unselfish contributions for the betterment of society.
We are pleased to announce that Inbee Park has agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension to remain a member of their professional tour staff. The 25-year-old South Korean is currently ranked No.1 on the Rolex Women’s World Rankings and also the reigning LPGA Player of the Year. A nine-time LPGA Tour winner, Park had six victories in 2013, including three straight majors.
“We are thrilled that Ms. Park has decided to remain a member of Srixon’s tour staff,” said Todd Harman, President of Cleveland Golf/Srixon – U.S.A. “Ms. Park’s outstanding 2013 season has not only validated her as the most dominant women’s player, but it has also cemented her legacy as one of the premier golfers in the history of the game. Her decision to remain part of the Srixon family says a lot to us regarding how she feels about our products and our company.”
Park’s contract extension includes a Srixon Z-STAR golf ball and Srixon golf clubs, as well as Cleveland wedges. She will continue to wear a Srixon glove, carry a Srixon bag while also maintaining a Srixon logo on the side of her headwear.
“I am very excited to extend my relationship with Srixon. They have provided me the best clubs, balls and other products,” said Inbee Park. “I thank the Srixon team for all their support and I look forward to playing Srixon products on tour.”
Srixon congratulates staffer Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño for winning the European Tour’s 2013 BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, China, over the weekend. The 33-year-old Spaniard shot a 4-under-par 68 in the final round for an 11-under 277 total and a one-shot victory, the seventh of his career.
It was an impressive all-around performance for Fernandez-Castaño, who trusted his Cleveland Golf/Srixon equipment to rank second in greens in regulation, third in driving accuracy and sixth in scrambling.
Not only was the win worth €851,346, it secured Fernandez-Castaño a spot in next week’s World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and propelled him to No. 32 in the Official World Golf Rankings. He also jumped to No. 4 in the Race to Dubai and rose to the top of the 2014 Ryder Cup European Team standings.
“It’s perfect timing… Doesn’t get any better than this,” said Fernandez-Castaño.
Fernandez-Castaño currently plays a Srixon Z525 driver (9.5°), a Srixon I-701 2-iron (17°), Cleveland CG1 Tour irons (3-PW), Cleveland 588™ Forged wedges (52°, 58°) and a Srixon Z-STAR XV golf ball with SpinSkin technology. Fernandez-Castano also wears a Cleveland visor, a Srixon glove and carries a Cleveland Golf bag.
Graeme McDowell has agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension with Srixon to remain a member of our PGA TOUR staff. McDowell, winner of the 2010 U.S. Open and 2013 RBC Heritage, is also a nine-time winner on the European Tour. G-Mac will continue to play Srixon irons and the Z-STAR XV in Pure White. He’ll wear a Srixon hat and glove and carry a Srixon bag.
Todd Harman, President of Cleveland Golf/Srixon USA, stated, “We couldn’t be more thrilled that Graeme has decided to remain a member of Srixon’s PGA Tour staff. Graeme is one of those unique individuals who brings so much to the game of golf. His passion for competition, combined with his love for the game and respect for the fans, has made him the type of ambassador that any company would be honored to have on their staff. The fact that Graeme has chosen to remain in the Srixon family says an awful lot in regards to how he feels about our products, as well as our company.”
McDowell was a member of Team Europe during the 2010 and 2012 Ryder Cup, where he contributed significantly toward his team’s dramatic victories over the United States. G-Mac was voted 2010 Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America and joint 2010 Player of the Year on the European Tour.
“I’m thrilled to remain a member of the Srixon family, one I’ve been part of since my college days” said McDowell. “I couldn’t be happier with my current bag and I’m playing some of the best golf of my career. Much of that has to do with their exceptional equipment, coupled with the tremendous support they’ve continually given me. I’m now looking to taking things forward again and accomplishing many of my professional goals over the coming years.”
In addition to G-Mac’s golf accomplishments, he has given back to his communities through the G-Mac Foundation, which works to support children’s medical research in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the United States.
This morning, Srixon staff member Peter Jacobsen was named the 2013 Payne Stewart Award winner by the PGA Tour. The award, which began in 2000 after Payne Stewart’s tragic death, is given each year to a professional golfer who best exemplifies the values of character, charity and sportsmanship. Peter and his marketing firm, Peter Jacobsen Sports, have supported non-profit organizations ranging from The First Tee to the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as contributing over $40 Million to a multitude of major charities. Jacobsen, 59, is the 16th player to be given the award, but, for Peter, it is just a bit more special.
Peter and Payne were the closest of friends on and off the golf course. When asked about Stewart during his press conference, Peter stated, “Payne and I did so many things together. I’ve watched the progression of that award over the years and I have always admired guys who won it and obviously admired Payne so much. We all did. He was like a brother, such a good guy.” Away from golf, Peter and Payne were band members in “Jake Trout and the Flounders“; the group recorded two albums together in the 80′s and 90′s.
With golf, music or anything he does in life, Peter always has fun and brings joy to those around him. “Payne was a competitor; I’m a competitor. We’re all competitors. We all want to win every time we tee it up but that’s not feasible. But, you can always have fun.” We are excited for Peter and are proud to have him represent our brand.
With the release of the new Z-STAR series less than two weeks away, many members of the golf community have taken notice. They have fallen head over heels for the new SpinSkin technology and cannot wait for the August 8th release. Of course, we are a bit biased but, don’t just take our word for it. We’ve compiled a few 3rd party reviews for your reading pleasure. Also, you can see what fellow golfers are saying about the new Z-STAR series on our Z-STAR “microsite”.
Without any further ado…
Deja Vu? No, you are seeing it right, another staff member shot 59 on the Web.Com Tour!
Congratulations to staffer Russell Knox for shooting a 59 in Friday’s second round at the Albertsons Boise Open in Idaho. It’s the second time in less than two weeks that a staff member has posted the magical number, as Will Wilcox also shot 59 in the final round of the Utah Championship just 12 days ago!
Knox, a 28-year-old native of Inverness, Scotland, carded two eagles, eight birdies and eight pars for a 12-under-par total on the par-71 layout at Hillcrest Country Club. He is the fifth player ever to shoot a 59 on the Web.Com Tour.
These rounds from Knox and Wilcox continue to build excitement for the upcoming launch of the new Z-STAR series, scheduled for August 8th. Both play the new Z-STAR with SpinSkin, with Wilcox gaming a Tour Yellow ball and Knox a Pure White ball.
These rounds continue an impressive year on the Web.com Tour. Staffer Michael Putnam has two wins and leads the circuit with $390,384 in earnings, more than $100,000 ahead of his nearest competitor. The 27-year-old Wilcox, a native of Birmingham, Ala., is sixth on the money list and in comfortable position to finish among The 25 and earn a PGA Tour card. Also among The 25 is 29-year-old Jim Renner of Boston, Mass., who currently stands 12th in money.
We are incredibly proud of our staffers for their achievements!
Yesterday, Will Wilcox of Birmingham, AL did what few players have ever accomplished in professional golf, shoot a 59 in tournament play. Not only did Wilcox shoot a heralded 59, he became the 1st player in the history of professional golf to do so with a colored golf ball. Wilcox used the new Tour Yellow Z-STAR XV with SpinSkin, which will be available this August.
In the final round of the Web.Com Tour Utah Championship at Willow Creek CC, Wilcox started the day in a tie for 38th at 10 shots off the lead. After completing his round at 12-under par 59, which included 10 birdies and one eagle, he finished as the clubhouse leader. At the end of the day, Will finished in a tie for 3rd, but was the talk of the golf world after becoming only the 4th player in Web.Com Tour history to post a 59.
After the round, Wilcox explained, “This has been such a dream year for me. From my first Web.com Tour victory at the South Georgia Classic to shooting 59 at the Utah Championship, I’ve had several dreams come true this season.”
“When I stood over the putt for 59, I really wasn’t that nervous. I don’t know why, although I think it has to do with the fact I’ve been practicing hard and working hard so it was a situation I had prepared for. Maybe I hadn’t prepared to shoot a 59, but I had prepared to make putts under pressure. Shooting 59 is huge, obviously and it’s something every golfer dreams of.”
On Sunday, World #1 Inbee Park rewrote history by winning the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, NY. This was her third consecutive major title, making her only the second woman to win the first three majors in a calendar year, along with the legendary “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias. This was her 6th LPGA victory of 2013 having now earned over $2.1 million this season, more than twice that of the next player.
She started the event on Thursday with a 5-under par 67, putting her into a tie for second, which would be the lowest position she would hold all week. She went on to lead the remainder of the event, finishing with an 8-under par 280, a four shot victory over fellow Korean I.K. Kim. On a course where three players to finish under par for the week, Inbee finished with red numbers three out of four days and totaled the lowest cumulative score since 2007.
Pat Bradley, 6-time LPGA Major Winner and aunt of fellow Srixon staffer Keegan Bradley, said on Sunday, “Boy, oh boy, what an incredible display of someone being calm, cool, and collected. You name it, and this young lady showed it all week long. When you win three [majors] in a row. . . I had the opportunity. It did not happen for me, but when you get them in succession, that is really taking it to another level. I am so impressed.”
Park will now be able to make history and achieve something that has never been done by any golfer, man or woman: achieve the modern Grand Slam. Next month, Inbee (or Win-bee) will go for her 4th major of 2013 in the Women’s British Open. And what better setting is there to make history than the home of golf, The Old Course at St. Andrews Links in Scotland.
Park currently plays the new Z-STAR with Spin Skin technology, which has already earned more than 40 professional wins worldwide. This model of the Z-STAR will be released in the U.S. on August 8, 2013.