Now the Fairhaven-based company is entering the golf apparel business, with a full line of men’s pants, shirts, sweaters, and other assorted items destined for a January 2012 public launch.
Steve Stricker, a PGA Tour player who uses FootJoy products, has been wearing some of the prototype clothing, which will feature the “FJ’’ logo.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to move into an adjacent business and believe the timing is right,’’ said FootJoy’s president, Jim Connor. “We have the right people and support in place to be as successful in performance golf apparel as we are in our golf footwear, glove, and sock categories.’’
The initial focus will only be on men’s clothing, with shirts expected to sell for between $55 and $75.
The Heritage dates to 1969, with many a PGA Tour player relishing the peaceful surroundings of Hilton Head, S.C., as a way to relax and unwind after a week spent grinding under major pressure at the Masters. This year the Heritage didn’t land its customary spot right after Augusta, but is being played this week, and quite possibly for the final time. Tournament officials have been trying for more than a year to land a new title sponsor. If one isn’t found by the end of the year, the popular tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links, with its familiar lighthouse behind the 18th green, likely will be bumped from the PGA Tour schedule. This year’s event is being funded mostly by reserves built up by the tournament’s foundation, and a contribution from the city and county . . . Dustin Johnson
is in the market for a new caddie, having split during the week with Bobby Brown
, who had been on the bag for all four of Johnson’s PGA Tour victories. Reportedly, the split was amicable, and might not be permanent, but Johnson will use a few replacements in his upcoming tournaments before deciding who gets the job. Johnson has a second- and a third-place finish this year; he won twice in 2010. Brown took some heat for Johnson’s two-stroke penalty on the 72d hole of last year’s PGA Championship, and also gave his man an incorrect tee time earlier this year, also resulting in a two-stroke penalty. After both incidents, Johnson supported Brown . . . Royal St. George’s, site of this year’s British Open, will be stretched 100 yards from the last time the Open was held there, and par has been reduced from 71 to 70, the R&A said during the week. The par change comes at the fourth hole, which has been altered from a short par 5 to a long par 4. Ben Curtis
won the last British Open at St. George’s, in 2003, and was the only player to break par . . . Hall of Famers Patty Sheehan
and Beth Daniel
again will be on the United States team for the upcoming Handa Cup in Rye, N.H. Tickets for the May 21-22 event at Wentworth by the Sea Country Club are available at www.thelegendstour.com/tickets
, with proceeds benefiting the First Tee of New Hampshire. Children 17 and under and all military personnel are admitted free.