The 4 Golfers Who Won Their First PGA Major This Year & What They Wore

PGA Championship; Jimmy Walker
2016 PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker.
AP Images.

It’s been the year of the first-timer on the PGA Tour.

With Sunday’s surprising conclusion to the PGA Championship, it marked a clean sweep for first-time majors winners taking home those four coveted trophies. (And 2016 also has a big year for the FootJoy golf brand, which sponsors three of the four winners.)

Who were those lucky athletes? Let’s start with Sunday’s victor:

PGA Championship; Jimmy Walker Jimmy Walker plays the last day of the PGA Championship in FootJoy Icon Black shoes. AP Images.

Jimmy Walker — PGA Championship
The native Texan won his first major title at Baltusrol in Springfield, N.J., with a one-stroke lead over a very determined defending champ, Jason Day. Sporting the Icon Black golf cleats by his sponsor FootJoy, 36-year-old Walker finished with a 14-under-par score of 266. As a result, his Ryder Cup ranking rose from No. 29 to No. 4, securing him a spot in that tournament in September.

British Open; Henrik Stenson Henrik Stenson, wearing FootJoy golf shoes, celebrates his final putt to win the 2016 British Open. AP Images.

Henrik Stenson — British Open
To claim his first majors victory, the 40-year-old Swede had to dig deep, especially if he was going to defeat Phil Mickelson. With a final 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole at Royal Troon in Scotland, Stenson finished his last round with a record score of 63, and completed the tournament at 20-under. He did it all in FootJoy’s Icon Traditional MyJoys shoes.

Dustin Johnson U.S. Open Adidas Golf Dustin Johnson wearing Adidas TOUR360 Boost golf shoes during the final round of the U.S. Open on June 19. AP Images

Dustin Johnson — U.S. Open
Johnson took home the trophy at the 116th U.S. Open after carding 69 and finishing 4 under par to claim his first majors title. That despite a controversial penalty stroke due to a rules infraction on the fifth green, when Johnson’s ball slightly moved. At Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania, the Adidas-sponsored golfer played the course wearing Adidas Golf Tour 360 Boost shoes in multiple colorways.

danny willett footjoy golf shoes Danny Willett wins 2016 Masters Tournament wearing FootJoy golf shoes. AP

Danny Willett — The Masters
Wearing white FootJoy DryJoys Casual golf shoes with bright green trim, the 28-year-old clinched his first majors title after a bogey-free final round of 67 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Willett upended defending title holder Jordan Spieth, who had a shaky performance.

 

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