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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Charl Schwatzel back in the game

The European Tour begins its new year exactly where it finished the old one, in South Africa, but this time for the inaugural Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.
Following on from the successful staging of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Golf Club and the South African Airways Open at Humewood Golf Club in December, the players return to action this week in the city of Johannesburg for the first tournament of 2007.

Carrying a prize fund of €1 million, the Joburg Open will see an expanded field of 200 play both the East and West courses at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington over the first two rounds, with the players moving to the East Course after the halfway cut, set at 70 plus ties.
Among the leading contenders for the €166,660 first prize is one of Johannesburg’s favourite golfing sons, Hi-Tec’s Charl Schwartzel, who seems to feature prominently every time The European Tour visits South Africa.

Schwartzel served notice of his prodigious talent on only his third European Tour start, when he finished joint third in the 2003 South African Airways Open, and the following year saw him capture his maiden title when he held off strong opposition including Ernie Els to win the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek.

Els responded by pushing his young challenger into second spot at Leopard Creek the following year and 22 year old Schwartzel found himself consigned to the bridesmaid’s role once again when, before Christmas, Spanish rookie Alvaro Quiros beat him by a stroke.

Now Schwartzel has the perfect opportunity to put December’s disappointment behind him and start 2007 with victory in front of supportive home galleries. However, with a further 15 European Tour winners in the field plus a large crop of talented newcomers, his task will not be an easy one.
Schwartzel, as the home grown favourite, will be hoping it belongs to him. He is wearing the V-Lite Typhoon II CDT.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

CDT SUPER POWER TOUR- It's finally arrived!

Hi-Tec Golf Manager, Fredrik Sundstrom, has been working closely with Padraig Harrington to develop the CDT Super Power Tour shoes- this has taken about 18 months of product development and Hi-Tec are proud to launch a shoes that takes performance to a new level.

Today, the shoes have arrived and will be sent out to Padraig.
The CDT Super Power Collection is the new products, one level up from the CDT Power. You can find out more about them by clicking on the following link: www.CDTPower.com


The CDT Super Power will launch in Spring/ Summer 2007 in the UK; so keep an eye out for them! The CDT Super Power Tour is the "World's most technologically advanced and performance enhancing golf shoe."

The Spring/ Summer 2007 holds a fantastic range of shoes which includes the CDT Super Power Tour mentioned above, the CDT Super Power Classic, CDT Super Power Pro in two vibrant colours (white/ black/ blue and white/ black/ lime), the C2 Comfort and many more.
Supermodel Jodie Kidd recently became the latest Hi-Tec Embassador and her role as design consultant is sure to make a huge impact in the World of Women's Golf. This exciting new collection, JK, will soon be in the shops!

Friday, December 08, 2006

European Tour Yearbook

Europe’s record equalling Ryder Cup triumph at The K Club and Hi-Tec's Padraig Harrington’s thrilling victory in the race for The European Tour Order of Merit are two of the many highlights in The 19th Edition of The European Tour Yearbook (RRP £25.00).

The 2007 European Tour Yearbook captures all the excitement and emotion of another spectacular year on The European Tour and the international stage with entertaining essays by leading golf correspondents lavishly illustrated by superb photography by Getty Images.
With this Official Publication you will have a wonderful addition to your golfing library, and we hope you and your friends will enjoy the many fascinating stories highlighted, of course, by the celebrations of Ian Woosnam and his European Ryder Cup Team in Ireland.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Harrington Back to Business in Shanghai

Padraig Harrington has only had the briefest period to enjoy his European Tour Order of Merit success before getting back to business at the HSBC Champions tournament at Sheshan International Golf Club in China.
Just 11 days after becoming European Number One, the Irishman is back in action for the first event of The 2007 European Tour International Schedule.
“Obviously I won a week ago and I got a week's enjoyment,” said Harrington. “I suppose at the end of this week, it's possible we'll have a new European Number One. So it's interesting that it only lasts for such a short period. It's like a tournament win; it only lasts for a week.
“There's only one person who prefers more time, the guy who has won the Order of Merit. Everybody else is raring to get going for next year.”

Harrington still has five events left this year and is looking to continue his progression into 2007, with a Major the next step on the career ladder.
“I think throughout my career, ten years now, I've won every great tournament, all the way up to a world event and a Major. The Order of Merit probably sits in there just behind a Major win in terms of something you would want to achieve in your career. The natural progression would be a World Golf Championship event or Major next.”

First Harrington will be looking to get the better of a world-class field that includes ten of the top 20 players in the world, led by the top two in Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk.
For Furyk it is his first visit to China, coming just a few days after finishing second in the Tour Championship on the US PGA Tour and winning the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted score average.

“In the last month prior to the Tour Championship, I only played one week,” said Furyk. “So I was a little rusty going in, but I got better as the week went on and played well on the weekend to finish in second place.

“I've had a very good year and playing well and hopefully I can continue that this week.”
Woods will tee off in the company of Casey and Asian Tour Number One Jeev Milkha Singh of India, who won the biggest title of his career when he captured the Volvo Masters.“I'm obviously really excited to be paired with Tiger,” said Singh. “It's going to be the first time with me that I'm going to be playing with him, and hopefully I'm going to learn something from him and I want to see how he manages the golf course.”

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Padraig Harrington Back into World Top Ten after Win at The Dunlop Phoenix (source: www.europeantour.com)

Padraig Harrington beat the defending champion Tiger Woods at the second extra hole to win the Dunlop Phoenix tournament at Phoenix Country Club, Miyazaki, Japan. The 2006 European Tour Order of Merit winner climbs 3 places in the Official World Golf Ranking to 8th, returning to the World Top 10 after an absence of 15 months.

José Manuel Lara collected his maiden European Tour title with a wire-to-wire victory in the UBS Hong Kong Open. A final round of 69 for a 15 under par total of 265 earned the Spaniard a one stroke triumph over Filipino Juvic Pagunsan. Lara climbs 49 places to World Number 78.
John Senden won the MFS Australian Open by a stroke from US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy at Royal Sydney after a tournament best round of 65 on the last day. Senden climbs 29 positions to 74th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Bradford Vaughan won the Limpopo Classic at Polokwane Golf Club on the Sunshine Tour in Southern Africa and is now World Number 287.

Monday, November 20, 2006


Further to their agreement to distribute Hi-tec Outdoor, Court and Athletic shoes, the MoonStar Company of Japan and Hi-Tec Sports PLC are pleased to announce that the agreement is being extended to include Hi-Tec Golf shoes in 2007, which will bring the revolutionary patented CDT technology to Japan for the first time.

Hi-Tec Sports PLC was founded in Great Britain in 1974 and is the World's thirteenth largest Athletic footwear brand, third largest global Outdoor footwear brand and in Golf is the number two footwear brand in the UK . It is making giant strides in the USA, South African and Asian Golf footwear markets and is Europe's fastest growing golf footwear brand.

MoonStar has a long and proud history in the Japanese footwear market, not only with its own brands but also distributing New Balance, Converse, Geox, K-Swiss and Kappa.


Yesterday, with the help of Hi-Tec's revolutionary patented CDT technology, Padraig Harrington beat Tiger Woods to win this year's Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan.

During the playoff the 2006 European Tour Order of Merit winner bravely blasted his second shot through a narrow gap in a Y-shaped tree after driving into the rough and then pitched to within two feet. Padraig then completed an easy tap-in take him to number eleven in the World rankings.

Padriag Harrington has been involved in the development of the CDT technology alongside Hi-Tec and Quintec Consultancy to perfect the shoe’s biomechanics. The result is Hi-Tec's CDT technology giving you increased grip and torsion during your stroke resulting in extra stability and balance therefore more power, control & distance.

"Since I've been using the CDT shoes I've gone from 100 in the rankings total driving on the European Tour to top 10. My average ball speed has increased from 166 mph to 173 mph which has added over 17.5 yards to my drive" - Padriag Harrington.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Hi-Tec's Harrington claims Order of Merit

Padraig Harrington snatched his first European Order of Merit title after a dramatic final round at the Volvo Masters in Valderrama.

India's Jeev Milkha Singh was the shock winner of the tournament but all the attention was on a tumultuous battle for the European number one spot.
Paul Casey was in pole position until virtually the final shot of the day.
But when Sergio Garcia bogeyed the last Harrington moved into a tie for second place and the title was his.

Harrington, who put himself into contention by winning the dunhill links at St Andrews two weeks ago, set up a gripping climax to the day and season when he rolled in a 35ft putt on the 16th - a third birdie in six holes to put him joint third.
But, perhaps thinking he needed another birdie, he was then short with a bold approach to the long 17th and found the water.

The 35-year-old Dubliner, however, showed great courage to get up and down from the drop zone, holing an 8ft putt for par. He then had to repeat the trick on the last after missing the fairway with his drive.
That left him with a 69 and one-under total but minutes later he was up to the second place he needed as Garcia bogeyed the 13th and 14th.


1 Padraig Harrington (Ire), £1,667,6182
Paul Casey (Eng), £1,644,0023
David Howell (Eng), £1,554,9594
Robert Karlsson (Swe), £1,369,9115
Ernie Els (SA), £1,149,6956
Henrik Stenson (Swe), £1,145,1077
Luke Donald (Eng), £1,110,7418
Ian Poulter (Eng), £1,064,527

That was the first time this season Harrington, who finished second to Retief Goosen in 2001 and 2002, had led the race for number one status in Europe.

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