Titleist Equipment Highlights For Week Ending July 26, 2009
PGA: Third round play was suspended at the rain-soaked RBC Canadian Open due to lightning in the area. Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner (Pro V1, 909D Comp driver, 906F2 fairway metal, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi putter) holds the lead at 14-under.
EUROPEAN: Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez (Pro V1x) birdied five of his final six holes at the SAS Masters to secure his fourth career European Tour title in stunning fashion. The closing stretch gave him a final round 4-under par 69, to finish at 10-under 282, two strokes clear of runner-up Jamie Donaldson (Pro V1).
Titleist was the top golf ball choice at the event with 110 players (71%), compared to 25 for the nearest competitor.
Gonzalez’ victory marks the 16th for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the European Tour, 10 more than the nearest competitor with 6.
CHAMPIONS: Loren Roberts (Pro V1) won his second Senior Open Championship title on the third hole of a three-player sudden death playoff. All three players finished at 12-under 268. Bernhard Langer (Pro V1) missed the playoff by one shot, shooting a final round 65 to finish alone in fourth place. Roberts, who won his first Senior Open Championship title in 2006 at Turnberry, earned a spot in next year’s Open Championship at St. Andrews with the victory.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 104 players, compared to 12 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also first in wedges (79), and second in drivers (28), iron sets (22) and putters (26).
Roberts’ victory marks the 10th for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the Champions Tour, five times more than the nearest competitor with 2.
LPGA: Meena Lee (Pro V1) fired a final round 65 to shoot up the leaderboard for a 3rd place tie with Cristie Kerr (Pro V1), finishing one shot out of the Evian Masters playoff. Titleist was the top golf ball choice at the event with 63 players, compared to 10 for the nearest competitor.
NATIONWIDE: Tom Gillis (Pro V1, 695 CB irons, Vokey Design gap and sand wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5 putter) finished runner-up at the Cox Classic, one shot behind the winner, after he birdied three of his last four holes.Brent Delahoussaye (Pro V1x, Vokey Design sand wedge, Vokey Spin Milled lob wedge) finished alone in third place at 18-under 266. The winner of the event relied upon AP2 irons.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Cox Classic with 98 players, compared to 20 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also first in wedges (124) and putters (50). Titleist was second in drivers (24) and iron sets (32).
ASIAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Gaganjeet Bhullar of India (Pro V1x, 909D3 driver, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport putter) captured the Pertamina Indonesia President Invitational for his maiden victory on the Asian Tour. Bhullar, who had only one bogey in his four rounds, shot a final round 67 to finish with a 266 total (22-under par), two shots clear of runner-up Adam Blyth of Australia (Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 906F2 3-wood, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges). Bhullar started the final round with a one shot lead over Blyth, then birdied 4 out of his first 6 holes and owned a four-shot lead at the turn. Blyth shot a final round 68 and now has 14 career top 10’s on the Asian Tour. Of the 13 players who finished among the top 10 and ties, 11 relied upon Titleist for their success, including each of the top four.
Titleist was the top golf ball choice at the event with 122 players (78%), compared to 18 for the nearest competitor.
JAPAN: Hiroyuki Fujita (Pro V1, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport putter) birdied three of the last four holes to win the Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup by one shot. The 40-year old Fujita recorded a 16-under 272 total for his seventh career Japan Golf Tour title, moving him to the top of the 2009 Japan Golf Tour money list.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 57 players. Titleist was also first in hybrids (22) and wedges (71).
USGA: Titleist was the most played golf ball at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship with 126 players (81%), compared to 17 for the nearest competitor. Titleist also swept every golf club count as the most-played brand in the driver (64), fairway metal (73), hybrid (44), iron (60), wedge (217) and putter (82) categories.
The 15-year old winner, who was also the medalist, relied upon the Pro V1x golf ball and 14 Titleist golf clubs in a 4 and 3 victory. His bag included the 909D2 driver (9.5), 909F2 (15.5) 3-wood, 909H hybrid (19.0), AP2 irons (3-P), Vokey Design sand (52) wedge, Spin Milled lob (60) wedge and Scotty Cameron Newport 1.5 T 10 putter.
The runner-up played the Pro V1x, Titleist 975F 3-wood (13.5), Titleist ZB irons (3-P), Vokey Design Spin Milled sand (54) and lob (58) wedges, and a Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter.
Titleist was also the most played golf ball at the U.S. Girls Junior Championship with 126 players (81%), compared to 10 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also first in wedges (143) and putters (63).
It was an all-Titleist final, as the winner relied upon the Pro V1 golf ball en route to a 6 and 5 victory over the Pro V1x-playing runner-up.
WORLDWIDE WINS: With four more wins this week, the 2009 Titleist golf ball victory count advanced to 86, that’s more than four times the nearest competitor with 19.
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