A Fitting Achievement for McNeill, Titleist.
What a difference a year makes. Last October, George McNeill was working as an assistant professional at a Florida country club, yet he still dreamed of one day playing and winning on the PGA Tour. After earning medalist honors and his Tour card at the 2006 Qualifying Tournament, the Titleist ambassador captured his first career victory in convincing fashion at this week's Frys.com Open in Las Vegas. McNeill's passion for the game, belief in himself and trust in his equipment from tee-to-green helped him realize his dream. A fitting achievement for George and for Titleist.
McNeill closed with a final round 5-under 67 and finished with a 23-under 264 total for a four shot victory over D.J. Trahan (New Pro V1, 905R driver, 906F4 fairway metal, Vokey Design Spin Milled lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter). Cameron Beckman (New Pro V1x) and Robert Garrigus (New Pro V1) tied for third at 15-under as Titleist golf ball players swept the top four positions on the leaderboard.
New Titleist ambassador Colt Knost (New Pro V1x, 907D4 prototype driver, 735.CM irons, Vokey Design sand wedge and Spin Milled lob wedge, Scotty Cameron putter) finished tied for 38th with a 7-under 280 total.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Frys.com Open with 112 (78%) players relying upon the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 13. Titleist was also the most played iron (39), wedge (151) and putter (60) and was second in drivers (42) and fairways (43).
The win was the 21st for Titleist golf ball players on the 2007 PGA Tour.
What's in George McNeill's Bag?:
New Pro V1 golf ball
907D4 prototype driver (9.5)
906F2 fairway metal (15.0)
735.CM irons (2-P)
Vokey Design Spin Milled sand (56) and lob (60) wedges
Scotty Cameron putter
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR: All of the top five finishers at the Open de Madrid trusted the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball for their success, including winner Mads Vibe-Hastrup, who captured his first PGA European Tour title. Vibe-Hastrup converted four birdies over the last nine holes to close with a final round 5-under 67 and 16-under 272 total, three strokes clear of runner-up Alejandro Canizares. Daniel Vancsik, who had led from the opening round, shot a 73 on Sunday to finish solo third, four shots back, while new Titleist ambassador Rory McIlroy, making just his fourth professional start, finished T5 with Gregory Bourdy at 11-under.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 85 players (71%) relying on the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14. The win was the 28th for Titleist players on the 2007 PGA European Tour, more than five times the nearest competitor with 5.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Bernhard Langer went wire-to-wire en route to his first career victory on the Champions Tour at the Administaff Small Business Classic. Langer, competing in only his fourth Champions Tour event, finished with a 25-under 191 total for a runaway eight-shot victory over Titleist ambassador and fellow New Pro V1 golf ball player, Mark O'Meara. Tom Kite and Titleist ambassador Jay Haas finished 3rd and T4, respectively, also playing the New Pro V1.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 50 (64%) players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 12. The win was the 21st for Titleist golf ball players on the 2007 Champions Tour, seven times the nearest competitor with 3.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Brad Adamonis went deep into overtime to capture his first career Nationwide Tour victory at the WNB Golf Classic. Adamonis, who led the field with 21 birdies on the week, topped fellow Pro V1x player Tjaart van der Walt on the eighth hole of a four-man sudden death playoff. One player was eliminated after he bogeyed the first hole, followed by Vance Veazey (Pro V1x) on the second playoff hole. The foursome finished regulation at 10-under par 278. Five other players missed the playoff by one shot.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 112 (78%) players, more than 12 times the nearest competitor with nine. Titleist was also the most played iron (50), wedge (144) and putter (46). The win was the 18 for Titleist golf ball players on the 2007 Nationwide Tour, more than three times the nearest competitor with 5.
JAPAN: Toru Taniguchi (New Pro V1x) fired a final round 6-under 66 to come from six shots back and win the Japan Open. Taniguchi birdied five of his first eight holes en route to a 5-under 283 total and a two-shot victory. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Japan Open with 44 (37%) players, compared to 30 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also the most played wedge (42).
ASIA: Jyoti Randhawa (New Pro V1x) won the Hero Honda Indian Open in his native country for his third career "national" title. His final round 3-under 69 was aided by an eagle on the par-4 16th en route to a three shot win. Randhawa, who finished at 13-under 275, joins the Peter Thomson as the only players to have won the Indian Open three times.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 109 (76%) players, compared to 17 for the nearest competitor. Seven of the 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties trusted Titleist golf balls for their success.
WORLDWIDE WINS: With six more victories this week, Titleist golf ball players have captured 155 wins across the worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 24.
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