BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMERS.Brendon de Jonge, Katherine Hull and Graham DeLaet Trust Titleist for First Career Wins.
Fairhaven, MA (August 18, 2008) – Titleist continues to set the standard for winning performance, and the unmatched success by players trusting Pro V1 and Pro V1x across the globe continued with three breakthrough victories over the weekend. Brendon de Jonge relied on an impeccable short game and a full complement of Titleist equipment to capture his first Nationwide Tour title. Katherine Hull overcame a six-stroke deficit on Sunday as she charged to her first win on the LPGA Tour. And Graham DeLaet captured his first Canadian Tour title, winning in dramatic fashion with a playoff birdie. With three more wins this week, Titleist advances its golf ball victory account across the 2008 worldwide professional tours to 113, more than all other golf balls combined.
Titleist Highlights for Week Ending August 17, 2008
Brendon de Jonge
NATIONWIDE: Brendon de Jonge (Pro V1x, 905R driver, 906F4 fairway metal, AP2 irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback putter) earned his first career Nationwide victory at the Xerox Classic, winning by four shots over fellow Titleist brand ambassador Jarrod Lyle (Pro V1x, 909D driver, 906F4 fairway metal, AP2/670 irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and Spin Milled lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter). With the convincing victory, de Jonge rose to second position on the Nationwide Tour Money List. Lyle ranks first. The top 25 on the list at year's end earn a 2009 PGA TOUR card.
de Jonge ranked first in putting for the week, needing just 107 strokes for a 26.8 average. He also ranked second in Putts per Greens in Regulation (1.667) and 8th in Driving Distance (289.8). Meanwhile Lyle was 4th in Putts per Greens in Regulation (1.688), tied for 4th in Putts Per Round (27.8), 14th in Driving Distance (285.1) and tied for 16th in Driving Accuracy (73.2).
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Xerox Classic with 110 players, compared to 18 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (41), wedge (141) and putter (67) categories. With de Jonge ’s victory, Titleist golf ball players have won 18 events on the 2008 Nationwide Tour, compared to 1 for the nearest competitor.
LPGA: Australian Katherine Hull (Pro V1) shot a final round 3-under 69 to claim her first LPGA tournament title at the CN Canadian Open. Hull finished with an 11-under 277 total. Overnight leader Yani Tseng (Pro V1x, 905R driver, 735 CM irons) started the day with a four-shot lead but the Taiwanese rookie couldn't maintain her early pace, finishing in solo third place at 9-under 279.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the CN Canadian Women's Open with 113 players, compared to 33 for the nearest competitor.
CANADIAN: Graham DeLaet (Pro V1x) birdied the final hole of regulation and then repeated the performance, winning the Desjardins Montreal Open on the first hole of a sudden death playoff that also included fellow Pro V1x loyalist George Bradford (Pro V1x). The victory was his first on the Canadian Tour.
PGA: The PGA Tour's regular season drew to an exciting close this weekend at the Wyndham Championship, with berths into the FedEx Cup playoffs hanging in the balance for many players. Scott McCarron (Pro V1x) made a strong bid for the title, finishing in second place after shooting four consecutive rounds in the 60's. It was the second top-10 finish of the year for McCarron, who sat out the 2007 season after having surgery to repair a tendon in his right elbow. His strong showing puts him comfortably inside the 144-player FedEx Cup playoff bubble.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Wyndham Championship with 102 players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 23. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (39), wedge (140) and putter (64) categories, and second in drivers (37).
EUROPEAN: Sweden's Pelle Edberg (Pro V1x, Vokey Design Spin Milled approach, sand and lob wedges) shot an even-par final round of 70 in cold, windy and wet conditions to finish at 8-under 272, coming within one shot of winning the SAS Masters. The champion relied on a Vokey Design sand wedge, Spin Milled TVD lob wedge and Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 1.5 as he closed with a 1-over 71 to capture the title.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the SAS Masters with 115 players, compared to 18 for the nearest competitor.
CHAMPIONS: Mike Goodes (Pro V1x) closed in style with a 4-under par 68, but had to settle for second place at the JELD-WEN Tradition, the final major on the Champions Tour schedule. Titleist brand ambassador Jay Haas (Pro V1, 905R driver, 904F fairway metals, 585.H utility metal, AP2 irons, Vokey Design sand wedge, Spin Milled lob wedge, Scotty Cameron Studio Design putter) and Tom Watson (Pro V1) tied for third, five shots behind the winner.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the JELD-WED Tradition with 46 players, compared to 9 for the nearest competitor.
WORLDWIDE GOLF BALL WINS: This week Titleist advanced its golf ball victory account across the 2008 worldwide professional tours to 113, more than four times the nearest competitor with 25.
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