TITLEIST BRAND AMBASSADOR ZACH JOHNSON CAPTURES TEXAS VALERO OPENStrong Tee-to-Green Performance Includes a 62-64 Weekend Finish
Fairhaven, MA (October 13, 2008) – Zach Johnson is a proven winner on the PGA Tour, and his performance at the Valero Texas Open demonstrated a trust in himself and his Titleist equipment. Relying on the Pro V1x golf ball and the new 909D2 driver, Johnson was fit for success, posting a sizzling 62-64 on the weekend for his fourth career victory. He was joined in the weekly winners' circle by fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman, who trusted Titleist from tee-to-green en route to his first career Nationwide Tour title and a record-tying 11-shot margin of victory. In addition, five other Titleist golf ball players won across the worldwide professional tours, advancing Titleist’s year-to-date win count to 144, compared to 29 for the nearest competitor. Continued proof, from start to finish, more players and more winners trust Titleist.
TITLEIST HIGHLIGHTS FROM WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 12, 2008
PGA TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson posted a 19-under 261 to win the Valero Texas Open for his first win of the year and the fourth of his PGA TOUR career. Johnson followed his third round 8-under 62 performance with a final round 6-under 64 for a two-stroke victory over Pro V1 players Tim Wilkinson and Charlie Wi, and Pro V1x loyalist Mark Wilson. Jeff Overton (Pro V1x) finished solo fifth, as Titleist golf ball players occupied the top five positions on the leaderboard.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Valero Texas Open with 84 players, compared to 19 for the nearest competitor. Titleist also led in the wedge (127) and putter (53) categories, and was second in drivers (36), fairway woods (43) and irons (32). Johnson's win marks the 26th for Titleist golf ball players on the 2008 PGA TOUR, more than twice the nearest competitor with 11.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman cruised to an 11-shot win at the WNB Golf Classic, firing a final round 4-under 68 to claim his first Nationwide Tour victory. Leishman, who led by five shots following the third round, finished at 21-under 267, tying the all-time Nationwide Tour record for largest winning margin. Leishman topped a leaderboard that included fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Aron Price, who finished solo third at 9-under 279, and Greg Chalmers, Darron Stiles and Won Joon Lee, who shared fourth place with Pro V1 loyalist Spencer Levin at 8-under 280.
With just three events remaining on the Nationwide Tour schedule, Leishman advanced from 56th place on the money list to 19th. Players inside the top 25 at the end of the season will earn PGA Tour cards for next year.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 103 players, compared to 17 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (41), wedge (133) and putter (54) categories, and second in drivers (30). Leishman's win marks the 21st for Titleist golf ball players on the 2008 Nationwide Tour, more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 2.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: D.A. Weibring held off a host of challengers for a one shot victory at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, his fifth win in six years on the Champions Tour, and his first career major tournament title. Weibring posted a final round 2-under 68 to finish at 9-under 271. Fellow Pro V1 loyalist Jeff Sluman was among three players who tied for third at 7-under 273, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Jay Haas finished in solo sixth, another shot back.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 52 players, compared to 10 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also the top choice in the wedge (45) category. Weibring's win marks the 21st for Titleist golf ball players on the 2008 PGA TOUR, more than five times the nearest competitor with 4. The new major champion also relied upon Titleist 755 irons and a Vokey Design approach wedge for his success.
LPGA TOUR: It was a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist golf ball players as South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim won the Longs Drugs Challenge for her first LPGA Tour victory. Kim, who birdied the final two holes to close with a 1-over 73 in gusty conditions, finished at 10-under 278 for a three-stroke victory over fellow Pro V1 loyalist Angela Stanford. Yani Tseng (Pro V1x) finished third, another stroke back. The 20-year-old Kim was the 2005 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion and is playing in her second season on the LPGA Tour. She has six top-10 finishes this year, including a T3 at the U.S. Women’s Open and T9 in the Women’s British Open.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Longs Drugs Challenge with 81 players, compared to 23 for the nearest competitor.
ASIAN TOUR: Liang Wen Chong won the Hero Honda Indian Open for his second career victory on the Asian Tour. Liang led wire-to-wire after setting a new course record with an opening round 12-under par 60. The defending Asian Tour Order of Merit winner birdied the final two holes to win by one shot over fellow Pro V1x player Darren Beck. Liang closed with a 2-under par 70 to Beck's 7-under par 65. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 103 players (72%), compared to 23 for the nearest competitor. Twelve of the 15 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties trusted Titleist for their success.
JAPAN: Makato Inoue fired a final round 65 to win the inaugural Canon Open for his first Japan Golf Tour victory in nearly four years. Inoue finished at 13-under 275, one-shot clear of four players, including fellow Pro V1x loyalist Taichi Teshima and Pro V1 player Hiroyuki Fujita. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 46 players, compared to 22 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also the top choice in the wedge (50) category.
SOUTH AFRICA: Pro V1x player Doug McGuigan won his third career title on the Sunshine Tour by capturing the BMG Classic. He secured the one-shot victory by converting a 25-foot putt for eagle on the final hole. Titleist Brand Ambassador Christiaan Basson finished solo third, two shots back. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the BMG Classic with 88 (71%) players, compared to 29 for the nearest competitor.
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