NEW PRO V1x: THE CHOICE OF THREE CHAMPIONS ON WORLDWIDE TOURS THIS WEEK
Fairhaven, MA (March 16, 2009) – The new 2009 Titleist Pro V1x golf ball was the choice of three champions across the worldwide professional tours this week, including victories by Michael Bradley on the PGA TOUR, Dan Forsman on the Champions Tour and Alex Prugh on the Nationwide Tour. Three more wins advances Titleist’s 2009 worldwide golf ball victory count to 30, more than three times the nearest competitor with 8. Titleist introduced the New Pro V1 and Pro V1x to tour players at the start of the 2009 season. The new golf balls began shipping to golf shops last month.
PGA TOUR: Michael Bradley won the Puerto Rico Open by one shot after converting an 11-foot putt on the final hole. It marked the third career PGA TOUR victory for Bradley, who finished at 14-under 274. Titleist Brand Ambassador Brett Quigley, who also relied upon the New 2009 Pro V1x, as well as a new Titleist 909D2 driver, 904F 3-wood, AP2 irons, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges and new Scotty Cameron Kombi putter, was among two players who tied for 2nd, just one shot back.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Greg Chalmers (New 2009 Pro V1x, 905S driver, 909F2 3-wood, 909H hybrid, ZB irons, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges) and Bart Bryant (New 2009 Pro V1x) were another shot behind in a tie for 4th, as 4 of the top 5 finishers all relied upon the New 2009 Pro V1x golf ball for their success.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Puerto Rico Open with 86 players, compared to 25 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also the top choice in iron sets (41), wedges (140) and putters (58), and was second in drivers (37).
The winner also used Vokey Design wedges and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Laguna 2.5 putter in his victory.
WGC: Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney (Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 909F2 fairway metal, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design pitching wedge, Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport Tour putter) fell one shot shy at the WGC-CA Championship in an effort to capture his second victory of the season. Watney entered the final round tied for the lead at 16-under and exchanged that lead with his playing partner seven times throughout the day. Watney closed with a 2-under 70 for an 18-under 270 total.
In six events this year, Watney has not missed a cut and has five top-25 finishes. The winner of the Buick Invitational earlier this season, Watney’s second-place check of $820,000 gives him more than $1.9 million for the season, surpassing his career-best season mark of $1.8 million from 2007. Watney has made 11 consecutive cuts dating back to last year’s Deutsche Bank Championship. With his second-place finish, Watney also moves into the top 10 (9th) in the United States Presidents Cup standings.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the limited-field WGC-CA Championship with 42 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 10. Titleist was also first in iron sets (18), wedges (59) and putters (25). Titleist was second in drivers (20), fairway metals (34) and hybrids (12).
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Dan Forsman relied upon the New 2009 Pro V1x golf ball and a complete bag of Titleist golf clubs (909D3 driver, 909F3 fairway metal, 585.H utility metal, ZM irons, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) to overcome a 5-shot deficit in regulation and capture the AT&T Champions Classic in a playoff. It marked Forsman’s first Champions Tour crown in 12 career starts. Forsman followed his final round 6-under 66, with a birdie on the first extra hole for the win. Forsman won five times on the PGA TOUR, the last at the 2002 SEI Pennsylvania Classic.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jay Haas, who played the New 2009 Pro V1 golf ball, as well as a Titleist 905R driver, 909F2 fairway metals, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron Laguna 2.5 putter, finished solo 3rd, one shot out of the playoff.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the AT&T Champions Classic with 49 players, compared to 13 for the nearest competitor.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Alex Prugh relied upon his New 2009 Pro V1x golf ball to fire a blistering final-nine 30 that contributed to a closing 8-under 64, and a three-shot win at the Michael Hill New Zealand Open, an event co-sanctioned by the Australasian Tour. It marked the first career victory for the 24-year old, who raced past the international field to finish at 19-under 269 on the Nationwide Tour's final stop of a three-tournament swing Down Under. Rookie Martin Piller, the 54-hole leader, made it a 1-2 New 2009 Pro V1x golf ball finish, as he posted a final round 4-under 66 to place solo second at 16-under.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Michael Hill New Zealand Open with 108 players (69%), compared to 14 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also first in iron sets (49), wedges (150) and putters (50).
WORLDWIDE WINS: Three more wins this week advances Titleist 2009 worldwide win count to 30, more than three times the nearest competitor with 8.
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