WORLD CLASS PERFORMANCESBrittany Lincicome and New Pro V1x Lead Titleist to Four-Win Week
Fairhaven (April 6, 2009) - Across the worldwide professional tours, it was another winning week for Titleist golf ball loyalists. Brittany Lincicome, trusting the New Pro V1x golf ball, eagled the 72nd hole of the Kraft Nabisco Championship to capture her first career major. On The European Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Michael Hoey surged to victory in Portugal to earn his first career victory in a playoff. Michael Sim, relying on the New Pro V1x and Titleist equipment from tee to green, posted a six-shot Nationwide Tour victory. Different tours, different performances, same winning results. Titleist, the #1 ball in golf.
LPGA TOUR: Brittany Lincicome converted a 6-foot putt for eagle on the 72nd hole of the Kraft Nabisco Championship to capture her first major by one shot over her two playing partners, including New Pro V1 loyalist Cristie Kerr. It was the third career victory for Lincicome, whose previous best finish in a major was a tie for second in 2007. Lincicome closed with a 3-under par 69 to finish at 9-under 279. The champion also relied on Vokey Design Spin Milled gap, sand and lob wedges for her success.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Kraft Nabisco Championship with 64 players (66%), compared to 17 for the nearest competitor.
EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Michael Hoey (Pro V1x, ZB irons, Spin Milled gap, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter) secured his maiden win on The European Tour, capturing the Estoril Open de Portugal with a par on the third playoff hole. Hoey surged to the top of the leaderboard in regulation with a final round 5-under 66 after starting the final round tied for 19th place, five shots off the lead. The playoff participants finished at 7-under par 277. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 95 players (63%), compared to 26 for the nearest competitor. The win is the 8th for Titleist golf ball players on the 2009 PGA European Tour, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 3.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Michael Sim (New 2009 Pro V1x, 905R driver, 906F2 3-wood, AP2 irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport Squareback putter) ran away from the pack at the inaugural Stonebrae Classic, which was contested at the TPC at San Francisco Bay. Sim fired a final round 7-under par 64 to finish with an 18-under total of 266, six strokes clear of two players, including Cameron Percy (New 2009 Pro V1). Martin Piller (New 2009 Pro V1x) was among two players who tied for 4th at 274. It marks the second career win for Sim, who also won the 2006 PalmettoPride Classic. It is his third top 10 finish in five events this year. Playing Titleist equipment from tee-to-green, Sim finished among the Top 10 in Driving Distance (299.3/10th), Greens in Regulation (80.3%/T2) and Putts per Greens in Regulation (1.719/8th).
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Stonebrae Classic with 92 players (64%), compared to 19 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also first in wedges (110) and putters (54), and second in drivers (23) and iron sets (29).
PGA TOUR: J.B. Holmes (New 2009 Pro V1, Cobra L4V driver, Cobra Speed Pro X fairway metal, Titleist 909H hybrid, Cobra Pro CB irons, Vokey Design gap and sand wedges and Spin Milled lob wedge, Scotty Cameron Kombi long putter) fell just short at the Shell Houston Open, losing by one on the first playoff hole. The playoff participants finished at 11-under par, as Holmes fired a final round 3-under 69. He had to wait nearly three hours before the start of the playoff.
Nick O'Hern (Pro V1) shot a 2-under 70 to finish at 9-under 279 to tied for third place. Five Titleist golf ball loyalists shared sixth place at 8-under 280, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Bohn (Pro V1x, 905R driver, 909F3 fairway metal, 909H hybrids, 670 irons, Vokey Design pitching and sand wedges, Spin Milled lob wedge, Scotty Cameron Kombi putter), Geoff Ogilvy (New 2009 Pro V1, Cobra S9-1 Pro D driver, Cobra S9-1 Pro fairway metals, King Cobra Pro MB irons, Vokey Design pitching wedge, Vokey prototype sand wedge, Spin Milled lob wedge, Scotty Cameron prototype putter), Tommy Armour III (New 2009 Pro V1x, 909D3 driver, 680 irons, Scotty Cameron 350G putter), Hunter Mahan (New 2009 Pro V1x,) and John Mallinger (Pro V1x).
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Shell Houston Open with 96 players (67%), compared to 20 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also first in iron sets (40), wedges (140) and putters (54). Titleist was second in drivers (35) and fairway metals (47).
SOUTH AFRICA: Pro V1x loyalist Trevor Fisher converted an 18-foot putt for eagle on the par 5 final hole to clinch the Vodacom Business Origins of Golf by one stroke over Titleist Brand Ambassador Jean Hugo (New 2009 Pro V1x) and Willie van der Merwe (Pro V1x). Fisher fired a final round 65 for a 15-under 201 total, en route to his fourth career victory, while van der Merwe's closing 64 was the best round of his career. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Vodacom Business Origins of Golf with 52 players (72%), compared to 18 for the nearest competitor.
KOREA: TaeKyu Lee (New 2009 Pro V1x, Scotty Cameron Studio Select putter) shot a final round 6-under 66 to capture his first career victory at the KEB Bank Open. He was one shot clear of three players, including Acushnet Company Ambassadors InHoi Hur (New 2009 Pro V1x) and Richard Moir (New 2009 Pro V1x). Lee topped the leaderboard with a 12-under 276 total, as 6 of the top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the KEB Open with 84 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 20.
WORLDWIDE WINS: Four more wins this week advances Titleist’s year-to-date golf ball victory count across the worldwide professional tours to 39, more than four times the nearest competitor with nine.
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