ONE BALL. TWO PATHS TO VICTORY WITH THE NEW TITLEIST PRO V1.Brian Gay Posts Record-Setting Performance at Verizon Heritage. Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Strange Rallies to Win Volvo China Open.
Fairhaven, MA (April 20, 2009) - The golf ball you play does, in fact, make a difference. Brian Gay, trusting his New Titleist Pro V1, set three new scoring marks en route to a 20-under par total and 10-shot margin of victory at the Verizon Heritage. On the European Tour, brand ambassador Scott Strange relied on the New Pro V1 and a full bag of Titleist equipment to capture the Volvo China Open by one shot in come-from-behind fashion. Whether the difference is one shot to break a tournament record or one shot to secure a victory. Every shot counts. And across the worldwide professional tours, more players count on Titleist.
PGA TOUR: Gay earned his second career PGA TOUR title with his record-breaking performance at the Verizon Heritage. He fired a final round 7-under 64 en route to a 20-under 264 total, bettering the previous scoring mark at Harbour Town Golf Links by one shot. Gay, who started the final round with a three-shot lead, finished with a 10-shot margin of victory over runners-up Luke Donald (Pro V1x) and Briny Baird (Pro V1), surpassing the previous best of seven strokes set by five-time champion Davis Love III in 1998. He also made only two bogeys for the week, breaking Loren Roberts’ tournament record low of three bogeys in 1996. Gay’s breakthrough win came at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico last year.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Verizon Heritage with 88 players (67%), compared to 16 for the nearest competitor. Seven of the top 10 finishers trusted Titleist golf balls for their success. Titleist was also first in iron sets (41), wedges (128) and putters (52). Titleist was second in drivers (37) and fairway metals (43).
Gay’s win marks the 10th for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2009 PGA TOUR, more than three times the nearest competitor with 3. This week’s winner also relied on Vokey Design Spin Milled sand (56) and lob (59) wedges for his success.
EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Strange rallied on the back nine to post a final round 4-under 68 at the Volvo China Open, securing a one-stroke victory. Strange began his final round four strokes off the pace, but three back-nine birdies gave him the winning total of 8-under 280. It marks the second career victory for Strange, who won first time at last year's Celtic Manor Wales Open.
What’s in Scott Strange’s Bag?: New 2009 Pro V1, Titleist 909D2 driver (9.5), 906F4 3-wood (15.5), 585H hybrid (19), 909H hybrid (21), AP2 irons (4-P), Vokey Design Spin Milled sand (54) and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron Red X putter.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at The Volvo China Open with 105 players (68%), compared to 24 for the nearest competitor. The win was the 9th by Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2009 European Tour, three times more than 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) was runner-up in a playoff at the Athens Regional Foundation Classic. Sim fired a flawless 9-under 63 that included an eagle and seven birdies to climb from a tie for 19th place overnight into a share of the lead at 14-under 274. Sim was going for his second victory in as many tournaments after winning the Stonebrae Classic two weeks ago.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Darron Stiles (New 2009 Pro V1, 905R driver, 704CB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 SS putter) shot a 6-under 66 and finished one stroke out of the playoff at 13-under 275.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Athens Regional Foundation Classic with 96 players (62%), compared to 23 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also first in wedges (50) and putters (55).
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Titleist was the most played golf ball at The Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am with 53 players (70%), compared to 13 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also first in iron sets (18) and wedges (50). The winner played a Vokey Design sand and lob wedge in the victory.
WORLDWIDE WINS: Two more wins this week advances Titleist’s year-to-date golf ball victory count across the worldwide professional tours to 42, more than four times the nearest competitor with 10.
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