TITLEIST BRAND AMBASSADORS ZACH JOHNSON AND MICHAEL SIM SHOW PLAYOFF PROWESS IN SECOND VICTORIES OF YEAR.
Fairhaven, MA (May 18, 2009) - This was proven once again by Titleist Brand Ambassadors Zach Johnson and Michael Sim, as they each earned their second victories of the season in playoff fashion, all while trusting the Pro V1x and bags of Titleist equipment. Zach defended his Valero Texas Open title, which included a course record-tying 10-under par 60 in the third round. On the Nationwide Tour, Michael Sim won for the second time in three starts, leaving him just one win shy of an in-season promotion to the PGA Tour. Titleist golf ball loyalists were also winning around the world with victories on the European, LPGA, Champions and South African Tours.
TITLEIST HIGHLIGHTS FOR
WEEK ENDING MAY 17, 2009
PGA TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson converted a 12-foot birdie on the first playoff hole to repeat as the Valero Texas Open champion. Seven months after winning for the first time at La Cantera Golf Club in San Antonio, Johnson followed up a third round 10-under par 60, with a final round even-par 70 for a 15-under 265 total, good enough to force a sudden-death playoff. Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas (Pro V1, 909D2 driver, 909F3 fairway metal, AP2 irons, Vokey Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 SLT T-10 putter) and Paul Goydos (Pro V1) tied for 3rd place, just one shot out of the playoff.
It marked the second victory of the year for Johnson, who also won the Sony Open, the season’s first full-field event. It was also the sixth win of Johnson's PGA TOUR career, and vaulted him to the top of the 2009 FedEx Cup standings.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Valero Texas Open with 99 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 30. Titleist was also first in wedges (146) and putters (64). Johnson's victory marks the 12th by a Titleist golf ball loyalist on the 2009 PGA TOUR, three times more than the nearest competitor with 4, and more than all other golf balls combined.
WHAT’S IN ZACH JOHNSON’S TITLEIST BAG?: Pro V1x golf ball, 909D2 driver (8.5), 909F2 3-wood (13.5), 909F2 5-wood (18.5), 909H hybrid (21), AP2 irons (4-9), Vokey Design pitching (48) and sand (54) wedges and Spin Milled lob (60) wedge.
EUROPEAN TOUR: A local hero became just the third amateur to win on the European Tour, capturing The 3 Irish Open with a par on the third extra hole. The 22-year old Irishman and Walker Cup squad member, was playing his first-ever European Tour event. He shot a second round 62, which equaled the lowest round ever by an amateur on the European Tour circuit. The playoff participants finished regulation at 17-under par 271. While the winner could not accept the first prize money, he is expected to decide on Monday whether to turn professional. Should he turn pro, he will participate at this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
What’s in the Bag?: Pro V1x golf ball, 909D2 driver (8.5), 909F2 3-wood (15.5), 909H hybrid (19), AP2 irons (3-9), Vokey Design pitching (48) and sand (52) wedges, Spin Milled lob (58) wedge, Scotty Cameron Fastback putter.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at The 3 Irish Open with 98 players (63%), compared to 27 for the nearest competitor. The victory marks the 12th by a Titleist golf ball loyalist on the 2009 European Tour, three times more than the nearest competitor with 4, and more than all other golf balls combined.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: It was an all-Titleist sudden death playoff at the BMW Charity Pro-Am, as Brand Ambassador Michael Sim won for the second time in his last three Nationwide Tour starts, beating golf ball loyalist Fabian Gomez (Pro V1x) with a par on the first extra hole. The 24-year old Sim, who followed his victory last month at the Stonebrae Classic with a playoff loss in the Athens Regional Foundation Classic, closed with a 2-under 69 to match Gomez at 22-under 264. D.J. Brigman (Pro V1x) shot a final round 64 to tie Blake Adams (Pro V1x) for 3rd place, three shots back.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the BMW Charity Pro-Am with 109 players (65%), compared to 20 for the nearest competitor. Of the 12 players who tied for 9th place or better at the BMW Charity Pro-Am, 11 trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success. The win was the 5th for Titleist golf ball players on the 2009 Nationwide Tour, more than twice the nearest competitor with 2. Titleist was also first in wedges (131) and putters (59), and second in drivers (29) and irons (37).
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LPGA TOUR: Twenty-year old Pro V1 player Ji Young Oh shot a final round 2-under 70, under raw, cold, windy conditions at the Sybase Classic, finishing with a 14-under 274 total and a four-stroke victory. It was Oh's second career win on the LPGA Tour, coming less than a year after winning the State Farm Classic.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 95 players, compared to 34 for the nearest competitor. The win was the 6th for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2009 LPGA Tour, three times more than the nearest competitor with 2.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: - It was a Titleist 1-2 finish at the rain-shortened Regions Charity Classic where Pro V1 player Keith Fergus shot a second straight 6-under 66 to beat Gene Jones (Pro V1x) by three strokes. Fergus waited out the second long rain delay in as many days and then finished the second round in a steady drizzle for his second Champions Tour win of the year (he also won the Cap Cana Championship in March). Jones, who was tied for the lead entering the final round, closed with a 69 to finish at 9-under 135.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Regions Charity Classic with 53 players (70%), compared to 12 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also first in irons sets (22) and wedges (53). The win was the 6th for Titleist golf ball players on the 2009 Champions Tour, compared to 1 for the nearest competitor.
SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR: - Shooting a final round 73 for a 7-under 209 total, Doug McGuigan (Pro V1x) secured a two-shot victory at the Nashua Golf Challenge. For the second week in a row, Titleist Brand Ambassador Tyrone Van Aswegen (Pro V1x) claimed second spot, finishing at 5-under 211. Four players shared third place at 4-under 212, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Oliver Bekker (2009 Pro V1x), Titleist Brand Ambassador Neil Schietekat (Pro V1x) and James Kamte (Pro V1x). The victory marks McGuigan's fourth Sunshine Tour title.
Of the 72 players in the field, 52 (72%) relied upon the superior performance of Titleist golf balls for their success, compared to 17 for the nearest competitor.
WORLDWIDE WINS: Six more victories this week advances Titleist’s 2009 worldwide win count to 53, that is 40 more than the nearest competitor with 13, and more than all other golf balls combined.
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