PLAYOFF ADVANTAGELee Westwood Triumphs in All-Titleist Playoff Victory at St. Jude Classic
Cristie Kerr Claims 13th LPGA Tour Win in Monday Finish
Fairhaven, MA (June 14, 2010) –Performance you can trust, when you need it most. That’s what a sudden death playoff is all about. And while the champion was in doubt when Lee Westwood, Robert Karlsson and Robert Garrigus stepped to the tee on the first extra hole, the golf ball they were using was not. They all rely upon Titleist. For Westwood, the victory marks his second on the PGA Tour to go along with his 20 on the European Tour, and he advances to No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings heading into the U.S. Open. And in the weather-plagued LPGA State Farm Classic, Cristie Kerr persevered through difficult conditions and multiple delays, relying on the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball as she outlasted the field in a Monday finish to capture the 13th LPGA title of her career.
TITLEIST HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 13, 2010
PGA TOUR: It was an all-Pro V1 finish on Sunday as Lee Westwood (Pro V1x) carded a final round of 2-under-par 68 at the St. Jude Classic and then prevailed in a four-hole playoff that included Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Karlsson (Pro V1x, 909D3 driver, 909F3 fairway metals, New MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS putter) and Robert Garrigus (Pro V1, Scotty Cameron Kombi S putter). The three players went to extra holes after finishing at 10-under 270. Garrigus, who leads the 2010 PGA TOUR in driving distance, was eliminated on the first hole of the playoff. On the fourth playoff hole, a solid tee shot and a pitching wedge set up the winning five-foot putt for Westwood. Garrett Willis (Pro V1, Scotty Cameron prototype putter) fired a final round 3-under 67 to share fourth place at 9-under 271.
The win is the second for Westwood on the PGA Tour. He becomes the first European to win the St. Jude Classic, the PGA TOUR's third-oldest event.
According to the Darrell Survey, Titleist was the overwhelming GOLF BALL of choice at the St. Jude Classic with 102 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19. In fact, of the 11 players who finished tied for eighth place or better, 9 trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success. Titleist was also first in IRON SETS with 39; SAND, LOB and APPROACH WEDGES with 118; and PUTTERS with 62.
LPGA TOUR: Cristie Kerr (Pro V1) held on to win the weather-delayed LPGA State Farm Classic on Monday, closing out a final-round 3-under 69 to win by one shot. Kerr, who earned her 13th LPGA victory, finished at 22-under 266, one shot better than two players, including Pro V1x loyalist, Na Yeon Choi. Kerr held a share of the tournament lead at 20-under when play was suspended Sunday afternoon due to lightning. Shanshan Feng (Pro V1x) and Hee Young Park (Pro V1) tied for fourth place, a further shot back at 20-under 268. Kerr's win was the first for an American on the LPGA tour this season.
According to the Darrell Survey, Titleist was the overwhelming GOLF BALL of choice at the LPGA State Farm Classic with 111 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 18. In fact, of the 10 players who finished tied for eighth place or better at the LPGA State Farm Classic, 9 trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.
EUROPEAN TOUR: At the Estoril Open de Portugal, the runner-up trusted the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball for the first time this season and was rewarded with his best finish on the European Tour since winning the 2007 BA-CA Golf Open in Austria. Denmark’s Mark Haastrup (Pro V1x, New CB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges) closed with a 5-under 67 despite the extremely windy conditions. His 16-under 272 total earned Haastrup his first Top-3 finish in a European Tour event. Robert Rock (Pro V1x) duplicated his fourth place finish at last week's Celtic Manor Wales Open at 14-under 274 and Damien McGrane (Pro V1), who tied the course record with a 64 in the first round, finished alone in fifth place, a further shot back.
According to Sports Marketing Surveys, Titleist was the GOLF BALL of choice at the Estoril Open de Portugal with 84 players, more than all other golf balls combined.
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