Kim, Harrington Post Fantastic Finishes with Titleist Pro V1x
In one of the most remarkable finishes in major championship history, Birdie Kim birdied the final hole on a 30-yard bunker shot from across the green to win the U.S. Women's Open by two strokes. It marked the first LPGA Tour title for Kim, who was playing one group in front of the amateur with whom she was tied at the time of the unlikely, and ultimately tournament-winning, shot. Kim closed with a 1-over 72 to finish at 3-over 287, edging a pair of amateurs who tied for second. All three players had one thing in common – each relied upon the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball for their success. Over five times as many players relied upon Titleist (121) golf balls than the nearest competitor (23) at the year's third major.
Harrington moved into the No. 8 position in the World Rankings following the victory. He is one of 12 Titleist players currently ranked among the Top 15, including: No. 2 Vijay Singh, No. 3 Ernie Els, No. 5 Retief Goosen, No. 6 Player, No. 7 Adam Scott, No. 8 Harrington, No. 9 Chris DiMarco, No. 10 David Toms, No. 11 Kenny Perry, No. 12 Davis Love III, No. 13 Luke Donald and No. 15 Angel Cabrera.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Ten of the top 11 finishers at the Bank of America Championship relied upon Titleist golf balls, including playoff participants Tom Purtzer and Don Pooley. Pooley, a Titleist Pro V1 loyalist who closed with a 5-under 65 to join a three-way playoff, was eliminated with a bogey on the first extra hole, while Purtzer, who relies upon the Pro V1x, was trumped by a birdie on the second extra hole. All three players finished regulation at 12-under 204. It was a record fourth consecutive Champions Tour event to go into a playoff. Over four times as many players relied upon Titleist (57) golf balls than the nearest competitor (13).
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Greg Kraft topped a Titleist leaderboard that included the first five finishers at the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. Kraft, who plays the Pro V1x golf ball, Titleist prototype 3-wood, 503.H 2-iron, Forged 680 irons, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist prototype putter, shot a final round 1-under par 70 to finish at 17-under 267. Kraft finished two shots ahead of a surging Tim O'Neal who fired a 6-under 65 playing the Pro V1x on Sunday. It marked the first career Nationwide Tour title for Kraft, whose last professional win was the 1993 Deposit Guaranty Classic on the PGA Tour. Bubba Watson (New Pro V1x), Joe Daley (New Pro V1) and David Branshaw (New Pro V1) tied for third. Kraft is the eighth first-time winner on the 2005 Nationwide Tour and is the ninth player to win with Titleist golf balls through the first 13 events this year. Over six times as many players relied upon Titleist (108) golf balls than the nearest competitor (17).
JAPAN TOUR: Australian Chris Campbell captured the Mizuno Open with a birdie on the second hole of a three-way playoff that included fellow Titleist Pro V1x player David Smail. All three finished regulation at 10-under 278. The victory was Campbell's first since turning professional in 2003 and the fourth for Titleist on the 2005 Japan Tour. Both Campbell and Smail qualified for the upcoming British Open due to their performances in this event.
ASIAN TOUR: Titleist Pro V1 player Terry Pilkadaris fired a final round 4-under par 67 to finish at 19-under for a 5-stroke victory at the Brunei Open. The victory was the third in the last eight months on the Asian Tour for Pilkadaris. Ten times more players teed up Titleist (110) at the event than the nearest competitor (11).
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