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Tour Report - Mercedes Championships

Vijay Singh fired a tournament best 7-under par 66 to force a playoff at the season-opening Mercedes Championships where Titleist was the most played golf ball.

Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Vijay Singh proved once again why he is among the world's greatest players when he fired a tournament best 7-under par 66 to force a playoff with the two-time defending champion at the season-opening Mercedes Championships.  Singh, who played two groups ahead of the eventual winner in the final round, took the lead temporarily with a birdie on the 72nd hole, but posted a runner-up finish when his playing partner converted an up-and-down birdie out of the bunker on the first extra hole.  Both players finished regulation at 8-under 284.

Pro V1 player Vaughn Taylor improved his score each day, shooting 74-73-72-71 to finish T4.  

Titleist Staff Player Lucas Glover, who recorded the first hole-in-one at the Mercedes Championships since the event moved to the Plantation Course at Kapalua in 1999, finished solo 6th.  The ace on the 203-yard 8th hole, which earned Glover a 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG, was delivered with a Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist Forged 735.CM 5-iron.

At the 28-player, winners-only field, Titleist topped the golf ball count with 16 players, four times the nearest competitor with 4.  In addition to capturing the golf ball category, Titleist tied the iron count lead of five players, and won the wedge count with 16 players.  Titleist was a close second in drivers and putters with six each.

Jason Bohn continued to play the Titleist Pro Titanium 905R 460cc prototype driver after putting it in his bag with success at last year's Deutsche Bank Open.  He also carried the Forged 695MB prototype irons for the first time in competition this week.  Bohn, who also relies upon the Pro V1x golf ball, finished T11 in Driving Accuracy, T12 in Greens in Regulation and T15 for the tournament.  

Robert Gamez switched to the Cameron Circa 62 prototype putter from the Cameron Futura and finished among the Top 10 in both Putts Per Round and Putts Per Green in Regulation.

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