One Ball. Collective Excellence.Senden Leads Five-Win Week for Titleist Players Across Worldwide Tours
The superior performance of Titleist golf balls continues to inspire a world of trust from the game's best. John Senden captured his first career PGA Tour crown in dramatic fashion at the John Deere Classic, while fellow Pro V1 loyalist Mi Hyun Kim earned her second LPGA Tour title of the year in a playoff at the Owens Corning Classic. Johan Edfors and Bobby Wadkins relied upon the Pro V1x in their victories at the Barclays Scottish Open and Ford Senior Players Championship, respectively. An additional victory on the Canadian Tour advanced Titleist's 2006 worldwide win count to 94, compared to 14 for the nearest competitor. Further proof, that when winning matters most, more players tee up Titleist than all other golf balls combined.
PGA TOUR: Australian John Senden (Pro V1) birdied the 71st hole and saved par out of the bunker on the final hole for a one-stroke win over J.P. Hayes (Pro V1x) at the John Deere Classic. It marked the first career PGA Tour title for Senden, who also earned an invitation to this week's British Open with the win. Senden, who fired four consecutive rounds in the 60s, including a 64 on Saturday, closed with a 3-under 68 to finish at 19-under 265 for the tournament. Heath Slocum (Pro V1) tied for third at 16-under, as three of the top four finishers trusted Titleist.
Overall, Titleist was the most played golf ball at the John Deere Classic by an overwhelming 117 (75%) to 11 margin, more than 10 times the nearest competitor. Titleist was also the choice of more players than any other brand in the iron (39), utility iron (6), wedge (127) and putter (61) categories.
The victory was the 16th for Titleist players on the PGA Tour this year, more than all other competitors combined.
Five of the top six finishers at the John Deere Classic, including the champion who relied upon a Newport 2 model, trusted Scotty Cameron by Titleist putters for their success. The win marked the 14th for Cameron putters this year on the PGA Tour, 10 more than the nearest competitor with 4.
John Senden gained the last spot in the 2006 British Open field by virtue of being the leading player at the John Deere Classic inside the top-10, not otherwise exempt.
Zach Johnson, who relies upon a Titleist Pro Titanium 905R, was the only player in the field to hit all 14 fairways in the final round. He finished the week tied for fourth in Driving Accuracy (87.5%/49 of 56). Fellow Titleist ambassador and Pro Titanium 905R driver loyalist Jason Bohn led the field in the Driving Accuracy category hitting 51 of 56 (91.1%) fairways for the week.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Bobby Wadkins (Pro V1x) shot a final round 4-under 68 and overcame a four-stroke deficit to win the Ford Senior Players Championship by one. It was Wadkins' third Champions Tour victory and his first major crown. He finished the week with a 14-under 274 total.
Titleist ambassador Jay Haas (Pro V1), Gil Morgan (Pro V1x), Des Smyth (Pro V1) and third round leader Loren Roberts (Pro V1) all tied for third, two strokes back. They were followed on the leaderboard by Tom Purtzer (T7/Pro V1x), Tom Kite (T9/Pro V1), Mark James (T11/Pro V1x), Dan Pohl (T11/Pro V1), Fred Funk (T11/Pro V1), Morris Hatalsky (T11/Pro V1), Dan Pooley (T11/Pro V1x) and Dana Quigley (T11/Pro V1) as 13 of the top 16 finishers relied on Titleist golf balls.
Overall, 77 percent of the field trusted Titleist golf balls at the event, outnumbering the nearest competitor by a 60-9 margin. The victory was the 15th for Titleist golf ball players on the Champions Tour, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 2.
LPGA TOUR: Mi Hyun Kim (Pro V1) rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to win the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, marking her second victory of the year and the seventh of her career.
The win was the 12th for Titleist golf ball players on the 2006 LPGA Tour, four times the nearest competitor with 3. Titleist was the golf ball choice of 110 players (76%), more than six times the nearest competitor with 17.
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR: Sweden's Johan Edfors (Pro V1x) roared from behind to capture the Barclays Scottish Open title at Loch Lomond following a scorching final round 8-under 63. Edfors, who teed off a full two hours before and six strokes behind the third round leaders, set a clubhouse lead of 13-under 271 that was never matched. It marked the third victory on the 2006 PGA European Tour for Edfors, who won the TCL Classic in March and the British Masters in May. Edfors finished two strokes clear of three players, including fellow Pro V1x loyalists Luke Donald and Andres Romero.
The win was the 21st for Titleist golf ball players on the 2006 PGA European Tour, more than five times the nearest competitor with 4.
Overall, Titleist accounted for more than 79 percent of the field in the golf ball category with 123 players, more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 12.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: At the Scholarship America Showdown at Somerby, more than 10 times more players trusted Titleist golf balls with 118 (76%) than the nearest competitor with 11. Titleist was also the choice of more players than any other brand in the iron (46), utility iron (4 - tie), wedge (142) and putter (66) categories.
Jeff Quinney (Pro V1x) advanced to a playoff at the event, finishing runner-up on the second extra hole.
CANADIAN TOUR: Josh Habig (Pro V1x) shot a final round 8-under 63 to erase a four-shot deficit and win the MTS Classic, his first Canadian Tour title. Habig finished two shots ahead of overnight leader, and fellow Titleist golf ball player, Darren Griff.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the MTS Classic with 130 players, more than 21 times the nearest competitor with 6.
U.S. AMATEUR PUBLIC LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP: It was an all-Titleist golf ball final four at the U.S. Public Links Championship where the champion, relying upon the Pro V1x and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Circa 62 putter, rolled to a 4-and-3 win in the deciding 36-hole match. His opponent trusted the Pro V1x golf ball, as well as a Pro Titanium 905S driver, Pro Trajectory 970 fairway metal, Forged 695MB irons, Vokey Design Vokey Design sand and lob wedges and a Scotty Cameron putter.
The winner, a recent graduate of the University of Nevada, needed 20 holes to beat his semifinal opponent, whose equipment included the Pro V1x, Pro Titanium 905R driver, Pro Trajectory 904F fairway metal and Forged 690.CB irons.
The 21-year-old runner-up, a senior-to-be at the University of Oklahoma, reached the finals with a 6-and-5 win over his semifinal opponent who relies upon Pro V1 golf ball Pro Titanium 905R driver, Forged 704.CB irons, Vokey Design pitch, sand and lob wedges for his success.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship by an overwhelming 144 (92%) to 6 margin, 24 times the nearest competitor.
Titleist was also the choice of more players than any other brand in the driver (59/38% vs. 35), iron (54/35% vs. 24), utility iron (14/50% vs. 4), wedge (155/45% vs. 97) and putter (57/37% vs. 38) categories. Titleist was a close second in fairway metals (50/21%).
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WORLDWIDE WINS: Five more wins this week advances the Titleist 2006 golf ball victory count to 94, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14.
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