Pavin, Roberts, Karlsson, Taniguchi Lead Titleist to Four-Win Week
Winning performance around the world was once again on display by Titleist golf ball players this week. Four more victories advanced Titleist's worldwide win count to 99, more than six times the nearest competitor with 15.
- Sparked by a PGA Tour record 26 on his opening nine holes at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, Corey Pavin led wire-to-wire en route to his 15th career PGA Tour crown.
- Loren Roberts won for the fourth time this year on the Champions Tour, capturing his second career major with a playoff victory at the Senior British Open.
- Titleist ambassador Robert Karlsson relied upon a full bag of Titleist equipment en route to his second victory of the season at the TPC of Europe.
- Toru Taniguchi earned his 11th career JGTO victory in a three-way playoff at The Golf Tournament in Omaezaki.
Other highlights included:
- Pavin, who relied upon the Pro V1 for his success, closed with a 3-under 67, hitting all 18 greens in regulation. He fired four consecutive rounds in the 60s to finish at a tournament record-tying 20-under 260, two strokes clear of local favorite Jerry Kelly (Pro V1x). Pavin's 260 also matched the low total on the PGA Tour this year.
- Ten of the 12 players who finished among the top 9 and ties relied on Titleist golf balls. Following Pavin and Kelly on the Titleist leaderboard were Jeff Sluman (3rd/Pro V1), Frank Lickliter III (T4/Pro V1, Pro Titanium 905S driver, PT 906F2 3-wood, Forged 695MB irons, Vokey Design pitching wedge and Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron TEI3 putter), Woody Austin (T6/Pro V1x), Joey Sindelar (T6/Pro V1), Billy Andrade (T6/Pro V1), Dicky Pride (T9/Pro V1), Dean Wilson (T9/Pro V1x) and Nathan Green (T9/Pro V1).
- Pro V1 player Dicky Pride finished T9 on the strength of a final-round 63, the lowest single-round score of his PGA Tour career. Pride was the final alternate to get into the field, and now earns an exemption into next week's Buick Open.
- Overall, Titleist was the most played golf ball at the U.S. Bank Championship by an overwhelming 123 to 11 margin, more than 11 times the nearest competitor.
- The win was the 17th for Titleist golf ball players on the 2006 PGA Tour, more than all other competitors combined.
- Titleist was also the choice of more players than any other brand in the iron (37), utility iron (7), wedge (118) and putter (59) categories.
- The winner also trusted a Scotty Cameron prototype putter for his success, marking the 16th victory for Cameron putter loyalists this year on the PGA Tour, four times the nearest competitor with 4. For the week, the winner did not three-putt a single green and averaged 26.5 putts per round.
- Roberts, playing the Pro V1 golf ball, parred the first playoff hole to capture the Senior British Open. He finished regulation at 6-under 274.
- The performance marked the fifth win in 20 career Champions Tour starts for Roberts, including his fourth this year. It was also his second major title having previously captured the 2005 JELD-WEN Tradition.
- Fellow Pro V1 player Dick Mast carded the low round of the day with a 3-under 67, moving him to 5-under and one shot shy of the playoff.
- Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Senior British Open by an overwhelming 119 to 8 margin, more than 14 times the nearest competitor. The win was the 16th for Titleist golf ball players on the 2006 Champions Tour, eight times the nearest competitor with 2.
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR:
- What's in Robert Karlsson's bag?: Pro V1x golf ball, Pro Titanium 905R driver (8.5), PT 906F2 3-wood (15.0), Forged 735.CM irons (2-P), Vokey Design sand and lob wedges, and a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter.
- Karlsson closed with a 5-under 67 to win the Deutsche Bank-TPC of Europe by four strokes and in record fashion. Karlsson's 25-under 263, which included a double bogey on the final hole, bettered the old mark, set in 1989, by one shot. Karlsson had also set a new 54-hole record with a 196 total.
- The win was the second of the season for Karlsson, and the seventh of his PGA European Tour career. He won the Wales Open earlier this year.
- Lee Westwood (Pro V1x) tied for second at 21-under-par 267, while Retief Goosen (Pro V1x) and Andres Romero (Pro V1x) were two of four players who shared fourth place a stroke back.
- Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Deutsche Bank-TPC of Europe with 117 players (75%), more than six times the nearest competitor with 19. The win was the 22nd for Titleist golf ball players on the 2006 PGA European Tour, more than four times the nearest competitor with 5.
- Toru Taniguchi (Pro V1x) came from behind to reach a three-way playoff at The Golf Tournament in Omaezaki, winning with a birdie on the first extra hole. It was his first victory this year and the 11th of his career. The three playoff participants, including Titleist ambassador S.K. Ho (Pro V1x, Pro Titanium 905R driver, Pro Trajectory 904F 3- wood, Forged 695MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled approach and lob wedges), finished regulation at 11-under 273.
- Titleist was the golf ball of choice with 73 players, compared to 32 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also the wedge (50) of choice for more players than any other brand.
- On the LPGA Tour, Titleist was the most played golf ball at the limited-field Evian Masters with 58 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 7.
- Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Nationwide Tour's Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open with 114 players, more than nine times the nearest competitor with 12. Titleist was also the choice of more players than any other brand in the iron (45), utility iron (tied-3), wedge (134) and putter (60) categories.
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