TOUR Championship Field SetTitleist will have more full-line players at this week's TOUR Championship than any other brand.
There was plenty at stake at the PGA TOUR's final full-field event of 2006, and several Titleist players took advantage of the opportunity. In fact, 8 of the top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including co-runner-up Paul Goydos (Pro V1) who secured his best finish of the year. Goydos vaulted 63 spots on the money list to move into the Top 100 on the money list and retaining his PGA TOUR Card for 2007. Goydos tied for second with Brett Wetterich (Pro V1x) at 9-under, while Jonathan Byrd (Pro V1x) and last week's FUNAI Classic winner Joe Durant (Pro V1x) finished one shot further back in fourth position.
Titleist ambassador Ernie Els (Pro V1x, Pro Titanium 905R driver, Prototype PT 906F4 3-wood, PT 906F2 5-wood, Forged 670 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) tied for sixth with fellow Pro V1x players Rod Pampling and Jesper Parnevik and advanced to 27th on the Money List to secure his spot in this week's TOUR Championship. Fellow Titleist ambassador Troy Matteson (Pro V1, Pro Titanium 905R driver, 755 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges) recorded his fifth consecutive top 10 finish with a tie for ninth. He moved into the Top 40 on the Money List to earn his first invitation to the Masters.
Titleist will have more full-line players at this week's TOUR Championship than any other brand with nine, that is one-third of the 27-player field, including Adam Scott (6), Davis Love III (15), Brett Quigley (18), Lucas Glover (21), Arron Oberholser (22), Zach Johnson (24), Ernie Els (27), Ben Curtis (29) and Tom Pernice, Jr. (30). A total of 19 players are expected to play the Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Chrysler Championship with 93 players (71%), more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13. Titleist was also the choice of more players than any other brand in the iron (30/23%), wedge (114/41%) and putter (47/36%) categories.
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PGA EUROPEAN: Jeev Milkha Singh (Pro V1x) captured the season-ending Volvo Masters with a 2-under 282 total, one stroke better than three players, including Pro V1x loyalists Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald. Singh captured the Volvo China Open earlier this year. This was his first appearance at the Volvo Masters.
Harrington captured the PGA European Tour's Order of Merit, advancing to the top of the year-end Money List with his T2 finish.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Volvo Masters with 39 players (72%), more than five times the nearest competitor with 7. Titleist golf ball players won 28 events on the 2006 PGA European Tour, four times the nearest competitor with 7.
CHAMPIONS: Ten of the 14 players who finished in the top 11 and ties at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship relied on Titleist golf balls, including Titleist ambassador Jay Haas (Pro V1) who tied for sixth to win the season-long Charles Schwab Cup. Overall, Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 21 players (72%), more than five times the nearest competitor with 4.
LPGA: Jin Joo Hong (Pro V1x) closed with a 2-under 70 to win the KOLON-Hana Bank Championship by three strokes. Hong, a member of the Korean LPGA Tour, was making her first career start on the LPGA Tour. She finished at 11-under 205, three shots clear of Jeong Jang (Pro V1), who finished alone in second place.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the limited-field event with 55 of the 69 players (80%) trusting the #1 ball in golf for their success, more than nine times the nearest competitor with 6. The win was the 16th by a Titleist golf ball player on the 2006 LPGA Tour, twice the nearest competitor.
NATIONWIDE: It was a Pro V1x 1-2-3 finish at the Miccosukee Championship where Bryce Molder fired a final round 3-under 68 to earn his first professional victory. The 27-year old edged Boo Weekley by one stroke at the final full-field event on the 2006 Nationwide Tour schedule. Molder finished at 14-under 270 and advanced to No. 21 on the money list with only the Nationwide Tour Championship remaining. The top 22 players at the end of the season earn a 2007 PGA TOUR card. Jason Dufner finished solo third.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Miccosukee Championship with 114 players (79%), more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 11. The win is the 24th by a Titleist golf ball player on the 2006 Nationwide Tour, eight times the nearest competitor with 3.
Titleist was also the choice of more players than any other brand in the iron (43/30%), wedge (145/46%) and putter (71/49%) categories.
WORLDWIDE WINS: With three more wins this week, Titleist's year-to-date worldwide golf ball win count reached 149, more than five times the nearest competitor with 27.
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