Victory Was in the BagTitleist Ambassadors Zach Johnson and Ryuji Imada Finish 1-2 in AT&T Classic Playoff Padraig Harrington Wins Irish Open with New Pro V1x
Fairhaven, MA (May 21, 2007) - It took sudden death to determine the champion of the AT&T Classic, but there was no question Titleist would be the winner's brand of choice. Zach Johnson topped fellow Titleist ambassador Ryuji Imada with a tap-in birdie on the first extra hole, as each relied upon the New Pro V1x golf ball and a bag of Titleist golf clubs. It marked Johnson's second win of the year following his victory at last month’s Masters. Johnson, who also won this event in 2004, closed with a 5-under 67 to match Imada's four-round total of 15-under 273. All three of Johnson's career PGA TOUR victories have been contested in Georgia. Another Titleist ambassador, Troy Matteson, tied for third place, as three of the top five finishers trusted Titleist equipment for their tee-to-green success.
What’s in Zach Johnson’s Bag?: New Pro V1x golf ball, Titleist Pro Titanium 905R driver (8.5), 503.H (2-iron), 735.CM (3-4) irons, 695CB (5-9) irons, Vokey Design pitching (48) and sand (54) wedges, Vokey Design Spin Milled lob (60) wedge.
What’s in Ryuji Imada’s Bag?: New Pro V1x, Titleist Pro Titanium 905S driver (9.5), PT 906F2 fairway metal (13.0),695MB (3-9) irons, Vokey Design pitching (48), sand (53) and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron prototype putter.
What’s in Troy Matteson’s Bag?: New Pro V1, Titleist 907D2 driver (7.5), PT 906F4 fairway metals (13.5, 18.0), 755 (3-9) irons, Vokey Design pitching (48) wedge, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand (54) and lob (60) wedges.
New Pro V1 loyalist Camilo Villegas also tied for third as 10 of the top 13 players who finished among the top 10 and ties trusted Titleist golf balls at the AT&T Classic.
Inclusive of Johnson’s victory, Titleist golf balls have been played to win 13 times on the 2007 PGA TOUR, 10 more than the nearest competitor with 3.
Titleist was the golf ball of choice at the AT&T Classic with 111 (71%) players relying upon the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than six times the nearest competitor with 18.
Titleist was the choice of more players in the iron (35), sand, lob and approach wedge (143) and putter (53) categories. Titleist was second in the driver category with 35 players, more than twice third-place brand (17).
WORLDWIDE TOUR NOTES …
PGA EUROPEAN: Local favorite Padraig Harrington (New Pro V1x) became the first Irishman in 25 years to win the Irish Open when he parred the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. Harrington finished regulation at 5-under 283. Titleist was the golf ball of choice at the Irish Open with 100 (64%) players, more than 4 times the nearest competitor with 24. The win was the 15th by Titleist golf ball players on the 2007 PGA European Tour, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 4.
CANADA: Spencer Levin (New Pro V1) prevailed in his fourth Canadian Tour start to win the Iberostar Riviera Maya Open. Levin fired a final round 7–under 65 to finish with a 21-under 267 total, one shot ahead of Derek Gillespie (New Pro V1x). Anders Hultman made a final charge, posting an 8-under 64 to finish in third spot at 18-under, and giving Titleist players a 1-2-3 finish. In the first start of his rookie season, Levin lost in a playoff at the San Jose International Open and followed that up with fourth and third-place showings, respectively. Titleist golf ball players have won all five events to open the 2007 Canadian Tour season.
ASIA: Lu Wen Teh (Pro V1x) captured the weather-shortened Macau Open on the third playoff hole for his third career victory on the Asian Tour. Lu fired a 6-under par 65 under tough weather conditions in the third and final round to finish with a 12-under 201 total. Richard Moir (Pro V1x) birdied the last two holes of regulation to force a playoff with Lu. Play was suspended on Saturday afternoon and was not able to resume again until late Sunday, forcing the organizers to reduce the event to 54 holes. Both players birdied the 18th hole twice in the playoff before Lu birdied it for the fourth time on Sunday for the win.
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