Major AchievementCabrera Captures U.S. Open Playing New Pro V1x for first Major Crown.
Oakmont Country Club played as tough as predicted. Yet Angel Cabrera proved tougher, trusting his New Pro V1x golf ball to win the U.S. Open. Displaying talent, power and resolve, Cabrera closed with a fearless final round 69 to secure his first major championship and first PGA Tour victory. His win follows Titleist ambassador Zach Johnson's major breakthrough at the Masters and marks the 90th for Titleist across the 2007 worldwide professional tours, more than 8 times the nearest competitor. And with 107 players, compared to 16 for the nearest competitor, Titleist was the #1 ball at the U.S. Open for the 59th consecutive year, the longest running success story in golf. Continued proof that when performance matters most, and in golf's toughest tests, most of the world's best trust Titleist.
Cabrera's win was one of five this week as Titleist swept through the worldwide tours. In fact, the Pro V1 or Pro V1x has now been played to win 986 events across the worldwide professional tours since its tour introduction in October of 2000.
Titleist Tour highlights for week ending June 17, 2007:
U.S. OPEN: Argentina's Angel Cabrera (New Pro V1x) closed with a final round 1-under par 69 to finish at 5-over 285 and capture the 107th U.S. Open for his first major championship.
Overall, Titleist was the golf ball of choice at the U.S. Open with 107 (69%) players relying upon the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16.
The victory is the 15th for Titleist golf ball players on this year's PGA Tour, three times the nearest competitor with 5.
PGA EUROPEAN: Carl Suneson (Pro V1x) of Spain produced a final round 3-under 69 to finish at 8-under 276 and secure his first PGA European Tour title at the Open de Saint-Omer. Francois Calmels (New Pro V1x), Peter Fowler (New Pro V1) and Marcus Higley (Pro V1x) tied for second, three shots back, as each of the top four finishers trusted Titleist for their success.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 136 (87%) of the 156 players, nearly 20 times the nearest competitor with 7. The victory is the 18th for Titleist golf ball players on this year's PGA European Tour, more than four times the nearest competitor with 4.
NATIONWIDE: Chris Riley (New Pro V1x) parred the second hole of an all-Titleist playoff to edge the reigning NCAA individual champion (New Pro V1x) for his first career Nationwide Tour victory at the Rochester Area Charities Showdown at Somerby. Riley closed with a 2-under 70, while the Southern California freshman fired a 7-under 65 as they finished regulation at 16-under 272.
Seven of the 10 players who finished among the top 5 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Showdown at Somerby with 116 players (74%), nearly nine times the nearest competitor with 13. Titleist was also trusted by more players than any other brand in the iron (48), wedge (126) and putter (58) categories.
The victory is the 8th for Titleist golf ball players on this year's Nationwide Tour, four times the nearest competitor with 2.
CANADA: Just two days after celebrating his 23rd birthday, Spencer Levin (New Pro V1) won his second consecutive Canadian Tour start at the Times Colonist Open on Vancouver Island. A final round 1-under 71 gave Levin a 72-hole total of 11-under 277, three shots clear of fellow American Michael Walton (New Pro V1x) and Aussie Jon Abbott (New Pro V1x). Defending champion Mike Grob (New Pro V1) posted a final round 69 to finish fourth. In five starts, Levin has the two triumphs, a second, third and fourth place finish.
SOUTH AFRICA: George Coetzee (New Pro V1x) earned his first career victory in only his ninth start, winning the Origins of Golf Tour event at Selborne CC. Coetzee, who already has four top-10 finishes this year, fired a final round 6-under 66 to win by two shots.
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