The front page of the Humana Challenge leaderboard was flush with Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists, and it was Bill Haas who sat alone at the top after the final putt fell on Sunday.
Haas closed with a 5-under par 67 en route to a 22-under par 266 victory total, one shot clear of five players, including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Charley Hoffman (New Pro V1x, 915D2 driver, 915F fairway metal, 913Hd hybrid, MB 714 irons, Vokey Design SM5 pitching, approach, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo 5 putter), as well as Titleist golf ball loyalists Sung-Joon Park (New Pro V1x), Brendan Steele (Pro V1x) and Steve Wheatcroft (Pro V1x).
Titleist Brand Ambassador Justin Thomas (Pro V1x, 915D3 driver, 915 Fd fairway metal, 913 Hd hybrid, MB irons, Vokey SM5 pitching, approach, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Super Rat putter), who fired a 9-under par 63 on Friday, finished in a three-way tie for seventh. The PGA TOUR rookie finished T-6 at last week’s Sony Open in Hawaii.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Erik Compton (Pro V1x, 915D3 driver, 915Fd fairway metal, 915 Hd hybrids, MB irons, Vokey SM5 approach, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron prototype putter) rounded out the top-10 with his T-10 finish.
“It's definitely a relief,” Haas said after the tournament, his first event since the WGC-HSBC Champions in China back in November. “Any kind of a win is unbelievable.”
With the win, Haas has now tallied six PGA Tour career wins including another Humana Challenge title back in 2010.
A few keys that helped Haas to victory this week would be his success in hitting the green and then converting the putts when he got there. Haas finished T-3 in Greens in Regulation (77.8%) and 4th in Strokes Gained Putting.
Runner-up Charley Hoffman was firing on all cylinders off the tee with a 301.8 yard average drive, but more importantly, he was finding the fairway 77.8% of the time, finishing T-5 in Driving Accuracy. Justin Thomas was T-1 in Birdies with 26 in 72 holes. He also finished 2nd in Driving Distance with a 310.6 average (including a 337 yard blast) and T-4 in Putts Per Greens in Regulation (1.566).
TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS:
In total, 1,144 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with 229 and more than all competitors combined.
With two wins this week, Titleist’s victory count in the young 2015 season advances to 9, compared to 5 for the nearest competitor and more than all competitors combined.
THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD | WEEK ENDING January 25, 2015
|Tour||Event||Titleist Golf Ball Players||Nearest Competitor|
||Mitsubishi Electric Championship