For Titleist Pro V1x Loyalist Bubba Watson it was a weekend that featured a few “firsts” in addition to claiming his seventh career PGA Tour title. It was his first event and first win of the new season, his first win outside of the United States, his first WGC title, and he became the first player to win with the new Titleist Pro V1x prototype golf ball on the worldwide professional tours. It was also his first time playing the new golf ball in competition.
And there was certainly a lot of drama leading up to the win as Bubba came to his final hole of regulation two shots off the lead. Watson was faced with a daunting bunker shot but with one perfect pass through the sand he sent his ball onto the green and watched it roll in for eagle.
The hole-out secured Bubba’s spot in a playoff with Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark as both players finished at 11-under-par 277. And for an encore, Bubba converted a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole of the playoff to end the day in Shanghai.
"It means a lot. To win outside the U.S., that's one of my goals for my career...To win a World Golf Championships, one of our premiere events, and again outside the U.S., this means a lot. This is very special to me"
Bubba also used the new Pro V1x prototype while leading the field in birdies and driving distance, a solid combination when looking to claim victory.
WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS:
It was an all-Titleist three-man playoff at the Panasonic Open India, where Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist S.S.P. Chowrasia of India prevailed for his third career Asian Tour title. Chowrasia closed with a final round six-under-par 66 to earn a spot in the playoff at 12-under-par 276.
On the South African Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Louis de Jager converted an 8-foot putt for birdie on the second hole of a sudden death playoff to capture the NedBank Affinity Cup for his third career Sunshine Tour crown.
To round out the weekend success, Titleist Brand Ambassador Rafael Becker shot a final round 7-under-par 62 to claim the PGA Tour Latinoamerica Alberto do Brazil by three shots.
TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS
With another four wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 160. That's more than three times the nearest competitor with 42 and more than all competitors combined.
In total, 21,964 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,719 and more than all competitors combined.
THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD | WEEK ENDING November 9, 2014
|Tour||Event||Titleist Golf Ball Players||Nearest Competitor|
|PGA Tour||Sanderson Farms Championship||85||16|
|Asian Tour||Panasonic Open India||104||7|
|South African Tour||Nedbank Affinity Cup||64||16|
|Korean Tour||Shinhan DongHae Open||73||8|