Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker captured his second consecutive Sony Open title on Sunday. After rallying to win by one shot last year, Walker won in convincing fashion this time around, firing an 8-under 62 on Saturday and a 7-under 63 on Sunday to finish with a 23-under par 257 victory total, a tournament record-breaking nine shots clear of his nearest competitor.
All one has to do is look at the major statistical categories from The Sony to understand how Walker ran away from the field this week. Trusting the New Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist equipment from tee-through-green, Walker ranked first in Birdies (29), Greens in Regulation (82%), Strokes Gained Putting (2.571) and Putts Per Greens in Regulation (1.576). He also ranked 8th in Driving Distance (308.9) and T13th in Driving Accuracy (62.5%).
“Just keep the pedal down," Walker said when asked about his thoughts heading into the final round. "That was kind of the mindset, to be smart, be aggressive, make good shots and get some putts to go in. And that's kind of what ended up happening.”
Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Piercy posted a final round 66 to finish alone in second. Three Titleist Brand Ambassadors – Zac Blair, Max Homa, and Justin Thomas – all rookies on the PGA TOUR, were among seven players who tied for 6th place by finishing at 12-under 268. All three players rely upon the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and full bags of Titleist equipment from tee-through-green. In fact, Homa was playing the New Pro V1x golf ball for the first time in competition this week and all three players trust the new 915 driver off the tee.
Walker’s closing 63 was bogey-free with all seven of his birdies coming over the final 11 holes. The victory is the fourth of his PGA TOUR career, with his first three all coming during last season’s 2013-14 campaign. The win vaults him to the top of the season-long FedExCup points race, just ahead of fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Streb.
Congratulations on defending your title in style, Jimmy!
WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS:
On the European Tour Titleist Brand Ambassador Gary Stal rallied from an eight shot overnight deficit to claim his first career European Tour title by one at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Stal, who trailed by as many as 10 shots early on Sunday, closed with a bogey-free, 7-under par 65 for a 19-under par 269 victory total. A two-time winner on the Challenge Tour, the 22-year old Frenchman topped his previous best European Tour finish established at last week’s South African Open (T5).
TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS:
In total, 936 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with 187 and more than all competitors combined.
With two wins this week, Titleist’s victory count in the young 2015 season advances to 8. That's double the nearest competitor with 4 and more than all competitors combined.
THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD | WEEK ENDING January 18, 2015
|Tour||Event||Titleist Golf Ball Players||Nearest Competitor|
||Sony Open in Hawaii
|European PGA Tour
||Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship