Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Martin claimed his first career PGA Tour victory this week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Martin played the final four holes in 4-under-par, a stretch that included a clutch 45-foot eagle putt on the par-5 16th to help finish with a 20-under-par 264 victory total.
Ranking in the top-20 in Fairways hit (18th), GIR (3rd) and Strokes Gained Putting (2nd) this week had Ben in position to stay aggressive, an approach he knew he needed to take if he expected to pull off the victory.
"You know, it was a tough course to have the lead at because you know that just hitting the middle of the green and making pars wasn't going to get it done, so to finish it off and finally get a couple putts to go in there at the end was obviously huge," said Martin.
The win also punches Ben's ticket to the Masters, an extra special perk for the man who grew up just an hour from Augusta.
"I was thinking about that a little bit last night, trying not to, but growing up about an hour from Augusta...it will be pretty cool."
Ben's complete trust in his equipment helped him realize two dreams this weekend.
Congratulations on your great play, Ben!
WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS:
Titleist Pro V1x Loyalist Mikko Ilonen captured the Volvo World Match Play Championship on the European Tour following a hard-fought 3 and 1 victory over top-seed Henrik Stenson in an all-Titleist Pro V1x final.
At the maiden Hong Kong Open on the European Tour, Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Scott Hend won with a par on the first hole of a sudden death playoff over Titleist Brand Ambassador Kevin Phelan. Both players finished the tournament at 13-under-par 267.
Titleist Pro V1 Loyalist Kyu Jung Baek won the LPGA Tours KEB-HanaBank Championship in Korea with a birdie on the first hole. It marked Baek’s first career LPGA Tour victory in her first career start.
At the Greater Hickory Kia Classic on the Champions Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Jay Haas closed with a 5-under par 66 for a two-stroke victory for his 17th career Champions Tour Victory. During the win, Haas extended his streak of under-par rounds to 23 and finished with a 17-under-par 196 victory total.
To round out the weeks success, Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Oscar David Alvarez closed with a 3-under-par 69 en route to a one shot win at the TransAmerican Power Products CRV Mexico Open.
TEAM TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS
With another six wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 149. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 36 and more than all competitors combined.
In total, 20,977 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,682 and more than all competitors combined.
THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD | WEEK ENDING August 24, 2014
|Tour||Event||Titleist Golf Ball Players||Nearest Competitor|
|PGA Tour||Shriners Hospitals for Children Open||93||16|
|European Tour||Hong Kong Open||103||24|
|European Tour||Volvo World Match Play Championship||9||2|
|LPGA Tour||LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship||49||8|
|Champions Tour||Greater Hickory Kia Classic||58||7|
|PGA Tour LatinoAmerica||56 TransAmerican Power Products CRV Mexico Open||109||9|