The 72nd hole at the ANA Inspiration, the LPGA’s first major of the season, proved to be the pivotal hole once again for Pro V1x loyalist Brittany Lincicome.
Trailing the leader by two shots, Lincicome found the fairway with her drive and was left with 190 yards to the pin. She pulled her 5-iron and then went on to execute a near perfect strike.
“I hit the shot and I saw it rolling and thought, okay, we have a chance,” said Lincicome. “I knew I needed to make [the putt], and my caddie just said you have one goal, and that is to get it to the hole, and I did.”
The scene was familiar for Lincicome who hit a virtually identical shot on the same hole and went on to make her eagle to win this event in 2009. However, this time around her eagle moved her into a tie with the leader and ultimately earned her a spot in a sudden death playoff.
The two players made the trip back to the 18th hole to start the playoff and after matching scores on the first two holes, Lincicome prevailed on the third hole to win her second major and sixth career LPGA Tour title – and she also earned her second leap into Poppie’s Pond.
“It's pretty incredible when you think about it,” said Lincicome. “I mean, to make eagle on any hole is pretty incredible, and then to do it on Sunday at a major, at this major where I did it in 2009, it's really surreal.”
“Like I said earlier, today was my day. Somebody was looking out for me today.”
WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS:
PGA TOUR China: Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Josh Geary captured the 2015 season-opening Buick Open at the Mission Hills Haikou Golf Club for his first title on the PGA TOUR China. Geary closed with a 4-under 68 en route to an 8-under 280 victory total, topping defending champion Jeung Hun Wang (Pro V1x) by two shots. Seven of the 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
PGA TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth and Pro V1x loyalist Johnson Wagner finished as co-runners up in a three way sudden death playoff at the Shell Houston Open. Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls with 91 players in the field of 144 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than four times the nearest competitor with 15.
Titleist was also the top choice (T-1) among players in the irons (33) category and Titleist Vokey Design Wedges led the field in approach, sand and lob wedges (131).
TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS:
In total, 5,174 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 777 and more than all competitors combined.
With two more wins this week, Titleist’s 2015 victory count advances to 35. That's three times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined.
THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD | WEEK ENDING APRIL 5, 2015
|Tour||Event||Titleist Golf Ball Players||Nearest Competitor|
||Shell Houston Open
|PGA TOUR CHINA