Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist James Hahn won the Northern Trust Open after converting a 25-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a three-man playoff. It marked the first career PGA TOUR victory for Hahn, who fired back-to-back 2-under-par 69s on the weekend.
James relied on an impressive all around performance to take home the title, ranking in the Top-30 in driving accuracy (28), sand saves (T9), strokes gained tee-to-green (2) and strokes-gained-putting (T1), but it was one shot in particular that he believes was a key to the victory.
On the second playoff hole, James had a difficult shot from the rough over the green on the demanding, yet driveable, par-4 10th. With complete confidence in his golf ball, James pulled off an impressive flop shot, landing within 12 feet allowing him to make birdie to extend the playoff.
"I love those shots... that's one of those shots where I've been practicing with my brother ever since I was five years old. You know, pick the most difficult lie, try to get up‑and‑down, and it's to win a golf tournament. I had a lot of confidence over that shot," said Hahn.
The victory also means an invitation to this years Masters tournament, a fact not lost on the newly crowned champion.
"I can not wait to go the Masters. I will certainly clear my schedule for that one."
Congratulations on a fantastic tournament, James. See you in Augusta!
TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS
In total, 2,879 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with 427 and more than all competitors combined.
With another victory this week, Titleist’s victory count in the young 2015 season advances to 18. That's more than twice the nearest competitor with 8 and more than all competitors combined.
THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD | WEEK ENDING February 22, 2015
|Tour||Event||Titleist Golf Ball Players||Nearest Competitor|
|PGA Tour||Northern Trust Open||90||14|
|European Tour||Hero Indian Open||99||14|
|LPGA Tour||ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open||121||8|
|Australasian Tour||Queensland PGA Championship||101||13|
|South African Tour||Dimension Data Pro-Am||132||20|