It was a home game this weekend for Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker at the Valero Texas Open and with the local gallery rooting him on, he became the first two-time winner this season on the PGA TOUR. Walker's win headlines another successful week for Titleist golf ball players as they captured four victories across the worldwide professional tours.
Facing windy and challenging conditions all week, Walker held onto his 54-hole lead by posting a solid final round 2-under par 70 to hold off fellow Texan and Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth (Pro V1x golf ball, 915D2 (9.5) driver, 915F (15.0) fairway metal, 712U 3-iron, AP2 714 (4-9) irons, Vokey Design SM5 pitching (46-08 F), gap (52-08 F), sand (56-10 S) and lob (60-04 L) wedges, Scotty Cameron 009 prototype putter).
Coming off his Valspar Championship win of two weeks ago, Spieth put on an impressive back-nine charge that included a stretch of four consecutive birdies to match Walker’s final round 70 and earned him a solo second place finish.
Both players will move to career highs in the Official World Golf Ranking, with Spieth going from sixth to fourth and Walker from 13th to 10th.
Walker, who defended his Sony Open in Hawaii championship in a nine-shot runaway in January, now has a tour-best five victories over the past two seasons.
"Everybody says it's hard to win at home, but it's hard to win any week," said Walker. "Home, away, out of the country, it's hard. So I feel good."
Titleist golf ball loyalist Billy Horschel (Pro V1x) finished solo third, three shots behind Spieth, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Chesson Hadley (Pro V1x golf ball, 915D3 (9.5) driver, 915F (16.5, 21.0) fairway metals, MB (4-PW) irons , Vokey Design SM5 gap (52-12 F), sand (56-10 M) and lob (60-10 M) wedges) and Titleist golf ball loyalist Daniel Summerhays (Pro V1x) tied for fourth another shot back.
• Each of the top five finishers, and seven of the top 10, relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success at the Valero Texas Open.
• Titleist golf ball loyalists have now claimed 13 victories through the first 20 events on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR, 10 more than the nearest competitor with 3.
• Eight of those wins have been earned by full product line Titleist Brand Ambassadors, including two by Jimmy Walker (Sony Open in Hawaii, Valero Texas Open), Jordan Spieth (Valspar Championship), Brooks Koepka (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Bill Haas (Humana Challenge), Charley Hoffman (OHL Classic at Mayakoba), Robert Streb (The McGladrey Classic) and Ben Martin (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open).
• Five additional golf ball wins have been secured by Alex Cejka (Puerto Rico Open), Padraig Harrington (The Honda Classic), James Hahn (Northern Trust Open), Bubba Watson (WGC-HSBC Champions) and the winner of the CIMB Classic.
WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS:
On the LPGA Tour,Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Cristie Kerr reeled off four straight birdies on the back nine and closed with a 7-under 65 to win the Kia Classic by two shots over Mirim Lee (Pro V1x).
Kerr shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s to secure her 17th career LPGA Tour title. Her 20-under par 268 victory total broke the Kia Classic scoring record by six shots.
'I love to win," Ker said after the victory. "Golf has always been great to me, always given me special moments like this.''
At the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, David Frost (Pro V1) won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic by one shot over fellow Titleist golf ball loyalists Tom Lehman (Pro V1) and Kevin Sutherland (Pro V1x). Frost closed with a 4-under 68 en route to a 10-under 206 victory total.
The win marks the sixth Champions Tour victory for the South African, who also recorded ten victories on the PGA TOUR.
Tommy Cocha (Pro V1x), closed with a 3-under 69 to win the Mazatlan Open by two shots. He finished with a 17-under-par 271 victory total in just his second PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Tour event.
TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS
In total, 4,921 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 729 and more than all competitors combined.
With four wins this week, Titleist’s 2015 victory count advances to 33. That's three times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined.
THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD | WEEK ENDING March 29, 2015
|Tour||Event||Titleist Golf Ball Players||Nearest Competitor|
||Valero Texas Open
||Trophee Hassan II
||Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
||Chitimacha Louisiana Open