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.”

Congratulations, Brittany!

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

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA TOUR Shell Houston Open 91 15
LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration 78 8
PGA TOUR CHINA Buick Open 84 25
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The field didn’t waste any time posting low numbers this week at the Shell Houston Open as the birdie putts were falling in the opening rounds. But with plenty of golf still to play, anything can happen and it's sure to be an exciting weekend in Humble, TX.

Just ask reigning champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Matt Jones who made a final round charge to win in dramatic fashion last year. Looking to defend his title, Jones is bringing a straightforward game plan.

“If I can just play to my game, play to my strengths and keep putting well, I'll have a good chance,” said Jones.

Also hoping to keep the momentum heading in the right direction, Titleist golf ball loyalist Rickie Fowler is enjoying the set up and feeling comfortable at the Golf Club of Houston.

“I've had good rounds here. It suits my eye. I like the look of it. It's in great shape,” said Fowler.

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BY THE NUMBERS: 2015 Shell Houston Open

This week at the Shell Houston Open, Titleist is 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).

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The Golf Club of Houston will stretch to 7,441 yards for this week's Shell Houston Open and it will be set up to provide the field with a stern challenge. And to get an insiders view into the keys for the week, Team Titleist caught up with Scott Stallings following a practice round and he shared some insight on what it's going to take to successfully navigate this par 72 track.

"This course is pretty straightforward and allows you to take driver off the tee on most of the par 4's," said Stallings. "It is pretty wide open and there is little to no rough, so if you stay away from the hazards and properly position your approach shots into the green, you have a chance. I thought the greens we played at San Antonio last week were among the best we've played all year, but I can tell you these are right up there."

Danger still lurks on several holes though, including the 480-yard 5th and 464-yard 6th, a pair of par 4 dogleg lefts with water in play and a risk-reward feature to both.

"On both holes it is important to choose the proper line when you take it over the water based on the wind," said Stallings. "If you miscalculate the wind or the line on either, you are re-teeing and birdie opportunities turn into potential bogeys or worse."

On the 5th, water protects the left side of the fairway and a well struck tee shot, just left of a fairway bunker on the right, leaves the player with the best angle to attack the green. Number 6 features an intimidating tee shot that must carry a water hazard and avoid a long “strip” bunker, adjacent to the left of the fairway. A well struck tee shot results in a shorter approach into a green protected by water along its front and left.

"Those two holes definitely make you think when you get to the tee what approach you want to take, and what line may be best," said Stallings. "Wind, depending on what direction it is blowing, will also play a part in your decision off the tee and what iron you will be hitting into the green."

If the threat of rain over the weekend develops, Stallings thinks that will play into the hands of the longer hitters.

"If the course plays firm and fast like it is right now, anybody can win," said Stallings. "If it gets wet, it will play extra long and soft and could be a shootout among the longer hitters. If it gets soft, there could be some mud balls which may be a factor on approach shots into the green."

Stallings also believes it could be a dramatic finish given the challenge of the 488-yard par 4 closing hole.

"It is a great finishing hole and is another one that makes the player think about what to hit off the tee," said Stallings. "If it is downwind, a 3-wood and 8-iron could get you there. If it is in the face, it could be a driver and long iron. There is also enough trouble with the water bordering the left side and a large bunker where a player could pay a price."

If you survive the tee shot, the approach leaves little margin for error, with water on the left and a sand bunker on the right. Attacking the hole locations on this hole, especially when it is back left, is a gutsy proposition given the undulation of the green.

"I really like the course and am gaining confidence in my game right now," said Stallings. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity this week and hope to be in the hunt come Sunday."

Stallings' pursuit for his fourth career PGA TOUR title will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning as part of an all-Titleist Brand Ambassador group that also includes Ben Crane and Chesson Hadley.

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