WINNING WAYS CONTINUE FOR SPIETH
Trailing by four shots with six holes to play, Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth (Pro V1x) rallied to win his second John Deere Classic in three years, this time with a par on the second hole of a sudden death playoff with fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Tom Gillis (Pro V1).
Spieth took a two-shot lead into the finale following a 10-under-par 61 on Saturday that was his lowest single round score on TOUR to date.
Spieth earned his playoff opportunity with three back nine birdies en route to a final round 68 for a 20-under-par 264 total that matched Gillis. Gillis fired a scorching final round 7-under-par 64 to vault to the top of the leaderboard prior to Spieth’s closing heroics.
"It's really cool," Spieth said after the win. "What an incredible week… and to be able to shoot 20-under in three rounds [Jordan posted an even-par 71 in the first round] is obviously nice momentum."
Gillis’ runner-up performance earned him an invite to next week’s British Open. .
Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson (Pro V1x) finished in a two-way tie for third, one shot out of the playoff, while Justin Thomas (Pro V1x) finished in a three-way tie for fifth after firing an opening 8-under-par 63 on Thursday.
The win marks the fifth of Jordan Spieth’s PGA TOUR career, in addition to the victories he earned at the Australian Open and Hero World Challenge last fall that sparked his current victory roll.
THE SURVEY SAYS: Titleist golf balls have been played to win 22 times on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR, more than four times the nearest competitor (5).
Titleist golf balls were the top choice of more players at the event with 100, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18.
Titleist was also the top choice in the irons (36) and wedge (156) categories.
JOHN DEERE CLASSIC EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS:
|JORDAN SPIETH - WINNER|
|Golf Ball: Pro V1x
|Driver: Titleist 915D2 (9.5º) w/Aldila Rogue Black 60 TX shaft
|Fairway: Titleist 915F (15º) w/Graphite Design Tour AD DI7 X shaft
|Utility Iron: Titleist 712U (3) w/Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105 shaft
|Irons: Titleist AP2 714 (4-9) w/True Temper PX 6.0 shafts
|Wedges: Vokey Design SM5 46.08 F-grind w/True Temper PX 6.0 shafts
|Vokey Design SM5 52.08 F-grind
|Vokey Design SM5 56.10 S-grind
|Vokey Design SM5 60.04 L-grind
|Putter: Scotty Cameron 009 prototype
|TOM GILLIS - RUNNER-UP|
|Golf Ball: Pro V1
|Driver: Titleist 915D4 driver (10.5º)
|Irons: Titleist AP1 712 (4-9) irons
|Wedges: Titleist CB 714 pitching wedge
|Vokey Design SM5 approach (52°)
|Vokey SM4 lob (58°)
|Vokey Design SM5 60.04 L-grind
FOWLER HITS HIS STRIDE AT THE SCOTTISH OPEN
Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Rickie Fowlersecured his first career European Tour victory at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open after birdieing three of his final four holes en route to a closing 2-under-par 68 and 12-under-par 268 victory total, one shot clear of two players.
“Coming over early and having a chance to play in Scotland against a great field the week before The Open, getting adjusted and seeing where the game is and seeing how it feels on a links golf course, it definitely does a lot for me heading into next week,” said Fowler.
"I'm really looking forward to St. Andrews this coming week, coming off of this win and how my game feels."
THE SURVEY SAYS: Titleist golf balls have been played to win 12 times on the 2014-15 European Tour, more than twice the nearest competitor (5).
Titleist golf balls were the top choice of more players with 96, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 25.
SMITH SECURES FIRST CHAMPIONS TOUR TITLE
Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Jerry Smith, who slept on a three-shot lead Saturday night, closed with a 2-under par 70 to win the Encompass Championship for his first career Champions Tour title.
Smith set a tournament record by finishing at 16-under 200, three shots clear of runner-up David Frost (Pro V1). Coming down the stretch, Frost narrowed the margin to one before Smith holed out for a dramatic eagle from a bunker on the par-5 16th hole.
The win marks the second worldwide professional tour victory for Smith, whose first win came on the Asian Tour, at the 1998 Guam Open.
THE SURVEY SAYS: Titleist golf balls have now been played to win eight times through the first 13 events on the 2015 Champions Tour, twice the nearest competitor with four.
Titleist golf balls were the top choice of more players at the event with 57, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 7.
PILLER PREVAILS IN BOISE
Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Martin Piller closed with a 4-under-par 67 to win the Albertsons Boise Open for his fourth career Web.com Tour crown. Piller set a new tournament scoring record with his 28-under-par 256 victory total, six shots clear of his nearest competitor.
With the win, Piller vaults to No. 4 on the Web.com Tour money list, virtually guaranteeing him a return trip to the PGA TOUR for the 2015-16 season.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jorge Fernandez-Valdes (Pro V1x) turned in his best career performance, finishing as the solo runner-up. He started his round birdie-birdie-eagle to move within four strokes of Piller.
THE SURVEY SAYS: Titleist golf balls have now been played to win eight times on the 2015 Web.com Tour, four times the nearest competitor with two.
Titleist golf balls were the top choice of more players at the event with 98, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19.
KIM CAPTURES INAUGURAL MUSEE PLATINUM OPEN CROWN
Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyung-Tae Kim came from behind to secure his second win of the season and the seventh title of his JGTO career.
Kim posted a final round 5-under-par 66 at the inaugural Musee Platinum Open en route to a 20-under-par 264 victory total.
Kim finished one shot clear of three players, including Brad Kennedy (Pro V1x) and Min Gyu Cho (Pro V1).
THE SURVEY SAYS: The top three players and seven of the top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist golf balls have now been played to win six times through the first nine events on the 2015 JGTO Tour with the nearest competitor having one.
Titleist golf balls were the top choice of more players at the event with 75, more than all other competitors combined.
MUSEE PLATINUM OPEN EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS:
|KYUNG-TAE KIM - WINNER|
|Golf Ball: Pro V1x
|Driver: Titleist 915D2 driver (9.5º) w/Diamana W Series 60 shaft
|Fairway: Titleist 915Fd fairway metal (15º) w/Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6 shaft
|Hybrid: Titleist 915H (18º) w/Graphite Design Tour AD DI-85 Hybrid shaft
|Irons: Titleist CB 714 irons (3-5), MB 714 (6-9) w/True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
|Wedges: Vokey Design SM5 (48º) w/True Temper Dynamic Gold shaft
|Vokey Design SM5 (52º)
|Vokey TVD K grind (58º)
PAN CLAIMS FIRST PROFESSIONAL WIN IN WINNIPEG
Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Cheng-Tsung Pan rounded out the weekend of success with his come-from-behind victory at The Players Cup on the MacKenzie Tour-Canada.
In just his fourth professional start, the former University of Washington standout charged back from a 3-shot deficit, firing a final-round 5-under-par 66. He finished at 15-under 269, edging Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Karlsson by two shots.
Pan made his professional debut this year’s U.S. Open Championship, where he finished T64. He also played the following week at the Travelers Championship and finished T25.
TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS
In total, 13,118 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with 2,221and more than all competitors combined.
With six more wins this week, Titleist’s 2015 victory count advances to 90. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 22 and more than all competitors combined.
|Tour||Event||Titleist Golf Ball Players||Nearest Competitor|
||John Deere Classic
||U.S. Women's Open Championship
||Albertsons Boise Open
||Musee Platinum Open
|MACKENZIE TOUR- CANADIAN TOUR
||The Players Cup