This weekend two players stepped into the winners circle for the first time, each relying on the unbeatable performance of a Titleist golf ball.
On the European Tour, it was a top-10 sweep for Titleist golf ball players at the Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open, where Pro V1x loyalist Simon Thornton defeated Pro V1 loyalist Tjaart Van der Walt on the first hole of a playoff to capture his first career victory. And at the Air Capital Classic, Pro V1x loyalist Scott Parel charged home with a final round 7-under-par 64, breaking through for his first Web.com Tour title in 161 starts.
With two more wins, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 69 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 22 and more than all other competitors combined.
This is Team Titleist, let’s wrap-up the week…
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EUROPEAN: Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open
Winner: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Simon Thornton
The 36-year-old Thornton holed several clutch putts in his final round, none more demanding than the testy 10-footer he faced on the final hole of regulation. Thornton converted the putt to tie Van der Walt at 5-under 279 and force a playoff. On the first extra hole, with Van der Walt bunkered short right, Thornton calmly lagged a 25-footer from the fringe that burned the left side of the cup. When Van der Walt was unable to get up and down for par, Thornton tapped in for his first European Tour title.
It was an emotional Father's Day win, one that Thornton would dedicate to his late father.
“It’s so big for me,” Thornton said. “On father’s day too, he passed away three years ago and it still hurts, but they are happy tears today. This is dedicated to him."
Thornton rose steadily through the Irish professional ranks, and then through the European Challenge Tour en route to his first victory.
“Hopefully this is a stepping stone for me,” Thornton said. “I’ll go home this week now and celebrate, take a week off, and then play in the Irish Open.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Seve Benson turned in the best performance of his European Tour career, finishing alone in 3rd after a 1-under-par 70 on Sunday left him one shot out of the playoff. Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Dinwiddie (Pro V1) finished at 2-under 282, good for solo 4th.
Of the remaining players who secured top-10 positions on the leaderboard, every one trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success. They included: Titleist Brand Ambassador Chris Lloyd (Pro V1x) and Pro V1x loyalsit Pellie Edberg (T-5/ 1-under 283), Pro V1x loyalists Augustin Domingo, Jeppe Huldahl and Victor Riu (T-7/ Even 284) and Jamie Elson (Pro V1x), Daniel Gaunt (Pro V1x), Max Glauert (Pro V1), Brooks Koepka (Pro V1x), who all tied for 10th at 1-over 285.
Of the 156 players who competed at the Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open, 122 trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 17, and more than all other competitors combined.
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WEB.COM: Air Capital Classic
Winner: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Scott Parel
In Wichita, Kansas, Parel's sizzling final round 64 was highlighted by a birdie-eagle-bidie stretch on holes 13-15. His 18-under 266 total at Crestview CC gave him a 3-stroke margin of victory over nearest rival Alex Aragon (Pro V1x), who closed with a 6-under 65. Pro V1x loyalist Alex Prugh finished two shots further back, good for 3rd place.
Parel, who worked as a computer programmer for ten years before pursuing his dream in professional golf, now has his sights set on the Web.com Tour's top-25. At the conclusion of the Cox Classic event in late August, the top 25 players on the Web.com Tour money list will earn PGA Tour cards. With the win, Parel now moves from 153rd to number 14.
“Obviously I’m playing well now,” he said. “My goal now is to climb up there as high as I can and a win is a good start toward it.”
At 48 years, 1 month, and 2 days, Parel becomes the oldest winner of the event well as the fourth oldest winner of a Web.com Tour event.
At the Air Capital Classic, Titleist was the most played golf ball with 107 players in the field of 156, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all other competitors combined.
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PGA: United States Open Championship
For the 65th consecutive year, Titleist was the golf ball of choice at the U.S. Open. Of the 156-player field, 64% (97) relied upon Titleist golf balls, over four times the nearest competitor with 23.
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ASIAN: Queen's Cup
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SOUTH AFRICAN: Polokwane Classic