Trusting his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and a full set of Titleist golf clubs, Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth matched the lowest score in Masters history (previously set in 1997), en route to a wire-to-wire win for his first major championship.
The 21-year-old, who finished runner-up in his first Masters appearance last year, opened with an 8-under-par 64. He followed up with a 6-under-par 66 on Friday and closed with consecutive two-under par 70’s on the weekend to post a remarkable 18-under par 270 victory total.
Spieth holed two crucial 6-foot putts coming down the stretch (for birdie on 15 and to save par on 16) that all but sealed the tournament, but as he explained in his post-victory press conference, he maintained his focus on the shot at hand until the very last.
“It didn't creep into my mind that I had won the tournament until I hit that second shot on 18. And I said to Michael (Spieth’s caddie, Michael Greller) before we walked up to that chip, I said, ‘Mike, I think we just did it.’
So that was really, really cool to be able to walk up to the green with a few shots to spare and not worrying about anything and being able to enjoy that walk, soak it in.”
No player on the world-class leaderboard got closer than three shots of the lead after the first round, as Spieth became the first golfer since 1941 to accomplish such a feat.
Spieth equaled or eclipsed several Masters scoring records in the course of his historic performance, including:
• Most birdies recorded in a single tournament (28)
• Tied for lowest 72-hole score (18-under)
• Lowest 54-hole score (16-under)
• Lowest 36-hole score (14-under)
• 1st wire-to-wire winner since 1976
The win was the second for Spieth this year (Valspar Championship), the third of his PGA TOUR career, and his fifth worldwide.
The win vaults him to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, to which Spieth commented:
“The ultimate goal that I have mentioned I think each week is try to become the No. 1 player in the world. I don't think I am with this. I think that I'm still behind, and so there's still ‑‑ I'm still chasing that goal. It's going to be very difficult, but to be a large step closer is huge.”
OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES: Titleist Brand Ambassador Ian Poulter (Pro V1x, 915D2 driver, 915F fairway metal, 915Hd hybrids, CB/MB irons, Vokey Design SM5 wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS 350 putter) finished at 9-under 279 to tie for 6th.
Zach Johnson (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 913F fairway metal, 909H hybrid, AP1/AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges), the 2007 Masters champion, along with fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Charley Hoffman (Titleist Pro V1x, 915D2 driver, 915F fairway metal, 913Hd hybrid, MB 714 irons, Vokey Design SM5 wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo 5 putter), and Titleist golf ball loyalist Hunter Mahan (Pro V1x) tied for 9th at 8-under 280.
Titleist Brand Ambassadors Bill Haas (Pro V1x, 915D2 driver, 915F fairway metals, AP2 irons, Vokey Design SM5 wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS 303 putter) and Kevin Na (Pro V1x, 915D3 driver, 915F fairway metals, 915H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Super Rat putter), as well as Titleist golf ball loyalists Rickie Fowler (Pro V1x) and Kevin Streelman (Pro V1x), were among five players that tied for 12th at 6-under 282.
A total of 16 players who finished among the top 12 and ties at this year’s Masters (including 10 Titleist golf ball loyalists) earned a return trip to the 2016 edition.
THE #1 CHOICE: Once again, Titleist was the #1 ball at the Masters with more players trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x than all competitors combined.
With Spieth’s win, nine of those victories have been earned by full product line Titleist Brand Ambassadors, including two by Spieth (Masters, Valspar Championship) and Jimmy Walker (Sony Open in Hawaii, Valero Texas Open), as well as Brooks Koepka (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Bill Haas (Humana Challenge), Charley Hoffman (OHL Classic at Mayakoba), Robert Streb (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 (Honda Classic), James Hahn (Northern Trust Open), Bubba Watson (WGC-HSBC Champions) and the winner of the CIMB Classic.
TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS
In total, 5,228 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 805 and more than all competitors combined.
With Jordan Spieth's major victory this week, Titleist’s 2015 victory count advances to 36. That's more than three times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined.