The LPGA Tour has provided some dramatic finishes this season and this past weekend was no different, as Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Sei Young Kim captured the LOTTE Championship with a pair of remarkable hole-outs. The 22-year old rookie from South Korea chipped in for par on the final hole of regulation to force a playoff, then holed out an 8-iron from 154 yards for eagle to win on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff .

“I still can’t believe what just happened,” Kim said after the win. “After the ANA (Inspiration), I had a tough time sleeping because that was my first opportunity to win a major tournament on the LPGA Tour. At the same time, I saw the possibility and the potential that I belonged there, and that I can win a major championship in the future.”

Kim, who starred on the Korean LPGA Tour before earning her LPGA card at Q-School in December, becomes the first two-time LPGA winner this year, having won the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic in the season’s second event. Before coming to the United States, she won five times on the Korean Tour, including a major.

This week’s win at Ko Olina Golf Club in Oahu vaults her to the top of the Rolex Player of the Year standings.

Congratulations, Sei Young!

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS:

EUROPEAN TOUR: Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball, the winner of the inaugural Shenzhen International rallied to force a playoff and then birdied the first extra hole for victory. The eventual champion eagled the 17th hole in regulation with a putt of 18 feet to emerge from a congested leaderboard and tie for the lead.

In addition to the winner, five Titleist golf ball loyalists finished among the Top 10 at the event, including Peter Uihlein, Tom Lewis, David Howell, Wen-yi Huang and Julien Quesne, each of whom tied for 4th place.

 JAPAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Michael Hendry captured his first career Japan Golf Tour title with a one shot victory at the season-opening Token Homemate Cup.

Hendry, who started the final round three shots behind the overnight leader, closed with a final nine 31 en route to a 7-under 64 and a 15-under 269 victory total.

"It's awesome to get across the line,” the New Zealand native said in a post-round interview. “Regaining the No 1 ranking in New Zealand is also a big goal of mine so this will help, too, and obviously if you can get to No 1 then things like the Olympics come into play.”

In addition to his maiden Japan Tour victory, Hendry also has won on the OneAsia and PGA Tour of Australasia.

What’s in Michael Hendry’s Bag?: Pro V1x golf ball, 915D2 (7.5) driver, 915F (15.0) fairway metal, 915Hd (17.5) hybrid, T-MB 716 3-iron, AP2 714 (4-9) irons, Vokey Design SM5 pitching (46), gap (52), and lob (58) wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Select putter.

TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS:

In total, 5,846 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 913 and more than all competitors combined.

 With three more wins this week, Titleist’s 2015 victory count advances to 39. That's three times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.

THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD  |  WEEK ENDING APRIL 19, 2015

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA TOUR RBC Heritage 82 15
European Tour Shenzhen International 98 22
LPGA Tour LOTTE Championship 106 11
Champions Tour Greater Gwinnett Championship 59 8
Web.com Tour El Bosque Mexico Championship 87 19
Japan Tour Token Homemate Cup 61 44
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Home to the RBC Heritage since the very first playing in 1969, Harbour Town Golf Links demands a lot from your game. Just ask the newly crowned Masters Champion, – Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth.

“I really, really love this golf course. The greens are phenomenal; it requires all types of shots," said Spieth, who comes into the week sitting atop the PGA Tour's FedExCup points race.

 "You've got to be smart.”

Known for its small greens and tight dogleg fairways, the demanding 6,973 yard, par-71 Pete Dye design puts a premium on shot-making and course management.

“I like that you have to think your way around [the course],” said Titleist Brand Ambassador and South Carolina native Ben Martin. “You look at the scorecard and the length, and it doesn't look that hard, but it's a lot of picking your spots and knowing where to miss it.”

And if the off-shore winds start to blow, players will literally need to hold onto their hats and remember that par is a very good score.

Check out the photo gallery above for some inside-the-ropes action from earlier in the week.

Good luck to all of Team Titleist this weekend!

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BY THE NUMBERS: 2015 RBC HERITAGE

This week at the RBC Heritage, Titleist is the overwhelming choice in golf balls with 82 players in the field of 132 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than five times the nearest competitor with 15.

Titleist Vokey Design Wedges also led the field in approach, sand and lob wedges (118).

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Spring has finally returned and as we welcome a new golf season, we’re back with another great opportunity for you to personalize your Titleist golf ball or show some appreciation for the golfers in your life.

For a limited time (now through June 14, 2015), we’re offering free personalization on all Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1x, NXT Tour, NXT Tour S, Velocity and DT SoLo golf ball orders.

Whether you’re looking to fill your ball pocket with your own Titleist golf ball of choice or searching for the perfect way to say "Happy Mother’s Day", "Happy Father’s Day", "Thank You", "Congratulations" or to commemorate any special occasion… Say it with Titleist.

Here are the details…

Say It With Titleist: Free Personalization

• Free personalization is available on all Titleist golf ball models for new orders received from now until June 14, 2015.
• Create a unique message imprinted on the golf ball in up to three lines (maximum 17 characters per line) of block text on a single pole.
• Personalization must be the same imprint and ink color on each dozen in the order. Available ink colors include: Black, blue, red, green and pink.
• Minimum order is one (1) dozen golf balls.
• Additional fees may apply for orders specifying individual play numbers (all #1's, all #2's, etc.) as well as Double Digit play numbers (#11, #23, #54, etc.).

Visit any authorized Titleist golf ball retailer to place your order. Click here to find a golf shop in your area.
http://www.titleist.com/locator.aspx

U.S. only. Lead-Time: 2 weeks from receipt of order.

 

 

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