Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson fired four consecutive rounds in the 60's to edge fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott by two shots at the first full-field event of the 2009 season, the Sony Open in Hawaii. Scott tied for second with Titleist golf ball loyalist David Toms, both of whom trusted the new 2009 Pro V1 for their success.

Johnson closed with a 5-under 65 to finish at 15-under 265 at Waialae, securing his fifth career PGA Tour title. Scott fired a final round 6-under 64, while Toms closed with a 66. Johnson is off to a scorching start this season, finishing 6th at the season-opening, winners-only Mercedes-Benz Championship last week. Statistically, Johnson tied for 3rd in Driving Accuracy with his Titleist 909D2 driver. He also displayed a masterful iron game, thanks in part to the new set of AP2 irons he put in the bag last week at Kapalua. Zach had this to say about the change to his irons:

"(last season) My lower mid-irons were different than my upper irons and now I'm straight AP2s because of the shot and spin rate I'm putting out. It's been fantastic. I think they are a little bit more consistent. I think they are a little bit -- consistent as far as trajectory and spin, which is great. It's just a matter of technology and getting better and better, and certainly Titleist putting the right ball with the right club in my hand, essentially what it comes down to."

Hear what Zach had to say in his post-victory interview by clicking on the video player below.

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Zach Johnson

Here's what Zach had in the bag at Waialae:


Zach Johnson

Golf Ball Pro V1x
Driver
 
909D2 (8.5°)
Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 73X
Fairways
 
909F2 (13.5°)
Mitsubishi Diamana White 73
909F2 (18.5°)
Fujikura ZCOM Pro95
Hybrid
 
909H (21.0)
Fujikura Speeder 904HB
Irons
 
AP2 (4-9)
True Temper Dynamic Gold
Wedges

Vokey Design (48°, prototype 54°)
Vokey Spin Milled (60-V)
True Temper Dynamic Gold

Click here for more details on Zach's victory at the Sony Open on titleist.com.

Tom Pernice Jr. at The Sony Open

Titleist Brand Ambassador Tom Pernice, Jr. is playing in his 14th PGA Tour event on the island of O’ahu. This year he came to the Sony Open (previously known as the Hawaiian Open) as mentally prepared as he’s ever been to start a year.

“I worked pretty hard in the off-season. I need to enjoy life even when I’m trying to win out there on the golf course.” If anyone managed to enjoy the rain and wind Friday at Waialae, it was Tom. He posted the best round of the week, a bogey free 63, capped off with an eagle at the last. Pernice used a 48 degree Vokey pitching wedge to hole a 92-yard shot from the left rough.

The Par 5 18th hole wasn’t the only place Pernice trusted his wedges. “Days like today, I wasn’t 100% sharp with all my shots so I had to scramble pretty good. I thank my man Bob Vokey. We worked hard on our wedges, and my short game really helped save me today.”

Pernice had six top 10 finishes last year, admitting that even though he had put himself in position he did not close very well. With the work he has put in on his outlook and demeanor, he expects to have better weekends this year. Tom spoke frankly about his goals for the 2009 season, “to win a golf tournament and get into the Masters.” Playing the third round in the last group, tied for the lead, puts Tom Pernice, Jr. in a position to do just that.

Click on the video player below to hear Tom’s take on his second round 63.

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Tom Pernice, Jr.

Bob Vokey at the Sony Open

VokeBob Vokey is getting an early start on the 2009 season, working with players at the first full-field event of the year, the Sony Open. Golf World columnist Dave Shedloski caught up with Bob in Honolulu and wrote a feature article on the master craftsman.

Read the complete article on GolfDigest.com .

 

 

Waialae Country Club is the host of the 2009 Sony Open, the first full-field event of the PGA Tour season.  Among the experienced veterans and returning young guns, there are 26 rookies teeing it up in O'ahu.

Meet some of this year's new kids in the image gallery.

Webb Simpson
Webb Simpson marks his Titleist before his 2009 season debut.

Titleist Pro V1 loyalist Geoff Ogilvy burst out of the gates at Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course and outclassed an elite field of 2008 PGA Tour champions to win the first event of the 2009 PGA Tour season, the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Championship. Ogilvy took the outright lead on the 14th hole of the opening round and never trailed the remainder of the tournament. He birdied four straight holes on the back nine and posted a final round 5-under 68 for a 24-under 268 total, six shots clear of his closest competitors.

It was the fifth PGA Tour victory for Ogilvy, who earned his place in the 33-man field with his victory at the 2008 WGC –CA Championship. Ogilvy boasts a U.S. Open title (2006) as well as a second WGC crown (2006 Accenture Match Play Championship). In December, Ogilvy also recorded his first win in his native Australia with his victory at The Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship.

The win at Kapalu elevates Geoff Ogilvy to No. 6 in the Official World Golf Rankings, a position worthy of his game.

For those of you who'd like to learn a little more about this talented Aussie, take a look at this video where we ask Geoff about his start in golf, his favorite Tour stops, the most memorable shot of his career and more.

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