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Posted: June 28, 2010
One of the more exciting (and emotional) weeks of the year in golf ended with a number of Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls in winner's circles around the United States and Europe. Here's a little Monday math to kick-start your brain for the week:
12 – Number of shots by which Pro V1 loyalist Cristie Kerr won the LPGA Championship presented by Wegmans, her second major title (2007 U.S. Women's Open).
"I put up a dream performance...," Kerr said. "You can ask
anybody else, they had a real tough time with the course, and I just
had a dream performance."
1 – Kerr's position in the world rankings following her victory.
5 – Distance (in feet) from the cup that Kerr's Pro V1 landed on the 18th hole Sunday at Locust Hill Country Club, setting up a record-breaking victory. Kerr made the birdie putt to finish 12 shots ahead of Song-Hee Kim (Pro V1), edging Betsy King's 11-shot victory at the 1992 LPGA Championship. (Louise Suggs won the 1949 U.S. Women's Open by 14 shots, a major championship record.)
0 – Number of bets Kerr, who closed with a 6-under 66, lost with her caddie Jason Giloyed Sunday: "(If) it was 2- or 3-under, he bought the groceries for the week of the (U.S. Women's) Open," Kerr, 37, said. "If it was 4 (under) or better, he bought the groceries and the (wine). So he's got to do that. He's got to buy the wine and the groceries for the Open now."
502 – Approximate number of personal thank-you Tweets Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson returned to his fans on Twitter after winning the Travelers Championship for his first PGA Tour victory, including this one: "All my Twitter friends- WE DID IT!!! Thanks for all the support, y'all are the best fans!!"
• George Lopez said "Congrats Homeboy!!" and asked him when he was coming on his show.
• Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin: "A HUGE congrats to @bubbawatson!!!!!
• Random fan: "@bubbawatson u just made my mom cry. Awesome win!
Bubba Watson won his first PGA Tour title Sunday with a Pro V1x golf ball.
396 – Distance (in yards) that Watson's Pro V1x traveled from the 18th tee Sunday on the 72nd hole of the Travelers, setting up the birdie that got him into the playoff with Pavin (Pro V1, Titleist Bullseye putter) and Scott Verplank (Pro V1, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges). For the record, he had some help from a cart path.
2 - Distance (in inches) from the cup that Watson left his approach shot on the first playoff hole (par-4 18th). Watson's ball landed a few feet from the hole and shimmied right, burning the edge of the cup. (Verplank made a 6-footer for birdie to extend the playoff.)
3 – Distance (in feet) of Watson's par putt to beat Verplank on the second playoff hole (par-3 16th).
0 – Amount of feeling Watson had in his arms while standing over the final putt. "That's the dead-honest truth," Watson, 31, said. "I couldn't feel my arms, I was so nervous."
30 – Amount of heartfelt words an emotional Watson said immediately following his victory: "I want to thank my dad and mom because without them I would be nothing. My dad is battling cancer now. Dad I am praying for you. I love you."
Said Watson, later in his post-victory press conference: "I'm a very emotional guy. I cry all the time. When I go to church on Sundays, I'm crying at church. I couldn't get the 'yes' or the 'I do' out on my wedding day. And the pastor said, you gotta say it. You can't just nod."
20 – Number of total strokes under par Pro V1x loyalist David Horsey thought it would take to win the European Tour's BMW International Open in Munich, Germany. "I thought... I would have to go really deep," the Englishman said.
David Horsey won his first European Tour title Sunday with a Pro V1x golf ball.
18 – Number of total strokes under par it actually took Horsey to win. Horsey, 25, rolled in his Pro V1x for birdies on two of the final three holes to close with a 5-under 67 and finish one shot better than Titleist Brand Ambassador Ross Fisher (Pro V1x, 909 D3 driver, 909 F2 fairway, 695MB irons, Vokey Spin Milled Wedges, Scotty Cameron putter).
"Yeah, unbelievable," said Horsey, who started Sunday five shots back in a tie for fifth. "Never really in my wildest dreams did I think I would win this tournament."
30 – Number of shots it took Pro V1 loyalist Loren Roberts to play his final nine holes at the Champions Tour's Dick's Sports Goods Open, which he won by a shot over Fred Funk.
5 – Number of shots Roberts trailed Funk with eight holes to play at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y.
Roberts, 54, holed his Pro V1 for eagle on the par-5 12th, then followed with birdies at Nos. 13, 14, 16 and 18, where he hit a pitching wedge to 6 feet and made the putt, erasing his bogey at No. 17.
"It was a thrilling day to say the least," said Roberts, of his 12th Champions Tour victory. "I don't know what to tell you."
131 – The number of players relying upon a Titleist golf ball at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship. It was an all-Titleist golf ball championship match, where the winner, an incoming freshman at Arkansas, relied upon the Pro V1x en route to a 3 and 2 victory over her Pro V1-playing opponent.13 – Times more players who trusted Titleist golf balls at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links than the nearest competitor with 10.