Posted: August 23, 2010
Pro V1x loyalist Arjun Atwal sank a 7-footer for par on the 18th hole at Sedgefield Country Club Sunday to win the Wyndham Championship and complete a week of impressive feats and firsts:• The victory was Atwal's first on the PGA Tour, following multiple wins on the European, Nationwide and Asian tours. The win also earned Atwal, 37, a trip to Augusta National next April for his first Masters.
"I don't think it's sunk in yet, you know, seriously," said Atwal, who birdied two of his final five holes to move to the top of a tightly-packed leaderboard. "Obviously was a long time dream of mine to win out here but, you know, until it happens, you know, you just keep doubting yourself."
• Atwal was one of 104 players at Wyndham that trusted a Titleist golf ball, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 18. He made 24 birdies and just four bogeys on his way to a 20-under 260 total and one-shot victory over Pro V1 loyalist David Toms. Titleist Brand Ambassador Michael Sim (Pro V1x, Titleist 910D2 prototype driver, 909F2 fairway metal, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport Squareback putter) and Pro V1x loyalist John Mallinger both finished two shots back in third place.
Titleist was also first at the Wyndham Championship in Iron Sets (45), Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (129) and Putters (76).
• To just get into the 156-player field at Wyndham, Atwal first had to advance through the tournament's Monday qualifier at Forest Oaks Country Club. Atwal's bogey-free 65 earned him one of four available spots in the event, and eventually led to him becoming the first Monday qualifier to win on Tour in 24 years.• The Wyndham also marked the final week for players to secure spots in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup Playoffs, which begin this week at The Barclays.Pro V1 loyalist Scott Piercy closed in 2-under 68 to tie for eighth and jump 15 spots on the FedEx Cup points list from 140th to 125th, the final qualifying position."You know, big heart today. Lot of guts and big heart and just lucky to be there, you know," said Piercy, the only player in Greensboro to play his way in to the playoffs. "It's been a long year and hopefully this kind of will turn it around."Titleist Brand Ambassador Michael Letzig started the week at No. 125, but shot four rounds in the 60s and finished tied for 18th at Wyndham to move safely into 118th.
Of the 125 players in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, 78 trust Titleist golf balls.
Around the other worldwide professional tours:• Pro V1x loyalist James Kingston shot even-par 72 to win the Vodacom Origins of Golf by two shots for his 11th-career victory on the South African Sunshine Tour. Kingston was one of 50 players in the field that trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than two times the nearest competitor with 19.
• On the Canadian Tour, Pro V1 loyalist Kent Eger closed in 6-under 65 to win the Economical Insurance Groups Seaforth Country Classic by two shots for the second time in three years.• Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the LPGA's Safeway Classic with 115 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15.• At the European Tour's Czech Open, 86 players trusted Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 24.• At the Jeld-Wen Tradition, the Champions Tour's final major championship of the year, 45 players trusted Titleist golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with seven. Titleist was also first in Iron Sets (20), Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (39) and Putters (16).• At the Japan Tour's Kansai Open, 54 players trusted Titleist golf balls, compared to 42 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also first in Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (97).