Pro V1x loyalist Mark Wilson earned his second victory in three starts to begin the 2011 PGA Tour season, capturing the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a Monday morning playoff with Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner.
Wilson, who opened the year with a two-shot victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii, closed things out on the second playoff hole, after hitting his approach on on TPC Scottsdale's par-4 10th to 9 feet above the hole. He rolled in his Pro V1x golf ball for birdie, only further validating a new green-reading technique he's been using since a trip to the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) during the offseason.
"Thankfully I started it on line and knocked it in," said Wilson, 36, now a four-time PGA Tour winner. He also won the 2007 Mayakoba Classic and 2009 Honda Classic.
Dufner (Pro V1) was facing a 7-foot par putt when Wilson dropped in the game-winner. Both players shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s and ended regulation at 18-under 266, finishing up their final rounds Monday morning because of several frost delays throughout the week.
Titleist golf ball players have now won four out of the PGA Tour's first five events of the season. Pro V1 loyalist Jonathan Byrd won the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions and Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson won last week's Farmers Insurance Open using the New Pro V1x golf ball.
This week, a total of 91 players trusted Titleist golf balls for their success at TPC Scottsdale, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (40); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (114); and Putters (53).
After both of his victories this year, Wilson has pointed to his offseason work with Dr. Greg Rose of the Titleist Performance Institute, specifically on his putting and short game.
"I think I've been a little bit better practicer. I've got a new green-reading technique that I learned from Dr. Greg Rose there at Titleist Performance Institute (in Oceanside, Calif.)," Wilson said. "Dr. Rose helped me split the putts into two parts always, and that really has helped me see the line better for some reason. I started that. The first time I did that was at Disney and finished 6th and have had two wins since, so I'm just going with that."
Said Wilson after his Sony victory: "Those guys out of (the Titleist Performance Institute) really helped me out last November. I owe a lot to those guys. They really helped me… I always thought I was a great practicer, but they gave me some neat ideas, a short game thing, and I've really just been focusing on my wedges this year 100 yards and in … I've been practicing a lot, the 50-, 60-, 40-yard kind of pitches and getting them up-and-down."
Wilson, a Wisconsin native and die-hard Green Bay Packers fan, led the field this week in Greens in Regulation (84.72 percent). He ranks third in that statistic (79.91 percent) on the PGA Tour. Wilson is currently No. 1 in Scrambling (76.6 percent).
In three starts this season, he is a collective 47-under par.
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng made it back-to-back victories at the ISPS
Handa Women's Australian Open, cruising to a seven-shot victory at Commonwealth GC.
"It feels very good to win by seven shots," said Tseng, who closed in even-par 71 for a 16-under 276 total. "I have not
had that feeling before and it feels very good."
EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters
with 77 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 23.
A total of 45 players relied upon the same New Pro V1 (8) or New Pro
V1x (37) golf balls. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (36); and
Sand, Lob and Approach wedges (135).