Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood Lead 4-Win Week For Titleist Golf Ball Players

Posted: May 2, 2011

Two of the game's most consistent performers, Pro V1x loyalists Bubba Watson and Lee Westwood each celebrated momentum-building victories Sunday while contributing to a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the world.

Watson's victory was his second of the 2011 PGA Tour season (and third and 10 months); Westwood's victory was his second in the last two weeks.

Adding to the week's overwhelming theme of consistency: Pro V1 loyalist Maria Hjorth, who won the Avnet LPGA Classic to earn her second victory in her last six starts on the LPGA.

Titleist golf ball players have now won 42 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2011, more than five times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 5,430 players have played Titleist golf balls in competition across the worldwide professional tours this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 894 and more than all competitors combined.

PGA TOUR: Watson sealed his victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans by rolling his Pro V1x golf ball in for birdie from 3 feet on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson.

Watson and Simpson, who also played a Pro V1x golf ball, both shot 3-under 69s in the final round at TPC Louisiana to tie at 15-under 273 in regulation, two shots ahead of three players including Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner.

Watson made a 12-footer for birdie on the par-5 18th to force the second playoff hole; Simpson narrowly missed a birdie putt from a similar position the next time around that would have extended the playoff.

"A year ago I was a good player who never won, and now I've got three under my belt," said Watson. "So it's crazy."

For Watson it was again a story of length and precision, as he led the field in both Driving Distance (331.4 yards) and Greens in Regulation (80.6 percent), just as he did earlier in the season during his victory at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

For Simpson, it was just another showcase of consistency. Already this season, Simpson has recorded two runner-ups, three top-10s and seven top-25 finishes, already as many as he had last season.

"I think we've given ourselves this year three different chances to win," said Simpson, who was forced to take a penalty stroke during his final round after his ball moved as he was addressing a routine tap-in for par. "You try to improve, and the goal is to win. I'm certainly a lot closer now than I ever have been to winning."

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 104 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (44); and Putters (61).

For more on Watson's victory, check out the Titleist Tour Report in the video below: