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Posted: May 9, 2011
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players combined for five victories around the globe Sunday, including a record-breaking performance from 24-year-old Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyung-tae Kim (pictured above) that moved him to No. 35 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Titleist golf ball players have now earned 47 victories across the worldwide professional tours in 2011, more than four times the nearest competitor with 10 and more than all other golf balls combined.
In total, 5,967 players have played Titleist golf balls in competition across the worldwide professional tours this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 977 and more than all competitors combined.• ONEASIA TOUR: Kim's performance at the GS Caltrex Maekyung Open was the most dominant in the tournament's 30-year history: He fired four consecutive rounds in the 60s (67-68-66-66) for a 21-under 267 total at Namseoul Golf & Country Club in South Korea and won by eight shots.
Kim rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for 24 birdies and one eagle over the four days, making just two bogeys over his final 31 holes.Last season's Japan Tour money list winner, Kim birdied four of his first six holes after the turn Sunday to hold off a charge from Pro V1x loyalist Hyung-Sung Kim, who also closed the tournament with consecutive rounds of 6-under 66.“Last year I did not win, but before this season I set my goal to win in Korea and I am delighted to be able to win this event for the second time,” said Kim, also a winner at the 2007 Maekyung Open in just his second start on the Asian Tour.He won three times last year on the Japan Tour and has also finished T-48 or better in his last three major championship starts, including this year's Masters (T-44). “It was difficult at the start of the second round because the players behind me made some early birdies," he said, "but I was then able to start putting better and managed to make some birdies myself." Eight of the top 11 players on the final leaderboard were Titleist golf ball players. In total, 120 players in the field trusted Titleist golf balls, 10 times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined.Here's a closer look at Kim's Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 8.5 (Graphite Design Tour AD EV 6)Hybrid: Titleist 909H 17.0 (Fujikura Speeder 904)Irons (3-5): MB (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Irons (6-9): CB (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 48º, 52º and 58º (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
• EUROPEAN TOUR: After earning his first European Tour title Sunday at the Open de España, Pro V1x loyalist Thomas Aiken dedicated his victory to legendary golfer and Spaniard Seve Ballesteros, who passed away Saturday at the age of 54. Ballesteros was a three-time winner in the event.
"It's been a sad week with Seve passing away. I definitely want to dedicate this win to him with it being his home Open and what he gave to his home fans and to golf," said Aiken, a six-time winner on the South African Sunshine Tour.Players wore black ribbons during Sunday's round in honor of the five-time major champion.“He was everything to the game of golf and I am happy to have won for him - any of us would have won for him," Aiken said.Aiken closed with a 2-under 70 at the Real Club de Golf El Prat outside Barcelona, getting his Pro V1x golf ball up-and-down for par from a bunker on the par-4 17th. He also parred No. 18 to finish at 10-under 278, two shots ahead of fellow Pro V1x loyalist Anders Hansen."I don't think it's quite hit home yet," said Aiken. "I've been waiting for this for a long, long time and I've been knocking on the door. I'm ecstatic."Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Open de Espana with 100 players, five times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all competitors combined.• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Tom Lehman took home his second senior major championship trophy with a playoff victory over fellow Pro V1 loyalist Peter Senior at the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek.After tying Senior in regulation at 13-under 275, Lehman tapped his Pro V1 golf ball in for par on the second playoff hole to win for the third time in his last seven Champions Tour starts.
Lehman, 52, posted a bogey-free 3-under 69, his second bogey-free round of the week at Shoal Creek. Senior shot 4-under 68.Lehman made just four bogeys the entire week, finishing the week tied for second in Greens in Regulation (77.8 percent)."I just kind of kept the ball in play, moving it forward," said Lehman, who won the Senior PGA Championship last year in a playoff. "Hit a lot of greens. A lot of stress-free pars."Titleist Brand Ambassador Jay Haas equaled his best finish of the season, sharing fifth place with four players, including Pro V1x loyalists Mark Calcavecchia and Kenny Perry. Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Regions Tradition with 53 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 10. Titleist also was first in iron sets (22).• CANADIAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Jose de Jesus Rodriguez birdied the first hole of a sudden death playoff with Pro V1x loyalist Roger Sloan to win the Mexican PGA Championship at Estrella Del Mar.Rodriguez,
30, made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 to force the playoff,
shooting a final-round 5-under 67 to finish at 14-under 274. Sloan
closed in 2-under 70.On the playoff hole, No. 18, Rodriguez was
faced with almost the same 10-footer he had missed in regulation. This
time, his Pro V1x golf ball found the bottom of the cup.“I’m
really, really happy," Rodriguez said. "It feels good to finally get my
first win on the Canadian Tour and I’m especially happy to win here in
Mexico.”The win was the first of Rodriguez' Canadian Tour career.
• SUNSHINE TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Justin Walters captured his second South African Sunshine Tour title, shooting a final-round 5-under 67 to win the modified stableford scoring event and lead a top-5 sweep for Titleist Pro V1x players.
Walters, 30, edged Pro V1x loyalist Divan van den Heever by one point, tapping in his Pro V1x golf ball for par on the final hole.“I’ve always dreamed of having a short putt like that to win a tournament,” Walters said. “But first I had to stop my arms from shaking!”Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 54 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined.• PGA TOUR: Five out of the top eight finishers at the Wells Fargo Championship trusted Titleist golf balls, including Pro V1 loyalist Jonathan Byrd, who was runner-up in a playoff after finishing regulation at 15-under 273 (66-68-67-72).Byrd was attempting to find the winner's circle on the PGA Tour for the third time in just seven months, and the second time this season following his season-opening victory at the Mercedes Championship.Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas finished third (13-under 275), while Titleist Brand Ambassador Kevin Na was fifth (12-under 276).Both Haas and Na notched their fourth top-10 finishes of the season.In total, 102 players trusted Titleist golf balls at the Wells Fargo Championship, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 15. Titleist also was first in iron sets (46); sand, lob and approach wedges (124); and putters (64).• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Stadion Athens Classic with 109 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 18. Titleist also was first in iron sets (44); sand, lob and approach wedges (140); and putters (67).