Dramatic Victories by Steve Stricker, So Yeo Ryu Highlight 4-Win Week for Titleist Golf Ball Players

Posted: July 11, 2011

Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker earned his second PGA Tour title in six weeks at the John Deere Classic, once again lighting up leader boards and highlight reels while leading a 1-through-11 finish for Titleist golf ball players.

For the second time this season, Stricker shot four rounds in the 60s and hit a How-did-he-do-that? bunker shot down the stretch Sunday, trusting his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and bag of Titleist equipment to a one-shot victory.

It marked Stricker's third-consecutive win at the John Deere Classic as well as one of four wins on the weekend for Titleist golf ball players around the globe – including Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald's victory at the Barclays Scottish Open and‪ Pro V1 loyalist So Yeon Ryu's‬ major triumph at the U.S. Women's Open.

So far in 2011, Titleist golf ball players have combined for 89 victories across the worldwide professional tours, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined.

At the John Deere, Stricker led the field with 25 birdies over the four days at TPC Deere Run, including two consecutive birdies to close out the tournament.

On the par-5 17th, Stricker chipped to 15 feet right of the pin, then rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in the middle of the cup for birdie, setting up one of the most exciting finishes of the year on the PGA Tour.

Tied for the lead on the par-4 18th, Stricker stood over his approach shot on a downslope in the left fairway bunker, one foot in the sand and one foot in the grass.

He pulled his Titleist AP2 6-iron and picked his Pro V1x golf ball clean, launching it over the left water hazard to the back fringe, 25 feet and 3 inches from the hole. (During his victory at The Memorial Tournament last month, Stricker also used his AP2 6-iron to make a hole-in-one in Round 2.)

"The whole key there was just making sure that I clipped it and not fatted it or bladed it into the lip in front of me. But I felt pretty confident," said Stricker, who also made two treacherous sand saves on the back nine of his final round at Memorial. "My footing was pretty good, and I took an extra club thinking that I could get it all the way back to the pin.

"And then to make the putt, you know – I don't know what to say about that."

You can watch video of Stricker's 18th hole below: