Solidifying his position as one of the most consistent and clutch performers on the PGA Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson rolled in his Pro V1x golf ball in for three consecutive birdies Monday afternoon at TPC Boston to close out a fist-pumping playoff-victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment, Simpson charged to the winner's circle for the second time in just 16 days, highlighting another season of dominance for Titleist on the 2011 PGA Tour.
Titleist golf ball players have won 27 of the 37 PGA Tour events played so far this season, nine times the nearest competitor with three and more than all competitors combined.
Simpson’s win increases the Titleist victory count on the PGA Tour across every major equipment category, including golf balls (27), drivers (15), irons (15) and wedges (19). Titleist is also the top choice among champions in the putter category with 16.
Simpson, who earned his first-career victory Aug. 21 at the Wyndham Championship, is also one of 12 Titleist Brand Ambassadors that have combined to win 15 PGA Tour events this season, including: Steve Stricker (2), Nick Watney (2), Adam Scott, Scott Piercy, Johnson Wagner, Gary Woodland, Brendan Steele, Harrison Frazar, Chris Kirk and Scott Stallings.
On Labor Day, Simpson's efforts included a final-round 6-under 65 that featured a front-nine 30 as well as a 30-footer for birdie on TPC Boston's par-5 18th to get into a playoff with fellow Pro V1x golf ball player Chez Reavie.
On the first playoff hole, Simpson got up-and-down from a tough lie on the left side of the 18th green, rolling his Pro V1x golf ball in from 15 feet for birdie.
Next, at the par-4 17th, Simpson hit his Vokey Design Spin Milled TVD wedge to 8 feet and sank the birdie putt to capture a victory that could make him one of the game's household names.
Simpson, 26, moved to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup Playoffs Standings, jumped to 14th in the Official World Golf Ranking and assured himself a spot on the U.S. Presidents Cup team that will compete later this year in Australia.
"It's been a whirlwind of a few weeks. …," said Simpson, sporting the same light-purple shirt he wore during the final round at Wyndham.
"I don't really know what to think right now, but I'm certainly thankful for the chance to win and having been able to finish the round with a birdie, and then birdie the first two holes in a playoff was truly awesome."
Simpson has recorded nine top-10 finishes and 17 top-25's in 2011. He is No. 1 in the PGA Tour's All-Around statistical ranking, third in scoring average (69.30) and fourth in final-round scoring average (69.00).
At Wyndham, Simpson's final round featured three birdies and zero bogeys. Monday At Deutsche Bank, he made five birdies, one eagle and one bogey.
"The goal that I set out to accomplish is to be one of the best players in the world, if not the best," he said. "But you know, I don't set result-oriented goals for myself. I just try to get up every day and do the most I can to improve my game."• CHINA PGA TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Rory Hie
Both Simpson and Reavie finished the four rounds at TPC Boston at 15-under 269, two shots ahead of three players including Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at The Deutsche Bank Championship with 62 players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 13.
Titleist also was first in iron sets (34); sand, lob and approach wedges (96); and putters (39).
Here's a closer look at Webb Simpson's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 909D3 10.5° (UST AxivCore 69)
Fairway wood: Titleist 910F 13.5° (UST VTS 8X)
Fairway wood: Titleist 910F 17° (UST VTS 8X)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 21° (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105)
Irons: Titleist 680 MB 4-P (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design TVD 54°, 58° (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
birdied his final three holes to post a final-round 7-under 65 and cruise to victory at the Tangshan China PGA Tour event.
Hie, 23, finished at 15-under 273, seven shots clear of the field. It was his sixth-career win as a professional.
Nine of the top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors C.J. Gatto
and Eom Jae Woong, who tied for third.
Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for more than 83 percent of the field with 104 of 125 players, eight times more than the nearest competitor with 13.
Titleist also was first in fairway metals (52), hybrids (53), iron sets (42), sand, lob and approach wedges (149) and putters (44).
• EUROPEAN TOUR:
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Omega European Masters with 91 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 22 and more than all competitors combined.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist was the No. 1 golf ball of choice at the Mylan Classic with 106 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in iron sets (42); sand, lob and approach wedges (139); and putters (68).
JAPAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Fujisankei Classic with 56 players. Titleist also was first in hybrids (35); and sand, lob and approach wedges (116).
• SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Telkom PGA Pro-Am with 48 players, more than two times the nearest competitor.