One week and 12 time zones from Masters Sunday, Louis Oosthuizen trusted a Pro V1x golf ball to his second victory of the season at the Maybank Malaysian Open.
Oosthuizen, the runner-up in last week's playoff at Augusta National, closed with a 4-under 68 for a 17-under 271 total and three-shot victory at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, capping a week that began with a 30-hour trip from Georgia to Malaysia.
“It was a long journey to get here and I have to be honest and say that I didn't expect to play this well because of the tiredness," said Oosthuizen, who has now played his last eight rounds in 27 under.
“The one thing I did know was that the game was there so that helped a lot. I was pretty tired at points in those first couple of rounds but overall it has been great and I am over the moon with the result."
Oosthuizen's victory highlighted a three-win week for Titleist Pro V1x golf ball players around the world, including wins by Alex Aragon (Nationwide Tour) and Michael Allen (Champions Tour).
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have combined for 44 victories so far this season across the worldwide professional tours, more than seven times the nearest competitor with six and more than all other golf balls combined.
A total of 5,000 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, more than six times the nearest competitor with 789 and more than all other golf balls combined.
Oosthuizen was the only player in Malaysia to post four rounds in the 60s (66-68-69-68), rolling his Pro V1x in for one eagle, 19 birdies and just five bogeys. He finished fourth for the week in greens in regulation at 81.9 percent.
"On Thursday I knew the game was there - it was just a question of whether or not I would be able to go all the way physically," said Oosthuizen, who moved to No. 12 in the Official World Golf Ranking. "Having a good week this week was important and playing well. I didn't want to come here and play bad but to win means a lot because I have been playing well for the last few weeks now and to win gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season.”
Oosthuizen topped a leader board that featured four Titleist golf ball players in the top 5, including runner-up Stephen Gallacher (Pro V1x). David Lipsky (Pro V1x) and Rafael-Cabrera-Bello (Pro V1x) tied for third.
Ninety-four players in the field relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 24 and more than all competitors combined.
• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Alex Aragon earned his first career Nationwide Tour title at the TPC Stonebrae Championship, leading a 1-2-3-4 finish for Titleist golf ball players in Southern California.
Araxon closed out a week of significant weather delays with a 4-under 66 for a 10-under 270 total, one shot clear of Pro V1 golf ball players Duffy Waldorf, Paul Haley II and Matt Harmon, who tied the course-record Sunday with a 9-under 61.
"I'm trying to keep it all in perspective," said Aragon, who played 54 holes on the weekend after Friday's play was washed out.
"It's a major step and I'm proud of myself for doing it."
Aragon was one of 106 players in the field that trusted Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (46); sand, lob and approach wedges (164); and putters (63).
• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Titleist golf ball players swept the top five positions on the leader board as Pro V1x loyalist Michael Allen earned his second-career Champions Tour title at the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am of Tampa Bay.
Allen birdied three of his final seven holes for a final-round 3-under 68 and 12-under 272 total, three shots ahead of Kenny Perry (Pro V1x). Peter Senior (Pro V1, 3rd), Corey Pavin (Pro V1, 4th) and Bernhard Langer (Pro V1, 5th) rounded out the top 5.
"It's been a long time since I beat these guys," Allen said. "I haven't beat them very often. It's very nice to get on 18 and finally go, 'man, I got them all.'"
A total of 59 players in the field teed up Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also No. 1 in iron sets (15); and sand, lob and approach wedges (59).
• PGA TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the RBC Heritage with 90 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all other golf ball combined.
Titleist was also first in iron sets (34); sand, lob and approach wedges (127); and putters (58).
• JAPAN TOUR: At the Token Homemate Cup, 57 players relied on Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, nearly twice the nearest competitor with 31. Titleist also led the field in hybrids (38); and sand, lob and approach wedges (108).