Titleist golf ball loyalist Stacy Lewis and Titleist Brand Ambassador Jay Haas led a group of five players into the Titleist Winners’ Circle this week, advancing the 2012 worldwide win count for the #1 ball in golf to 70, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 8.
On the LPGA Tour, Lewis, who relies upon the Pro V1x golf ball for her success, started the final round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic with a six-stroke lead. She closed with an even-par 71 en route to a 12-under par 201 victory total and four-shot win. The win was the second of the year for Lewis and the third of her LPGA career. She won the Mobile LPGA Classic in April, and captured her first-career victory at last year's Kraft Nabisco Championship.
With the win, Lewis becomes the highest-ranked American on the LPGA Tour, advancing to No. 3 in the Rolex Women's World Rankings behind fellow Pro V1x loyalists Na Yeon Choi and world No. 1 Yani Tseng. Ten years ago such an achievement would have been unthinkable, as a serious back injury nearly ended her career.
"I'm speechless," Lewis said after the victory.. "To go from back surgery where I couldn't even sit up by myself to now playing golf, having fun with it, playing with the best players in the world and being one of them? It doesn't get any better than that."
Fellow Pro V1x loyalist Katherine Hull sank a 10-foot birdie putt at the final green to finish alone in 2nd place at 8-under 205 after closing in 3-under 68.
Titleist was the top golf ball choice of 98 players (68%) in the 144-player field, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13.
On the Champions Tour, Haas, who trusts Titleist from tee-to-green and throughout the bag, posted a tournament record-tying 16-under 197 total to win the Principal Charity Classic by five strokes, becoming the first golfer to win the event three times. Haas, the winner in 2007 and 2008, led by three shots after shooting 65 in the second round and made it stand up with a final round 5-under 66.
"(Saturday) I really played well," Haas said, " but (Sunday) was a special round. And to kind of take hold of it and not give them a chance … that was pretty special. There was no smoke and mirrors. It was good solid golf, and hopefully it will boost me for the rest of the year."
His five-shot margin of victory was the largest of the season on the Champions Tour. The win was the 16th of Haas' Champions Tour career.
Here's a closer look at Jay Haas' Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Titleist 910D2 9.5º (Bassara W 50 for Titleist)
3-wood: Titleist 910F.d 15.0º (Project X Graphite Tour Issue 7)
Hybrids: Titleist 910H 17º ( NV 105), Titleist 909H 21º (NV 105)
Irons: Titleist CB 4-PW
Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 54º, 60º
Putter: Scotty Cameron Studio Design
Titleist was the top golf ball choice of 55 players (68%) in the 81-player field, more than five times the nearest competitor with 10.
NATIONWIDE: James Hahn (Pro V1x, 910H hybrid/18º, Vokey Design SM4 sand/54º and lob/58º wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 303 GSS putter), who started the final round four shots behind the overnight leader, earned his first career Nationwide Tour victory when he topped Scott Parel (Pro V1x, Scotty Cameron Del Mar prototype putter) with a birdie on the second hole of an all-Pro V1x sudden death playoff at the Rex Hospital Open. Hahn closed with a 4-under par 67 to join Parel at 13-under 271 after 72 holes.
"This week is probably one of the best weeks I've ever had in my life," Hahn said. "It's been a long time since I won a golf tournament. To be out here and considered a Nationwide Tour champion, it definitely had a good ring to it."
Titleist was the top golf ball choice of 101 players (65%) in the 156-player field, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19. Titleist was also the field favorite in the wedge (147) and putter (56) categories.
KOREA PGA: Titleist Brand Ambassador JinHo Choi (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver/9.5º, 910H hybrids/17º/21º, CB/4-5 and MB/6-9 irons, Vokey Design pitching/48º, sand/54º and lob/60º wedges, Scotty Cameron Circle T putter) captured the Meritz Solmoro Open, edging KyungNam Kang (Pro V1, 910F fairway metal/13.5º, 910H hybrid/19º, Vokey Design gap/52º and lob/58º wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport Circle T putter). Choi, who trailed Kang by one shot heading into the final round, closed with a 2-under par 69 for an 8-under 276 victory total, two shots clear of Kang, who shot a 1-over 72.
Titleist golf ball loyalists Moon, KyongJun and Kim, GiWhan were among three players who tied for 3rd, another two shots back, as four of the top five finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the top golf ball choice of 98 players (63%) in the 156-player field, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 27. Titleist also topped the wedge category with 73 in play.
SOUTH AFRICA: Titleist Golf Ball loyalist Jake Roos (Pro V1x) carded a final round 9-under par 63 to tie Titleist Brand Ambassador Justin Harding (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) at 17-under par 199 in regulation at the Lombard Insurance Classic. Roos went on to win the first playoff hole to secure his second victory of the season following his Platinum Classic title earlier this year.
Titleist was the top golf ball choice of 53 players (74%) in the 72-player field, more than three times the nearest competitor with 15.
PGA TOUR: The top Titleist finishers at The Memorial were Pro V1x loyalists Spencer Levin and Daniel Summerhays, who tied for 4th place. Levin owned a one shot lead heading into the final round, while Summerhays closed with a 3-under 69.
Titleist was the top golf ball choice of 76 players (63%) in the 120-player field, more than six times the nearest competitor with 12. Titleist was also the field favorite in iron sets (34), wedges (109) and putters (47).
EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Joost Luiten was one of four players who finished one shot behind the champion at the ISPS Handa Wales Open at a wet and windy Celtic Manor Resort.
Titleist was the top golf ball choice of 93 players (60%) in the 156-player field, more than three times the nearest competitor with 26.