Shanshan Feng Trusts Pro V1x to First Major Title, Leads 5-Win Week for Titleist Players
Posted: June 11, 2012
On the most significant Sunday of her young career, 22-year-old Shanshan Feng trusted a Titleist Pro V1x to near-perfection.
In a historic display of confidence and precision, Feng closed out the Wegman's LPGA Championship with a bogey-free 5-under 67 to come from behind and win her first LPGA title and major championship.
Feng's breakthrough performance highlighted a five-win week for Titleist players around the world, including Pro V1x loyalist Lee Westwood's 22nd European Tour title.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now combined for 75 wins across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 10 and more than all competitors combined.
A total of 9,098 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,492 and more than all other golf balls combined.
Feng's Sunday at the Wegman's LPGA was simply stunning. Her 67 was not only the best round of the day, but also the tournament, resulting in a 6-under 282 total.
She hit 16 greens in regulation and missed only three fairways, avoiding Locust Hill Country Club's costly, gnarly rough, on her way to five birdies spread throughout the round.
The final birdie came on 17, where Feng rolled her Pro V1x in from 7 feet to help clinch the two-shot victory over a host of major champions.
"I would say first of all I'm really, really, happy that I won the tournament. I still can't believe it. I think after this week it's going to give me a lot more confidence. I believe I can win again in the future," said Feng, the first player from mainland China to win on the LPGA. Earlier this year, she became the first Chinese player to win on the Ladies European Tour.
"Hopefully it's going to help golf in China because I want to be (tennis star) Li Na for golf in China. I want to be like a model that the other juniors can follow my steps and get on the LPGA."
Feng was one of 100 players in the field that relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than six times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined.
• EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Lee Westwood shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s (68-64-68-68) as he cruised to his third-career victory at the Nordea Masters in Sweden.
Westwood's 19-under 269 victory total at Bro Hof Slott GC was the result of total confidence and control, his final round highlighted by a 7-footer for eagle at No. 12 and a 5-foot birdie putt at the 15th.
“I played really well this week – you don’t win tournaments by five shots without playing well,” said Westwood.
"I hit some really solid shots. It didn’t look like I was hitting it close on the last three holes but I can tell you those last three holes I hit it exactly where I wanted to every time."
Westwood recorded his first European Tour victory in this event in 1996 and won again in 2000.
• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Titleist players finished in each of the top three positions at the season's second senior major, as Tom Lehman withstood day-long rain and challenges from fellow Pro V1 loyalists and co-runners-up Bernhard Langer and Chien Soon Lu to win his second straight Regions Tradition.
"Today was a real test of perseverance, just trying to move the ball forward. Don't try to bite off too much, don't get too aggressive," said Lehman. "Just play shots I know I can hit."
Lehman shot a final round 4-under 68 for a 14-under 274 total and two-shot victory at Shoal Creek, becoming the fourth player to win the Regions Tradition multiple times. The win also marks Lehman's sixth Champions Tour victory.
Titleist was the top golf ball choice of 53 players in the 76-player field, more than five times the nearest competitor with nine and more than all other golf balls combined.
Titleist also led in iron sets (19); and sand, lob and approach wedges (57).
• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Lee Williams (Pro V1x) won the Mexico Open for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke victory over Paul Haley II (Pro V1).
Williams finished at 14-under 274 at El Bosque, while Haley, who won the Chile Classic in March, shot a final round 4-under 68.
A total of 108 players in the field trusted Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist was also first in iron sets (51); sand, lob and approach wedges (175); and putters (57).
• CANADIAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Andrew Roque fired a final round 9-under 61 to rally and win the Times Colonist Island Savings Open.
Roque, the first-round leader and Canadian Tour Q School medalist, finished at 14-under-par 266 to win by three strokes at Uplands Golf Club.
The 23-year-old made the turn in 2-under for the day, and then caught fire down the stretch, birdieing his final seven holes of the day.
• PGA TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador John Merrick (Pro V1x) shot a final round 1-under 69 to match his best PGA Tour finish with a runner-up performance at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He finished one shot behind the champion and was followed by four players who tied for third, including Nick O'Hern (Pro V1 ), Chad Campbell (Pro V1x) and Ryan Palmer (Pro V1x).
Titleist was the top golf ball choice of 103 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also the No. 1 choice in sand, lob and approach wedges (124); and putters (65).