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Posted: May 6, 2013
Wether it's a rookie or veteran, in a playoff or a runaway, winning a tournament is what all golfers dream about. This weekend, eight players trusting a Titleist golf ball turned those dreams into reality by earning victories across the globe.Adding these wins to the tally, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x loyalists have now won 54 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all other competitors combined.In a weekend of global performance we saw PGA Tour rookie and Pro V1x loyalist Derek Ernst, who qualified as the fourth alternate at the Wells Fargo Championship, earn his first career PGA Tour victory while Titleist Brand Ambassador Brett Rumford trusted his Pro V1x golf ball to claim his second consecutive win on the European Tour, and on the LPGA Tour, Pro V1 loyalist Cristie Kerr prevailed in a playoff to capture her 16th career title.At the Insperity Championship, Pro V1x loyalist Esteban Toledo became the first Mexican winner in Champions Tour history with his win and Pro V1x loyalist Brendan Todd earned his second career Web.com title at the Stadion Classic at UGA.Completing the Titleist winner’s circle for the weekend, Titleist Brand Ambassadors Michio Matsumura (Winner – Chunichi Crowns), Bernd Wiesberger (Winner - CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters) and James Kingston (Winner - Investec Royal Swazi Open) all stood atop the leaderboards after the final putts had fallen. This is Team Titleist, let’s wrap-up the week…
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PGA: Wells Fargo Championship
Winner: Pro V1x loyalist Derek Ernst
On the 72nd hole, Ernst stood in the fairway knowing he needed to make birdie. He went on to hit his approach within feet of the hole.
"I was trying to hit it as close as I possibly could," Ernst said in the post-round interview. "Just kind of if I stuck to my game, then whatever happened, happened. If I win, great."
The 22-year old rookie went on to birdie the closing hole of regulation to close with a 2-under par 70 and an 8-under par 280, qualifying him for the playoff. Ernst then converted a par on the first hole of the sudden death playoff to enter the winner's circle.
"Yeah, this feeling is unbelievable right now. Just at the beginning of the week not even knowing I was going to be in the field," added Ernst. "I was fourth alternate last time I heard, and then a couple people dropped out so I got in. All week long it just felt really‑‑ my swing felt good."
Ernst was playing only his ninth PGA Tour event and was No. 1,207 in the world ranking when he entered the field. The victory at Quail Hollow earns Ernst a two-year PGA Tour exemption, gets him into The PLAYERS Championship this week, and qualifies him for two World Golf Championships, the PGA Championship, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions next year at Kapalua and the Masters next April. And he also jumped to No. 123 in the latest World Golf Rankings.
Fellow Pro V1x loyalists Robert Karlsson and Lee Westwood tied for fourth place, two shots out of the playoff, as three of the top five finishers trusted Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 156 with 106 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 20. Titleist also was the overwhelming top choice in the sand, lob and approach wedges (154), and putter (61) categories.
EUROPEAN: Volvo China Open
Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador Brett Rumford
Carrying the momentum from last week's win at the Ballantine's Championship, Rumford finished with a four-shot victory over fellow Pro V1x loyalist Mikko Ilonen. Rumford started the final round one shot clear of Ilonen, but thanks to a string of birdies, he closed with a 4-under par 68 and a 16-under 272 victory total. Rumford, who won last week's event in South Korea in a sudden death playoff, now has five career European Tour victories and vaulted to the top of The Race to Dubai standings with this week's win. It marked the second runner-up finish of the year for Ilonen.Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 150 with 102 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 21. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (53) and sand, lob and approach wedges (161) categories.
LPGA: Kingsmill Championship
Winner: Pro V1 loyalist Cristie Kerr
With a par on the second hole of a sudden death playoff, Kerr captured victory for the third time in her career at Kingsmill, which marked her 16th career LGPA title. Kerr closed with a 2-under par 69 and finished regulation at 12-under 272 to force the playoff.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 144 with 97 players, nearly nine times the nearest competitor with 11.
CHAMPIONS: Insperity Championship
Winner: Pro V1x loyalist Esteban Toledo
It was a three-way, all-Titleist Pro V1x playoff at the Insperity Championship, where Esteban Toledo topped Mike Goodes with a par on the third extra hole after the Gene Sauers had been eliminated on the second hole.
The 50-year-old Toledo, making his ninth start on the Champions Tour, eagled the opening hole of the final round and finished with a 5-under 67 to match Goodes and Sauers at 6-under 210.Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 81 with 63 players, more than ten times the nearest competitor with 6. Titleist also was the top choice in the irons (17), sand, lob and approach wedges (50) and putter (16) categories.
WEB.COM: Stadion Classic at UGA
Winner: Pro V1x loyalist Brendon Todd
Todd earned his second career title, and his first since 2008, when steady rains forced the cancellation of the final round of the Stadion Classic at UGA and the tournament reverted back to the 54-hole standings. Todd’s 2-under par 69 on Saturday moved him to 8-under 205, one shot better than playing partner Tim Wilkinson (Pro V1x). Wilkinson matched his career-best finish, while Todd advanced to No. 4 on the Web.com money list with the win.The University of Georgia Golf Course was determined to be unplayable by tournament officials after more than 2 ½ inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period.Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 156 with 102 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19. Titleist also was the overwhelming top choice in the utility iron (16), iron (47) and sand, lob and approach wedges (144) categories.
JAPAN: Chunichi Crowns
Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador Michio Matsumura
Michio Matsumura (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 913Hd hybrid, 712U 4-iron, AP2 irons, Vokey Design SM4 gap and lob wedges) closed with a 3-under par 67 to finish with a 2-under par 278 winning total. Matsumura began the final round two strokes off the pace, but the 29-year-old jumped into the lead with birdies on four of his first seven holes en route to the victory.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field with 42 players. Titleist was also tops in the sand, lob and approach wedges category with 85 Vokey Design models in play.
ASIA: CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters
Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger
Bernd Wiesberger (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 712U 3-iron, CB Irons, Vokey Design gap, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo putter) closed with a 5-under par 67 to finish with a 15-under 273 victory total and a one-shot win.Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 150 with 98 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (50) and sand, lob and approach wedges (160) categories.
SOUTH AFRICA: Investec Royal Swazi Open
Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador James Kingston
Kingston drained a clutch 12-foot putt in the sudden death playoff for the win, after accumulating 45 points in the modified Stableford system scoring format that awarded 8 points for an albatross, 5 for an eagle, 2 for a birdie, none for a par, and one point deducted for each bogey and three points deducted for a double bogey or worse. Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Darryn Lloyd and Mark Williams tied for third place, one point out of the playoff.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 72 with 55 players, five times the nearest competitor with 11.