We continue our trip down the 2013 highlight lane with a look back at Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stenson's charge to the top of the FedExCup.
Henrik's win at East Lake capped off a season of success that featured two wins during the Playoffs (TOUR Championship and Deustsche Bank Championship) and Top 10 finishes in the 18 events he played on the PGA Tour. And let's not forget, he also claimed top honors in the European Tour's Race to Dubai.
Congrats again on an amazing year, Henrik!
Henrik Stenson Trusts Pro V1x to FedExCup Championship
Originally Posted September 23, 2013
In the twilight shadows of East Lake Golf Club, Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stenson stood at the winner's presentation with two trophies in hand-- one for the Tour Championship and one for the FedExCup Championship.
"It was a great day, great week, and it's been a great year," said Stenson following the ceremony.
In a consistent performance at East Lake, Stenson posted a 13-under par 267 victory total, three shots clear of Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker.
Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for more than half of the select 30-player field at the season-ending TOUR Championship with 16, including nine full product line Titleist Brand Ambassadors.
Stenson's win marked the 2,013th (2013) with a Pro V1 model golf ball across the worldwide professional tours since the Titleist Pro V1 was introduced to tour players in October 2000.
Titleist golf ball players have now earned 119 victories across the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 33 and more than all golf balls combined. In total, 17,875 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2013 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,651.
Triumphant against the best players on Tour, Stenson's late-season performance displayed an undeniable command of his entire game. And after this campaign, both his command and his determination have come to define the career of the big Swede.
Still, for Stenson, the victory is more than a defining moment of his career. "It shows that I never give up," said Stenson, who moves to No. 4 in the official world golf rankings.
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PGA TOUR: Tour Championship
Stenson closed with a 2-under par 68 to win the event and the season-long FedExCup which carries the largest prize in golf ($10 million). It was the second victory of the FedExCup Playoffs for Stenson, who also won the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists swept each of the four FedExCup Playoffs events, as Stenson (Pro V1x) won the TOUR Championship and the Deutsche Bank Championship, while Zach Johnson (Pro V1x) captured the BMW Championship and Adam Scott (Pro V1) started off the Playoffs by winning The Barclays.
Jordan Spieth closed with a 64, and Steve Stricker closed with a 65 at East Lake. Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson, finished another shot back as Titleist players secured the top four positions on the leaderboard.
After becoming the first European to win the FedExCup Playoffs, Henrik would love to become the first player to win both the FedExCup and the Race for Dubai. "It's going to take some good play. I'm going to try my hardest to accomplish that."
What’s in Steve Stricker's Bag?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver (8.5°), 910Fd fairway metal (13.5°), 913H hybrid (19.0°), AP2 irons (3-PW), Vokey Design Spin Milled sand wedge (54°) and SM4 lob wedge (60°).
What’s in Jordan Spieth's Bag?:Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 910D2 driver (8.5°), 913Hd hybrid (18.0°), AP2 irons (4-9°), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (46°), gap (52°), sand (56°) and lob (59°) wedges, Scotty Cameron SC-009 prototype putter.
What’s in Webb Simpson's Bag?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver (10.5°), 913F fairway metal (15.0°), 913Fd fairway metal (18.0°), 913Hd hybrid (20.0°), 680 irons (4-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°), sand (54°) and lob (58°) wedges.