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Picking up where he left off in 2013 by winning the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson earned his 11th official PGA TOUR title with a one-shot win over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Johnson, who earned a spot in the field by capturing the 2013 BMW Championship, closed with a 7-under par 66, which tied for the best score of the day, en route to a 19-under par 273 victory total. Johnson trusted his Pro V1x golf ball to navigate the terrain of the par 73 Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort in Maui that stretches to 7,452 yards.
This also marks his second win in as many events with a new set of AP2 (714 series) irons he put in the bag for the first time at the World Challenge last month. He will be seeking an Hawaiian sweep when he heads to the Sony Open in Hawaii at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu this week - an event he won in 2009.
What's in Zach Johnson's Bag?
Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: 913D2 (8.5º) driver with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 73 X shaft
Fairways: 913F.d (15º) fairway metal with Fujikura Motore VC7.0 X shaft and 913F (17º) fairway metal with Diamana Blue B80 X shaft
Hybrid: 909H (21º) hybrid with Speeder 904 S shaft
Irons: AP1 4-iron (712) with Dynamic Gold X100 shaft and AP2 (714) irons (5-9) with Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48º), sand (54º) and lob (60º) wedges with Dynamic Gold S400
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TOP CHOICE(S): Titleist topped the ball count at the Hyundai TOC with 19 (63%) players in the field of 30, nearly five times more than the nearest competitor with 4 ... With 19 more players trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x , Titleist increased its 2013-14 PGA TOUR player count to 453, more than five times the nearest competitor with 84 … With the wraparound schedule being utilized on the U.S. PGA and European Tours, Titleist already owns an overwhelming ball count of 840 players, compared to 134 for its nearest competitor … Titleist was also the Hyundai TOC favorite in irons (8/27%), sand, lob and approach wedges (26/39%) and putters (10/33%) ... Eight players (27%) also teed off with a Titleist driver, one shy of the leader.
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TITLEIST LEADERBOARD: The top five finishers and eight of the top 10 all relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success at the Hyundai TOC. Following the 1-2 finish of Johnson (Pro V1x) and Spieth (Pro V1x) was fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (Pro V1x) and Titleist golf ball loyalist Kevin Streelman (Pro V1x), who tied for third, a shot behind Spieth. Jason Dufner (Pro V1) was solo fifth, one shot ahead of fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott (Pro V1) and Titleist golf ball loyalist Billy Horschel (Pro V1x), who were among four players who tied for sixth … Horschel fired a final round 7-under par 66, tying Zach Johnson for low score of the day … Titleist golf ball loyalists have won six of the first seven events on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR … Even prior to his victory, Johnson led the Hyundai TOC field in official PGA TOUR victories with 10.
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SPIETH AMONG TEE-THROUGH-GREEN LEADERS: After researching his performance stats, it was no surprise that Jordan Spieth threatened to earn his second career PGA TOUR title … Trusting Titleist equipment from tee-to-green, the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year finished 8th in Driving Distance (275.1 ypd), T2 in Greens in Regulation (83.33%), 4th in Strokes Gained Putting (1.005) and 10th in Putts Per Greens in Regulation (1.733). He also posted the tournament’s second longest drive with a 396 yard blast on Monday and just two bogeys over 72 holes.