Winning for the first time on Tour requires confidence, patience and a lot of hard work. It also takes unwavering trust in your golf ball, something that Rashid Khan and Dimi Papadatos both exhibited on Sunday as they each won for the first time on their respective tours.
Relying on his Pro V1x golf ball, Khan captured his first career Asian Tour title, winning the season-opening Sail SBI Open in New Delhi, India, with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Papadatos also relied on a Pro V1x as he earned his first-career win as a professional with a four-shot victory at the Australasian Tour’s New Zealand Open.
With two more wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 26 – more than four times the nearest competitor with 6 and more than all competitors combined.
In total, 3,381 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 509 and more than all competitors combined.
Check out the Team Titleist Tour Recap below for some quick highlights from this past weekend’s action.
PGA TOUR: Honda Classic
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball choice at the Honda Classic, with 84 players in the 144-player field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than four times the nearest competitors with 20 and more than all competitors combined.
Pro V1x loyalist Ryan Palmer shot four rounds in the 60s at PGA National, posting an 8-under 272 total that earned him a place in a four-player playoff and an eventual T-2 finish. Palmer also finished runner-up at this year’s Humana Challenge in January.
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EUROPEAN TOUR: Tshwane Open
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball choice at the event, with 109 players in the 156-player field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist Brand Ambassadors Michael Hoey and Danie van Tonder each trusted a Pro V1x golf ball and full bags of Titleist golf clubs as they posted final scores of 17-under 271, good for a share of second place.
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ASIAN TOUR/Sail SBI Open:
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball choice at the event, with 124 players in the 150-player field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined.
The 23-year old Rashid Khan, a native of India, opened with a first round 11-under par 61 en route to an 18-under 270 total at his home course.
Khan won on the first playoff hole after hitting what he described as one of the best shots of his life. Lying in the middle of the fairway on the par-5 18th hole at Delhi Golf Club, Khan hit a 269-yard 3-metal that landed pin high and settled on the fringe. His bold play was rewarded when he converted the two-putt for birdie.
"I had to be aggressive. I had to go for it,” Khan explained after the victory. "Awesome. Winning here on my home course is always special and it was really important to get this. It means a lot."
Khan topped a leaderboard that included eight Titleist golf ball loyalists among the 11 players who finished in the Top 10 and ties.
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AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: New Zealand Open:
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball choice at the New Zealand Open, with 108 players in the 136-player field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Dimi Papadatos (Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver, 913F.d fairway metal, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter), who held the overnight lead by one shot at 12-under-par, made the turn in 1-under before making five birdies on the back nine to post a final round of 6-under 66.
He finished at 18-under-par 270, four strokes clear of his closest pursuer.
“I didn’t really think at the start of the week I would have had my name on the trophy,” Papadatos said after the victory, “but as the week started to progress, I thought there was a good chance so I’m pretty happy. I kept believing in myself and telling myself I could do it, the whole way round.”
With the win, Papadatos earned 16 World Rankings points, status on the PGA Tour of Australasia until 2016 and three starts on the Japan Tour.