Titleist Brand Ambassador JC Ritchie (Pro V1) fired a sizzling final round 8-under-par 64 en route to capturing the Zimbabwe Open for his maiden Sunshine Tour title.
Ritchie’s road to victory had an unlikely start, with the South African finding himself in a hole after his first seven holes of the tournament. But Ritchie bounced back with 29 birdies to tie Titleist golf ball loyalist Trevor Fisher, Jr. at 16-under-par in regulation play.
“I actually started the week off quite rough,” said Ritchie. “Seven-over-par after seven holes. I made an eagle-two on the ninth and that’s where it turned around for me.”
Ritchie sealed the dramatic win on the second hole of his playoff with Fisher, Jr., sinking a curling, right to left 13-foot putt on the 18th green at Royal Harare Golf Club.
“That was unreal golf,” said Ritchie after the breakthrough win. “I really enjoyed it and never really felt like I was out of contention. It was one of the best putting expositions I’ve had in my entire life.”
Titleist golf ball loyalist Oliver Bekker (Pro V1) finished solo 3rd, a shot out of the playoff.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jean Hugo (Pro V1) finished solo 5th, four shots behind the champion.
Let’s take a closer look at the equipment that JC Ritchie trusted this week at in South Africa.
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: 917D3 (8.5°)
Fairway: 917F2 (15°)
Irons: 716 T-MB (2,3), 716 MB (5-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM6 pitching (46°), gap (52°), sand (56°) and lob (60°)
TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS
Titleist was the overwhelming field favorite in golf balls at the Zimbabwe Open with 123 players trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than five times the nearest competitor with 23 and more than all competitors combined.