It was a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist golf ball loyalists at the Lorena Ochoa Match Play, where Sei Young Kim (Pro V1) held off Ariya Jutanugarn (Pro V1x) 1-up for her sixth LPGA Tour title.
"It was a really tough day today," Kim said. "I never had such a hard win like today. I am happy that I was able to win and hold this trophy."
Titleist golf ball loyalist M.J. Hur (Pro V1) placed third, overcoming a five-hole deficit to win the consolation match in 22 holes.
In the championship, Jutanugarn won the par-5 17th with a birdie before Kim finished the match with a halve for par on the par-4 18th.
Speaking about Jutanugarn after the finals, Kim said, "She is an aggressive player. Even with the 3-up start, I was still very nervous and focused in making birdies. I just kept playing as if I was 1 down."
In the morning semifinals, Kim beat Hur 5 and 4, while Jutanugarn won her match 4 and 3.
Congratulations, Sei Young!
TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Lorena Ochoa Match Play with 49 players in the field of 60 relying on a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 6.
The win marks the eighth for Titleist golf ball loyalists through the first 10 events this season, compared to one for the nearest competitors.
Sei Young Kim joins Haru Nomura (Pro V1x), Cristie Kerr (Pro V1), So-Yeon Ryu (Pro V1), Mirim Lee (Pro V1x), Brittany Lincicome (Pro V1x), Ha Na Jang (Pro V1) and Amy Yang (Pro V1) in the 2017 Titleist Winners Circle.
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