Martin Laird's Comeback Victory at Bay Hill Highlights Six-Win Week for Pro V1x Players
Posted: March 28, 2011
Pro V1x loyalist Martin Laird's fight to the finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational was both trying and triumphant, a formula that only resulted in great fulfillment for the 28-year-old Scot.
"It was a battle out there, but you know, it makes it even sweeter at the end when I got this trophy," said Laird, who rallied from a three-shot deficit with four holes play Sunday at Bay Hill to capture his second PGA Tour title, one of six wins on the week for Pro V1x golf ball players.
Titleist golf ball players have now won 12 out of the first 14 PGA Tour events to begin 2011 – and 30 total events across the worldwide professional tours, five times the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined.
Laird birdied two of his final four holes and two-putted from 90 feet on Bay Hill's perilous 18th green, rolling in his Pro V1x golf ball from 3 1/2 feet for par to capture the one-shot victory over fellow Pro V1x loyalist Steve Marino.
Laird closed with a 3-over 75, but then again no one in the final three groups Sunday broke par on the treacherous Bay Hill layout.
"Obviously very, very happy," said Laird, who made back-to-back birdie on Nos. 15-16, including a tricky left-to-right 15-footer on the 16th. "That was a tough fight out there."
Laird finished at 8-under 280, becoming the first European to win at Bay Hill in the event's 33-year history.
He was also one of 75 players at the Arnold Palmer Championship that trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than five times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.
Six of the top seven players on the leaderboard trusted Titleist golf balls – including Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman who tied for third at 6-under 282.
Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (30): Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (94); and Putters (42).
• EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Paul Lawrie won the Open de Andalucía for his sixth European Tour title, closing with an even-par 70 at Parador de Malaga Golf for a one-shot victory.
Like fellow Scot and Pro V1x loyalist Martin Laird, Lawrie recovered from a sluggish start to take hold of the tournament down the stretch. He made four birdies in the first five holes of his back nine, needing only a bogey in No. 18 to secure the victory.
"I played lovely and the putter behaved better. I got on a nice run at the right time," said Lawrie. "I started hitting beautiful shots on the back nine. I birdied ten, 11 and 12, and then did a great up and down on 14 for birdie just at the right moment.
“I must say that I felt under control even when I was above par at the start, and when you get into that attitude good things happen."
Lawrie finished at 12-under 268, one shot better than fellow Pro V1x loyalist Johan Edfors. Pro V1x loyalist Felibe Aguilar was another shot back in third.
A total of 86 players in the field trusted Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 19. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (35); and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (152).
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Brett Wetterich teed up a New Pro V1x golf ball for the first time in competition at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open and found himself in the winner's circle on Sunday, shooting a final-round 2-under 69 for a one-shot victory.
"I love this place. This course just fits me perfectly," Wetterich, who also won this event in 2003, told PGATour.com. "This is a great feeling. I can't be any happier."
It was the third Nationwide Tour title for Wetterich, who also has one win on the PGA Tour (2006 Byron Nelson Championship).
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open with 102 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (32): Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (148); and Putters (62).
• ASIAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand won the season-opening SAIL Open in New Delhi, converting a 3-foot birdie putt on the final hole to capture his first career Asian Tour title.
The 21-year-old Aphibarnrat fired a final round 4-under 68 to finish at 16-under 272, edging overnight leader and Pro V1x loyalist Siddikur by one shot.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the SAIL Open with 112 players, seven times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined.
• CANADIAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Adam Hadwin cruised to victory at the Pacific Colombia Tour Championship, closing in 3-under 69 to win by six shots and earn his second Canadian Tour title.
Hadwin, 23, finished the Tour de las Americas/Canadian Tour co-sanctioned event at 25-under par 263, shooting all four rounds in the 60s.
• ONEASIA TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Andre Stolz won the Indonesia PGA Championship, rolling his New Pro V1x golf ball in for birdies on the final two holes at the Imperial Klub Golf in Jakarta to capture the victory in the OneAsia Tour's season-opening event.
Stolz closed with a 4-under 68 to finish at 14-under 274, one shot ahead of fellow Pro V1x loyalist Rory Hie.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Indonesia PGA Championship with 124 players, more than 11 times the nearest competitor with 11. Titleist was also first in Fairway Metals (55); Hybrids (64); Iron Sets (62); and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (163).
• LPGA: Eight of the top 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties at the KIA Classic relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 108 players, more than nine times the nearest competitor with 11.