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Posted: April 4, 2011
Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis made the splash everyone was waiting for Sunday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, making her first LPGA victory a major championship while leading a 1-2 finish for Titleist Pro V1x golf ball players.Lewis, who overcame scoliosis and major corrective surgery as a teenager and finished T-5 at the 2007 Kraft as an amateur, closed with a 3-under 69 for a three shot victory at the Dinah Shore course at Mission Hills Country Club.
Her final round included four birdies, just one bogey and a clutch 20-foot par putt from the fringe on No. 17 that will register as one of the event's lasting images.It marked the 33rd victory for Titleist golf ball loyalists across the worldwide professional tours in 2011, more than five times the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined.Of course, Lewis celebrated by taking the traditional plunge into Poppie's Pond, surely an unsurprising scene to anyone that has followed her career.
"It doesn't even feel real yet. I don't know. I'm still trying to figure out if I actually won, but I played so good today," said Lewis, 26, a former star golfer at the University of Arkansas who won the LPGA's Q-School in 2008.
"I was just proud of the way I hung in there and made some key putts, especially on 17... I was shocked it went in... It was a putt you had to hit on the perfect line with the perfect speed for it to go in."
Lewis finished the four rounds at 13-under 275, three shots ahead of three-time major champion fellow Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng, her main challenger over the final two days."It's huge. I mean I know I can play with the best players in the world now," Lewis said.Lewis and Tseng were two of 81 players at the Kraft Nabsico Championship that trusted Titleist golf balls, nine times the nearest competitor with nine. In total, 3,981 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition across the worldwide professional tours in 2011, more than six times the nearest competitor with 637 and more than all competitors combined.• EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist David Horsey became the first player to win on the European Tour playing the new Pro V1x golf ball, making a hole-in-one early in his round and then sinking a 3-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff to capture the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco."I'm relieved more than anything," said Horsey of surviving the three-man playoff that also included Pro V1 loyalist Rhys Davies. All three players finished at 13-under 274."I made hard work of that coming down the last," said Horsey.His final-round 3-under 69 also included an ace at the 220-yard par-3 second hole.“It is not very often that you get off to a start like that on the last day of a tournament – especially when you are in a position to win," said Horsey, who also made an ace earlier this season at the Joburg Open."Obviously there is a certain amount of luck involved in a hole in one but it really set me up for the rest of the day.”Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 70 players, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Tom Lehman fired a final round 3-under 69 to win the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic for his second Champions Tour title of 2011 and fourth of his career.Lehman's 16-under 200 total was good enough for a four-shot victory. His second-round 8-under 64, which featured seven back-nine birdies, set the course record at Fallen Oak."It was hard-earned," Lehman told PGATour.com. "As nice as yesterday was, today was rugged with the wind the way it was blowing. I thought some of the holes, especially on the front nine against the wind were really difficult."Lehman was one of 52 players at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic that played a Titleist golf ball, more than four times the nearest competitor with 12. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (23); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (T-52); and Putters (20). PGA TOUR: Nine Titleist golf ball players finished in the Top 10 and ties at the Shell Houston Open. In total, 95 players trusted Titleist golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined.Titleist was also first in Hybrids (34), including 21 new 910H models; Iron Sets (42): Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (121); and Putters (55).