Luke Donald Trusts Titleist Pro V1x to BMW PGA Championship Victory, Ninth Consecutive Top-10 Finish

Posted: May 30, 2011

The crowning glory for Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald's recent run of consistency and success came Sunday at the BMW PGA Championship, where the Englishman raised his second trophy of the season to rise to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Donald prevailed in an all-Titleist playoff with fellow Pro V1x loyalist Lee Westwood at the Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, contributing to a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the globe.

So far in 2011, Titleist golf ball players have combined for 58 victories across the worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with 11.

A total of 7,425 players have trusted Titleist golf balls in competition this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,187 and more than all competitors combined.

Through the first five months of this season, Donald has been nothing but dead-on, finishing in the top 10 in nine consecutive events, including last week's runner-up finish at the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

It's certainly a list worth noting: WGC-Accenture Match Play (1); Honda Classic (T-10); WGC-Cadillac Championship (T-6); Masters (T-4); The Heritage (2); Zurich Classic of New Orleans (T-8), The Players Championship (T-4); Volvo World Match Play (2); and BMW PGA Championship (1).

 In his past 15 starts dating back to last season, Donald has only finished outside the top 10 once.

"If the world No. 1 ranking is based on consistency, yes, I have been the most consistent this year. I have been giving myself opportunities every week… I've had a great run, and you know, it pays to be consistent," Donald said.

"I've always said, winning is always at the top of the list. It's always the top of the goals. I'm not going to lie, being No. 1 feels fantastic. It's a great honor, a great achievement. But you know, winning is what got me there."

To win on Sunday, Donald hit his approach on the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th, to 4 feet and rolled in his Pro V1x golf ball for birdie.

Donald (64-72-72-72-70) and Westwood (72-69-69-68) both finished regulation at 6-under 278, two shots clear of the field.

Donald and Westwood were two of 85 players in the field that trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than three times the nearest competitor with 24 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in iron sets (41); and sand, lob and approach wedges (154).

For the week, Donald ranked third in Greens in Regulation (70.8 percent) and fourth in Putts Per G.I.R. (1.69), once again showcasing the short-game and shot-making control for which he is renowned.

Donald currently leads the PGA Tour in Scoring Average (69.16).

"A big win back at the Match Play, and a big win here. It's obviously been a great year so far, and just because I'm at No. 1 doesn't mean that I'm done now," said Donald. "I've still got a lot of work to do, hopefully a lot of titles to pick up, and hopefully I can keep going from strength-to-strength."

Team Titleist recently caught up with Luke to talk about his short game and the importance of having confidence in his Pro V1x golf ball.

"My golf ball does what I tell it to do most of the time and I'm very fortunate about that," he said.

Check out the video below to hear what else Luke had to say…