In the Labor Day finale of the Deutsche Bank Championship, Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy birdied four of his first six holes, erasing a 3-shot deficit en route to his first victory in a FedExCup playoff event.
McIlroy, who relied on his Pro V1x golf ball and a full complement of Titleist clubs, including a new prototype 913 driver and prototype 913 fairway metals, shot a final-round 4-under 67 to finish at 20-under 264, one shot ahead of fellow Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen. The win, his third PGA Tour title of the season, moved McIlroy into the lead for the FedExCup race and capped a four-win week across the worldwide golf tours for players who trusted their games to a Titleist golf ball.
"Three is a great number," McIlroy said after the win. "I'd like to make it four or five. I'm very pleased at how hard I worked on my game leading up to these few weeks, because I felt like it was nearly there and I just needed to stay patient."
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 122 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined.
The 23-year-old McIlroy, who in August became the youngest ever to win the PGA Championship, now becomes the youngest to ever win a FedExCup playoff event. The win also marks the second straight playoff event victory for Titleist Brand Ambassadors, following Nick Watney's win last week at The Barclays. Check out the full story here.
What's In Rory McIlroy's Titleist Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Prototype 913D3 8.5º (Mitsubishi Diamana Prototype 70X), C•2 SureFit Tour setting
Fairway Metals: Prototype 913 13.5º (Fujikura ZCom Pro 95) and 18.0º (Fujikura Rombax Pro 95)
Irons: Titleist MB 3-9 (True Temper Project X 7.0)
Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 46º, 54º, 60º (True Temper Project X 6.5)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport GSS prototype
McIlroy relied on his new Titleist 913 prototype driver to rank T-5 in Driving Distance at the Deutsche Bank Championship with a 310.3 yard average off the tee. His win also marks the first on the PGA Tour with Titleist's new prototype 913 fairway metals. Rory put new 13.5º and 18.0º 913 prototypes in the bag at The Barclays, the first week that the new prototype 913 fairway metals and hybrids were introduced on Tour. Check out the story behind Rory's 913F prototype fitting here.
In addition to his solid long game, putting was a huge key to McIlroy's success at Deutsche Bank. Using his Scotty Cameron putter, Rory only needed 103 putts over four days, leading the field with an average of 1.43 putts per hole. He also ranked first in Birdies (25), Putts Per Green in Regulation (1.521) and ranked second in Strokes Gained - Putting (1.67).
McIlroy's win marks the 16th win by a Titleist Brand Ambassador this year on the PGA Tour. Joining McIlroy with multiple victories on the PGA Tour are Jason Dufner (Zurich Classic, Byron Nelson Championship) and Zach Johnson (Crowne Plaza Invitational, John Deere Classic). Additional full product line Titleist ambassadors to win in 2012 include: Steve Stricker (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Kyle Stanley(Waste Management Phoenix Open), Bill Haas (Northern Trust Open), Ben Curtis (Valero Texas Open), Webb Simpson (U.S. Open), Marc Leishman (Travelers Championship), Scott Stallings (True South Classic) and Scott Piercy (RBC Canadian Open).
Also finishing in the Top 10 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott tied for 7th along with Pro V1 loyalist Jeff Overton and Titleist Brand Ambassador Bryce Molder finished alone in 9th.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Deutsche Bank Championship field of 98 in the golf ball category with 71, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 9. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (34), wedge (107) and putter (39) categories.
A total of 32 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 19 new prototype 913D3 (12) and 913D2 (7) models. A total of 37 players relied upon Titleist fairway metals at the event, including a combined 13 new prototype 913Fd (12) and 913F (7) models.
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WEB.COM: Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Streb fired a final round 7-under 64 to capture the Mylan Classic for his first career Web.com Tour win. The rookie, who posted four consecutive rounds in the 60s en route to a tournament-record 18-under 266 total, finished four shots clear of fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Matt Weibring and golf ball loyalist Brad Fritsch (Pro V1) and third-round leader Cliff Kresge (Pro V1x). Two-time winner and Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Kohles rounded out the top five, another shot back.
"This is awesome. I finally won somewhere other than my home course," said Streb after the win. (His last two victories came in the Oklahoma State Open at Oaktree Country Club in Edmond.) "I didn't think I needed a 64 today. I figured if I got to 15 or 16-under I'd have a pretty good chance. The 64 didn't hurt. It gave me some breathing room."
What's in Robert Streb's Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Prototype 913D3 8.5º
Fairway Metals: Prototype 913 13.5º
Irons: Titleist CB (2, 4 - PW)
Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 52º, 56º, 60º
Putter: Scotty Cameron Laguna 2.5
With the victory, Streb moved from No. 23 to No. 4 on the 2012 money list with seven events left on the schedule, virtually ensuring himself of a promotion to the PGA TOUR for 2013. Trusting Titleist equipment from tee-to-green, Streb finished tied for third in driving accuracy (44 of 56), tied for 20th in greens in regulation (53 of 72) and second in total putts (108).
Fellow rookie and Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Kohles continued his impressive start as a professional. Kohles, who became the first player in Tour history to win his first two starts as a professional, now has three top-5s in his first four Tour starts. He won the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational and the Cox Classic and was 60th at the Price Cutter Charity Championship. He remains No. 3 on the money list.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 156 in the golf ball category with 112, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (50), wedge (179) and putter (65) categories. A total of 36 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 28 who chose the new prototype 913D3 (21) and 913D2 (7) models.
The win is the 13th for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2012 Web.com Tour, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2.
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JAPAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyung-Tae Kim closed with a 3-under 68 for a come-from-behind, one-shot win at the Fujisankei Classic. It marked the fifth career Japan Golf Tour title for Kim, who finished with an 8-under-par 276 victory total on his 26th birthday.
"It's like I have treated myself to a present. It's perfect," said Kim, who was the Order of Merit winner on the Japan Tour in 2010.
What's in K.T. Kim's Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Prototype 913D3 8.5º
Hybrid: 910H 17.0º
Irons: Titleist CB (3-5) and Titleist MB (6-9)
Wedge: Vokey Design 48º, 52º, 58º
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field in the golf ball (50) and wedge (94) categories.
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SOUTH AFRICAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Trevor Fisher, Jr. (Pro V1x, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) carded a final round 4-under par 66 to win the Wild Waves Challenge by two shots. It marked the fifth career Sunshine Tour victory for Fisher who posted a 13-under par 197 victory total.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Oliver Bekker (Pro V1x, prototype 913D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) finished in solo third position, three strokes behind Fisher, while Titleist golf ball loyalist Danie van Tonder (Pro V1x) finished a further shot back in fourth place. Ulrich van den Berg (Pro V1x) was solo fifth, another shot back, as four of the top five finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 111 in the golf ball category with 81.
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EUROPEAN: Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 156 in the golf ball category with 96 (62%), over four times the nearest competitor with 23.
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KOREAN: Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 150 in the golf ball category with 98 (65%), more than four times the nearest competitor with 22.