Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy continues to make the extraordinary look normal. The World No. 1 missed only one fairway and rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for six birdies Sunday to capture the BMW Championship for his third victory in four starts and second consecutive triumph of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
The win maintained McIlroy's postion atop the FedExCup standings while headlining a seven-win week across the worldwide professional tours for players who trusted their games to a Titleist golf ball.
With another standout weekend for Titleist golf ball loyalists, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 129 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined.
McIlroy relied on his Pro V1x golf ball and a full complement of Titleist clubs, including a new 913D3 driver and prototype 913 fairway metals, and carded a final round 5-under 67 to finish at 20-under 268. The 23-year-old McIlroy now leads the PGA Tour with four wins this year.
To go back-to-back, McIlroy also relied on momentum.
“Some suggested that I could have taken a week off and still could have been in the top 5 in the FedExCup standings going into Atlanta, but I felt like I was playing really well and didn't want to stop that run," he said. "I sort of picked up where I left off in Boston, shot 64 the first day here, and just playing with a lot of confidence right now.”
What's In Rory McIlroy's Titleist Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: New 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 913D3 driver to rank T-5 in Driving Distance at the BMW Championship with a 306.9 yard average off the tee. His win also marks the second on the PGA Tour with Titleist's prototype 913 fairway metals. Rory put prototype 13.5º and 18.0º 913 fairway metals in the bag at The Barclays, the first week they were introduced on Tour. Check out the story behind Rory's 913 fitting here.
In addition to his solid long game, Rory acknowledges, “Putting has been a big key to that the last few weeks.” Using his Scotty Cameron putter, Rory averaged 27 putts over four days, tied for eighth among the field. He also ranked first in Eagles (2), and T-5 in birdies (23).
McIlroy's win marks the 17th 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).
"It's been great. The last four weeks, five weeks have been incredible, some of the best golf that I've ever played. I'm going to try and keep the run going for as long as possible,” McIlroy said.
In total, 50 players in the 70-player field trusted Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 6 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also first in drivers (26), hybrids (17) iron sets (28), sand, lob and approach wedges (83) and putters (26).
Of the 26 players that relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, there were a combined 13 new 913D3 (8) and 913D2 (5) models in play. In addtion, six of the 17 Titleist hybrids in play were new prototype 913 hybrids in play.
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LPGA: It took nine playoff holes and an extra day, but Pro V1 loyalist Jiyai Shin finally prevailed to win the Kingsmill Championship on Monday. Shin finished deadlocked at 16-under 268 in regulation, a result that required extra holes. Shin and her playoff competitor traded pars on the par-4 18th eight times in a row before darkness ended play on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. On Monday morning, the two players resumed the playoff, where Shin sealed the win with a two-putt par from 30 feet.
The win marks Shin's first victory since the 2010 Mizuno Classic and her ninth career LPGA victory.
The 2008 Ricoh Women's British Open champion joked after the round, "I know winning is always tough, but not this tough."
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball choice of more players in the Kingsmill Championship field of 144 with 102, more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 10.
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ASIA: Thaworn Wiratchant (Pro V1x) captured the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters at Kota Permai GC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for his record breaking 14th title on the Asian Tour. The 45-year-old closed with a final round 3-under par 69 for a winning total of 16-under 272 to win by three shots.
After the victory, Wiratchant, the only player to win multiple titles on the Asian Tour this year, had a chance to look back on his career.
“The first time I joined the Asian Tour, I couldn’t make the cut. I never thought I would come this far. After I won my first title (1996 Sabah Masters in Malaysia), I thought I could win more and I kept practicing.”
The practice has clearly paid off for the veteran player, who leads the Asian Tour in birdies with 191. The win also pushed him to second place on the Asian Tour’s career earnings list with over $3 million earned in 340 Asian Tour events.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Gaganjeet Bhullar closed with a final round 6-under 66 to finish alone in second place with a 13-under 275 total. Rahman Siddikur (Pro V1x) was among three players to tie for third place, another shot back.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Selangor Masters field in the golf ball category with 104 players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 22.
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ONEASIA: Titleist Brand AmbassadorMatthew Griffinscored the biggest win of his career with a one stroke victory at the Charity High 1 Resort Open in Korea over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador SangHyun Park and Pro V1 loyalist KyungNam Kang.
"I am really, really thrilled," the 29-year-old said after his victory. "This is what I have worked for all my life, so it is absolutely amazing to finally get there. It gives me a lot of security and it also repays the faith that my supporters and sponsors have shown in me over the years."
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 144 in the golf ball category with 103, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 12. Titleist also the field favorite in the iron (52), wedge (160) and putter (67) categories.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Trevor Fisher Jr. followed up his win at the Wild Waves Challenge last week with a playoff victory at the Vodacom Origins of Golf - Northern Cape over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Christiaan Basson. Fisher finished the final four holes of regulation with an eagle, birdie, par, birdie to sign for the same 14-under par total as Basson. Fisher earned the victory with a birdie on the first playoff hole.
“It’s always nice to win," said Fisher. "Last week was nice because it was at the coast, and to follow it up is always difficult. So I’m very chuffed. But I didn’t think I was going to win coming down the last five holes. I bleed for Christiaan, because I’ve been in his situation a few times where you’ve got a lead and somebody snatches it away from you.”
Doug McGuigan (Pro V1x) finished in solo third, two shots out of the playoff, and was followed by Titleist golf ball loyalist Danie van Tonder (Pro V1x), another two shots back. Two more Titleist Brand Ambassadors - Justin Harding and Colin Nel tied for fifth position, as the top six finishers all relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including five full product line loyalists.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 72 in the golf ball category with 54, more than four times the nearest competitor with 13.
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EUROPEAN: Titleist was the top choice of more players in the KLM Open field of 156 in the golf ball category with 94, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 24.
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PGA TOUR LATINOAMÉRICA: In Merida, Mexico, Tommy Cocha fired a final round 4-under 68 to become the first tournament champion on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s Mundo Maya Open.
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JAPAN: Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Toshin Golf Tournament field in the golf ball (55) and wedge (106) categories.