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Posted: February 18, 2013
From all corners of the earth, players who rely on a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x for their success proved again Sunday why Titleist is the #1 ball in golf.
On the PGA Tour, hometown favorite and Titleist Brand Ambassador John Merrick trusted his New 2013 Pro V1x to his first career victory on the PGA Tour in a playoff victory at the Northern Trust Open. The LPGA began their season this week and Pro V1 loyalist Jiyai Shin trusted her New 2013 Pro V1 to a come-from-behind victory at the ISPS Handa Australian Women's Open. On the European Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Darren Fichardt trusted the performance of his New 2013 Pro V1x to win the Africa Open by two shots. For the second time in three seasons, Titleist Pro V1 loyalist Bernard Langer captured the Ace Group Classic on the Champions Tour. And on the Australasian Tour it was Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Kennedy joining the group in the winner's circle with his Pro V1x.
Join Team Titleist as we wrap up the weekend...
PGA: Defending champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas began Sunday's round of the Northern Trust Open with a three stroke lead over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Webb Simpson and John Merrick. But Sunday proved a special break-through day for Merrick.
John birdied the par-4 10th and par-5 11th hole Sunday at Riviera to take sole possession of the lead at 12-under. Merrick then withstood the charge from the most talented field to compete on tour thus far in 2013, to qualify for the tournament-deciding playoff. In his seventh season on tour, Merrick continued his strong performance by making a pair of pars to triumph and to capture his first career PGA Tour victory and jump to 4th in the FEDEX Cup standings. What makes the victory even more sweet is the fact that Merrick grew up in nearby Long Beach, CA, played collegiate golf 6 miles down the road at UCLA, and has dreamed of winning a professional tournament at Riviera since he was a boy.
"To win a tournament in front of family and friends and in your hometown with people shouting out 'Bruins' and 'Long Beach' to win a tournament in front of them, on the PGA TOUR with this field and all the past champions and this golf course, this is one of my favorite golf courses?? it's my favorite course, actually. I can't even describe it. It's a dream come true."
What's in John Merrick's Bag?
Ball: New 2013 Pro V1x Driver: 913 D2 (8.5) Fairway Metals: 913F (13.5), 913H (19) Irons: MB 3-PW (712) Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 54 & 60 Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport Tour
Winner: Pro V1x Loyalist David Bransdon
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Africa Open with 115 players in the field of 156 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than six times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.
Winner: Pro V1 Loyalist Ji-Yai Shin
Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open with 105 players in the field of 157, more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 10. Eighty-six players transitioned into the New 2013 Pro V1 (51) or Pro V1x (35) at the first event of the year.
Winner: Pro V1 Loyalist Bernard Langer
Titleist accounted for a tournament-leading 59 golf ball players in the field of 81 at the ACE Group Classic, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 9. Titleist was also the top choice in the wedge (65) and putter (65) categories.
Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Kennedy
What's in Brad Kennedy's Bag?
Ball: New 2013 Pro V1x Driver: 913 D3 Fairway Metals: 913F, 910H Irons: AP2 (712)Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2
Titleist was the top choice in the golf ball category among the field of 132, with 104 players (79%) relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x model, compared to 19 players for the nearest competitor.