It was a fresh start to the new PGA Tour season at the Frys.com Open and we’re excited to celebrate the first win of the year with Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker.
Jimmy put on a stellar weekend performance that featured a course-tying record 62 on Saturday and a final-round 66 to capture the Frys.com Open by two shots and secure his first career PGA Tour win.
Meanwhile as a number of the worldwide professional tours hit the final stretch of their 2013 campaigns, Titleist golf ball loyalists claimed five titles this past weekend including: Russ Cochran’s win at the SAS Championship (Pro V1 / Champions Tour); SungHoon Kang‘s win at the CJ Invitational hosted by K.J. Choi (Pro V1x / Asian Tour); JJ Senekal’s win at the Origin of Golf Final: (Pro V1x / Sunshine Tour); Josh Geary's win at the Western Australian Open (Pro V1x / Australasian): and Ryan Sullivan’s win at the Puerto Rico Classic (Pro V1x / PGA Tour Latinoamerica).
Titleist golf ball players have now earned 133 victories across the Worldwide Professional Tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 35 and more than all golf balls combined.
In total, 19,192 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2013 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,852 and more than all competitors combined.
Let's take a trip around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.
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PGA TOUR: Jimmy Walker finished at 17-under 267 in the season opener of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR schedule to claim the first title of the year along with his first career victory.
What’s in Jimmy Walker’s Bag?: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, 913D2 driver (9.5º), 913F fairway metal (15º), 913H.d hybrid (18º), New Titleist MB irons (714 Series: 3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48º), sand (54º) and lob (60º) wedges, Scotty Cameron Tour Rat prototype putter.
Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Brooks Koepka (Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 driver, 913F.d low spin fairway metal, 913H.d hybrid, New Titleist CB irons (714 Series: 4-P), Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport2 SLT T10 putter) and Kevin Na (Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, New Titleist AP2 irons(714 Series), Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron Super Rat prototype putter) were among four players who tied for 3rd place, three shots back.
Brooks, playing on a sponsor exemption, is a four-time winner on the European Tour’s Challenge Tour and earned a promotion to the European Tour for winning three times this season. With his top 10 finish, he is now exempt into this week’s Shriners Hospitals Open for Children in Las Vegas.
He will be joined by Max Homa, another Titleist Brand Ambassador who was also playing on a sponsor exemption and finished tied for 9th. Max turned professional after participating in the Walker Cup.
Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 83 of the 132 players in the field of 132, more than five times the nearest competitor with 16 .
Titleist was also the top choice in iron sets (33), sand, lob and approach wedges (131) and putters (42).
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CHAMPIONS TOUR: Russ Cochran (Pro V1) converted a 5-foot putt on the final hole Sunday for his fourth consecutive birdie and a one-stroke win over fellow Pro V1 golf ball loyalist David Frost at the SAS Championship.
Russ closed with a 5-under par 67 to finish at 17-under 199 to secure his second victory of the season, having captured the Principal Charity Classic in June. This marks his fifth career Champions Tour victory.
Titleist was the top golf ball choice for 63 players in the field of 81, more than 12 times the nearest competitor with 5.
Nine of the top 10 finishers, including each of the top seven, all relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
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ASIAN TOUR: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist SungHoon Kang of Korea fired a final round 2-under par 70 to cruise to a five-shot victory at the CJ Invitational hosted by K.J. Choi. Kang posted a 12-under par 276 victory total en route to his second win at this event.
The top three finishers all relied upon Titleist for their success, as Kang topped Titleist Brand Ambassador TaeHoon Kim (ProV1x, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, New Titleist MB irons(714 Series), Vokey Design SM4 gap and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport putter) and Jyoti Randhawa (ProV1x), who tied for 2nd at 281
Titleist was the overwhelming favorite golf ball in the field of 120 with 78 players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 16.
Titleist was also the top choice in hybrids (49), utility irons (20), iron sets (38) and sand, lob and approach wedges (147).
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SUNSHINE TOUR: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist JJ Senekal converted a par on the second hole of a sudden death playoff to earn his first career Sunshine Tour title. Senekal carded a final round level par 72 en route to a 4-under par, 212 victory total.
Titleist Brand Ambassadors Charl Coetzee (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, AP2 2-iron, New Titleist CB irons (714 Series), Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Notchback putter), Jean Hugo (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges) and Riekus Nortje (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, New Titleist AP2 irons (714 Series), Vokey Design wedges) finished three shots out of the playoff in a tie for 4th position.
Titleist was the choice of 55 players in the field of 72, more than four times the nearest competitor with 12.
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AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: Titleist golf ball loyalist Josh Geary (Pro V1x) recorded a five-shot win at the WA Open after closing with a 7-under par 65 en route to a 15-under par victory total.
Kris Mueck (Pro V1, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges) finished solo 2nd, while fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Nathan Holman (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, New Titleist MB irons (714 Series), Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) finished alone in third place in his second professional start.
Geary topped a leaderboard that included eight Titleist golf ball loyalists among the top 10 finishers.