It was again a hugely successful week for Titleist brand ambassadors and golf ball loyalists around the world's professional tours.
First up, in Europe, Bernd Wiesberger (Pro V1x, 913D3 prototype driver, 910F fairway metal, AP2/CB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled gap, sand and lob wedges. Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport Fastback putter) fired a final round 7-under par 65 to capture the Lyoness Open on home soil. Wiesberger called it 'the best day of my life so far' as the 26-year old Austrian rolled in a dramatic 30-foot birdie on the final hole to post a 19-under 269 victory total. Wiesberger finished three clear of two players, including Titleist brand ambassador Thomas Levet (Pro V1, 913D3 prototype driver, 910F fairway metal, 910 hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select)
Wiesberger, who closed with a 6-under par 30 over the final nine holes, is the second Austrian to win his national Open. It also marks his second career European Tour victory, which comes just three months after his first win at the Ballantine’s Championship.
Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 100 players (69%) in the 144-player Lyoness Open field, more than six times the nearest competitor with 15.
Wiesberger becomes the first player to win on the worldwide professional tours with the new Titleist 913 driver. In fact, it was a 1-2 finish for players relying upon the 913, as Levet tied for 2nd, also trusting the 913D3. It was just the second event that Weisberger and Levet played the new 913 drivers in competition. They both put it in their bags the first week it was available to European Tour players at the Scottish Open.
Titleist had a total of 34 drivers in play, including a combined 14 of the new 913D3 (12) and 913D2 (2) prototype models as the momentum continues to build!
Over on the PGA Tour, Titleist brand ambassador Scott Piercy, trusting the Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment from tee-through-green, captured the RBC Canadian Open for his second career PGA TOUR victory. Piercy (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, AP2/690MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo putter) closed with a 3-under par 67 to edge Robert Garrigus (Pro V1, Vokey Design SM4 sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Big Sur S long putter) by one shot.
Piercy won while sitting in the clubhouse watching the final twosome after posting a 17-under 263, which tied the oldest 72-hole scoring record on the PGA TOUR. Earlier in the week, Piercy fired a record-setting 8-under par 62 in the first round. He followed with three consecutive 67's.
Three players tied for 4th place, including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Bud Cauley and Chris Kirk, as well as Titleist golf ball loyalist Josh Teater. Cauley and Kirk each relied upon the Pro V1x golf ball and new 913 prototype driver among their full bags of Titleist equipment. All three players posted top 10 performances at last week's True South Classic as well, with Cauley finishing 4th, Teater placing 9th and Kirk tying for 10th.
With his win at the RBC Canadian Open, Piercy joins fellow Titleist full product line ambassadors Steve Stricker (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Kyle Stanley (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Bill Haas (Northern Trust Open), Rory McIlroy (Honda Classic), Ben Curtis (Valero Texas Open), Jason Dufner (Zurich Classic, Byron Nelson Championship), Zach Johnson (Crowne Plaza Invitational, John Deere Classic), Webb Simpson (U.S. Open), Marc Leishman (Travelers Championship) and Scott Stallings (True South Classic) in the Titleist Winners' Circle.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Canadian Open field of 156 in the golf ball category with 103 (66%), nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 15. Titleist was also the field favourite in the iron (39), wedge (141) and putter (60) categories.
A total of 33 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 16 new 913D3 prototype (11) and 913D2 prototype (5) models.
Over on the Web.com tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Kohles won the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in his first professional start, topping Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Luke Guthrie by converting a 22-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole. Kohles also birdied two of the final three holes of regulation to close with a 1-under 70, matching Guthrie's 12-under 272 total on Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Kohles relied on the Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment for his success, including the new 913D3 prototype driver the first time he played it in competition. He is just the second player across the worldwide professional tours to win with the new driver, following up on the success of Bernd Wiesberger, who won the European Tour's Lyoness Open a day earlier.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Allan Versfeld (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) went from a three-shot deficit to a three-shot victory at the Vodacom Origins of Golf. Versfeld carded a final round 5-under par 67 en route to an 18-under par 198 victory total to claim his maiden victory on the Sunshine Tour.
Five players tied for fourth, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jbe Kruger, Shaun Norris and Louis De Jager and golf ball loyalist Johan Du Buisson, as seven of the top eight finishers relied upon the Pro V1x golf ball for their success.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 72 in the golf ball category with 50 (69%), more than twice the nearest competitor with 19.
Titleist was again the top choice of more players in the Evian Masters field of 111 in the golf ball category with 75 (68%), more than seven times the nearest competitor with 10.
Titleist continued its dominance on the Champions Tour as the ball was the top choice of more players in the Senior Open Championship field of 144 in the golf ball category with 96 (67%), over five times the nearest competitor with 19. Titleist was also the field favourite in the iron (26) and wedge (83) categories.