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Posted: March 25, 2013
Titleist ambassador Kiradech Aphibarnrat - the 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open Champion
Weather caused disruption on both the European and PGA Tours this weekend, with the Maybank Malaysian Open being reduced to 54 holes and the Arnold Palmer Invitational due to be completed later today.
Despite these interruptions, Titleist ball players still managed to secure four wins around the world's professional tours, headlined by Titleist ambassador Kiradech Aphibarnrat's maiden European Tour win and New 2013 Pro V1 loyalist Beatriz Recari's playoff win at the Kia Classic.
Let's take a closer look at the weekend's results.......
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EUROPEAN TOUR: It was a breakthrough win for Titleist ambassador Kiradech Aphibarnrat (New 2013 Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver, CB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges) at the rain-shortened Maybank Malaysian Open, as the 23-year old posted a 2-under final round 70 for a 54 hole total of 13-under 203 and victory by one shot.
Titleist ambassador Victor Dubuisson on his way to a tie for fourth place in Malaysia
Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Anders Hansen (Pro V1, 910D3 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 913Hd hybrid, CB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges) and Victor Dubuisson (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron Select putter) finished solo third and tied for fourth with one other respectively. Anders tied for the best round of the day with a closing 6-under 66.
Talking to Europeantour.com, Kiradech said after the win, “This means a lot to me - I have to thank my family, my Mum and my Dad, for all their support.”
Aphibarnrat's victory is the seventh for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2013 PGA European Tour, more than three times the nearest competitor, and more than all other golf balls combined through the first 12 events of the season.
Titleist was the overwhelming ball of choice at the Maybank Malaysian Open with 94 (60%) players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 22.
LPGA: While the winner may have been in doubt when Beatriz Recari and I.K. Kim advanced to a sudden death playoff at the Kia Classic, the winning golf ball was not, it would be a New 2013 Pro V1, the golf ball choice of both participants. Recari topped Kim for the victory when she putted from off the green for birdie on the second extra hole. Both players ended regulation at 9-under-par 279. The win was the second of Recari's LPGA Tour career.
Titleist golf ball loyalist Beatriz Recari holds aloft her Pro V1 after securing a playoff victory at the Kia Classic
Fellow New 2013 Pro V1 golf ball loyalists Cristie Kerr and Mo Martin were among three players who tied for third place, one shot out of the playoff. In fact, 10 of the the 12 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist accounted for a tournament-leading 94 golf ball players (65%) in the field of 144, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 11.
CHAMPIONS: Pro V1x loyalist Michael Allen rallied to win the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic for his fourth career Champions Tour title. Allen fired a final round 5-under 67 to vault over a leaderboard loaded with fellow Titleist golf ball loyalists. In fact, all 11 of the players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls in the field of 81 with 60 (74%) players, 12 times the nearest competitor with 5.
WEB.COM: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Edward Loar captured the Louisiana Open for his second career Web.com Tour title, closing with a 2-under par 69 en route to a 17-under 267 victory total. Loar, who won the Panama Claro Championship last year, finished two shots clear of Titleist Brand Ambassador Morgan Hoffmann (New 2013 Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 712U 2-iron, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport Tour putter). Hoffman fired a tournament-best 9-under par 62 on Saturday and closed with a 69 on Sunday. Pro V1x loyalist Brett Wetterich finished solo third another shot back following a closing 6-under 65, as the top three finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Pro V1x loyalist Edward Loar holds aloft the Louisiana Open trophy
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls in the field of 144 with 105 (73%) players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 13.
SOUTH AFRICA: Titleist golf ball loyalist Hennie Otto (New 2013 Pro V1x) finished runner-up at the Investec Cup after a sudden death playoff. Fellow Titleist golf ball loyalist Justin Walters (New 2013 Pro V1x) finished alone in third position, two shots out of the playoff. The field was limited to the top 30 players on season-ending Investec Bonus Pool ranking, with 21 (70%) of them relying upon Titleist golf balls, three times more than the nearest competitor with seven.
LATINOAMERICA: Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Jose De Jesus Rodriguez also captured the runner's up spot at the TransAmerican Power Products CRV Open in Mexico, firing 67-66 on the weekend to finish one shot back from the winner. Titleist was the top choice in golf balls in the field of 144 with 111 (77%) players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 20.
PGA TOUR: While we can't report on the result of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, due to the final round being held over until today because of rain on Sunday, we can report that Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the select field of 132 with 79 (60%) players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 16.