Titleist golf ball players celebrated four victories around the globe Sunday, along with an upsurge in momentum.
To begin the 2011 season, Titleist golf ball players have recorded 14 total victories across the worldwide professional tours, more than two times the nearest competitor and more than all other golf balls combined.
• ASIAN TOUR/ EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist S.S.P. Chowrasia earned his second-career European Tour title on home soil and led a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist golf ball players at the Avantha Masters.
Chowrasia closed with a 5-under 67 for a 15-under 273 total at India's DLF Golf and Country Club for a one-shot victory over New Pro V1x loyalist Robert Coles. Pro V1x loyalist Gregory Havret finished third, another shot back.
"It is a dream come true," Chowrasia, who earned his first win at the 2008 Indian Masters at Delhi Golf Club, told the Associated Press. "I knew I was playing well but I did not think about winning, though at the back of my mind I knew I had done it before."
Chowrasia was one of 87 players in the field that trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than five times the nearest competitor with 17. Eight of the top 10 finishers at the event trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.
• PGA Tour: Pro V1x loyalist Aaron Baddeley's two-shot victory at the Northern Trust Open marked the sixth win for Titleist golf ball players in the first seven events of the 2011 PGA Tour season – following victories by Pro V1x loyalist Mark Wilson (Sony Open, Waste Management Phoenix Open), Pro V1 loyalist Jonathan Byrd (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), New Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson (Farmers Insurance Open) and Pro V1x loyalist D.A. Points (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am).
Baddeley closed out the tournament with a comfortable 2-under 69 for a 12-under 272 total, finishing atop the leaderboard at Riviera Country Club as the only player to post four rounds in the 60s (67-69-67-69).
"Winning here is special. I love, love coming here. I've been on Tour since '03 and haven't missed a year here yet, and not planning on it," said Baddeley. He rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for par on 18, raising his arms in the air to celebrate his third career victory.
Baddeley finished third for the week in Greens in Regulation (72.2) and made just one bogey per round, showing off the steady hand that has helped him make the cut in all of his nine starts at Riviera.
Baddeley was one of 97 players in the field that trusted Titleist golf balls, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all other competitors combined.
Titleist also was first in Hybrids (36); Iron Sets (45); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (125); and Putters (56).
Titleist Brand Ambassadors Kevin Na (3rd) and Jimmy Walker (T-4) both earned their second top-5 finishes of the season.
• LPGA: Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng's remarkable start to 2011 continued with yet another breakaway victory at the LPGA's season-opening Honda LPGA Classic in Thailand, her fourth win in the last four weeks.
Tseng, No. 1 in the Rolex World Ranking, closed with a Sunday's-best 6-under 66 for a 15-under 273 total and five-shot victory at Siam Country Club's Pattaya Old Course, showcasing one of golf's best stretches in recent memory.
"I just tried my best and I know I had lots of confidence, but with all the great golfers out here, you never know until the last putt drops in," said Tseng. "I really enjoyed the tournament this week."
Tseng's combined victory total over the last four weeks, including wins at the Australian Ladies Masters, Australian Open and Taifong Ladies Open?
"I'm not really tired," said Tseng, a two-time major winner (Kraft Nabisco Championship, Women's British Open) in 2010.
"I feel very excited every week. I just focused on this week. I think to myself, last week has passed. Don’t put pressure on this week. Next week is a new week and I’ll enjoy it."
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 42 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with five and more than all other competitors combined.
• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Bernhard Langer won the ACE Group Classic by four shots, closing with a 6-under 66 for a tournament-record 20-under 196 total and his 14th Champions Tour victory.
“It’s always exciting winning,” Langer, who last season won the Senior British Open and U.S. Senior Open in consecutive weeks, told the AP. “It never gets old no matter where or how big the tournament, whether it’s a major or not. Winning is what we’re out here for, what I practice for.”
Langer was one of 50 players in the field at The Quarry in Naples, Fla., that teed up a Titleist golf ball, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 13. Of the 11 players who finished tied for 10th place or better, eight trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.