New Champion, New Ball: Thai Star Aphibarnrat Secures First Asian Tour Win Using The New Pro V1x
Posted: March 28, 2011
Full Line Ambassador, Kiradech Aphibarnrat birdied the par 5 18th at
Dehli Golf Club on Friday to win the second Asian Tour event of the season, The
Sail Open. The win marks the Thai stars first on the Asian Tour and elevates
him to 3rd on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
21-year-old Aphibarnrat (nicknamed Arm on Tour) shot a final round 4-under 68
to finish at 16-under par 272, overcoming a 2-shot deficit from Titleist Pro
V1x Loyalist Siddikur of Bangladesh, who was the overnight leader.
the first ever Bangladeshi to win on the Asian Tour, finished 2nd,
although could have forced a playoff had he made birdie at 18, but a wayward
tee shot into the rough meant he had to settle for a Par and second place.
had to sink a 3-foot birdie putt on the final green for victory and dropped to
his knee’s when the putt fell. "The putt on the last was very near but my hand was
shaking! I’m just happy I won. I’ve waited two years for this and I’m very
proud of myself," said Aphibarnrat.
came in with a 35 before making birdies on 10, 12 and 14. A bogey on 16
however, saw him draw level with Siddikur again, meaning that the pair were
level going down 18.
a lot from my last two years on the Asian Tour. I felt nervous but I told
myself to stick to my game plan and concentrate on my game. That worked for
me," smiled the Thai, who’s final hole birdie ultimately proved the difference.
golf ball players have now won both of the 2011 Asian Tour events that have
been played -
and 30 total events across the worldwide
professional tours, five times the nearest competitor with six and more
than all competitors combined.. 4 of the top 5 players at the Sail Open relied on a Titleist golf
ball including Siddikur (Pro V1x, 2nd), Ajeetesh Sandhu (Pro V1x, 3rd) and
Manav Jaini (Pro V1x, 4th).
was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at The Sail Open, with 112 players
playing a Titleist Golf Ball, 7 times the nearest competitor, with 16. Titleist
was also first in iron sets (34) and wedges (154).
Here’s a closer look at Aphibarnrat’s equipment:
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 9.5 (UST Mamiya Attas)
IRONS: Titleist AP2 (Project X 6.0)
WEDGES: Vokey Design Spin Milled 52 and 60
ONE ASIA TOUR: Titleist
Brand Ambassador Andre Stolz (Pro V1x, Vokey Design 52, 56 and 60 degree
wedges) of Australia, who came out of retirement just two years ago after
recovering from a wrist injury, recorded an emotional triumph at the Indonesian
birdied the final two holes to fire a final round 4-under 68 en route to
14-under 274 victory total, edging 22 year old Titleist golf ball loyalist Rory
Hie (Pro V1x) by 1 shot.
Brand Ambassadors Gareth Paddison (Pro V1) and Park Eun-shin (Pro V1) finished
joint 3rd, 1 shot back, meaning that all of the top 4 relied on
Titleist Golf Balls.
was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Indonesia PGA Championship with
124 players trusting Titleist golf balls, more than 11 times the nearest
competitor with 11. Titleist was also the top choice of players in fairway
woods (55), hybrids (64), irons (62) and wedges (163).
USPGA TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Martin
fight to the finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational was both
trying and triumphant, a formula that only resulted in great fulfillment for
the 28-year-old Scot.
"It was a battle out there, but you know, it makes it even sweeter at the
end when I got this trophy," said Laird, who rallied from a three-shot
deficit with four holes play Sunday at Bay Hill to capture his second PGA Tour
title, one of six wins on the week for Pro V1x golf ball players.
golf ball players have now won 12 out of the first 14 PGA Tour events to begin
2011 – and 30 total events across the worldwide professional tours, five times
the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined.
Laird birdied two of his final four holes and two-putted from 90 feet on Bay
Hill's perilous 18th green, rolling in his Pro V1x golf ball from 3 1/2 feet
for par to capture the one-shot victory over fellow Pro V1x loyalist Steve
Laird closed with a 3-over 75, but then again no one in the final three groups
Sunday broke par on the treacherous Bay Hill layout.
very, very happy," said Laird, who made back-to-back birdie on Nos. 15-16,
including a tricky left-to-right 15-footer on the 16th. "That was a tough
fight out there."
Laird finished at 8-under 280, becoming the first European to win at Bay Hill
in the event's 33-year history.
He was also one of 75 players at the Arnold Palmer Championship that trusted a
Titleist golf ball, more than five times the nearest competitor with 13 and
more than all competitors combined.
Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (30): Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (94);
and Putters (42).
TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Paul Lawrie won the Open de Andalucía for his sixth
European Tour title, closing with an even-par 70 at Parador de Malaga Golf for
a one-shot victory.
fellow Scot and Pro V1x loyalist Martin Laird, Lawrie recovered from a
sluggish start to take hold of the tournament down the stretch. He made four
birdies in the first five holes of his back nine, needing only a bogey in No.
18 to secure the victory.
"I played lovely and the putter behaved better. I got on a nice run at the
right time," said Lawrie. "I started hitting beautiful shots on the
back nine. I birdied ten, 11 and 12, and then did a great up and down on 14 for
birdie just at the right moment.
“I must say that I felt under control even when I was above par at the start,
and when you get into that attitude good things happen."
Lawrie finished at 12-under 268, one shot better than fellow Pro V1x
loyalist Johan Edfors. Pro V1x loyalist Felibe Aguilar was another shot
back in third.
A total of 86 players in the field trusted Titleist golf balls, more than four
times the nearest competitor with 19. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets
(35); and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (152).
Brand Ambassador Brett Wetterich
teed up a New Pro V1x golf ball for
the first time in competition at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open and found
himself in the winner's circle on Sunday, shooting a final-round 2-under 69 for
a one-shot victory.
"I love this place. This course just fits me perfectly," Wetterich,
who also won this event in 2003, told PGATour.com. "This is a great
feeling. I can't be any happier."
It was the third Nationwide Tour title for Wetterich, who also has one win on
the PGA Tour (2006 Byron Nelson Championship).
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Chitimacha Louisiana
Open with 102 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14.
Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (32): Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (148);
and Putters (62).
CANADIAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Adam Hadwin cruised to victory
at the Pacific Colombia Tour Championship, closing in 3-under 69 to win by six
shots and earn his second Canadian Tour title.
Hadwin, 23, finished the Tour de las Americas/Canadian Tour co-sanctioned event
at 25-under par 263, shooting all four rounds in the 60s.
LPGA: Eight of the top 11 players who finished among the top 10 and
ties at the KIA Classic relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 108
players, more than nine times the nearest competitor with 11.