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Posted: April 5, 2011
Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis made the splash everyone was
waiting for Sunday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, making her first
LPGA victory a major championship while leading a 1-2 finish for
Titleist Pro V1x golf ball players.Lewis, who overcame scoliosis
and major corrective surgery as a teenager and finished T-5 at the 2007
Kraft as an amateur, closed with a 3-under 69 for a three shot victory
at the Dinah Shore course at Mission Hills Country Club.
Her final round included four birdies, just one bogey and a clutch
20-foot par putt from the fringe on No. 17 that will register as one of
the event's lasting images.It marked the 33rd victory for
Titleist golf ball loyalists across the worldwide professional tours in
2011, more than five times the nearest competitor with six and more than
all competitors combined.Of course, Lewis celebrated by taking
the traditional plunge into Poppie's Pond, surely an unsurprising scene
to anyone that has followed her career.
"It doesn't even feel real yet. I don't know. I'm still trying to
figure out if I actually won, but I played so good today," said Lewis,
26, a former star golfer at the University of Arkansas who won the
LPGA's Q-School in 2008.
"I was just proud of the way I hung in there and made some key putts,
especially on 17... I was shocked it went in... It was a putt you had
to hit on
the perfect line with the perfect speed for it to go in."
Lewis finished the four rounds at 13-under 275, three shots ahead of three-time major champion fellow Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng, her main challenger over the final two days."It's huge. I mean I know I can play with the best players in the world now," Lewis said.Lewis
and Tseng were two of 81 players at the Kraft Nabsico Championship that
trusted Titleist golf balls, nine times the nearest competitor with
nine. In total, 3,981 players have teed up Titleist golf balls
in competition across the worldwide professional tours in 2011, more
than six times the nearest competitor with 637 and more than all
competitors combined.• EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist David Horsey
became the first player to win on the European Tour playing the new Pro
V1x golf ball, making a hole-in-one early in his round and then sinking
a 3-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff to capture the
Trophée Hassan II in Morocco."I'm relieved more than anything," said Horsey of surviving the three-man playoff that also included Pro V1 loyalist Rhys Davies. All three players finished at 13-under 274."I made hard work of that coming down the last," said Horsey.His final-round 3-under 69 also included an ace at the 220-yard par-3 second hole.“It
is not very often that you get off to a start like that on the last day
of a tournament – especially when you are in a position to win," said
Horsey, who also made an ace earlier this season at the Joburg Open."Obviously there is a certain amount of luck involved in a hole in one but it really set me up for the rest of the day.”Titleist
was the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 70 players, nearly four
times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors
combined.• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Tom Lehman
fired a final round 3-under 69 to win the Mississippi Gulf Resort
Classic for his second Champions Tour title of 2011 and fourth of his
career.Lehman's 16-under 200 total was good enough for a
four-shot victory. His second-round 8-under 64, which featured seven
back-nine birdies, set the course record at Fallen Oak."It was
hard-earned," Lehman told PGATour.com. "As nice as yesterday was, today
was rugged with the wind the way it was blowing. I thought some of the
holes, especially on the front nine against the wind were really
difficult."Lehman was one of 52 players at the Mississippi Gulf
Resort Classic that played a Titleist golf ball, more than four times
the nearest competitor with 12. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets
(23); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (T-52); and Putters (20). • PGA TOUR:
Nine Titleist golf ball players finished in the Top 10 and ties at the
Shell Houston Open. In total, 95 players trusted Titleist golf balls,
more than six times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all
competitors combined.Titleist was also first in Hybrids (34),
including 21 new 910H models; Iron Sets (42): Sand, Lob and Approach
Wedges (121); and Putters (55).
Posted: April 1, 2011
Which is more difficult: Winning a major championship or betting against Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng at this week's Kraft Nabsico Championship?
Last year, Yani closed with a 4-under 68 at Mission Hills' Dinah
Shore Tournament Course, two-putting the 18th green for a one-shot
victory and first Kraft crown. She then plunged into the pond that
surrounds the 18th green, a traditional celebration by the winner of the
LPGA's first major championship of the season.
Yani went on to win the Ricoh Women's British Open a couple months
later, rolling in her Pro V1x golf ball for par from 6 feet on 18 to win
by one at Royal Birkdale. It marked her third major title at just 21
years of age and led to her being named the 2010 LPGA Player of the
Year.This year started with much of the same, specifically a five-shot victory at the season-opening Honda LPGA Thailand."I
feel really excited to come back (to the Kraft). Especially walking on
the 18th hole I see my name was on the walk of champions, and it was so
exciting, brings me lots of good memories to walk down the 18th hole,"
Yani said earlier this week. "And then I just came over, and that's the
water I jumped in. My caddie threw a coin to wish I could win the
tournament this week, too."Yani spoke to Team Titleist recently about the keys to winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship, which you can watch in the above video.She also spent some time talking about the course during her pre-tournament press conference:On course management… "I
think the par-5s are very exciting. They're reachable par-5s for
us. And then some of the holes are dogleg left and dogleg right and
that's more exciting. It's not like driving every hole; you need to hit a
3-wood, hit a rescue off the tee. It's a very (strategic) golf course,
and you just need to play smart. And sometimes – I'm an aggressive
player but I couldn't be aggressive. If you be aggressive on some of the
holes it's not good, so I just need to learn how to play smarter this
week."On the length of the rough… "It's so thick. Even
the first cut was thick, too, and I just kind of hit some shots on the
first cut of rough. Some of the balls didn't roll so much but some did,
so it's very hard to adjust, so I just do my best to see how I can
control in the rough. Just hopefully it will stay on the fairway all the