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.
and Tseng were two of 81 players at the Kraft Nabsico Championship that
trusted Titleist golf balls, nine times the nearest competitor with
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
• 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.
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.”
was the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 70 players, nearly four
times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors
• 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
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.
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
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
Titleist was also first in Hybrids (34),
including 21 new 910H models; Iron Sets (42): Sand, Lob and Approach
Wedges (121); and Putters (55).