From Bill Haas' Tour Championship-FedEx Cup double to Kenneth Ferrie's playoff success at the Austrian Open, Titleist Pro V1x players dominated golf headlines over the weekend, combining for six wins around the world.
Titleist golf ball players have now won 129 times across the worldwide pro tours in 2011, 108 more than the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all competitors combined.
Like Haas' heroics Sunday on the PGA Tour, Ferrie's victory came down to the wire. He won the first hole of a sudden-death playoff, sticking his approach to 6 feet and rolling his Pro V1x in the bottom of the cup to capture his third European Tour title.
“I feel amazing right now...,” said Ferrie, who trusted a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment – including new Prototype CB (712 Series) irons, which he used to hit 79.2 percent of his greens in regulation.
“It means the world to me. I have been working very hard and doing all the right things but I just haven’t had the results to back it up. So to win here, under the pressure of a play-off, is amazing and it makes all the hard work worthwhile.”
Ferrie topped a leader board that included eight Titleist golf ball players in the top 10.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 94 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.
Here's a closer look at Kenneth Ferrie's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D2 9.5º, C•1 SureFit Tour Setting (Mitsubishi Fubuki 63)
3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5º, A•3 Setting (Project X 7B3)
Hybrids: Titleist 910H 19º, A•1 Setting (Aldila NV 85 Hybrid)
Irons: Titleist CB (712 Series) 3-9 (Project X Rifle)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 248•06º, 255•10º, 60•P (Project X Rifle)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport
• NATIONWIDE TOUR: In an all-Titleist playoff at the Soboba Golf Classic, Pro V1x loyalist Ted Potter Jr. birdied the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to outlast Pro V1 loyalist Andres Gonzales and Pro V1x loyalist Miguel Angel Carballo for his second victory of the season.
The victory moved Potter to No. 3 on the Nationwide Tour money list with only five events remaining in 2011, guaranteeing him a PGA Tour card for the 2012 season.
Potter fired a final-round 5-under 66, including a birdie on the 72nd hole to equal Gonzales and Carballo at 14-under 270. He then birdied both playoff holes, topping Carballo on the first and Gonzales on the second.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 110 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16. Of the ten players who finished in the Top 10, eight relied on a Titleist golf ball for their success. Titleist also was first in iron sets (43); sand, lob and approach wedges (138); and putters (60).
• SOUTH AFRICA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Jean Hugo claimed his third title of the year by winning the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final at Legend Golf & Safari Estate.
Hugo fired a final round 6-under 66 en route to an 8-under par 208 victory total, two clear of two players, including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Louis de Jager (Pro V1x).
It's the second consecutive year Hugo has won three times on the South African Sunshine Tour.
I want to do better this year than I did last year,” Hugo said. “And it’s nice for me that I have won three of the Vodacom Origins series – the courses they are played on just seem to suit me.
• CHINA TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Hsu Mong captured the China PGA Champions Tour Xiamen event, marking his first-ever win on the China Tour.
Hsu posted a 2-under par 286 victory total, five clear of Titleist Brand Ambassador Wu Wei Huang (Pro V1x) and Pro V1x loyalist Tsai Chi Huang.
In fact, nine of the top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls at the event with 103 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in fairway metals (51), hybrids (56), iron sets (40), sand, lob and approach wedges (146), and putters (44).
• KOREAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Soon Sang Hong (Pro V1x) relied on solid iron shots and formidable putting to top Titleist Brand Ambassador DoGyu Park (Pro V1xr), 4 and 3, in the final of the Munsingwear Championship.
With the victory, his first match-play title, Hong climbs from No. 3 to No. 1 in the KPGA money Ranking.
Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 20 of the 32 players in the event, five times more than the nearest competitor with four and more than all other golf balls combined.
• LPGA: Europe regained control of The Solheim Cup for the first time since 2003 with 15-13 victory over USA at Killeen Castle in Ireland.
Fourteen of the 24 players who competed for this year's United States and European Solheim Cup teams are Titleist golf ball players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with three.
The winning European side features six Titleist golf ball players: Christel Boeljon, Caroline Hedwall, Maria Hjorth and Azahara Muñoz play Pro V1, while Catriona Matthew and Karen Stupples play Pro V1x. For the United States, eight of the 12 team members rely on Titleist golf balls, including Pro V1 loyalists Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Juli Inkster and Ryann O'Toole. Christina Kim, Brittany Lang, Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lincicome play Pro V1x.
• JAPAN TOUR: Titleist was the golf ball of choice at the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open with 70 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 23. Titleist also was first in hybrids (40); irons sets (32); and wedges (111).