Hunter Mahan Prevails at WGC Accenture Match Play, Highlights 4-Win Week for Titleist Golf Ball Players

Posted: February 27, 2012

Sunday morning at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, just four players remained out of the world-class 64-player bracket: Hunter Mahan, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Mark Wilson.

And each of them started the day the same way, by teeing up a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball.

In the end, it was Mahan who raised the championship trophy at Dove Mountain, highlighting a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the globe.

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 23 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, nearly eight times the nearest competitor with three and more than all other golf balls combined.

For Mahan, it marked his fourth-career PGA Tour victory and second World Golf Championships title.

"It feels good because you're going against the game's best. I played well from tee‑to‑green, putting to chipping to driving, irons, everything was there," said Mahan, who topped McIlroy in the finals, 2 and 1.

Mahan also defeated Wilson in the semis, 2 and 1. McIlroy advanced to the finals with a 3-and-1 victory over Westwood, at one stretch rolling his Pro V1x golf ball in for seven birdies in 10 holes.

The winning formula? Consistency and control.

Mahan trusted his Pro V1x to 35 birdies in the 96 holes he played over the five days and six matches, including a near hole-out for eagle from the sixth fairway during the final match. (Instead, his Pro V1x stopped 2 feet from the cup and the putt was conceded.)

Mahan's short game was just as precise, especially down the stretch, as he made up-and-down birdies on Nos. 13 and 15 to secure the victory.

Remarkably, he never trailed following the third hole of his second-round match on Thursday, a stretch of 74 holes.

"I needed everything to win," said Mahan. "It feels good. I'm very proud of how I played. It feels great. It really does."