Jason Dufner Earns Second Victory in 22 Days, Leads 4-Win Week for Titleist Players
Posted: May 21, 2012
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner charged to his second PGA Tour title Sunday evening in Texas in statistically-stunning fashion, just 22 days after winning his first.
Trusting a Pro V1 golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment, Dufner, 35, made a 25-footer for birdie on the 18th hole at TPC Four Seasons Resort, to capture the HP Byron Nelson Classic by one shot and lead a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the globe.
Following in Dufner's recent footsteps, Azahara Munoz (Pro V1) and Jay Choi (Pro V1x) each found the winner's circle on their respective tours for the first time, while Nicolas Colsaerts (Pro V1x) claimed the biggest win of his career in Europe.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now combined for 61 victories across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than eight times the nearest competitor with seven and more than all competitors combined.
A total of 7,571 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,235 and more than all other golf balls combined.
How to best sum up Dufner's week in the Lone Star State? Fairways and greens. (And birdies, too.)
Dufner, who closed in 3-under 67 for an 11-under 269 total, one shot ahead of Pro V1 loyalist Dicky Pride, put on a clinic when it came to his key golf stats.
Dufner, who carries new AP2 (712 Series) irons and Vokey Design SM4 wedges (54º & 60º), lead the field in Greens in Regulation at 80.6 percent.
Using his Titleist 910D2 9.5º driver, he also ranked second for the week in Driving Accuracy, hitting 75 percent of fairways at TPC Four Seasons.
That all added up to 19 birdies (tied for first), including two over his final three holes Sunday.
On the par-5 16th, Dufner used his SM4 60º wedge to blast his Pro V1 out to 6 feet for birdie.
On the 18th, Dufner stood over a 25-footer for birdie with his Scotty Cameron GSS Circa 62 No. 2 Prototype in his hands.
You know what happened next.
"For some reason I had a really good visual on that putt. I don't read putts, I don't say to myself, that putt breaks a cup or two cups, I just try to see visually where I want the ball to roll, see it going in the hole visually, and that felt good," said Dufner.
"I really got locked into the line that I wanted and focused on making the putt, thinking about making a good stroke and about halfway there I thought it had a good chance."
Dufner broke through with his first PGA Tour victory April 29 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. A week later, he got married. As of today, he is No. 1 in the FedExCup Playoff standings.
"You probably couldn't dream it any better than what's been going on here. …," he said. "To win two events and get married in the span of 22 days, pretty remarkable."
Dufner was one of 102 players in the field that relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (121); and putters.
Titleist golf ball players occupied four of the top six position on the leader board, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman (Pro V1x) and rookie Jonas Blixt (Pro V1x), who tied for third.
Here's a closer look at Jason Dufner's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Titleist 910D2 9.5º (Diamana 'ahina 60)
3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5º (Diamana 'ilima 80)
5-wood: Titleist 906F2 18º (Grafalloy Prolite)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 19º (Project X PXi Steel)
Irons: Titleist AP2 (712 Series) 4-PW (Project X PXi Steel)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 54º, 60º (Dynamic Gold Spinner)
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Circa 62 No. 2 Prototype
• EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Nicolas Colsaerts claimed his second-career European Tour title Sunday at Volvo World Match Play Championship.
The long-hitting Colsaerts, who captured his first career win at the 2011 Volvo China Open, triumphed on a severely windy day at Finca Cortesin, with winds gusting over 30 mph.
“It means everything. Where do I start?” said Colsaerts, 29. “… I played well in tough conditions. Wind like this, you know it's going to be very difficult."
Three of the final four players relied upon Pro V1x golf balls for their success. Colsaert's semifinal match with Paul Lawrie (Pro V1x) in the morning began with him losing the first four holes, but he then rallied to win on the 20th hole.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Pro V1x) dropped his semifinal match on the final hole.
• LPGA: It was an all-Pro V1 final at the Sybase Match Play Championship, where Azahara Munoz topped Candie Kung, 2 and 1, to win her first LPGA title.
After making the turn all square, Munoz took control of the finale by rolling her Pro V1 in for birdies on Nos. 11 and 12 to take a 2-up lead.
It was a lead she would not relinquish.
"It feels amazing," said Munoz, who sealed the win with a par at No. 17.
"I've been working really hard and I finally got it, so hopefully I can get many more, makes it easier."
Munoz was one of 43 players in the event that trusted Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, seven times more than the nearest competitor with six and more than all other golf balls combined.
• JAPAN TOUR: Jay Choi (Pro V1x) posted a bogey-free 7-under 65 to come from behind and earn his first Japan Golf Tour win by one shot at the Totoumi Hamamatsu Open 2012.
Choi closed out his final round with four one-putts and two birdies, including his winning birdie on the par-5 18th.
He finished at 16-under 272.
Kurt Barnes (Pro V1), who also closed with a 7-under 65, and S.K. Ho (Pro V1x) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Runner-up Cameron Percy (Pro V1) was one of 114 Titleist golf ball players at the BMW Charity Pro-Am, nearly 100 more than the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist was also first in iron sets (49); sand, lob and approach wedges (180); and putters (66).
• KOREA/ONE ASIA TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the SK Telecom Open with 110 players, nearly 11 times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all other golf balls combined.
Seven of the10 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties at the event relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including runner-up Sang-Hyun (Pro V1).