Demonstrating perseverance, confidence in himself and trust in his golf ball, Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stenson topped a world class field and captured his first FedExCup Playoff event title at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Henson’s victory capped a comeback season in which he has played the best golf of his career, and the victory headlined a week in which six winners on the Worldwide Professional Golf Tours put their trust in a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball.
Titleist golf ball players have now earned 105 victories across the Worldwide Professional Tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 31 and more than all golf balls combined. In total, 16,453 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2013 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,452 and more than all competitors combined.
Let's take a trip around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.
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PGA TOUR: Deutsche Bank Championship
Stenson closed with his second consecutive 5-under-par 66, a round that included a dramatic hole-out from a greenside bunker at the 71st hole at TPC Boston. The late birdie effectively sealed the victory and allowed Stenson to coast home with a routine par 5 at the last. Stenson posted a tournament record tying score of 22-under 262, good for a two shot margin of victory.
Stenson becomes the 17th winner on the 2013 PGA TOUR to rely upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, 10 more than the nearest competitor with 7.
Titleist Brand Ambassadors Steve Stricker and Graham DeLaet finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, while Jordan Spieth tied for 4th following 9-under par 62 on Monday. Spieth finished with three consecutive birdies and an eagle to post his best career single round performance as a professional. DeLaet shot a career-best 62 on Sunday, which included 10 birdies. DeLaet tied for 2nd at The Barclays last week and has now clinched a spot on the International team at this year's President's Cup matches.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendan Steele closed with four consecutive birdies to finish at 12-under par 272 (T20) for the event and advanced 20 spots to No. 69 in the FedExCup standings. His performance was significant since only the top 70 advance to the BMW Championship at Conway Farms outside Chicago in two weeks.
Stenson, who tied for second with 25 birdies for the week at TPC Boston, ranked first in GIR, hitting an astounding 84.72% of greens in regulation.
Stenson's first victory of the year caps an impressively consistent past two months which includes runner-up finishes at the Open Championship and World Golf Championship at Firestone and a tie for 3rd at the PGA Championship. He now sits at at No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking and climbs to No. 1 in the current FedExCup standings. The performance also assures Stenson his first trip to the season-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
QUOTING STENSON:"Pretty perfect timing, I guess," Stenson said. "There's never a bad time to win a golf tournament, I know that much. I'm just pleased I won here. This was a big goal of mine to win a golf tournament after all those nice finishes."
Also finishing among players who finished tied for 9th place or better at the Deutsche Bank Championship were Pro V1x loyalists Brian Davis (8th) and Ian Poulter (T9) and Titleist Brand Ambassadors, Brendon DeJonge (T9), Jason Dufner(T9) and Roberto Castro (T9).
Among the 100-player field at the Deutsche Bank Championship, 61 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 14.
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EUROPEAN TOUR: ISPS Handa Wales Open
Titleist Brand Ambassador Grégory Bourdy opened and closed with 4-under par 67’s to post an 8-under 276 victory total, securing his fourth career European Tour title in dramatic fashion. Bourdy closed with three consecutive birdies to finish two shots clear of fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador and overnight leader Peter Uihlein. Bourdy’s final three birdie putts were successful from 50, 15 and 30 feet, respectively. Uihlein made things interesting with a lengthy birdie putt of his own on the 71st hole to cut the margin to one shot. Bourdy becomes the fifth player across four different worldwide professional tours to win with the new Titleist 714 prototype irons since the seeding process began last month.
With the win, Bourdy advances to No. 19 on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, while Uihlein improves to No. 26.
QUOTING BOURDY: "It was an amazing round. I made an amazing finish with three birdies in a row and I am so happy. I will remember the finish on this great course for a long time. A lot of great moments have been here; I was thinking about the Ryder Cup on the 18th so I am so proud to win this trophy."
What’s in Grégory Bourdy's Bag?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver (8.°5), 913F fairway metal (13.°5), 913Hd hybrid (18.0°), CB 714 prototype irons (3-4), MB 714 prototype irons (5-PW), Vokey Design SM4 gap (52°) wedge, Vokey Design prototype lob (6°0) wedge, Scotty Cameron R&D Concept 1 prototype putter.
What’s in Peter Uihlein’s Bag?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver (8.5°), 913FD fairway metal (13.°5), 712U utility iron (2), 680 irons (4-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (46°), gap (52°) and sand (56°) wedges, Vokey Design Spin Milled lob (60°) wedge, Scotty Cameron Newport putter.
Four of the top five finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including Pro V1 loyalist Joost Luiten and John Parry who tied for 4th on 3-under par 281. Of the 156-player ISPS Handa Wales Open field at Celtic Manor, 108 (69%) relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 21.
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CHAMPIONS TOUR: Shaw Charity Classic
Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Rocco Mediate ran away with the inaugural event, winning by seven shots for his second victory in 17 starts as a Champions Tour rookie. The 50-year-old won the Allianz Championship in February in his first Champions Tour start. Mediate followed up his opening 63 and Saturday 64 with another 7-under 64 on Sunday en route to a 22-under par 191 victory total, equaling the Tour record for lowest total score in a 54-hole event.
Fellow Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Bill Glasson fired a course-record 62 to finish at 12-under.
Of the 81-player Shaw Charity Classic field, 65 (81%) relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than 16 times the nearest competitor with 4.
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JAPAN TOUR: Vana H Cup KBC Augusta
Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Sung-joon Park claimed his first Japan Golf Tour title at the weather-shortened Vana H Cup KBC Augusta. The 27-year-old Korean fired a final-day 3-under-par 69 that gave him a 54-hole aggregate of 12-under 204, two shots clear of his nearest competitor. Park, who has made all nine cuts this season, finished fourth at the Japan Golf Tour Championship, and tied for second at the Diamond Cup and last week’s weather-shortened Kansai Open Championship. With the win, Park advances to third on the 2013 Money List.
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SOUTH AFRICA TOUR: Wild Waves Golf Challenge
Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Andrew Curlewis earned his second career Sunshine Tour title with a one shot victory at the Wild Waves Golf Challenge. Curlewis closed with a bogey-free 5-under par 65 en route to a 16-under 194 victory total. Fellow golf ball loyalist Desvonde Botes (Pro V1x) tied for second place, one shot back, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Christiaan Basson (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, 712U utility irons, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi S putter) and golf ball loyalist Ulrich van den Berg (Pro V1x) finished five shots behind Curlewis in a tie for fourth place.
Of the 120-player field, 85 (69%) relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 21.
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CANADIAN TOUR: The Wildfire invitational
Titleist Pro V1 loyalist Mark Hubbard shot a final round 5-under par 66 on Sunday to capture his first PGA Tour Canada title at The Wildfire Invitational. The 24-year-old sank a 15-foot birdie putt at the par-5 16th hole and then parred in, to post a 20-under 264 total, good for a two shot margin of victory.
Of the 130-player field, 86 (66%) relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all competing golf balls combined.