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Posted: September 23, 2013
Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stenson delivered a career-defining performance this weekend, winning in convincing fashion at the PGA Tour's grand finale, The Tour Championship. Stenson's win sealed his claim to season-long FedExCup honors and highlighted a 5-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the globe.
Joining Stenson in the winners' circle were Pro V1x loyalists Julien Quesne (70° Open d'Italia Lindt), Neil Schietekat (Platinum Classic) and Andre Stolz (South Pacific Open Championship) as well as Pro V1 loyalist Mark Wiebe (Pacific Links Hawai'i ). Five more victories on the worldwide professional golf tours confirms once again that Performance is Pro V1 and ProV1x .
Titleist golf ball players have now earned 119 victories across the Worldwide Professional Tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 33 and more than all golf balls combined.
In total, 17,875 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2013 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,651 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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EUROPEAN TOUR: 70° Open d'Italia Lindt
Julien Quesne (Pro V1x) began the final day at Golf Club Torino four shots off the lead, but he closed with a final round 5-under 67, which included a back nine 31, as he captured the 70° Open d’Italia Lindt for his second career European Tour title.
The Frenchman finished with a 12-under par 276 victory total, one shot clear of runners-up and fellow Pro V1x loyalists David Higgins and Steve Webster.
"I am very proud of this back nine," said Quesne, whose maiden victory came in the Open de Andalucía in 2012. "My attitude was very good this week and I think this is the key. To enjoy a second win on The European Tour is like a dream for me."
The win marks the 19th by Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2013 European Tour, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 4.
Of the 145-player field, 100 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, five times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all competitors combined.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pacific Links Hawai'i
It was an all-Titleist Pro V1 sudden death playoff at the Pacific Links Hawai'i, where Mark Wiebe defeated Corey Pavin with a par on the second extra hole. Both players finished at 11-under 205 in the second year of the tournament's staging, one shot ahead of fellow Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Bernhard Langer.
"I didn't play as well as I did the first two days," Wiebe said in a post-round interview. "But I played my butt off. I've never won twice in one year before."
The victory marks the 17th win for Titleist players on the 2013 Champions Tour, compared to one win for the nearest competitor.
Titleist was the most played ball in the field of 81 with 61 players, more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 6.
AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: South Pacific Open Championship
Trusting his Pro V1x golf ball, Andre Stolz won on the fifth hole of a sudden death playoff over Titleist Brand Ambassador Michael Wright (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter). Another Titleist Brand Ambassador, Matt Griffin (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 712U 3 and 4 utility irons, new CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter), finished solo third, two shots out of the playoff.
Stolz posted rounds of 67-66-69-66 en route to his first victory of the 2013 campaign.
Ten of the 12 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including each of the top 4.
At the 97-player event, 79 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 11.
SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR: Platinum Classic
Titleist Brand Ambassador Neil Schietekat (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 712U utility iron, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges) closed with a 4-under par 68 to clinch his maiden Sunshine Tour title. Schietekat finished with a 15-under 201 victory total, three shots clear of the next closest competitor.
Titleist Pro V1x loyalists James Kamte (Pro V1x) and Vaughn Groenewald finished solo third and fourth, respectively.
Schietekat credited his runner-up finish at the Origins of Golf tournament at Simola in July for the motivation he used in his breakthrough victory.
“Not winning never really bothered me until I came second at the Origins of Golf tournament at Simola,” Schietekat said. “I told myself I should have won that one, and I started to take steps to fix things. I’ve been working hard on the mental side of things, and that makes a big difference.”
Fifty-one players players in the 72-player Platinum Classic field relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 16.