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Posted: February 17, 2014
It was a bogey-free weekend for Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson who captured the title at the Northern Trust Open after closing with back-to-back 7-under par 64's.
Watson’s rock-solid performance highlighted a weekend of success for Titleist golf ball players as Pro V1x loyalists Thomas Aiken (winner Africa Open on European Tour), Alex Cejka (winner Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship on Web.com), Kirk Triplett (winner ACE Group Classic on Champions Tour) and Anthony Summers (winner Queensland PGA Championship on Australasian Tour) all found the winner’s circle.
Titleist golf ball loyalists have now won 21 events across the worldwide professional tours in 2014, more than five times the nearest competitor with four and more than all other golf balls combined.
In total, 2,578 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with 427 and more than all competitors combined.
Let’s get a snapshot of the action with the #TeamTitleist weekend recap…
PGA TOUR/Northern Trust Open: Titleist was the top choice in golf balls at the Northern Trust Open with 86 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21.
Among the 86 golf ball loyalists, 30 were full product line Titleist Brand Ambassadors. Titleist was also the top choice in the sand, lob and approach wedge (134) and putter (53) categories.
Watson birdied the final hole at the famed Riviera Country Club to put an exclamation point on his first victory since the 2012 Masters. Watson, who began the day four shots behind the third-round leader, completed the front nine in 5-under 30 and finished with a 15-under-par 269 victory total. It marked the fourth top-10 finish in six events for Watson this year. After the trophy presentation, he reflected on the significance of winning in Los Angeles.
"Winning here at Northern Trust is nice. I mean, what an honor, what a privilege, what a blessing; the history behind this golf tournament, the history behind some of the great names as champions here. To be a part of that now, to see success here at this golf course, which they haven't changed much over the years, which all of us golfers love."
Jason Allred (Pro V1x), who qualified for the event on Monday and was making his first PGA Tour start since the 2010 U.S. Open, finished tied for third, three shots back. He will earn another start at The Honda Classic based on his top-10 finish.
EQUIPMENT NOTES: Titleist Brand Ambassador Bryce Molder made his eighth consecutive cut this season and posted his second consecutive Top 10 finish, tying for sixth place. Molder, who plays the Pro V1x golf ball and 14 Titleist golf clubs, fired four consecutive rounds in the 60’s including a closing 4-under-par 67. He finished T-10 in Greens in Regulation (68%)
Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendan Steele, who put three new Vokey Design SM5 (52º, 58º, 60º) wedges in the bag for the first time this week, finished third in Greens in Regulation (71%) and posted his second top-10 finish in three events.
Geoff Ogilvy tied his best finish of the season (T-29), which included a pair of 69’s on the weekend, after putting a shorter shaft (44”) in his Titleist 913D2 (9.5º) driver and a new 913H.d 20º hybrid in the bag to replace his 5-wood at Riviera.
WINNERS’ CIRCLE: With Watson’s victory at the Northern Trust Open, a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball has now been played by the winners at 10 of the first 13 events on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR, compared to one for the nearest competitors.
Watson joins a Titleist golf ball winners’ circle that includes Jimmy Walker (Frys.com Open, SONY Open in Hawaii, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am), Webb Simpson (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), Zach Johnson (Hyundai Tournament of Champions) and Scott Stallings (Farmers Insurance Open), as well as the champions of the CIMB Classic, McGladrey Classic and OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Titleist players have more wins across every major equipment category on the PGA TOUR than any other brand: Golf Balls (10 vs.1); Drivers (6 vs. 3); Irons (6 vs. 3); Wedges (6 vs. 4); Putters (5 vs. 4).
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EUROPEAN TOUR/Africa Open: Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 112 players in the field of 156 teeing up a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than six times the nearest competitor with 18.
Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Thomas Aiken converted a 30-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to capture the Africa Open. The win marks his third career European Tour title and first on home soil. Aiken fired four consecutive rounds in the 60’s, including a closing 4-under 67, as the playoff pair posted a 20-under par 267 in regulation.
Titleist Brand Ambassador John Hahn (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, 712U utility iron, MB/CB 714 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2.6 putter) finished in a tie for third place, just one shot out of the playoff. The rookie posted a course record-tying 10-under-par 61 (eight birdies and an eagle) on Friday, which included an inward 28 to take the second round lead. The 24-year old Titleist young gun and Kent State graduate came through three stages of Qualifying School to earn his European Tour card last fall.
WEB.COM TOUR/ Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship: Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 93 players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 19.
Alex Cejka (Pro V1x) won the Colombia Championship, the season-opening event on the Web.com Tour after final-round play was called when a fourth consecutive day of rain made the course unplayable. Cejka, who posted a third-round 63, won by three shots at 14-under 199.
Pro V1x loyalists Carlos Ortiz and Bill Lunde finished solo third and fourth, respectively, while Titleist young gun Justin Thomas (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 913H hybrid, MB 714 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Fastback Plus putter) finished T-5.
CHAMPIONS TOUR/ACE Group Classic: Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 57 players in the field of 81, more than six times the nearest competitor with 9.
Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Kirk Triplett won the ACE Group Classic for his third career Champions Tour title, closing with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory.
Triplett’s 16-under 200 victory total was enough to edge three players, including defending champion Bernhard Langer (Pro V1) and Duffy Waldorf (Pro V1x). Triplett, Langer and Waldorf were all tied for the lead with a hole to play, with Triplett converting a 6-foot par putt and the win.
Titleist golf ball loyalists have won the first three events of the year.
AUSTRALASIAN TOUR/Queensland PGA Championship: Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 96 players (80% of the field), including 12 of the 13 who finished among the top 10 and ties.
Anthony Summers (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, 712U utility iron, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges) won the Queensland PGA Championship by three shots for his first career Australasian Tour title since turning professional in 1991. Summers opened with rounds of 61 and 62 and closed with a 63 en route to a 24-under par 256 victory total.
Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador David Bransdon (Pro V1x, 913D3, 913FD, MB 714 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport putter) finished solo third.
Quoting Anthony Summers: “I’m ecstatic, relieved, elated, I’m just feeling a whole mix of emotions at the moment … I’ve had a lot of chances to win in the past so to have a three shot buffer on the last was fantastic … I was still as nervous as a kitten on the 18th hole, my heart was beating a million miles a minute.”