Johnson Wagner trusts Pro V1x to Sony Open victory
Posted: January 17, 2012
Pro V1x loyalist Johnson Wagner had been telling friends and family that he'd win a PGA Tour event early in 2012. It took him just 15 days to make good on that promise.
With renewed confidence (not to mention a new mustache), Wagner rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for four birdies over the final 12 holes Sunday to capture the Sony Open in Hawaii for his third-career PGA Tour victory.
"Yeah, I was definitely telling people to expect something early this year, which is a nice feeling," said Wagner, who shot rounds of 68-66-66-67 at Waialae Country Club for a 13-under 267 total and two-shot triumph.
Wagner, 31, credited the success to plain old hard work during the off-season, both on the course and in the gym.
"I'm just going to try to get better every day," said Wagner, who will be soon receiving an invitation to compete in this year's Master Tournament.
"It's a terrible cliché but I'm just going to try to get better and keep working out and keep doing the things I'm doing."
It marked the second consecutive win and a sweep of the "Aloha Swing" for Titleist golf ball players to start the 2012 PGA Tour season, following Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker's (Pro V1x) three-shot victory last weekend at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. (Wagner finished T-9 at Kapalua.)
Last season, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players won 33 of the PGA Tour's 44 events, including Wagner's victory at the Mayakoba Classic.
This week, 99 players at the Sony Open relied on Titleist golf ball for their success, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist was also No. 1 in iron sets (37); sand, lob and approach wedges (120); and putters (56).
• CHINA: Zhang Xin Jun (Pro V1x) earned his first career win at the China PGA Tour's Hainan event, topping a leader board the featured eight Titleist golf ball players in the top 10.
Zhang closed in 3-under 69 for a 17-under 271 total, two shots ahead of Lee Joung Wook (Pro V1x). Li Hao Tong (Pro V1x) and Su Dong (Pro V1x) tied for third place, another two shots back.
A total of 88 players trusted Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls in the event, nearly nine times the nearest competitor with 10 and more than all other golf ball combined. Titleist was also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (120).
• EUROPEAN TOUR: At the Joburg Open, 148 players teed up Titleist golf balls, 120 more than the nearest competitor with 28 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (61); and wedges (206).