The PGA Tour’s Fall Series got off to a fast start last week in Las Vegas with a leader board full of low numbers, including Pro V1 loyalist Ryan Moore’s 10-under par 61 which had everyone on 59 watch during Thursday's first round. Moore followed up the early-round performance with scores of 68-65-66 for a 24-under 260 total to take home top honors at the 2012 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
“It's one of those weeks that it all just kind of went my way," said Moore. "I was able to start out great and shoot 10-under the first day, and that kind of put me into position so I could just play solid golf from that point on and still have a really good chance to win; that's what I did."
Joining Moore in the winners’ circle this week, Pro V1 loyalist Bernhard Langer (SAS Championship – Champions Tour) along with Pro V1x loyalists David Lingmerth (Neediest Kids Championship – Web.com Tour), K.J. Choi (CJ Invitational Hosted by KJ Choi – Asian Tour) and Titleist Brand Ambassador Zhi Peng Fan (China PGA Champions Tour Ordos). With these wins, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 148 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than nine times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined.
An alumnus of UNLV, Moore had the hometown crowd cheering him down the stretch as he traded shots with Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendon DeJonge, who finished one shot behind in solo second with a 23-under 261 total.
“To come out on top, it's an incredible feeling. The last couple days it was tough. I mean, I was shot for shot with Brendon and he was playing some great golf. I was just able to make a birdie at the right time there at the end and just hold him off,” added Moore.
Rounding out the top three, Pro V1x loyalist Jonas Blixt finished in solo third with a 20-under 264 total.
Earlier in the week the practice range was buzzing with the appearance of white boxes full of new Pro V1 and Pro V1x prototype golf balls. This week marked the beginning of the tour seeding and performance validation process on the PGA Tour. Click here for a closer look at the action.
Titleist was the most played golf ball in the field of 132, with 85 players, including 18 of whom put the new Pro V1 (4) and Pro V1x (14) prototype golf balls in the play the first week they were available for competition. Titleist was also the top choice in sand, lob and approach wedges (98) and putters (50).
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CHAMPIONS: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Bernhard Langer authored another stellar final round charge to win the SAS Championship and take the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points race in the process. Langer fired a final round 9-under par 63 to top Pro V1x loyalist Jay Don Blake by two shots. Four shots behind entering the final round, Langer birdied the final two holes to finish at 13-under 203, securing his second victory of the year and 16th overall on the Champions Tour. Mark Wiebe (Pro V1) closed with a 68 to finish third at 10 under.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 58 players in the field of 81, more than six times the nearest competitor with nine. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (23) and wedge (65) categories.
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WEB.COM: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist David Lingmerth found challenging conditions on Sunday at the Neediest Kids Championship, but that didn’t prevent him from posting a a Sunday-best 4-under 66 for a one-shot victory. This marked the first-career Web.com Tour title for Lingmerth, who finished with an 8-under-par 272 victory total. The 25-year-old was one of just 11 players that broke par in the final round and his 66 was the low score of the day by two strokes.
Titleist Brand Ambassadors Alistair Presnell and Philip Pettitt Jr. both shot final round 69's and shared third place, two shots behind the champion.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 99 players in the field of 144, more than six times the nearest competitor with 15. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (47), wedge (142) and putter (65) categories. Titleist had a total of 36 drivers in play, including a combined 27 new 913D2 (6) and 913D3 (21) models.
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ASIAN: Tournament host becomes tournament winner again at the CJ Invitational Hosted by KJ Choi in Seoul, South Korea. For the second year in a row, Titleist Pro V1x loyalist K.J. Choi successfully defended his title at his tournament. He also donated his winnings of $118,875 to his K.J. Choi Foundation, just like he did in 2011. Choi carded a final round 4-under-par 67 for a 15-under par 269 victory total, two shots clear of his nearest competitor.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Dae-hyun Kim finished solo fourth, four shots behind the champion. Seven of the top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist players accounted for 77 players of the 120-player field, more than four times the nearest competitor with 16 players. Titleist was also the top choice in utility clubs, iron sets and wedges.
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CHINA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Zhi Peng Fan of China, won the weather-delayed China PGA Champions Tour Ordos event held in Ordos, Mongolia.
Fan closed with 3-under-par 69 en route to a 2-under par 286 victory total under difficult conditions, two shots clear of Will Yanagisawa (Pro V1) of the United States and Tian Yuan (Pro V1x) of China. The win marks Fan's first on the China Tour in his 14-year professional career. He topped a leaderboard that included 11 Titleist golf ball loyalists among the 12 players who finished in the top 10 and ties.
Titleist was the top choice of the field in the golf ball category with 55 players of the field of 75, more than four times the nearest competitor with 13.
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EUROPEAN: Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 102 players in the field of 168, more than four times the nearest competitor with 23. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (44) and wedge (191) categories.
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JAPAN: Titleist was the top choice of the field in the golf ball category with 44 players. Titleist also led the field in gap, sand and lob wedges with 83.