Johnson and Wiratchant Lead 4-Win Week for Titleist
Posted: September 17, 2013
In a career defined by persistence, determination and patience, it seems fitting that only a weather delay Sunday could slow Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson and his charge up the leaderboard and into the winner's circle Monday at the BMW Championship.
Trusting his Pro V1x golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment, Johnson scorched Conway Farms Golf Club on Monday with a six-birdie, 6-under par 65 to overcome a 3-shot deficit and become the third player in as many events to win a FedExCup playoff event this year.
The victory is Johnson's tenth career victory in his decade on tour, and places him fourth in the current FedExCup standings, entering the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
"It's extremely difficult," Johnson told reporters, trying to explain what the 10 wins meant. "I'm not sure I fully grasp it."
Also joining Johnson in the winner's circle this weekend from the worldwide professional tours were Titleist Brand Ambassadors Joost Luiten (KLM Open) and Thaworn Wiratchant (Yeangder TPC), Pro V1 loyalist Chang Woo Lee (Dongbu Insurance Open) and Pro V1x loyalist Max Gilbert (Tour Championship of Canada).
Let's take a trip around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.
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PGA TOUR: BMW Championship
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Following clutch birdie putts at 16 and 17 to separate himself from the field, Johnson took a 3-shot lead to 18. Zach calmly piped a tee shot and fairway metal to set up a wedge and two-putt to seal the win.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker was joined by Pro V1x loyalists Luke Donald and Hunter Mahan among players tied for fourth place to ensure them all with a place in the Tour Championship. 44 players in the field of 70 put their trust in a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball this week. That’s more than six times the nearest competitor with 7, and more than all other competitors combined.
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ASIAN TOUR: Yeangder TPC
Titleist Brand Ambassador Thaworn Wiratchant trusted his Pro V1x golf ball to victory, earning his unprecedented 16th Asian Tour title. Wiratchant closed with a 4-under 68 to finish with a 13-under par 275 victory total. Overnight leader and fellow Pro V1x loyalist American Chan Kim, closed with a 2-under 70 to finish one shot behind the champion.
Of the 147-player field, 91 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 27. Seven of the 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
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EUROPEAN TOUR: KLM Open
Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Joost Luiten, a native of The Netherlands, won in his home country following a par on the first hole of a sudden death playoff. It marked Luiten’s third career victory, including his second this season (Lyoness Open).
Of the 156-player KLM Open field, 108 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19. The win marks the 18th by Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2013 European Tour, more than four times the nearest competitor with 4.
In addition to relying upon the Pro V1 golf ball, Luiten also trusted a full complement of Titleist golf clubs for his success, including the 913D2 driver (7.5), 913Fd fairway metal (13.5), AP2 2-iron, CB irons (3-PW), Vokey Design SM4 sand (54) and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron R&D Concept 2 prototype putter.
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KOREAN PGA TOUR: Dongbu Insurance Open
Of the 144-player field, 99 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 21. A Korean National Team player and 2013 Korea Amateur champion, fired a 13-under par 275 victory total for a one shot win. The amateur relies upon Titleist equipment for his tee-through-green success, including the Pro V1 golf ball, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, 712U utility iron, CB irons, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges and Scotty Cameron GoLo putter. 8 of the 11 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
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PGA TOUR CANADA: Tour Championship of Canada
Pro V1x loyalist Max Gilbert, a 23-year old in his first professional season, posted a final round 6-under par 66 on the way to his first professional victory. Max drained a 20-footer on the 71st hole to take the outright lead, carded a par on the last for a score of 20-under par for the week at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club. Gilbert's win also earns him an exemption into the second stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.