While weather and playoffs provided extra suspense this weekend as professionals vied for a top spot on the world's major tours, the trust in a Titleist golf ball proved again superior. Across the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours, a cumulative 195 players relied on a Titleist golf ball for their success, compared to the nearest competitor with 19.
An overnight rain delay yielded only one hole of sudden death playoff action, as Pro V1x loyalist Ryan Moore's 5-foot birdie putt sealed victory at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur. In an all-Titleist golf ball playoff on the Champions Tour, Kenny Perry (Pro V1x) made a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole to top Bernhard Langer (Pro V1) to win the AT&T Championship. And in Japan, Titleist Brand Ambassador Daisuke Maruyama (Pro V1x) trusted his Pro V1x golf ball and new Titleist AP2 irons (714) to a three-shot victory, the third of his Japan Golf Tour career.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 142 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 36 and more than all other competitors combined.
Let's take a trip around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.
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PGA TOUR: CIMB Classic
With his third professional victory, Moore becomes the third Titleist golf ball loyalist to win to start the new 2013-14 PGA TOUR season. He follows Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jimmy Walker (Frys.com Open) and Webb Simpson (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open) into the PGA TOUR Winners’ Circle.
Of the 78-player field, 48 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 9.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, CB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges) of Thailand, tied for third place, one shot out of the playoff. Currently a non-PGA TOUR member, the 24-year old earned an exemption into the McGladrey Classic with his top 10 finish. His winnings virtually assured him the top spot on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Moore topped a leaderboard that included 7 of the top 10 finishers trusting a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. Titleist players following Moore and Aphibarnrat were Aaron Baddeley (5th/Pro V1x), Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jimmy Walker (6th/Pro V1) and Graham DeLaet (T7/Pro V1x), as well as Harris English (T7/Pro V1x) and Charles Howell (T7/Pro V1x).
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CHAMPIONS TOUR: AT&T Championship
With his victory, Pro V1x loyalist Kenny Perry extended his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup entering the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week.
Nine of the 11 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success. Of the 81-player field, 61 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 7.
The top 30 on the money list qualified for next week’s finale, though Perry and Langer are the only players with a shot at the $1 million annuity for the points title.
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JAPAN TOUR: bstone Open
Titleist Brand Ambassador Daisuke Maruyama carded seven birdies in his final round on the way to a 54-hole total of 10-under par 200, to win the rain-shortened event by three shots over I.J. Jang of Korea (Pro V1x). Six of the Top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
What’s in Daisuke Maruyama’s Bag?: Titleist Pro V1x, 913D2 driver (7.5°), 913H hybrids (17°, 19°), new Titleist AP2 irons (714), Vokey Design sand (54°) and lob (60°) wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour putter.
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LPGA TOUR: Sunrise Taiwan Championship
Eight of the Top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including Pro V1 loyalists Azahara Munoz and Caroline Hedwall, who finished in second and third respectively.
Of the 78-player field, 46 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, nearly 6 times the nearest competitor with 8.