TITLEIST YOUNG GUNS FINISH 1-2 IN SHOOTOUT AT MADEIRA ISLANDS OPENTwenty-Year Old Estanislao Goya Outlasts Surging Callum Macaulay for First Career European Tour Victory
Fairhaven, MA (March 23, 2009) - It was a Titleist Brand Ambassador 1-2 finish at the Madeira Islands Open BPI - Portugal on the PGA European Tour, where young guns Estanislao Goya and Callum Macaulay put their talent and perseverance on full display. The 20-year old Goya, who finished at 6-under 278, held on to edge Macaulay by one shot to earn his first career European Tour title in just his sixth event.
Macaulay, who was playing in his fifth career European Tour event, was 11 strokes back with nine holes to play before he birdied the last six holes and eight of his last nine. The 25-year old Scot equaled the course record with a closing 7-under 64, that included a 28 on his inward nine.
Damien McGrane (Pro V1) and Wil Besseling (Pro V1x) shared third place at 5-under par, while Anthony Wall (Pro V1x) finished solo 5th another shot back, as each of the top five finishers trusted Titleist for their success. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 106 players (74%), compared to 19 for the nearest competitor.
What’s in Estanislao Goya’s Titleist Bag?: Pro V1x golf ball, 909D2 driver (8.5), 909F2 3-wood (13.5), 909H hybrid (19.0), ZM irons (4-PW), Vokey Design Spin Milled approach (52), sand (56) and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport Fastback putter.
What’s in Callum Macaulay’s Titleist Bag?: Pro V1x golf ball, 909DComp driver (9.5), 909F2 3-wood (13.5), AP2 irons, Vokey Design approach and sand wedges, Spin Milled lob wedge, Scotty Cameron Studio Select putter.
Getting to Know Goya: A 20-year old native of Argentina, Goya turned professional 20 months ago and has had success at every stage of his short career. This week’s win moves him into the Top 100 (99th) in the Official World Golf Rankings:
- Won the Tour de las Americas qualifying school, breaking a course record in the process. Went on to win the Tour de las Americas Order of Merit.
- Won his fourth competitive start as a professional – edging hero Angel Cabrera to win the Abierto Del Centro on the European Challenge Tour. He completed his first Challenge Tour season with a win in the Grand Final.
- His debut on the European Tour came at the Italian Open last May, where he finished 12th.
- Participated in his first PGA Tour event at the Puerto Rico Open a week ago where he finished 44th. He was in 4th place at the halfway mark.
- As an indication of his all-around performance this week, Goya statistically finished first in Putts Per Round (with 100 in 72 holes), fifth in Scrambling, and 10th in Sand Saves en route to his victory.
LPGA TOUR: Pat Hurst, relying upon the New 2009 Pro V1 golf ball, birdied the final hole at the BosqueReal Country Club in Mexico City to win the MasterCard Classic by one stroke over two players, including New 2009 Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Yani Tseng. It was the sixth career LPGA title for Hurst, whose final round 4-under 68 gave her a 10-under 206 total for the tournament. Song-Hee Kim (Pro V1) placed 4th at 8-under 208, while Cristie Kerr finished solo 5th following a closing 5-under 67 playing the New 2009 Pro V1. It was Hurst's first victory since the 2006 Safeway International.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the MasterCard Classic with 93 players (71%) compared to 29 for the nearest competitor.
PGA TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Brett Quigley (New 2009 Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 904F 3-wood, AP2 irons, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi putter) finished one shot out of a playoff at the Transitions Championship, posting a runner-up finish for the second consecutive week.
Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker (Pro V1, 909D3 driver, 906F2 fairway metal, 585.H utility metal, 755 irons, Vokey Design wedges) and Titleist golf ball loyalists Mathew Goggin (New 2009 Pro V1x) and Charlie Wi (New 2009 Pro V1) finished in a three-way tie for 4th at 6-under.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Transitions Championship with 94 players (65%), compared to 20 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also first in iron sets (42), wedges (131) and putters (50), and second in drivers (40) and fairway metals (55).
WORLDWIDE WINS: Two more wins this week advances Titleist’s year-to-date golf ball victory count across the worldwide professional tours to 32, more than three times the nearest competitor with nine.
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