LEE WESTWOOD CAPTURES DUBAI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE RACE TO DUBAI TRUSTING TITLEIST PRO V1xTitleist Golf Ball Loyalists Secure Top Five Positions on Leaderboard
Fairhaven, MA (November 23, 2009) - The culmination of the European Tour season marked a career milestone for Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Lee Westwood. Describing it "the best day of my golfing career," Westwood captured the Dubai World Championship, the year-long Race to Dubai, and vaulted to No. 4 in the Official World Golf Rankings, matching his highest ever position. The event was another high point for Titleist, as well, as each of the top five finishers trusted the #1 ball in golf for their success. Westwood was followed on the leaderboard by Ross McGowan (Pro V1x), Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy (Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 906F2 fairway metals, ZM irons, Vokey Design pitching wedge, Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Fastback putter), Geoff Ogilvy (Pro V1, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) and Padraig Harrington (Pro V1x).
The overnight leader by two shots at the season-ending event, Westwood fired an Earth Course record 8-under par 64 in the final round, resulting in a six-shot margin of victory, matching the largest of the year on the European Tour. He posted four consecutive rounds in the 60s to finish at 23-under 265. It marks the second time in his career that Westwood has finished atop the European Tour money list (his first Order of Merit was in 2000). The win was his second of the season and the 32nd of his career.
McGowan finished at 17-under par following a final round 68 that included five consecutive birdies on holes 12-16. McIlroy finished solo third, two strokes back, while Ogilvy and Harrington rounded out the top five, a shot behind McIlroy.
Titleist was the top golf ball choice among players at the limited-field event with 33 players, compared to 9 for the nearest competitor. Westwood's victory marks the 25th for Titleist players on the 2009 European Tour, more than twice the nearest competitor with nine, and more than all other golf balls combined.
JAPAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Karlsson (Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 909F3 fairway metals, MB irons, Vokey Design gap and sand C-C wedges, Spin Milled lob wedge, Scotty Cameron GSS putter) was edged on the second playoff hole at the Dunlop Phoenix. Karlsson posted six birdies en route to a final round 65. Both players finished regulation at 13-under-par 271. The pair was six shots clear of two players, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Shane Lowry (Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 909H hybrid, New AP2 irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges), who won the Irish Open as an amateur in May.
Titleist was the top golf ball choice among players at the Dunlop Phoenix with 32 players, compared to 20 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also first in hybrids (20) and wedges (55).
ASIAN: Titleist golf ball loyalist Marcus Both (Pro V1x, 585H utility metal, AP2 irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport putter) rallied to capture the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open by one shot for his second career Asian Tour victory. His first win was six years ago at the 2003 Sanya Open in China. Both was six shots out of the lead entering the final round, but closed with a 5-under 67 to finish at 9-under 279. Titleist was the top golf ball choice of all players in the field with 87 (70%), including four of the top five finishers.
AUSTRALASIAN: It was a Titleist golf ball sweep at the Cellarbrations NSW PGA Championship, where Aaron Townsend (Pro V1x) shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s to finish at 21-under 259, four clear of Michael Wright (Pro V1x) and Scott Arnold (Pro V1x). The victory was the second career Australasian Tour title for Townsend. Titleist players occupied the top eight positions on the leaderboard and 10 of the 11 that finished among the Top 10 and ties. Titleist was their preferred golf ball choice at the event with 119 players (82%), more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 11.
WORLDWIDE WIN COUNT: With three more wins this week, Titleist golf ball players have accumulated 149 victories, more than five times its nearest competitor with 26, and more than all other golf balls combined.
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