PERFORMANCE IN THE CLUTCHMartin Wiegele and Titleist Brand Ambassador Chris Kirk Rely on Pro V1x to Achieve Career Firsts
Fairhaven, MA (June 21, 2010) –The unmatched golf ball performance story of Titleist continues across the worldwide professional tours, highlighted by the maiden European Tour victory of Martin Wiegele, who trusted the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball to capture the Saint-Omer Open in France. And on the Nationwide Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Chris Kirk also relied on the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, as well as a full complement of Titleist golf clubs, to claim his first Nationwide title at the Fort Smith Classic in Arkansas. First victories are often the most difficult to obtain and breakthrough performances require a golf ball worthy of trust. Consistent performance in the clutch. It’s why one ball is trusted more around the world.
TITLEIST HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 20, 2010
PGA TOUR: Last month, France’s Gregory Havret, trusting the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, qualified for the 110th U.S. Open in sensational style, converting a 50-foot putt to get into a playoff, and then sinking a 20-footer to earn a spot in the field at the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links. Havret made the most of his first major championship appearance, finishing as the sole runner-up following a final round 1-over 72. Havret staged a strong bid to tie the lead coming down the stretch, but narrowly missed a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th. Titleist Brand Ambassador Davis Love III (Pro V1x, 909D3 driver, 909F3 fairway metal, New CB and MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Laguna 2 putter) closed with an even-par 71. The 46-year-old finished at 4-over 288, to tie for sixth place, a performance that earns him an invitation to the 2011 Masters.
Two of the three best rounds shot on Sunday came from Titleist Brand Ambassadors. Ben Curtis (Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 909F2 fairway metal, 909H hybrids, New AP1 and AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Studio Select putter), who moved up 35 spots to grab a share of 14th place, and Bo Van Pelt (Pro V1, 909D2 driver, 909F3 fairway metal, 909H hybrid, New CB and MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled gap and lob wedges), each fired final round 3-under 68's.
According to the Darrell Survey, Titleist was the overwhelming GOLF BALL of choice at the 110th US Open Championship. With 85 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 20, and more than all other golf balls combined, this marks the 62nd consecutive year for Titleist as the #1 ball at the U.S. Open. Titleist was also first in IRON SETS with 33; SAND, LOB and APPROACH WEDGES with 109; and PUTTERS with 47.
EUROPEAN TOUR: Martin Wiegele (Pro V1x, Z.B Forged irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport putter) became only the second Austrian to win a European Tour event with a two-shot victory at the Saint-Omer Open presented by Neuflize OBC. Wiegele made four birdies with only one bogey as he shot a 3-under 68 to finish with a 7-under total of 277. Five players tied for second place at 5-under 279, including fellow Pro V1x loyalists Matt Haines, Pelle Edberg and Robert Dinwiddie. Two weeks ago, Wiegele won a European Challenge Tour event on his native soil, at the Kärnten Golf Open by Markus Brier Foundation. Markus Brier was the first Austrian to win a European Tour event and served as inspiration for Wiegele.Titleist was the GOLF BALL of choice at the Saint-Omer Open with 113 players, more than all other golf balls combined and more than six times the nearest competitor with 17.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist Brand AmbassadorChris Kirk, who relies upon the Pro V1x golf ball, 909D3 (9.5) driver, 906F4 (13.5) fairway metal, 909H (19) hybrid, New CB (3-5) and 670 (6-9) irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled (48, 54, 60) wedges, and Scotty Cameron Laguna 1.6 putter, fired a final round 6-under 64 to come from behind and win the Fort Smith Classic by one stroke. The 25-year-old, who was a member of the University of Georgia’s 2005 NCAA Champion golf team, finished at 16-under 264 to earn his first career Nationwide Tour title. The 54-hole leader Josh Broadaway (Pro V1, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron 303 GSS putter), and Zack Miller (Pro V1x) were among four players who tied for third at 12-under 268. With the victory, Kirk moved from No. 4 to No. 1 on the Nationwide Tour money list, which should be more than enough to already guarantee him a place among THE 25 leading money winners who will move onto the PGA TOUR next year.
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