Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for two birdies over the final three holes Sunday to punctuate a wire-to-wire victory at the Viking Classic, his second win this season on the PGA Tour – and first using the new Titleist 910 driver.
Haas, who earned his maiden victory in January at the Bob Hope Classic, opened with consecutive 66s at Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Miss., and finished at 15-under 273 for a three-stroke victory to extend his exempt status on the PGA Tour through 2013.
"I always said, after winning one, you want to win two," Haas said. "Now I want to win a third. And next week, I plan on playing, and we all start at even. If I bogey the first, I'll be disappointed. It's a grind out here. You've got to take it shot to shot, week to week."
Haas was one of 93 players in the field at the Viking Classic that trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than six times the nearest competitor with 15. Nine of the 10 players who finished tied for eighth or better, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Brendon de Jonge (T-3), D.J. Trahan (T-3) and Graham DeLaet (T-5), played a Titleist golf ball.
Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (36); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (114); and Putters (63).
Haas was one of 23 players at the Viking Classic that played a new Titleist 910 driver, which has now recorded seven victories on the worldwide professional tours since its debut at the AT&T National in June. Michio Matsumura also used a 910 driver in winning this weekend's Coca Cola Tokai Classic on the Japan Tour.
Haas gamed a 910D2 8.5 on setting B2 (+.75 upright) to finish third in Driving Distance (329.1 yards) and tied for 13th in fairways hit (66 percent) for the week, as well as a new Titleist 910F 13.5 fairway metal.
Titleist 910 drivers, fairway metals and hybrids were also in the bags
of De Jonge (910 D3 9.5, 910F 15.0), DeLaet (910D2 8.5, 910F 15.0, 910H
19.0) and Trahan (910H 18.0).
"If you get on the fairway (at Annandale), the course overall is a pretty short course, especially this week the way the balls were running," said Haas, who made 23 birdies for the week. "If you get on the fairways and you have a pitching wedge, sand wedge, 9 irons, it makes the game seem a little easier."
The victory moved Haas to 26th on the PGA Tour money list with four events remaining. The top 30 players on the season-ending money list earn exemptions into the 2011 Masters and the 2011 U.S. Open.
Here's a closer look at Haas' Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: 910D2 8.5 (Fujikura Speeder 757)
Fairway: 910F 13.5 (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Irons (2-PW): CB (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges (54, 58): Vokey Design Spin Milled (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Studio Select Kombi
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In total, Titleist golf ball loyalist won five times this weekend across the worldwide professional tours. In 2010, Titleist golf ball players have recorded 111 total victories,
more than five times the nearest competitor with 21. Over the last four weeks, Titleist golf ball players have earned 16 wins worldwide.
• Pro V1x loyalist Steven Bowditch closed in 3-under 68 to win the Nationwide Tour's Soboba Golf Classic and move to No. 11 on the money list with four events remaining. The top 25 players on the money list at the end of the season will earn 2011 PGA Tour cards. Bowditch finished at 19-under 265 at the Country Club at Soboba Springs, three shots better than Pro V1x loyalist Daniel Summerhays.
Bowditch and Summerhays were two of 93 players in the field that trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (38); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (130) and Putters (56).
• Titleist Brand Ambassador Michio Matsumura (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design TVD wedges) made par of the third hole of a sudden-death playoff to win his first Japan Golf Tour event, the Coca Cola Tokai Classic in Nagoya. To get into the playoff, Matsumura birdied seven of his final 12 holes in regulation.
Matsumara was one of 39 players in the field that trusted a Titleist golf ball, compared to 29 for the nearest competitor. Titleist also was first in Hybrids (18); and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges.
• Pro V1x loyalist Pariya Junhasavasdikul won the 2010 Mercuries Taiwan Masters at Taiwan G&CC for his first Asian Tour victory, making par on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Pro V1x loyalist M. Siddikur.
Junhasavasdikul and Siddikur were two of 83 players at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters that trusted Titleist golf balls, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 14.
• Pro V1x loyalist Michiel Bothma also won in a sudden-death playoff at the SAA Pro-Am Invitational on the South African Sunshine Tour. Bothman, who closed in 6-under 66, was one of 80 players in the field that trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than two times the nearest competitor with 34.