Luke Donald Trusts Titleist Pro V1x to BMW PGA Championship Victory, Ninth Consecutive Top-10 Finish
Posted: May 30, 2011
The crowning glory for Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald's recent run of consistency and success came Sunday at the BMW PGA Championship, where the Englishman raised his second trophy of the season to rise to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Donald prevailed in an all-Titleist playoff with fellow Pro V1x loyalist Lee Westwood at the Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, contributing to a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the globe.
So far in 2011, Titleist golf ball players have combined for 58 victories across the worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with 11.
A total of 7,425 players have trusted Titleist golf balls in competition this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,187 and more than all competitors combined.
Through the first five months of this season, Donald has been nothing but dead-on, finishing in the top 10 in nine consecutive events, including last week's runner-up finish at the Volvo World Match Play Championship.
It's certainly a list worth noting: WGC-Accenture Match Play (1); Honda Classic (T-10); WGC-Cadillac Championship (T-6); Masters (T-4); The Heritage (2); Zurich Classic of New Orleans (T-8), The Players Championship (T-4); Volvo World Match Play (2); and BMW PGA Championship (1).
In his past 15 starts dating back to last season, Donald has only finished outside the top 10 once.
"If the world No. 1 ranking is based on consistency, yes, I have been the most consistent this year. I have been giving myself opportunities every week… I've had a great run, and you know, it pays to be consistent," Donald said.
"I've always said, winning is always at the top of the list. It's always the top of the goals. I'm not going to lie, being No. 1 feels fantastic. It's a great honor, a great achievement. But you know, winning is what got me there."
To win on Sunday, Donald hit his approach on the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th, to 4 feet and rolled in his Pro V1x golf ball for birdie.
Donald (64-72-72-72-70) and Westwood (72-69-69-68) both finished regulation at 6-under 278, two shots clear of the field.
Donald and Westwood were two of 85 players in the field that trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than three times the nearest competitor with 24 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in iron sets (41); and sand, lob and approach wedges (154).
For the week, Donald ranked third in Greens in Regulation (70.8 percent) and fourth in Putts Per G.I.R. (1.69), once again showcasing the short-game and shot-making control for which he is renowned.
Donald currently leads the PGA Tour in Scoring Average (69.16).
"A big win back at the Match Play, and a big win here. It's obviously been a great year so far, and just because I'm at No. 1 doesn't mean that I'm done now," said Donald. "I've still got a lot of work to do, hopefully a lot of titles to pick up, and hopefully I can keep going from strength-to-strength."
Team Titleist recently caught up with Luke to talk about his short game and the importance of having confidence in his Pro V1x golf ball.
"My golf ball does what I tell it to do most of the time and I'm very fortunate about that," he said.
Check out the video below to hear what else Luke had to say…
• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Tom Watson birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla and lead a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist golf ball players.
Watson rolled his Pro V1 golf ball in from 3 feet on the playoff hole, the par-5 18th, to hold off fellow Pro V1 loyalist David Eger and earn his sixth-career major on the Champions Tour.
Watson (70-70-68-70) and Eger (74-68-69-67) both finished regulation at 10-under 278, one shot ahead of Pro V1 loyalist Kiyoshi Murota (66-67-74-72).
"Obviously it never ceases to be enjoyable, winning a golf tournament," said Watson, 61, who became the oldest player to win a major since the senior tour was created in 1980.
"And I'll go back and think about this golf tournament as, it is a Major Championship for us out here, but I'll be thinking of this tournament as a, as I said out there, if this is the last tournament I ever win, it's not a bad one to win."
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 106 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18.
Titleist also was first in iron sets (44) and sand, lob and approach wedges (114).
• SUNSHINE TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Jean Hugo began his final round with a front-nine 30 at the the Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament in Pretoria and cruised to a three-shot victory.
Hugo also made a pair of eagles during that opening stretch, eventually closing in 5-under 67 for an 11-under 205 total.
"“It was a battle on the back nine, having such a good cushion...," said Hugo. "I had to work hard to keep it all together.”
It marked Hugo’s fifth career win in the Vodacom series on the Sunshine Tour.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 56 players, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 15.
• KOREAN TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Ho-Sung Choi earned his second-career Korean Tour title with a four-shot victory at the Lake Hills Open.
Choi closed in even-par 72 for an 8-under 280 total, finishing as one of only three players under par.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 104 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined.
• LPGA: Pro V1x loyalist Mariajo Uribe posted a
final-round bogey-free 6-under 66 to come back from two shots and
capture the HSBC Brazil Cup at Itanhanga Golf Club in Rio de Janeiro.
Uribe's 9-under (69-66) 135 total earned her a one-shot victory over Pro V1 loyalist Lindsey Wright (68-68) in the unofficial two-day event.
Pro V1 loyalist Maria Hjorth (70-67) finished third, another shot back.
knew I had to go out there today and take advantage of the par-5s,"
said Uribe, who lost in a sudden-death playoff at the event in 2010. "I
just went out and had a good start birding five of the first seven
holes. I was really excited, I just tried to keep my mind in the present
and tried to keep playing how I was playing."
• PGA TOUR: At the HP Byron Nelson Championship, 107 players trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist also was first in iron sets (44); sand, lob and approach wedges (142); and putters (65).
• JAPAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Diamond Cup with 65 players. Titleist also was first in hybrids (49); and sand, lob and approach wedges (113).