Willie Wood Captures First Champions Tour Victory, Leads Four-Win Weekend for Titleist Players

After holing a putt on the final hole to force a playoff, Willie Wood trusted a Pro V1x to win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open to lead a four-win week for Titleist players around the world.

With Pro V1x loyalist Michael Allen already in the clubhouse at 13-under, Wood rolled in a lengthy birdie putt at the last to card a final round 68 to send the duo to a playoff. In the all-Titleist Pro V1x playoff, Wood made par on the extra hole to capture his first career Champion's Tour victory.

"That may have been the biggest putt I've ever made on the 72nd hole," said Wood who last won the 1996 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic for his lone PGA Tour victory.

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have combined for 112 victories across the worldwide professional tours, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all other golf balls combined.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon and three other Titleist golf ball loyalists - Tom Lehman (Pro V1), Kenny Perry (Pro V1x) and Joey Sindelar (Pro V1x) - tied for 3rd place, just one shot out of the playoff.

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 81 in the golf ball category with 58, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 8.  The top six finishers trusted Titleist golf balls for their success.  Titleist was also the field favorite in the wedge category with 65 in play.

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Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Shawn Stefani secured his first career Web.com Tour title with a two-shot win at the Midwest Classic.  Stefani closed with a 7-under 64 en route to a 17-under 267 victory total.  The win vaults Stefani from 54th to 12th on the Web.com Tour money list. The final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards.

"The win hasn't really sunk in yet, but this is something you dream about as a kid," Stefani said. "This is the best thing that has ever happened to me.  When the year started I had a couple of goals. One was to win a tournament and the other was to finish in the top 25 and earn my PGA Tour card."

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Midwest Classic field of 156 in the golf ball category with 108, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 16.  Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (49), wedge (173) and putter (61) categories.  A total of 33 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 26 who chose the new 913D3 (20) and 913D2 (6) prototype models.

The win is the 11th for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2012 Web.com Tour, more than five times the nearest competitor with 2.

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JAPAN: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Toshinori Muto birdied the final hole to go wire-to-wire en route to a one shot win at the Kansai Open Golf Championship.  It marked the fifth career JGTO victory for Muto, who closed with a two-under par 69 for an 18-under 266 victory total.  Muto becomes the first player on the Japan Tour this season to lead an event start to finish. 

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field in the golf ball category with 53.  Titleist golf ball loyalists have won 8 of the first 11 events on the 2012 JGTO Tour.

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CANADIAN:  Pro V1 loyalist Alan McLean made a clutch birdie down the stretch to secure his first Canadian Tour victory on Sunday at the Jamieson WFCU Windsor Roseland Charity Classic.

Playing in his 132nd Canadian Tour start, the 42-year old McLean closed with a 4-under 66 to post a 10-under 270 total, good for 2-shot margin of victory.

"It's a relief to win. I enjoy winning and I don't think I've done enough of it in my career," said McLean. "Hopefully I can use this as a platform to build upon."

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PGA:  Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark fired a final-round 67 at the Wyndham Championship to finish at 16-under 264, good for a runner-up finish and his best performance of the season after returning from wrist surgery that cut short his 2011 campaign.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Bud Cauley shot 2-under 68 to finish a further shot back, alone in 3rd.  Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker matched his best performance of the year, sharing 4th place with two players including Pro V1x loyalist Chad Campbell.

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Wyndham Championship field of 156 in the golf ball category with 108, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 13. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (38), wedge (144) and putter (61) categories.  A total of 36 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 21 new 913D3 (16) and 913D2 (5) prototype models.

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U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP: Titleist was the favorite equipment brand among the field of 312 at the U.S. Amateur Championship, with more players relying upon the #1 ball in golf by an overwhelming margin of 258 to 27 for the nearest competitor.  Titleist was also the top choice in drivers (98), fairway metals (112), hybrids (88), iron sets (116), approach, sand and lob wedges (387) and putters (128).

For a full recap of player trust in Titleist equipment at major amateur championship events in 2012, CLICK HERE.

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4 Replies

  1. Brian D

    It was nice to see Mr Wood pull this one out.  It was getting a bit close at the end, but very nice 1st win. Congrats to another Titleist Sr. Ambassador

  2. Bill W

    I left a comment here by mistake, please do not post, was for the patriot flag contest, I have commented on it as instructed.

  3. Deno

    Well done Willie,  Never played  the course before, and played it beautifully.  

  4. Ray L

    Does anyone know if Titleist is ever coming out with an optic yellow Pro V ball?