Having already earned four victories on the European Tour, Tyrrell Hatton (Pro V1x) secured his first career PGA TOUR title with a one-shot victory under challenging weekend wind conditions at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The overnight leader by two shots, Hatton closed with a 2-over 74, and finished with a 4-under 284 victory total, bringing the total number of Titleist golf ball victories to 17 through the first 22 events on the 2019-20 PGA TOUR. That is 77 percent of all events and more than eight times the nearest competitor with 2.
Hatton topped a leaderboard that included just four players under par for the event, including last week’s Honda Classic winner and Titleist Brand Ambassador Sungjae Im (Pro V1x, TS3/9.5 driver, TS2/13.5 fairway metal and 818H2/19.0 hybrid, T100/4-PW irons, Vokey Design SM8 gap/52.08F, sand/56.08M and SM7 lob/60.04L wedges, Scotty Cameron T6 STR putter), who finished solo third, two shots back.
In fact, eight (8) of the 12 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success. Matthew Fitzpatrick (Pro V1x), who finished in a four-way tie for ninth, produced the only sub-70 round of the weekend with a Sunday 69.
Another Strong Showing for Sungjae Im
Statistically, Im finished among the top 10 in at least eight major categories trusting his Pro V1x and a full bag of Titleist equipment from tee-through green, including: Birdies (15/T5); SG: Off the Tee (3.652/8th); Driving Accuracy (64.29%/T5); SG: Tee-to-Green (10.524/4th); Greens in Regulation (58.33%/T9); SG: Around the Green (5.259/4th); Scrambling (66.67%/T7); and Sand Saves (81.82%/T5).
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It was an all-Titleist golf ball playoff at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters where Jorge Campillo (Pro V1) defeated David Drysdale (Pro V1x) with a birdie on the fifth extra hole.
The pair played the 18th hole six times on the day. It marked the second career European Tour crown for Campillo who has now won in consecutive seasons after securing the 2019 Trophee Hassan II.
Drysdale was seeking his first win in his 498th career start. The pair tied in regulation at 13-under 271, one shot clear of three players, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Niklas Lemke (Pro V1x, TS3/9.5 driver, TS3/15 fairway metal, 712U/2, 718 CB/3-4, and 718 MB/5-9 irons, Vokey Design SM8 pitching/48, sand/52 and lob/58 wedges), Jeff Winther (Pro V1x) and Kalle Samooja (Pro V1x).
In addition to topping the golf ball count with 105 players (73%), more than six times the nearest competitor, Titleist was also the field favorite in utility irons (31/37%) and wedges (207/40%). Add Campillo to the growing list of winners on the European Tour and around the world who chooses to play a Titleist — despite their association with a competitive brand that also makes a golf ball.
It was an all-Titleist three-way playoff at the Bandar Malaysia Open where Trevor Simsby (Pro V1x) won the weather-shortened event for his first career Asian Tour crown in just his 12th start; after several delays, the players were informed on Saturday that the tournament was to be officially reduced to 54 holes.
The 27-year old closed with a 2-under par 70 to finish tied in regulation at 13-under 203 with Titleist Brand Ambassador Andrew Dodt (Pro V1x, TS3/9.5 driver, TS2/15 fairway metal, 718 T-MB 3-iron, T100 irons, Vokey Design SM7 pitching/46, gap/52, dand/56 and lob/60 wedges, Scotty Cameron Futura X putter) and Jarin Todd (Pro V1).
All three players returned to the par 5 18th hole with Todd bowing out first by failing to make birdie on the first playoff hole. Simsby won on the next hole, converting a 4-foot putt for birdie.
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls (104/67%), hybrids (32/33%), utility irons (20/24%), irons (42/27%) and wedges (181/41%).