Jessica Korda (Pro V1)
LPGA | Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions
Pro V1 loyalist Jessica Korda rallied from three shots down heading to the back nine Sunday, closing in 5-under 66 and then making birdie on the first hole of an all-Titleist playoff with Danielle Kang (Pro V1x) to earn her sixth LPGA victory.
- Korda led a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist golf ball players, with her younger sister and fellow Pro V1 player, Nelly Korda, finishing two shots back in third.
- In Saturday’s third round, Jessica Korda posted an 11-under 60, which featured a 9-under back-nine 28, becoming the sixth player in LPGA history to shoot 60 or better.
- Of the 25 players in the limited-field event, 21 trusted a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball – including five players who switched to NEW Pro V1 and Pro V1x, as the seeding and validation process for the new 2021 models began on the LPGA.
EUROPEAN TOUR | Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Tyrrell Hatton (Pro V1x)
Tyrrell Hatton (Pro V1x) posted a flawless final-round 66 to win by four shots, becoming just the second player to claim four Rolex Series titles.
- Hatton rolled his Pro V1x in for three birdies on each side to cruise to the top of a star-studded leaderboard.
- Jason Scrivener (Pro V1x) matched Hatton’s closing 66, thanks to a back-nine 29, to finish runner-up and claim the best result of his career on the European Tour.
- NEW Pro V1 and Pro V1x made their European Tour debut with 17 players immediately putting the new ball in play.
PGA TOUR | The American Express
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 108 players in the field teed up a a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15.
Titleist was the most played driver at The American Express with 50 drivers in play, 17 more than the nearest competitor. Forty-five of the Titleist drivers in play were new TSi models, with 13 players teeing up TSi without an agreement.
- One non-contracted player – who entered the week at 27th in the World Ranking and finished T-8 – switched to both a NEW TSi3 9.0° driver (Mitsubish Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX) and NEW TSi2 16.5° fairway metal (Mitsubish Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX) following extensive offseason testing.
- “He reached out to us over the offseason and said he’d heard a lot of really good things about the driver,” said Titleist Tour Rep J.J. Van Wezenbeeck. “We were going back and forth on phone and text, I was building different options and shipping them to him, and then getting feedback. He was really impressed with the ball speeds he was getting with TSi3, but the big thing for him was the overall performance. The driver he was playing last year, he felt that when he missed it, his misses were big. With TSi3, the misses were really tight. He loved the head shape and the feel, but it was that total performance package that really stood out.”
WOODLAND, THOMPSON PUT NEW 2021 MODELS IN PLAY
- Gary Woodland (T-16) was one of seven more players to make the switch to the NEW Pro V1 and Pro V1x models.
- Woodland had spent the last few weeks getting dialed in to his NEW Pro V1x after discussing his performance goals for the season with Fordie Pitts, Titleist’s Golf Ball R&D Consultant on the PGA Tour. “Gary wanted a little more trajectory and new Pro V1x is giving him that additional height while hitting all his targets for distance, spin and feel,” Pitts said.
- Michael Thompson put NEW Pro V1 in play, leading to his best finish (T-5) since his victory at last July’s 3M Open.
NEW TSi HYBRIDS LAUNCH ON PGA TOUR
- The seeding and validation process for the new Titleist TSi2 and TSi3 hybrids began this week with five players putting the new models immediately in play, including Patton Kizzire, who added a new TSi3 20-degree (UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100).
- “Patton immediately commented on how good the new TSi3 was in terms of looks, sound and feel, which was the overwhelming theme from players we tested with,” said Titleist Tour Rep J.J. Van Wezenbeeck. “We also heard a lot about consistency of ball flight.”
Cantlay Comes Close to Forcing a Playoff
- Patrick Cantlay (Pro V1x) posted a final-round 11-under 61 – the best round of the week by three shots – nearly forcing a playoff after making the cut on the number.
- Cantlay, who finished one shot back of the winner, was one of nine Titleist golf ball players to finish among the Top 11 spots on the leaderboard.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS | Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
Darren Clarke (Pro V1)
Playing the NEW 2021 Pro V1 for the first time in competition, Darren Clarke closed in 8-under 64, making six birdies on his final nine holes to earn his second consecutive PGA TOUR Champions title.
- After the event, Clarke texted Titlest Tour Rep Scott Cuppett that “Down the stretch, the distance control was awesome!”
- Clark led the field in Greens in Regulation, hitting 85 percent (46 of 54) greens for the week.
- Clarke was one of 15 players who made the immediate transition to NEW Pro V1 or Pro V1x in their first week of availability on PGA TOUR Champions, with more 2021 models in play than all competitors combined.
A 59 FOR MIKE WEIR PLAYING NEW PRO V1
Playing his own ball – a NEW 2021 Pro V1 – during Wednesday’s Pro-Am, Mike Wier made 11 birdies and one eagle on his way to a personal-best 13-under 59.
- Wier’s first 59 included a stretch of seven consecutive birdies on the back nine.
- Wier, who had been in Hawaii since the end of December, had been testing both 2021 Pro V1 and Pro V1x. He put NEW Pro V1 in play for the first time last week at the PGA TOUR’s Sony Open, where he finished T-47 after four rounds in the 60’s.