It was a dramatic start to a new decade on the PGA TOUR where the Sentry Tournament of Champions came down to a three-way sudden death playoff. Titleist Brand Ambassador Justin Thomas topped his final competitor (Pro V1) with a birdie on the third extra hole of what started with three participants. Each birdied the first extra hole, eliminating the third player early. All three players finished regulation at 14-under 278.
The win marked the 12th of Thomas’ PGA TOUR career, becoming only the fourth player in history with that many wins by the age of 27 — no player under 30 has more wins. It also marked his third victory in his last seven starts (BMW Championship, CJ Cup at Nine Bridges).
Trusting his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and golf clubs from tee-through green, Thomas statistically topped the field in Birdies (24); was 2nd in Strokes Gained: Approach to Green, Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and Putts Per Greens in Regulation (1.661); 3rd in Greens in Regulation (77.8); and 8th in Strokes Gained: Around the Green.
The lowest individual rounds of the week were three 7-under par 66’s – all by players relying upon Titleist golf balls. The first was on Thursday by Joaquin Niemann (Pro V1x), who led Thomas by one after the first round. The other two were fired by a Pro V1 player on Friday and Sunday, with his final round performance putting him into contention and the playoff.
Niemann, who secured his first PGA TOUR win in the 2019-20 season-opening A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier by six strokes, finished in a tie for 5th at 10-under par this week.
Titleist was the overwhelming leader in the golf ball category with 22 Pro V1 or Pro V1x models in play among the field of 34 - that is more than four times the nearest competitor with five (5).
Titleist also was the field favorite in utility irons (10/56%), iron sets (7/21%), gap, sand and lob wedges (49/50%) and putters (11/32%).
Half of the gap, sand and lob wedges in the bags this week are of the Vokey Design variety, more than four times the nearest competitive wedge brand with 11. Titleist also topped the all wedges category with 60 (46%) in play, as the new Vokey Design SM8 was the most played individual model with 27. The SM8 by itself (27), outnumbered all of the wedges of the next closest brand combined (21).
Titleist Brand Ambassador Patrick Cantlay finished alone in 4th place following a final round 5-under par 68 en route to an 11-under 281, three shots out of the playoff. Cantlay earned his ticket to this winners-only event by virtue of his come-from-behind victory at The Memorial, the second victory of his PGA TOUR career. What's in Patrick's Titleist bag: (Pro V1x golf ball, TS3 (10.5°) driver, 915F (15.0°) fairway metal, 816H2 (21.0°) hybrid, 718 AP2 (4-9) irons, Vokey Design SM7 pitching (46°), gap (54.10 S), sand (56.08 M) and lob (61.04 L) wedges, and Scotty Cameron GSS putter)
Titleist Brand Ambassador Max Homa put four new Vokey Design SM8 wedges (46.10F, 50.12F, 56.14F, 60.04L) in play for the first time this week. Homa, who captured the Wells Fargo Championship last May for his first career PGA TOUR win, finished in a tie for 25th in his first visit to Maui. Homa, who relies upon the Pro V1 golf ball, also plays a new Titleist TS4 driver, U-500 utility irons and 620 MB irons. What's in Max's Titleist Bag: (Pro V1 golf ball, TS4 (9.5°) driver, TS3 (15.0°) fairway metal, U-500 3-iron, 620 MB (4-9) irons, Vokey Design SM8 pitching (46.10 F), gap (50.12 F), sand (56.14 F) and lob (60.04 L) wedges, and Scotty Cameron T5 W putter)
What’s in Justin Thomas’ Titleist Bag?
Pro V1x golf ball, TS3 (9.5°) driver w/Mitsubishi Diamana ZF60 TX, TS3 (15.0°) fairway metal w/Mitsubishi Tensei CK 80 TX, 915 Fd (18.0°) fairway metal w/Fujikura Motore VC9.2 X, T100 (4) iron w/TT Dynamic Gold X100, 620 MB (5-9) irons w/TT Dynamic Gold X100, Vokey Design SM7 pitching (46.10 F), gap (52.12 F), sand (56.14 F) and SM6 lob (60.12 K) wedges w/TT Dynamic Gold S400 [Pitching wedge is TT Dynamic Gold X100], and Scotty Cameron X5 putter.
Justin Thomas' marked Pro V1x