This week, Titleist golf ball players again took center-stage across the worldwide professional golf tours, adding five more victories around the globe, including two major crowns and a World Golf Championships title.
•Jin-Young Ko (Pro V1) became the first LPGA player to win two majors in the same season since 2015, adding The Evian Championship to the ANA Inspiration title she captured in April.
• The ageless Bernhard Langer (Pro V1) extended the record he holds for most Senior Major titles, capturing the Senior Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes for his 11th Senior major crown.
• The Current No. 1 player in the world entered the winner's circle for the first time at a World Golf Championship event, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball in his victory at the WGC - FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
• At the PGA TOUR's Barracuda Championship, the winner, playing in just his sixth event as a professional, relied on a Pro V1x golf ball to capture his maiden victory, winning by three points in the modified Stableford scoring format.
• And in China, where the Dongguan Open was reduced to 36 holes due to inclement weather, Titleist golf ball players finished 1-2-3-3, led by Joey Lane (Pro V1x), who fired two consecutive rounds in the 60s en route to his first win on the PGA TOUR China Series.
All told, players trusting their games to a Titleist golf ball have now collected 122 wins across the worldwide professional tours. That's more than five times the nearest competing brand with just 21 and more than all competing brands combined.
Let’s take a closer look at this past week’s Titleist tour highlights…
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Jin Young Ko | Pro V1 - The Evian Championship
Jin-Young Ko (Pro V1), who won the ANA Inspiration in April – the first women’s major of the year - captured The Evian Championship on Sunday for her second major this season. The 24-year-old saved her best for last, hitting 13/13 fairways in regulation on Sunday and 17/18 greens. She posted a final round 4-under-par 67 en route to a 15-under 269 victory total.
“I played really - not perfect, but yeah, a little bit perfect,” Ko said with a laugh after the win. “I was happy. I had really great week.”
Third round leader Hyo-Joo Kim (Pro V1), Shanshan Feng (Pro V1x) and Jennifer Kupcho (Pro V1) tied for 2nd, two shots behind Ko. Kupcho, who recently turned professional and became the latest Titleist golf ball loyalist on the LPGA Tour, raced up the leaderboard with a Sunday-best, bogey-free, 5-under par 66.
Ariya Jutanugarn (Pro V1x) eagled the 18th hole to finish solo 5th, two shots behind the runners-up and one shot clear of two players, including her sister Moriya (Pro V1x). In fact, Ko topped a leaderboard on which 8 of the top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
The win was the fifth of Ko’s career and her third of the year (she also captured the Bank of Hope Founders Cup).
Ko also becomes the first multiple-major winner in the same season since 2015. Her Evian victory marks the 16th win by Titleist players on the 2019 LPGA Tour, more than five times the nearest competitor with 3.
Titleist was the overwhelming field favorite in golf balls at The Evian Championship, with 82% of the 120-woman field (98 players) trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than 12 times the nearest competitor with 7% (8 players) and more than all other competitor brand golf balls combined.
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Bernhard Langer | Pro V1 - Senior Open Championship
It was a Titleist Pro V1 1-2 finish at the Senior British Open where Bernhard Langer topped Paul Broadhurst by two shots for his record-extending 11th senior major title.
Under difficult weather conditions and starting three shots off the overnight lead held by Broadhurst, Langer fired a 4-under-par 66 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes to finish at 6-under 274 for his fourth Senior Open title, a tournament record.
“Now having won 11 senior majors, it means a great deal," Langer said. "Nobody has won more than nine if I'm correct, not even the great Jack Nicklaus or Gary Player or Tom Watson who retired from this championship today. There's a lot of great players who have played this game and have played majors, and I've been blessed.”
Langer’s win was the 15th for Titleist golf ball player on the 2019 PGA TOUR Champions, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 2.
Titleist was the overwhelming field favorite in golf balls at the Senior Open Championship with 76% of the field of 144 (110 players) relying on a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, nearly eight times the nearest competitor with 10% (14 players).
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Winner | Pro V1x - WGC - FedEx St. Jude Invitational
The current No. 1 player in the world earned his first career World Golf Championships title this weekend, playing a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball in his three-shot victory at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. He closed with a bogey-free, 5-under-par 65 en route to a 16-under 264 victory total and his seventh PGA TOUR title.
The winner, who also captured his second consecutive PGA Championship earlier this season, heads a long list of "free agent" players who have won all over the world using a Titleist golf ball. These players choose to play Pro V1 and Pro V1x without endorsement deals – they simply want the freedom to play the golf ball that gives them the best chance of winning.
Players like these have earned some of the most prestigious victories in recent memory, including the 2018 Masters (Pro V1), and victories from this week's WGC FedEx St. Jude champion, all with a Pro V1x golf ball, at the 2018 U.S. Open and the PGA Championship (Pro V1x) in both 2018 and 2019.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (Pro V1, TS3 driver, TS2 fairway metal, 913Fd fairway metal, 913Hd and 915Hd hybrids, New 620 MB irons, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges) fired a 6-under-par 64 to race up the leaderboard and finish runner-up. Simpson, who eagled No. 3 and birdied No. 6, added four birdies on the back nine for the best round of the day.
The leaderboard featured seven (7) Titleist golf ball players among the top 10 finishers, including Tommy Fleetwood (Pro V1x) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (Pro V1x) who were part of a three-way tie for 4th; Ian Poulter (Pro V1x, TS3 driver, 917F2 fairway metal, 816H2 hybrid, U-500 4-iron, T100 5-iron, 718 AP2 irons, Vokey Design SM7 gap, sand and lob wedges), who finished solo 8th; and Bubba Watson (Pro V1x Yellow) and Billy Horschel (Pro V1), who tied for 9th.
Titleist was the most popular golf ball choice among players at the WGC - St. Jude Invitational, with 43 players in the 63-man field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 6 players and more than all other competitor brand golf balls combined.
Titleist was also the #1 choice among players in utility irons (8), hybrids (8) and irons (14).
Vokey Design Wedges also topped the approach, sand and lob wedge category with 82 Vokey models in play (the nearest competitor: 23).
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Winner | Pro V1x- Barracuda Championship
Another Pro V1x played an instrumental part in another victory on the PGA TOUR, where the champion – who like the WGC winner, is playing the Titleist golf ball without an agreement – earned his first career victory at the Barracuda Championship.
The winner birdied seven holes –including the last three - against no bogeys in the modified Stableford scoring system, giving him 14 points for the day. He finished with 47 points for a three-point victory over Troy Merritt (Pro V1).
Robert Streb (Pro V1, TS2 driver, TS3 fairway metal, TS3 hybrid, 718 T-MB 4-iron, New 620 CB irons, Vokey Design pitching, gap, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Knucklehead putter) tied for 3rd, while his fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Bronson Burgoon (Pro V1, 917D2 driver, TS3 fairway metal, 716 T-MB 2 and 3 irons, 718 MB irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges) and Tom Hoge (Pro V1, TS2 driver, TS2 fairway metal, 913Hd hybrid, 718 CB and MB irons, Vokey Design gap, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback putter) finished solo 5th and 6th, respectively.
The winner is the second recent college alumni to triumph on the PGA Tour this summer, joining the Oklahoma State product who won the inaugural 3M Open, also playing the Pro V1 without an agreement.
Two more wins advances the 2018-19 PGA TOUR victory total for Titleist golf ball players to 22, more than three times the nearest competitor with 6 and more than all other golf balls combined.
A total of 96 (73%) players teed up a Titleist at the Barracuda Championship, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 14 (11%).
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Joey Lane | Pro V1x - Dongguan Open
It was Titleist golf ball 1-2-3-3 finish at the Dongguan Open where Joey Lane (Pro V1x) fired two consecutive rounds in the 60s en route to a 10-under 130 victory total at the event which was reduced to 36 holes due to inclement weather.
Lane, who earned his first career victory on the PGA TOUR China Series, finished three shots clear of runner-up Yuwa Kosaihira (Pro V1x)
Titleist Brand Ambassador Richard Jung (Pro V1, TS2 driver, TS2 fairway, 718 CB irons, Vokey Design SM7 46/52/56/60, Scotty Cameron Prototype T6 putter) and Masamichi Uehira (Pro V1x) tied for 3rd , another shot back. In fact, Lane topped a leaderboard on which 8 of the top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls, including each of the top six.
Titleist was the most popular golf ball choice among players at the Dongguan Open, with 81% of players in the 156-man field (126 players) trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, nine times the nearest competitor with 9% (14 players) and more than all other competitor brand golf balls combined.
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Congratulations to all of #TeamTitleist!
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