PGA TOUR | United States Open
In one of the game’s historic ball-striking performances, Matt Fitzpatrick won his first major championship Sunday at The Country Club, playing the same golf ball model he used to win the 2013 U.S. Amateur on the same course: Titleist Pro V1x.
- The 27-year-old Englishman closed with his third 2-under 68 of the week, playing his final six holes in 2 under to win by one shot over the next player in the field and Titleist Brand Ambassador Will Zalatoris (Pro V1) – a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist golf ball players.
- Fitzpatrick’s conquest also marked the third-consecutive major win for Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players, following Titleist Brand Ambassadors Justin Thomas (Pro V1x).
- The low amateur at the U.S. Open also played a Pro V1 golf ball.
- Fitzpatrick became just the 3rd player ever to win the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur on the same golf course.
- He hit 17 greens in regulation on Sunday, becoming only the third player in the last 30 years to accomplish that feat in the final round of a major victory.
- For the week, he led the field in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (+16.14) and SG: Around the Green (+5.65) while making a tournament-best 19 birdies. He tied for first in GIR at 72.2 percent.
- Fitzpatrick posted all four rounds at The Country Club at par or better.
- The win moved Fitzpatrick up eight spots in the World Ranking to No. 10.
FITZPATRICK ON THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS PRO V1x
- “The reason [Pro V1x] is so good for me is feel, I like the harder feel off the club face. I just feel like the spin’s consistent, the flight’s consistent, and that’s what you need in a golf ball. You don’t need it kind of in different windows. It’s nice to have that consistency to have the confidence in the golf ball to know how far it’s going to go every time, and to be within a really tight deviation is obviously so important. This is a game of inches after all, the margins are so fine you want it to be as tight as possible. So that’s why I play Pro V1x because it’s exactly that, you know what you’re going to get every shot and you don’t get any strange effects from shots.”
- “You just know, hitting other golf balls, that as soon as you’ve hit it, it doesn’t have the same effect. I’ve messed around with balls on the range when they’ve been mixed into the Pro V1x bag that I always go to grab, and they just get funky flights. I don’t know how you can play golf with that, to be honest, and not knowing what you’re going to get from shot to shot.”
- “I feel like, for me, the firmer the ball is, the more I can control the spin. That’s always nice for me (with Pro V1x), knowing that I can increase spin, and take spin off it. That’s been the big thing. I know for a fact I can flight the ball easy, much easier, up and down, with the ball that I use.”
- “A shot that I can always hit is just anything low, whether it’s with a driver, whether it’s with an iron, I can always bring the flight down really easy, just naturally, the way I play. It’s so nice for me, that having the Pro V1x just keeps the flight down. It doesn’t spin up too much. It doesn’t just dive because it’s not got enough spin. To me, I know the window that it’s going to come out, and it’s very consistent.”
- “I’ve been Pro V1x ever since I was probably about 15. It was always the best ball. There was never anything else for me growing up, to be honest. That’s all I’ve ever known.”
TWO MAJORS IN A ROW FOR TSi DRIVERS
- The winner of the U.S. Open played a TSi3 driver – the most played driver at the U.S. Open and on the PGA TOUR – marking the second consecutive major win for TSi drivers. (Justin Thomas also played a TSi3 driver in his victory at the PGA Championship.)
- In Sunday’s final round, the eventual champion was the only player to drive the green at the 301-yard 5th hole, where he two-putted for birdie.
- He was one of only four players to reach the 561-yard par-5 8th in two, setting up another two-putt birdie.
- For the week, he ranked second in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee (+4.78), while hitting 70% of fairways.
- The U.S. Open champion first put his TSi3 9.0° driver in play at the DP Tour World Championship in December 2020, switching from a competitive model after working with Titleist European Tour Rep Liam McDougall in the days leading up to the event.
- The specs: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 TX shaft, standard SureFit hosel setting (A1), and the SureFit Track Weight set at H2 (in the heel) to accommodate his strike location.
- Said McDougall: “Listening to what the player and his coaches were trying to achieve with the driver, we started looking at counterbalanced shaft options, where he could apply force to the butt end of the club and feel strength in the handle. He preferred the looks of the TSi3 head and the face had the right amount of bulge and roll for him. We were also able to improve his strike location by adjusting the new SureFit Track Weight toward the heel of the club. By moving his miss pattern, we were able to bring him to a stronger launch and spin window that helped him gain distance and accuracy.”
MAJOR RUN CONTINUES FOR VOKEY WEDGES
- The U.S. Open champion gamed three NEW Vokey Design SM9 wedges (52.12F, 56.08M and 60.08M) while gaining more than five strokes (+5.65) on the field around the green, the most of any player this week at The Country Club.
- All three of the men’s major champions this year have carried at least three Vokey Design wedges, while there has been at least one Vokey wedge in the bag of the last four major winners.
- In winning the PGA, Justin Thomas played four NEW SM9’s: 46.10F (@ 47.5), 52.12F (@ 52.5), 56.14F (@ 57.0) and WedgeWorks 60.06K.
- The Masters champion had Vokey Design SM8 50.12F, 56.14F, WedgeWorks 60.06K models in the bag.
WHAT’S WILL ZALATORIS' TITLEIST GOLF BAG?
Golf Ball: Pro V1
Driver: TSi3 9.0° with a Fujikura Speeder 757 TR X shaft
Fairway Metal: TSi3 16.5° with a Fujikura Atmos 8 Red shaft
Utility iron: T200 3-iron
Irons: T100 4-PW with Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue shafts
Wedges: New Vokey Design SM9 50.08F, 54.10S at 55, 60T with Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue shafts
Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11 Tour Prototype
LPGA | Meijer LPGA Classic
Jennifer Kupcho (Pro V1) made back-to-back playoff birdies to win her second LPGA victory.
- Kupcho, who opened the week with a career-best 63, closed in 71 to finish regulation tied at 18 under with Leona Maguire (Pro V1) and Titleist Brand Ambassador Nelly Korda (Pro V1) and join the all-Titleist golf ball playoff.
- Lydia Ko (Pro V1x) finished another shot back, as Titleist golf ball players finished 1-2-3-4.
- “It’s really special… I mean, this leaderboard was stacked,” Kupcho said. “I think that’s what I’m most proud of, is players that were up there with me. It was a very close battle to the end and I’m proud of it.”
- Kupcho, who earned her first win (and major) in April at the Chevron Championship, hit 79 percent greens in regulation (57 of 72) and was 5-for-5 in sand saves.
- The former Wake Forest All-American played her first 52 holes of the week in 17 under without a bogey.
KUPCHO ON HER PRO V1
- “Pro V1 is just the ball I’ve always played. The ball flight is so consistent, I love how it flies off the tee, and around the greens I’m able to really control my spin and hit the shots I need to.”
PGA TOUR CANADA | ATB Classic
Wil Bateman (Pro V1x) chipped in for eagle on the second hole of a three-man playoff to win in his hometown of Edmonton, while becoming the first Canadian to win on the PGA TOUR Canada since 2019.
AMATEUR | The Amateur Championship (R&A)
Titleist was the #1 golf ball and top choice of players in every major equipment category at The Amateur Championship.
- That includes the 16-year-old winner of the event, who played a Pro V1 golf ball and full bag of Titleist equipment in securing the 3-and-2 victory in the final match at Royal Lytham & St Anne’s.
WITB | The Amateur Champion
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: TSi3 9.0°
Fairway Metal: TSi2 13.5°
Utility Iron: T200 2
Irons: T100 3-9
Wedges: Vokey Design SM8 46°, 50°, 54°, 58°
Putter: Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2
ELITE AMATEUR SERIES | Sunnehanna Amateur
Titleist was the #1 golf ball and top choice of players in every major equipment category at the Sunnehanna Amateur, the opening event of this summer’s Elite Amateur Series.
- The winner of the Sunnehanna played a Pro V1 golf ball and three NEW Vokey Design SM9 wedges in completing the wire-to-wire victory.
- In addition to the Sunnehanna, the Elite Amateur Series consists of the Northeast Amateur, North & South Amateur, Trans-Mississippi Amateur, Southern Amateur, Pacific Coast Amateur and Western Amateur.
- Top finishers in the series earn exemptions into USGA Championships as well as PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour events.