Around the globe, the winning momentum continues for players trusting their games to Titleist. In the U.S.A., Korea, Brazil and China, players relying on Titleist golf balls and golf clubs entered the Winner's Circle at four tournaments this week across the worldwide professional golf tours.
• For the second week in a row, the PGA TOUR crowned a first-time winner, as Sebastian Muñoz won in playoff fashion at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Muñoz, who hails from Colombia, also becomes the second South American champion in as many weeks, following last week’s victory at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier by Joaquin Niemann of Chile.
• In Korea, Titleist Brand Ambassador Jbe Kruger (Pro V1) fired a final round 6-under-par 65 en route to a 15-under 269 victory at the 35th Shinhan Donghae Open to register his second career Asian Tour title.
• In China, Motin Yeung (Pro V1) fired a closing 5-under-par 67 en route to a 14-under 274 victory total in just his second event of the PGA TOUR China Series season after nearly playing a full season on the Korn Ferry Tour.
• And Chandler Blanchet (Pro V1) shot four rounds in the 60s to win the São Paulo Golf Club Championship, his maiden victory on the Latinoamerica Tour.
• It was a 1-2 Pro V1 finish at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, where an Australian amateur posted a 2 and 1 victory in the scheduled 36-hole final match to become the first international winner in the 39-year history of the event.
• All told, players trusting their games to a Titleist golf ball have now collected 152 wins across the worldwide professional tours. That's more than five times the nearest competing brand with just 29 and more than all competing brands combined.
• The official ball count for the 2018-19 season now checks in at 21,938 players trusting a Titleist for their success across the worldwide professional tours. That’s more than eight times the nearest competing brand with just 2,701 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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Sebastian Muñoz | Pro V1 - Sanderson Farms Championship
For the second time in two weeks to begin the new 2019-20 PGA TOUR season, a Titleist golf ball loyalist has earned his first career win – this time at the Sanderson Farms Championship.
Sebastian Muñoz, playing the Pro V1, converted a 15-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff at 18-under 270. Munoz then topped Titleist Brand Ambassador Sungjae Im (Pro V1x) with a par on the first extra hole. The playoff ended a streak of 38 consecutive PGA TOUR events that were decided in regulation, dating back to Titleist brand ambassador Charles Howell III’s win at the 2018 RSM Classic.
On the final hole of regulation, Muñoz left himself an uphill putt that he could be aggressive with.
“I just said, ‘Just strike it’,”Muñoz explained. “I blanked my mind, just hit it -- and it wiggled in. It was amazing. Place erupted. I got so like goose bumps, like everything emotion. I teared up a little bit.”
On the first hole of the playoff, Im flew the green, leaving a himself a very difficult up and down. Muñoz was brave with his chip, leaving a 4-footer that would seal the victory.
“Left it short, and that's not an easy chip,” Munoz said. “These bermuda greens, they kind of check pretty fast on you. Got to be pretty bold. And I did it. Hit it to about three, four feet, and last putt I just tried to go blank again, just strike it. Boom. Winner.”
Titleist Brand Ambassador Byeong Hun (Ben) An (Pro V1x) finished in solo 3rd place, one shot out of the playoff. An opened the event with a pair of 66’s and owned the lead entering the weekend.
Following Munoz, Im and An, Kevin Streelman (Pro V1x) and Carlos Ortiz (Pro V1x), tied for 4th, another shot back.
Muñoz, who hails from Colombia, follows Chilean Joaquin Niemann (Pro V1x) as the second consecutive player from South America to step into the 2019-20 Titleist winners’ circle. Niemann won the season-opening A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier by six shots.
SungJae Im, who was also looking for his first career win, was voted PGA TOUR rookie of the year last season and advanced to the TOUR Championship. He also became the first player to post a hole-in-one on the new PGA TOUR season when he aced No. 15 in the opening round of The Greenbrier.
WHAT'S IN SUNGJAE IM'S BAG?
Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: TS3 (9.5°)
Fairway: TS3 (15°)
Hybrid: 818H2 (19°)
Irons: T100 (4-PW)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 gap (52.12 F Grind), sand (56.08 M Grind) and lob (60.06 K Grind)
Putter: Scotty Cameron T6 STR
WHAT'S IN BEN AN'S BAG?
Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: TS3 (8.5°)
Fairway: TS2 (13.5°)
Utility: U500 (3)
Irons: 716 T-MB (4-5) and 620 MB (6-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 pitching (48.12 F Grind), gap (52.12 F Grind), sand (56.10 S Grind) and lob (60.04 L Grind)
Putter: Scotty Cameron TNP
TITLEIST TOPS THE LEADERBOARD
At the season-opening A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, each one of the top 18 finishers and 22 of the top 23 (top 20 and ties) played a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. At this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship, each of the top 5 - and 15 of the top 17 - made Titleist the choice of more players on the leaderboard than all other golf balls combined.
For the second consecutive week, over 75 percent of the field played a Pro V1 or Pro V1x. With 118 players, more than eight times as many chose to tee up a Titleist than the nearest competitor with 14. Titleist was also the top tee-to-green choice in drivers, fairway metals, hybrids, utility irons, irons and wedges.
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Jbe Kruger | Pro V1 - Shinhan Donghae Open
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jbe Kruger (Pro V1) posted a two-shot win at the 35th Shinhan Donghae Open to register his second career Asian Tour title. Kruger fired a final round 6-under-par 65 en route to a 15-under 269 victory total.
Chan Kim (Pro V1x) also closed with a 65 to finish solo 2nd. SungHoon Kang (Pro V1x, TS3 driver, TS2 and TS3 fairway metals, Vokey Design SM7 pitching, gap, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Fast Back putter) finished alone in 4th place, as 8 of the 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success. The event was co-sanctioned by the Asian, Japan (JGTO) and KPGA Tours.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball choice at the event with 102 players (74% of the field of 138) trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball. That's more than eight times the nearest competitor with 12 players (9%) and more than all competitors combined.
Let's take a closer look at all the Titleist equipment that Jbe relied on to win in Korea.
JBE'S WINNING SETUP:
Golf Ball: Pro V1
Driver: TS3 (8.5°)
Fairway: 917 F2 (15°)
Hybrid: 816 H1 (19°)
Irons: T100 (4-PW)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 gap (50.12 F Grind), sand (56.10 S Grind) and lob (62.08 M Grind)
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PGA TOUR CHINA
Motin Yeung | Pro V1 - ZhuZhou Classic
Motin Yeung (Pro V1) captured the Zhuzhou Classic for his second career PGA TOUR China title (2018 Kunming Championship). He finished one shot clear of two players including Keisuke Otawa (Pro V1).
Yeung fired a closing 5-under-par 67 en route to a 14-under 274 victory total in just his second event of the PGA TOUR China Series season after nearly playing a full season on the Korn Ferry Tour.
Ten of 13 players who finished among the top 10 and ties teed up a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball choice at the event with 113 players (85% of the field of 133) trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball. That's more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 8 players (6%) and more than all competitors combined.
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Chandler Blanchet | Pro V1 - San Paolo GC Championship
In the final round of the São Paulo Golf Club Championship, Chandler Blanchet (Pro V1) shot a final round 69 to edge Augusto Nunez (Pro V1x) by a single shot. Blanchet fired four rounds in the 60s in posting a winning score of 18-under 266.
The University of West Florida graduate began the week at No. 75 on the Order of Merit, his previous-best finish this season a tie for 24th at the season-opening Buenaventura Classic. He moved into the 13th slot and can now begin thinking seriously about finishing in the top five and the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour, the membership benefit that goes to the five top money-winners at season’s end.
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U.S. MID-AMATUER CHAMPIONSHIP
An Australian amateur relied on a Titleist Pro V1 golf ball as he posted a 2 and 1 victory in the scheduled 36-hole final match at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. He becomes the first international champion in the 39-year history of the event
The winner birdied Nos. 12, 14, 15, and 16 in the afternoon round of the final match to help close it out.
The runner-up also trusted Pro V1 as well as a TS3 (10.5) driver, TS3 (15.0) fairway metal, 718 AP2 (4-9) irons, Vokey Design SM7 pitching (46), gap (50), sand (56) and lob (60) wedges.
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Congratulations to all of #TeamTitleist!
Click here for a listing of all Titleist golf ball wins this season.