Around the globe Sunday, three players trusted the consistency and performance of a Titleist golf ball to finish atop the leaderboard, earning three more victories for Titleist golf ball players in 2013.
In Sweden, Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Mikko Ilonen amassed 23 birdies and an eagle in four days to enter the winner’s circle at the Nordea Masters, fending off Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Jonas Blixt and Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Weisberger, who finished second and third respectively. For his fourth career senior circuit victory, Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Russ Cochran held off late charges from Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Mark Calcavecchia and Kirk Triplett to win the Principal Charity Classic. And in Korea, Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Soo-Min Lee outlasted Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Kyung-Nam Kang to win the GunSan Open.
Adding three victories to the tally, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 64 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all other competitors combined.
This is Team Titleist, let’s wrap-up the week…
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EUROPEAN: Nordea Masters
Winner: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Mikko Ilonen
After a sizzling 7-under par 65 on Saturday, which included five birdies and an eagle, Ilonen began Sunday two shots clear of the field. Mikko then birdied the second and third holes en route to an opening nine of 34. He birdied 11 and 13, and with no challenger within reach, cruised comfortably into the winner’s circle at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Stockholm.
The Nordea Masters hits close to home for Ilonen, who hails from Finland. “It’s pretty special. I could feel a lot of support from Finland, especially today," said Ilonen in an interview.
Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 103 of the 156-player field, over four times the nearest competitor with 25. Six of the ten players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
On his way to the winner’s circle, Ilonen fired a 9-under par 63 Friday, which tied the low round for the week with Pro V1x loyalist Peter Whiteford (T14), who’s 63 also came in the second round.
Ilonen’s 2013 campaign includes two runner-up finishes, most recently in early May at the Volvo China Open behind Titleist Brand Ambassador Brett Rumford.
“To bounce back this soon is really good,” Ilonen added. “It’s really satisfying, but the show I saw in China - I didn’t lose the tournament, Brett won it, so hats off to him.”
Next up for the European Tour, Ilonen and Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Weisberger will return to Diamond Country Club in Austria, the site of his Bernd’s first career victory at the 2012 Lyoness Open.
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CHAMPIONS: Principal Charity Classic
Winner: Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Russ Cochran
Cochran began the day two shots off the lead, but his final round was sparked by three birdies in the first five holes, and he surged to the top of the leaderboard with a final round score of 5-under par 67.
''I didn't really expect to win,” Cochran told reporters. “But I knew I could compete and get in contention. Of course, when you do that, sometimes good things happen.”
The left-handed Cochran finished at 11-under 205 at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa.
Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 67 players in the 81-player field, over 13 times the nearest competitor with 5. Six of the ten players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success. Twelve of the 14 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Pro V1x loyalists Mark Calcavecchia and Kirk Triplett also carded final round scores of 5-under par 65 to finish in a tie for third.
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KOREA: GunSan Open
Winner: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Soo-Min Lee
Lee posted a 16-under par 272 victory total at the GunSan Country Club to enter the winner's circle.
At the GunSan Open, 112 players in the field of 156 relied on a Titleist golf ball, more than 5 times the nearest competitor and more than all other competitors combined.