The wins keep mounting for Titleist players across the worldwide professional golf tours, as six more players entered the winner's circle around the globe this weekend. Victories for four first-time winners highlighted the action, led by Sung Kang, who relied on the new 2019 Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and a TS3 driver to raise the trophy at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
With this week's victories on the PGA, European, Asian/Japan, Australasian, Korean and China Tours, players trusting their games to a Titleist golf ball have now collected 69 wins across the worldwide professional tours. That's more than five times the nearest competing brand with just 13 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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For the third consecutive time at a PGA Tour full-field tournament (not including the Zurich Classic team event) a player has captured his first PGA Tour victory relying on a New 2019 Pro V1 golf ball and a TS driver. This week it was Sung Kang, who endured multiple weather delays and a 27-hole Sunday marathon to enter the winner's circle for the first time at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
Kang relied on New 2019 Pro V1x golf ball and a TS3 driver to capture his maiden victory just one week after Max Homa collected his first PGA Tour victory trusting the New 2019 Titleist Pro V1 golf ball and a TS4 driver. And just two weeks before that, C.T. Pan captured his first PGA Tour title, trusting the New 2019 Pro V1x and a TS2 driver to win the traditional Tartan Jacket at the RBC Heritage.
On Friday, Kang put himself in prime position after he set the course record at Trinity Forest with a 10-under-par 61. Torrential rains forced the third round to be postponed, requiring a 27-hole test of physical and mental endurance on Sunday. Kang wrapped up his third round with a 3-under 68 and then the 31-year-old South Korean closed with a 4-under 67 to finish with a 23-under 261 victory total, two shots clear of playing partners Scott Piercy (Pro V1) and Matt Every (Pro V1x).
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Sung Kang | Pro V1x - AT&T Byron Nelson
"We knew it was going to be long day for everyone. With Scott and Matt making so many birdies on the front, I was like 'Don't watch what the others are doing, play your own game. Whatever they do, they do.' I was just working on my game and shooting my score. I think it was really about the mental game and who is not going to lose the focus at the end."
- Sung Kang
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Kang, Every and Piercy were followed on the front page by the defending PGA Championship winner (Pro V1x) in solo 4th.
Like Piercy, Titleist Brand Ambassador Peter Uihlein (Pro V1x) closed with a Sunday 63-64 to race up the leaderboard and finish in a five-way tie for 5th.
He was joined by Matt Jones (Pro V1x), Tyler Duncan (Pro V1) and Rory Sabbatini (Pro V1x Yellow).
Kang topped a leaderboard on which 21 of the 22 players who finished among the top-20 and ties played a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball.
Titleist golf ball players have now registered 12 wins on the 2018-2019 PGA Tour, more than twice the nearest competitor with 5.
With the win, Sung moves to 21st in the FedExCup standings and also boosts his stock as a potential member on the International Team at this year’s Presidents Cup. Kang will try to parlay his winning momentum at this week's PGA Championship, and he has also earned an invitation to next year's Masters.
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According to Darrell Survey, for the second consecutive week — and the seventh time this season — Titleist achieved the feat of sweeping every major equipment category at a PGA Tour event.
From GOLF BALLS to DRIVERS, FAIRWAY METALS and HYBRIDS to IRONS, WEDGES and PUTTERS, the Titleist brand was the overwhelming field favorite in the final event before the second major of the year, this week's PGA Championship.
The other events in which Titleist was the field favorite in every category include the Wells Fargo Championship, Corales Puntacana Championship, Valspar Championship. Honda Classic, Farmers Insurance Open and Sony Open in Hawaii.
Of the 156 players competing at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas last week, 78% (122 players) trusted a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 11% (17 players).
Titleist was also the most popular choice among players in the driver category, with 52 Titleist models in play. Of those Titleist drivers, 48 were TS models (TS2 - 13 | TS3 - 31 | TS4 - 3).
The Titleist TS3 continues to be the most played single driver model on the PGA Tour with 31 played at the Nelson, 10 more than the next closest driver model with 21.
Titleist was also the top choice in the fairway metal (56) and hybrid (24) categories. Of the 56 Titleist fairway metals in play, 46 were new TS models (TS2 - 24 | TS3 - 22).
Titleist led the field in irons with 51 sets in play - 22 more sets than the nearest competitor.
The Titleist 718 AP2 (20) and the 718 MB (17) were the top two most played iron models last week.
More than half of all wedges in the Byron Nelson field (229/53%) were of the Vokey Design variety. The nearest competitor had 77 wedges in play.
Scotty Cameron putters were once again the field favorite this week with 60 Cameron putters in play, 12 more than the nearest competitor.
In addition, 41 players this week are trusting one golf brand, Titleist, from tee-to-green, throughout the entire bag — a vote of confidence that speaks volumes when you consider the challenge of getting your game battle-ready to compete for a major championship.
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It was a remarkable week for Scott Piercy [Pro V1 golf ball, TS4 driver (8.5°) , 816 H1 hybrid (21°), 718 AP2 4-iron, 680 (5-9) irons, Vokey Design SM6 gap (52°), sand (56°) and prototype lob (62°) wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo putter]. Trusting Titleist from tee-through-green, Piercy went all 72 holes at the AT&T Byron Nelson without making a single bogey. The feat is so rare, that Piercy became the first player to do so at a PGA Tour event since Charles Howell III at The Greenbrier in 2010.
"That's the first time for me," Piercy said."To go 72 holes without a bogey is pretty awesome."
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Marcus Kinhult | Pro V1x - Betfred British Masters
Marcus Kinhult (Pro V1x) held off three players, including defending champion Eddie Pepperell (Pro V1) and four-time winner Matt Wallace (Pro V1), to win the Betfred British Masters.
It marked the first career European Tour title for the 22-year-old Swede in just his 14th European Tour start.
Kinhult birdied the final two holes to finish one shot clear of his challengers.
"I'm speechless," Kinhult said. "I've been waiting for this moment for 20 years. I don't know what happened the last two hours. I was behind and Matt looked really solid but I just managed to make those two birdies.
"There's a lot going through your mind and emotions but I'm just so happy to handle those pretty well. This game is so weird, it's small margins.
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls at the Betfred British Masters with 66% of the field of 156 (103 players) relying on a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 17% (26 players).
Titleist was also the field favorite in drivers (46), fairway metals (52), hybrids (7), irons (49) and wedges (222).
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Yosuke Asaji | Pro V1 - Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup
Yosuke Asaji (Pro V1) captured the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup by one shot to claim his first career Japan Tour title. The 25-year-old, who is in his 8th year and exempt on the Japan Tour, had to make it through Monday Qualifying for this event, which was co-sanctioned with Asian Tour.
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 69% of the Diamond Cup field of 144 (99 players) relying on a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than five times the nearest competitor with 13% (19 players).
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Richard Jung | Pro V1 - Beijing Championship
Richard Jung (Pro V1) fired a final round 4-under-par 68 en route to a 19-under 269 victory total at the Beijing Championship. It marked the second career PGA Tour China series title for Jung, who finished two shots clear of runner-up Ryann Ree.
Nine of the 12 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf ball for their success.
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls at the event with 83% of the field of 153 (127 players) relying on a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than 11 times the nearest competitor with 7% (11 players).
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Let's take a closer look at all the Titleist equipment that Richard relied on to secure his win in China.
RICHARD'S WINNING SETUP:
Golf Ball: Pro V1
Driver: TS2 (9.5º)
Fairway: TS2 (13.5º)
Irons: 718 CB (4-9)
Wedges:Vokey Design SM7 pitching (46.10 F Grind), gap (50.08 F Grind), sand (56.08 M Grind) and lob (60.10 S Grind)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom T6
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Peter Cooke | Pro V1x - Papua New Guinea Open
Peter Cooke (Pro V1x) captured the Papua New Guinea Open for his first career PGA Tour of Australasia title.
Cooke finished two shots clear of Jack Wilson [Pro V1, TS2 driver, TS3 fairway metal, 718 T-MB 2, 3 and 4 irons, 718 MB irons, Vokey Design SM7 wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5 putter]), while Titleist Brand Ambassadors Kade McBride and Jordan Mullaney tied for 3rd, two shots further back.
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls at the event with 78% of the field of 104 (81 players) relying on a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 8% (8 players).
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It was a wire-to-wire victory at the Huons Elaboer Celebrity Pro-Am, where Titleist ball loyalist GaLam Jun (Pro V1x) earned a one-shot win to claim his second career KPGA tour title.
Jun closed with an even par 72 en route to a 16-under 272 victory total. JaeMin Hwang (Pro V1x) finished solo 4th, two shots behind Jun.
Seven of the top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
For the third time this season, Titleist swept the player count across every major equipment category, including golf balls (69% of field - 100 players), drivers (65), fairway metals (71), hybrids (114), irons (65), wedges (237) and putters (72).
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Congratulations to all of #TeamTitleist!
Click here for a listing of all Titleist golf ball wins this season.