Playing the *New Pro V1x for the first time in competition, Tommy Fleetwood staged a Sunday charge that featured an eagle and three birdies on the back nine as he went on to claim a one-shot victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
It marked the second career European Tour title for Fleetwood , who finished with a 17-under-par 271 victory total.
"It's been a massive comeback. I had a really hard time from July 2015 to July last year where I really struggled with my game," said Fleetwood. "The only thing left was 'let's get a win' but, you know, if you keep knocking on the door it will come.”
Titleist brand ambassador Bernd Wiesberger (*New Pro V1) shot four consecutive rounds in the 60’s to finish in a three-way tie for 4th, two shots behind Fleetwood.
Rounding out the top finishers, Titleist golf ball loyalists Henrik Stenson (Pro V1) and Lee Westwood (*New Pro V1) were among three players who tied for 8th, another two shots back.
Fleetwood’s victory comes one week after Titleist golf ball loyalist Graeme Storm captured the BMW SA Open title, also trusting the *New Titleist Pro V1x golf ball for the first time in competition (full story).
Let's take a closer look at the equipment that Tommy Fleetwood and the top Titleist finishers trusted this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Tommy Fleetwood (Winner): *New Titleist Pro V1x golf ball
Bernd Wiesberger (T4): *New Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, 917D3 driver, 917F3 fairway metal, 915Hd hybrid, 716 T-MB 3-iron, 716 CB irons, Vokey Design SM6 pitching (46.08 F-grind), sand (54.08 M-grind) and lob (60.08 M-grind) wedges, Scotty Cameron X7M putter
Henrik Stenson (T8): Titleist Pro V1 golf ball
Lee Westwood (T8): *New Titleist Pro V1 golf ball
TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS
Titleist was the overwhelming field favorite in golf balls with 95 players trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x in the field of 126, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 14.
Titleist was also the top choice in iron sets (32) and wedges (161).
The win was the third for a Titleist player through the first five events of the European Tour’s wraparound 2016-17 season, all with a *New 2017 Pro V1 or *New 2017 Pro V1x golf ball.
Fleetwood (*New Pro V1x) and Storm (*New Pro V1x) followed Brandon Stone (*New Pro V1) into the winners’ circle after Stone became the first player ever to win with the *New Pro V1 golf ball when he captured the season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.
* Available January 25th