Around the globe, the victories continue to mount for Titleist, as players trusting their games to Titleist golf balls and golf clubs entered the Winner's Circle at three tournaments this week across the worldwide professional golf tours.
• On the European Tour, Paul Casey (Pro V1) birdied two of his final three holes to capture the Porsche European Open, his first win in Europe since 2014 and the 14th European Tour title of his career.
• In Taipei, Taiwan, Yikeun Chang (Pro V1x) earned his first career Asian Tour title, closing with a 6-under-par 66 to prevail at the Yeangder TPC.
• And Sang-Hyun Park (Pro V1) became the first player on the Japan Tour to win with the new TS2 hybrid, U500 utility iron and 620 MB irons, firing a 6-under-par 65 in the final round to triumph at the Fujisankei Classic.
• All told, players trusting their games to a Titleist golf ball have now collected 144 wins across the worldwide professional tours. That's more than five times the nearest competing brand with just 28 and more than all competing brands combined.
• The official ball count for the 2018-19 season now checks in at 21,074 players trusting a Titleist for their success across the worldwide professional tours. That’s more than eight times the nearest competing brand with just 2,609 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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Paul Casey | Pro V1 - Porsche European Open
Paul Casey (Pro V1) captured the Porsche European Open for the 14th European Tour win of his career and his first since the 2014 KLM Open.
Casey opened and closed with 6-under-par 66’s at Green Eagles Golf Course in Hamburg, Germany to bookend a 14-under-par 274 victory total.
Casey birdied two of the last three holes to finish one shot clear of three players, including fellow Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalists Matthias Schwab and Bernd Ritthammer.
Titleist Brand Ambassadors Bernd Wiesberger( Pro V1, TS3 driver and fairway metal, 818H2 hybrid, U500 3-utility iron, 620 CB/718 MB irons, Vokey Design SM7 pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron T5W putter) and Romain Wattel (Pro V1x, TS2 driver, 816H2 hybrid, 718 CB/MB irons, Vokey Design SM7 gap and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport putter) finished solo 4th and 5th, respectively.
Wiesberger, who was seeking his third win of the season, posted the clubhouse lead at 12-under following a course record-breaking round of 8-under-par 64.
Why Paul Casey Trusts His Game to Pro V1
Paul Casey made the switch to Pro V1 at the start of the 2017 PGA TOUR season. He’s seen steady improvement in his game since and is currently enjoying one of the most successful seasons of his decorated career. In addition to winning this year’s Valspar Championship, Paul had seven top-10 finishes on the PGA TOUR this year, including a runner-up finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and a T3 finish at the WGC-Mexico Championship. He also finished 5th in this year's FedExCup race, a career high.
We recently met with Paul and he provided some insight into why he plays a Pro V1 golf ball.
“Titleist has always proved itself to me through the best players in the world. I am aware of the ball counts every week. I know of its dominance. I'm not one to follow the herd and just assume that it's the right product, just because everybody else is using it. But when you go down and you look at how many guys are using it, that gives me confidence. Because there's a choice. Guys choose to put this golf ball in play, because it's their livelihoods, because they want to play the best golf they possibly can, and when you look at the count it just shows you how good Titleist is. How far above and beyond everything else it is.
But for me, I had to test it and I needed to make sure that that was the case for my game. And every time I've gone out and used a Titleist golf ball it's proved it. It's never let me down. It's always pulled off exactly what I needed it to do and that builds huge confidence.
You can't have a weakness. For me this is my livelihood. This is in a game I love and I don't want any facet of the game to be a weakness. The golf ball has to perform all the way through, from speed off the driver, control with the irons, spin arounds the greens, and control and the feel with the putter. I mean it has to do it all. If it doesn't then it's not the perfect golf ball. But in my case it is.
I’m always looking at it. Evaluating every shot. Every shot I hit, if it's this week or next week, you note it down. Golfers have amazing memories. They remember the good shots but the bad ones stick in the mind even more sometimes. If there ever was an issue with the ball, you'd remember and it would affect you, but with Pro V1, it proves itself every single time and that's why I continue to put it in play.”
Casey’s win in Germany marks the 15th for Titleist golf ball players on the 2018-19 European Tour, more than twice the nearest competitor with 7, and more than all other golf balls combined.
In addition to topping the golf ball count with 102 players (68% of the field of 150), Titleist was also the field favorite in the driver (47), hybrid (14), utility iron (43), iron (45) and wedge (229) categories.
Yikeun Chang | Pro V1x - Yeangder TPC
Yikeun Chang (Pro V1x) earned his first career Asian Tour title by capturing the Yeangder TPC.
Chang closed with a 6-under-par 66 at Linkou International Golf and Country Club in Taipei, Taiwan en route to a 21-under-par 267 victory total, three shots clear of his nearest competitor.
Nine of the 13 players who finished among the top and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including five of the top six.
Titleist topped the golf ball count with 107 players (74% of the field of 144), more than seven times the nearest competitor. Titleist was also the field favorite in hybrids (25), irons (29) and wedges (143).
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Sang-Hyun Park | Pro V1 - Fujisankei Classic
Titleist Brand Ambassador Sang-Hyun Park (Pro V1) fired a final round 6-under-par 65 en route to a 15-under 269 victory total to win Fujisankei Classic.
It marked the second win of Park’s JGTO career.
Park became the first player on the JGTO to win with the new TS2 hybrid, U500 utility iron and 620 MB irons. He topped a leaderboard that featured eight Titleist golf ball players who finished among the top 10 and ties.
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Let's take a closer look at all the Titleist equipment that Sang-Hyun relied on to win in Japan.
SANG-HYUN'S WINNING SETUP:
Golf Ball: Pro V1
Driver: TS3 (10.5°)
Fairway: TS3 (15º)
Hybrid: 818H1 (19º) and TS2 (21°)
Utility: U500 (4)
Irons: 620 MB (5-9W)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 pitching (46.12 F Grind), gap (52.12 F Grind), and prototype lob (58.06 K Grind)
Putter: Scotty Cameron P3
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Congratulations to all of #TeamTitleist!
Click here for a listing of all Titleist golf ball wins this season.