The page has turned on a new PGA TOUR season, but the story remains the same, as the winning ways continue for players trusting their games to Titleist. On the PGA TOUR and around the globe, players relying on Titleist golf balls and golf clubs entered the Winner's Circle at six tournaments this week across the worldwide professional golf tours.
• The PGA TOUR welcomed in the first event of the 2019-2020 wrap-around season, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier and Joaquin Niemann (Pro V1x) made it a kickoff event to remember, becoming the first player from Chile to win on the PGA TOUR. The 20-year-old charged home with six back-nine birdies to win by six at Old White TPC.
• On the European Tour, the winner of the KLM Open captured the 16th European Tour title of his career, trusting a Pro V1 golf ball to to enter the Winner's Circle in just his third tournament since making the switch to Pro V1.
• It was a dramatic finish at the Solheim Cup, where Suzann Pettersen (Pro V1x) holed a dramatic putt at the final hole to seal the victory for the European Team, 14.5-13.5. After her heroics, Pettersen announced her retirement from competitive golf, after a brilliant career that included 15 LPGA Tour wins.
• At the inaugural Classic G & CC International Championship, Rory Hie (Pro V1x) captured his maiden victory and also became the first Indonesian player to win on the Asian Tour.
• In Japan, Yosuke Asaji (Pro V1) prevailed in a 5-player playoff, claiming his second victory of the year at the ANA Open.
• The Mackenzie Tour Canada season came to a close in Ontario, where Patrick Fishburn trusted a Pro V1 golf ball and Titleist clubs tee-to-green to secure his first Mackenzie Tour title at the Canada Life Championship.
• And on the PGA Tour China, Quincy Quek (Pro V1) won the Haikou Classic by two shots.
• All told, players trusting their games to a Titleist golf ball have now collected 149 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 21,577 players trusting a Titleist for their success across the worldwide professional tours. That’s more than eight times the nearest competing brand with just 2,664 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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Joaquin Niemann | Pro V1x - A Military Tribute At The Greenbrier
Joaquin Niemann (Pro V1x) got the 2019-2020 PGA season of to a blistering start, as he carded six back-nine birdies in the final round at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. Niemann’s charge on Old White TPC resulted in a final round 6-under-par 64 and gave him a 21-under 259 victory total.
It was the first career PGA TOUR title for the 20-year old at the opening event of the 2019-20 season and the first win on the PGA TOUR by a player from Chile.
Niemann finished six shots clear of Titleist Brand Ambassadors Tom Hoge (Pro V1, TS2 driver, TS2 fairway metal, 913HD hybrid, 718 CB/MB irons, Vokey Design SM7 gap, sand and prototype lob wedges) and Richy Werenski (Pro V1x, TS4 driver, TS3 fairway metal, 818H2 hybrid, U500 3-iron, 620 CB/MB irons, Vokey Design SM7 pitching, sand and prototype lob wedges, Scotty Cameron T2 putter), who tied for 2nd, while Brian Harman (Pro V1, 917D2 driver, TS2 fairway metals, U500 4-iron, 716 CB irons, Vokey Design SM7 gap, sand and lob wedges), Harris English (Pro V1) and Nate Lashley (Pro V1x) tied for 4th, another shot back.
ALL-TITLEIST GOLF BALL LEADERBOARD
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 The Greenbrier.
Last season, TITLEIST SWEPT EVERY MAJOR EQUIPMENT CATEGORY at 10 events, all beginning with the 2019 SONY Open in Hawaii.
Titleist continued the momentum throughout the spring and summer and now at the 2019-20 season-opener. From tee-through-green - in the field of 156 - Titleist was the overwhelming top choice versus any other brand.
Over 76 percent of the field – 119 of 156 players – teed up a Pro V1 or Pro V1x. That’s nearly eight times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist was also the field favorite in the driver (46), fairway metal (56), hybrid (24), utility iron (42), iron (51), wedge (239) and putter (5) categories at The Greenbrier.
From tee-through-green - in the field of 156 - Titleist was the overwhelming top choice versus any other brand.
Kevin Chappell (Pro V1) recorded the 11th sub-60 round in PGA TOUR history on Friday, when he fired an 11-under-par 59 at The Greenbrier. What made Chappell’s performance even more remarkable was that it was his first PGA TOUR start since last year’s Mayakoba Golf Classic. He underwent lower back surgeries last November 28 and he just started hitting balls with a full swing in May. His performance included a record-tying nine consecutive birdies, previously set in 2009.
Chappell revealed that during competition, he takes his Pro V1 golf ball out of play following every birdie he makes. En route to his 59 at The Greenbrier, Chappell made more birdies (11) through his first 16 holes – including nine in a row - than he had golf balls in his bag. He was forced to reuse two different balls on the final two holes - with which he made consecutive pars to post his historic 59.
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Playing in the event for the first time, the winner of the KLM Open trusted a Pro V1 golf ball to earn a one-shot victory and secure his 16th career European Tour title with. This marked just the third event at which the champion was playing the Pro V1 golf ball since switching to it [without an agreement] for the first time at the Northern Trust.
Matt Wallace (Pro V1) finished solo 3rd. The solo 4th place finisher also switched to a Titleist golf ball this week – without an agreement - advancing from No. 144 to 112 in the Race to Dubai standings with his performance.
The win marks the 16th 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 156), Titleist was also the field favorite in the driver, fairway metal, hybrid, utility iron, iron and wedge categories.
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Suzann Pettersen | Pro V1x - Solheim Cup
Europe captured the Solheim Cup, 14.5-13.5, in dramatic fashion with Suzann Pettersen (Pro V1x) making the final putt on the final hole for the victory.
Twenty-one of the twenty-four (88%) players at the event relied upon Titleist golf balls, with three separate competitor brands having one apiece.
Eleven (11) of the 12 players on the winning European team trusted Titleist golf balls for their success.
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Rory Hie | Pro V1x - Classic G & CC International Championship
Rory Hie (Pro V1x) won the inaugural Classic G & CC International Championship for his first Asian Tour title. He also became the first Indonesian to win on the Asian Tour.
The 31-year-old completed his wire-to-wire win with a closing 4-under-par 68 en route to a 21-under 267 victory total, two shots clear of Byungjun Kim (Pro V1) and Rashid Khan (Pro V1x).
Hie topped a leaderboard on which 10 of the 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Over 90 percent of the field – 141 of 156 players – teed up a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, that’s over 17 times the nearest competitor with 8.
Titleist also was the field favorite in irons (37) and wedges (193).
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Yosuke Asaji | Pro V1 - ANA Open
Yosuke Asaji (Pro V1) closed with a 7-under-par 65 to race up the ANA Open leaderboard and finish at 16-under 272, gaining a berth in a 5-way playoff. Asaji won with a birdie on the first extra hole, claiming his 2nd victory of the year and for his JGTO career.
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MACKENZIE TOUR CANADA
Patrick Fishburn | Pro V1 - Canada Life Championship (photo courtesy of Mackenzie Tour Canada)
Patrick Fishburn fired four rounds in the 60s (66-65-64-64) to capture his first Mackenzie Tour title at the Canada Life Championship. Fishburn finished with a 21-under 259 total, three shots clear of David Pastore (Pro V1).
Over 78 percent of the field – 43 of 55 players – teed up a Pro V1 or Pro V1x. That’s more than eight times the nearest competitor with 5 and more than all competitors combined.
Let's take a closer look at all the Titleist equipment that Patrick relied on to win in Ontario.
PATRICK'S WINNING SETUP:
Golf Ball: Pro V1
Driver: TS3 (8.5°)
Utility: U500 (3)
Irons: T100 (4) and 718 AP2 (5-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 pitching (46.12 F Grind), gap (52.12 F Grind), sand (54.08 M Grind) and lob (60.06 K Grind)
Putter: Scotty Cameron TFB 2
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PGA TOUR CHINA
Quincy Quek | Pro V1 - Haiku Classic
Quincy Quek (Pro V1) captured the Haikou Classic with a 16-under-par 268 victory total, two shots clear of his nearest competitor.
The victory comes one month after he captured the Asian Development Tour's PGM Northport ADT Championship, his first title since 2012.
Three players tied for 3rd, including Weixuan Wang (ProV1x), James Marchesani (Pro V1x) and Brad Gehl (Pro V1). In fact, 9 of the 12 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the top golf ball choice at the event with 84% of the field (121 players in the field of 144) trusting their games to a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball.
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Congratulations to all of #TeamTitleist!
Click here for a listing of all Titleist golf ball wins this season.