Scottie Scheffler Wins the Hero World Challenge, Joaquin Niemann Claims Victory After Sudden-Death Playoff

PGA TOUR | Hero World Challenge 

In complete control of his Pro V1 golf ball, Scottie Scheffler had all the shots once again this week in the Bahamas, closing with a bogey-free 4-under 68 Sunday to win by three shots. 

  • Scheffler, who led the PGA TOUR this season in Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green, gained nearly 11 shots tee to green (+10.83) at Albany Golf Club, with more than half of them coming on Approach shots (+3.337) and Around the Green (+2.403). 
  • Scheffler was the only player to shoot all four rounds in the 60’s (69-66-65-68), topping a leader board that featured eight Titleist golf ball players in the top 10 positions, including Justin Thomas (Pro V1x), Tony Finau (Pro V1 Left Dot), Matt Fitzpatrick (Pro V1x), Jordan Spieth (Pro V1x), 2013 U.S. Open Champion (Pro V1 Left Dot), Brian Harman (Pro V1) and Viktor Hovland (Pro V1)


  • “I started playing Titleist when I was pretty young. You know I feel like it’s always been the best golf ball. And so for me, I remember my first dozen Pro V's when I was a kid, my coach gave them to me. And it's just kind of one of those deals where it was the best back then. And you know, I think it’s still the best now.” 
  • “Pro V1 just gives me the best performance across the board. I can hit all the different shots that I need to. I can take off spin, apply spin, and the ball pretty much does everything that I need it to do, whether it’s going long, straight off the tee or hitting some nice soft nippers around the green.” 
  • “What I look for most is the consistency. … That’s how we play in so many different conditions, because we try to stay consistent in what we're doing, and then if the golf ball does what it’s supposed to do, we can make the proper adjustments. Versus if the golf ball is moving around a bunch with spin numbers, it’s going to be much harder for me to control than a good, consistent golf ball.”  
  • “Rarely am I just hitting a straight up stock shot, you're always trying to do a little something with the golf ball. And so having that consistency and knowing that golf ball's going to react the way I need it to react when it comes off the face and when it goes into the green – especially when you get in a Tour setup where the greens are crazy firm, the wind is blowing – you got to have total control over where that golf ball is going to go. I feel like I've gotten that consistency with the Titleist ball over the years and I really trust how it reacts.” 

  • “U.S. Open set up is a good example. When it gets really firm, it’s tough. It’s firm and windy and so you can’t necessarily always be hitting like these really, really low shots because you also have to get the ball to stop on the green. So, it gets really complicated with the wind and all these different things. If the pin’s in the back right and the wind’s in off the right, I’m probably going to be trying to take spin off the ball and get it to funnel towards the pin. But if it’s in the front, maybe it’s super windy, I’m hitting more of a lower, spinnier type shot so we can actually stop near the pin. And so having that consistency in the golf ball and knowing that when I strike it properly, the golf ball’s going to do what I need it to do is really, really important.”  
  • “Golf ball to golf ball across the board there's such a huge variance between what they do. And so a lot of the inconsistencies they (amateurs) are seeing in their game could just be from using a different golf ball. And they're like, "Man, how do the pro's spin it like they do?" But like if you gave me a golf ball, like a regular range ball, I wouldn't be able to hit the shots that I am with the Pro V1 and that's just the nature of what the golf ball does. And so giving yourself a product that gives you the opportunity to be able to hit shots somewhat the way we do is really important. And I think they'd see some kind of vast improvements just from having a consistency, using the same golf ball every time.” 


Joaquin Niemann, gaming a Pro V1x golf ball, made eagle on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to close out a come-from-behind victory in Sydney.

  • Niemann began the day four shots back of the lead and posted a 5-under 66 on Sunday to force extra holes.
  • After trading birdies with his opponent on the first playoff hole, Niemann stuck his approach on the 531-yard par-5 18th to 7 feet and converted the winning eagle putt.