When Rory McIlroy arrived at the Ocean Course's 18th green Sunday to play his 72nd and final hole of the PGA Championship, he was two putts away from a bogey-free final round. He only needed one. Rory stepped up to his Pro V1x and rolled in the 25-foot birdie putt to put an exclamation mark on a record-setting performance and claim the Wanamaker Trophy.
“It's just been incredible," McIlroy said after his final-round 66. "I had a good feeling about it at the start. I never imagined to do this.”
Trusting his Pro V1x, new prototype 913D3 8.5 driver and a bag full of Titleist equipment, McIlroy filled his scorecard with pars (45) and birdies (20) en route to a 13-under 275 total and eight-shot victory – the largest margin of victory ever recorded at the PGA Championship. The previous record stood for 32 years.
The youngest ever to win the PGA Championship, Rory’s win also vaulted him back to the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.
“To win my second major and get to world number one all in the same day is very special,” added McIlroy.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 108 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, nine times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined.
McIlroy's win marks the third major championship for Titleist in 2012, as he follows Masters champion and Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson and U.S. Open winner and Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson.
With a PGA Championship to go along with his 2011 U.S. Open Championship, McIlroy becomes the sixth-youngest player ever with two majors.
'It's just great to be able to put my name on another major championship trophy, and looking forward to April next year and getting a crack at another one," he said.
What's In Rory McIlroy's Titleist Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Prototype 913D3 8.5º (Mitsubishi Diamana Prototype 70X), C•2 SureFit Tour setting
Fairway Metals: 906F2 & Titleist 910F 17º (Fujikura ZCom Pro 95)
Irons: Titleist MB 3-9 (True Temper Project X 7.0)
Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 46º, 54º, 60º (True Temper Project X 6.5)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport GSS prototype
McIlroy led the field in Driving Distance with a 311.5 yard average off the tee, and his win marks the first major championship with the new Titleist 913 prototype driver and the first 913 win on the 2012 PGA Tour. Titleist began the seeding process of the 913D2 and 913D3 prototype drivers with PGA Tour players at the AT&T National in June, which was subsequently followed by player seeding on the European, Web.com and Asian Tours, and across all of the major worldwide professional tours.
In early July, Rory worked closely with the Titleist tour support team in advance of the Irish Open to get dialed-in with his new prototype 913 driver and immediately put it into the bag after the fitting session. Check out the full story here.
The new Titleist 913 drivers will begin shipping to golf shops in November.
In addition to solid driving, Rory had his Scotty Cameron putter dialed in and only needed 109 putts over four days averaging 1.51 putts per hole. In the final round, he tamed the greens on the Ocean Course with a stellar 23-putt performance (1.27 putts per hole average).
McIlroy becomes the third Titleist Brand Ambassador to earn multiple victories on the PGA Tour this year, joining Jason Dufner (Zurich Classic, Byron Nelson Championship) and Zach Johnson (Crowne Plaza Invitational, John Deere Classic). Additional full product line Titleist ambassadors to win in 2012 include: Steve Stricker (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Kyle Stanley (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Bill Haas (Northern Trust Open), Ben Curtis (Valero Texas Open), Webb Simpson (U.S. Open), Marc Leishman (Travelers Championship), Scott Stallings (True South Classic) and Scott Piercy (RBC Canadian Open).
Also finishing in the Top 10 at the PGA Championship, Pro V1x loyalist Ian Poulter took home a share of third and Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker along with Pro V1 loyalist Jamie Donaldson and Pro V1x loyalist Blake Adams all finished T7.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the PGA Championship field of 156 in the golf ball category with 92, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (48), wedge (151) and putter (52) categories. A total of 26 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 26 new 913D3 (18) and 913D2 (8) models.
• • •
LPGA: Pro V1 loyalist So Yeon Ryu took home top honors at the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic this weekend by recording a seven-shot victory and earning her first win since capturing the 2011 U.S. Women's Open. Ryu’s final round was highlighted by a six-hole birdie streak on holes 9 through 14 that fueled her round of 9-under 62 en route to a 20-under par 264 victory total, the second lowest in tournament history.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 144 in the golf ball category with 99, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13.
• • •
WEB.COM: Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Price Cutter Charity Championship field of 156 in the golf ball category with 106, more than six times the nearest competitor with 17. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (44), wedge (162) and putter (65) categories. A total of 34 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 27 who chose the new 913D3 (21) and 913D2 (6) models.
• • •
ONE ASIA: Pro V1x loyalist Chris Wood of England earned his first professional victory at the OneAsia Thailand Open in Bangkok. Wood shot four rounds in the 60’s for a 23 under 265 total, good enough for a two-shot victory.
Three players tied for third including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Arnond "Bank" Vongvanij and Dong-Hwan Lee.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 168 in the golf ball category with 121, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 21. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (66) and wedge (179) categories.
• • •
U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR: Titleist was the favorite equipment brand among the field of 156 at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, with more players relying upon the #1 ball in golf by an overwhelming margin of 132 to 9 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also the top choice in irons (39), wedges (176) and putters (58).