Titleist Mid-Year Report: Performance Speaks Louder Than Words

 

We recently passed the midway point on the calendar across the worldwide professional golf tours and over the course of the first half of the 2016-2017 season, Titleist has once again been the #1 ball for more players and more champions. To date this season, the game's finest players have relied on a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball 15,411 times, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 2,123 and more than all competitors combined.

During this same time, Titleist golf ball players recorded 115 worldwide victories, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 16.

Let's take a look at some highlights as we look forward to the second half of the 2016-2017 season...

PGA TOUR

 Justin Thomas (Winner) - CIMB Classic / SBS Tournament of Champions / Sony Open in Hawaii: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 917D3/9.5° driver, 917F3/15° and 915Fd/18° fairway metals, 716 MB (4-9) irons, Vokey Design SM6 pitching (46.08 F grind), gap (52.12 F grind), sand (56.14 F grind) and lob (60.10 K grind) wedges, Scotty Cameron Futura X5 putter

  • Titleist golf ball players have stepped into the winners circle 18 times so far during the 2016-17 PGA Tour season, compared to seven for the nearest competitor.
  • Of the 18 PGA Tour victories recorded by Titleist golf ball players so far this season, eight were achieved by Titleist Brand Ambassadors who also relied on Titleist golf clubs for their success.
  • Titleist Brand Ambassador Justin Thomas (Pro V1x) jumped out to the fastest start of any player on Tour, winning three tournaments before February. Thomas successfully defended his CIMB Classic title during the late 2016 shoulder season and then went on to win back-to-back tournaments during the Tour's Hawaiian swing. Thomas's amazing streak was highlighted by the 59 he shot in the first round of the Sony Open. He became the youngest player in history to break 60 on Tour.
  • Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth (Pro V1x) has also enjoyed multiple wins in 2016-2017. Spieth captured the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February and then won the Travelers Championship by holing a dramatic bunker shot to prevail in a sudden-death playoff. Spieth rode that momentum to Royal Birkdale, where he seized the Claret Jug for his third victory of the season (see European Tour, below).
  • This year, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans made a significant change, adopting a 2-man best-ball format. Titleist Brand Ambassador Cameron Smith and Titleist golf ball loyalist Jonas Blixt both trusted a Pro V1x golf ball and teamed up to win the revamped event in exciting playoff fashion.
  • In June, Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner played some inspired golf, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist clubs as he captured The Memorial Tournament. Dufner drove the ball exceptionally well with his 917D2 driver (10.5°) at Murifield Village, averaging 299 yards off the tee and hitting 73% of fairways. Dufner's win represented the 30th victory across the worldwide professional tours by players relying on a Titleist 917 driver. Since then, players trusting a 917D2 or 917D3 driver have gone on to capture seven more worldwide titles...and counting.
  • Titleist Brand Ambassador Cameron Smith (Pro V1x) earned his maiden victory on the PGA Tour this season (at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans), as did Titleist golf ball loyalist Mackenzie Hughes (Pro V1x / RSM Classic).

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EUROPEAN TOUR

 Jordan Spieth (Winner) - 146th Open Championship: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 915D2/9.5° driver, 915F/15° fairway metal, prototype 718 T-MB (3), 716 T-MB (4) and 716 AP2 (5-9) irons, Vokey Design SM6 pitching (46.06 F grind), gap (52.08 F grind), sand (56.10 S grind) and lob (60.04 L grind) wedges, Scotty Cameron 009 putter

  • With his dramatic win at last week's Open Championship, Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth became only the second golfer in history to win three of four major championships before his 24th birthday. He's now won threee legs of the career Grand Slam with a chance to become the yougest ever to capture all four legs if he wins The PGA Championship next month at Quail Hollow. Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist golf clubs through the bag at Royal Birkdale, Spieth was the only player to fire four consecutive rounds in the 60’s (65-69-65-69). He played his final five holes in 5-under-par to close with 1-under-par 69, good for a 12-under-par 268 victory total, three shots clear of his playing partner and nearest competitor.
  • In addition to his strong 4th-place showing at this year's U.S. Open, Titleist golf ball loyalist Tommy Fleetwood (Pro V1x) has won twice this season on the European Tour, capturing the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January and the HNA Open de France in late June.
  • Titleist Brand Ambassador Renato Paratore (Pro V1x) held off the challenges of fellow Titleist golf ball loyalists Chris Wood (Pro V1x) and defending champion Matthew Fitzpatrick (Pro V1x) to claim the Nordea Masters for his first career European Tour title. The 20-year-old Italian became the youngest winner on the European Tour since 2013.
  • Also celebrating their first victories on the European Tour this year are Titleist golf ball loyalists Dylan Fritelli (Pro V1 / Lyoness Open) and Matt Wallace (Pro V1x / Open de Portugal).

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LPGA TOUR

 So Yeon Ryu (Winner) - ANA LPGA Inspiration / NW Arkansas Championship: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball

  • Titleist golf ball loyalists have won 17 of the 20 events contested so far on the 2017 LPGA Tour, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 2.
  • Players trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball have won each of the three major championships staged so far this year on the LPGA Tour, including So Yeon Ryu (Pro V1 / ANA LPGA Inspiration), Danielle Kang (Pro V1x / KPMG Women's PGA Championship) and Sung Hyun Park (Pro V1x / U.S. Women's Open). These wins marked the first career major titles for each player.
  • Titleist golf ball loyalist In-Kyung Kim (Pro V1x) captured both the ShopRite LPGA Classic and the Marathon Classic, joining Pro V1 golf ball loyalist So Yeon Ryu as the only multiple winners on the LPGA Tour so far this season.
  • When Sung Hyun Park (Pro V1x) won the U.S. Women's Open earlier this month, it also marked the first LPGA Tour title of her career. Park joins Danielle Kang (Pro V1x), whose major victory at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship was also her maiden LPGA Tour victory.

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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

 Bernhard Langer (Winner) - Mitsubishi Electric Championship / Regions Tradition / KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball

  • Titleist golf ball loyalists have won 9 of the first 13 events contested on the 2017 PGA TOUR Champions schedule, more than four times the nearest competitor with 2.
  • Titleist golf ball loyalist Bernhard Langer (Pro V1) is leading the tour once again with three victories. He earned his record ninth career senior major with a one-shot victory at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, becoming the first player in history to win all five Senior Major Championships.
  • Joining Langer with multiple wins this season is Titleist golf ball loyalist Scott McCarron (Pro V1), who followed up his win at the Allianz Championship with his first major victory, a one-stroke victory over two players (one of whom was Langer) at the Constellation Senior Players Championship.
  • Also enjoying a major victory this season was Titleist golf ball loyalist Kenny Perry (Pro V1x), who captured his second U.S. Senior Open crown with a record-setting score of 16-under-par 264 at Salem Country Club, eclipsing the previous mark of 267, which he set during his 2013 victory at Omaha Country Club.

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OTHER GLOBAL HIGHLIGHTS

 Stephan Jaeger (Winner) - BMW Charity Pro-Am / Rust-Oleum Championship: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball

  • In June, Titleist golf ball loyalist Stephan Jaeger (Pro V1) captured his second victory of the season on the Web.com Tour, following up his BMW Charity Pro-Am win with a two-shot victory at the Rust-Oleum Classic. The win locked up his PGA TOUR card for next season.
  • Also winning twice so far this season is Titleist golf ball loyalist Oliver Bekker (Pro V1), who earned victories at both the Zambia Sugar open and the Lombard Insurance Open on the South African Sunshine Tour.
  • Joining Jaeger and Bekker as a multiple winner this season is Titleist golf ball loyalist Chan Kim (Pro V1x), who has collected two victories so far on the Japan JGTO Tour.
  • And finally, Titleist Brand Ambassador Dimi Papadatos has trusted a Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist club equipment to capture two wins to date on the Australasian Tour - at the Victorian PGA Open Championship and at the WA PGA Championship.

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Below, check out all of the 2016-2017 wins to date and congratulations again to all of #TeamTitleist for an amazing start to the year!

TOUR (wins)    
PGA TOUR (18)    
Safeway Open Brendan Steele Pro V1x
CIMB Classic Justin Thomas Pro V1x
OHL Classic at Mayakoba Winner Pro V1
RSM Classic Mackenzie Hughes Pro V1x
SBS Tournament of Champions Justin Thomas Pro V1x
Sony Open in Hawaii Justin Thomas Pro V1x
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Jordan Spieth Pro V1x
Honda Classic Rickie Fowler Pro V1
Puerto Rico Open D.A. Points Pro V1x
Shell Houston Open Russell Henley Pro V1x
Zurich Classic of New Orleans Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt Pro V1x
Wells Fargo Championship Winner Pro V1x
AT&T Byron Nelson Championship Billy Horschel Pro V1x
DEAN & DELUCA Invitational Kevin Kisner Pro V1
The Memorial Tournament Jason Dufner Pro V1x
117th U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP Winner Pro V1x
Travelers Championship Jordan Spieth Pro V1x
Quicken Loans National Kyle Stanley Pro V1
     
EUROPEAN TOUR (16)    
Alfred Dunhill Championship Brandon Stone Pro V1
BMW South African Open Graeme Storm Pro V1x
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Tommy Fleetwood Pro V1x
Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Jeung-hun Wang Pro V1x
Maybank Championship Fabrizio Zanotti Pro V1
World Super 6 Perth Brett Rumford Pro V1x
Joburg Open Darren Fichardt Pro V1x
Hero Indian Open SSP Chawrasia Pro V1x
Shenzhen International Bernd Wiesberger Pro V1
Volvo China Open Alex Levy Pro V1x
Open de Portugal Matt Wallace Pro V1x
Nordea Masters Renato Paratore Pro V1x
Lyoness Open Dylan Frittelli Pro V1
HNA Open de France Tommy Fleetwood Pro V1x
AAM Scottish Open Rafa Cabrera-Bello Pro V1x
THE 146th OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP Jordan Spieth Pro V1x
     
LPGA TOUR (17)    
PureSilk LPGA Classic Brittany Lincicome Pro V1 x
ISPS Handa Women's Australain Open Ha Na Jang Pro V1
Honda LPGA Thailand Amy Yang Pro V1
Kia LPGA Classic Mirim Lee Pro V1x
ANA LPGA Inspiration So Yeon Ryu Pro V1
LPGA LOTTE Championship Cristie Kerr Pro V1
Volunteers of America Texas Shootout Haru Nomura Pro V1x
Lorena Ochoa Match Play Sei Young Kim Pro V1
LPGA Volvik Championship Shanshan Feng Pro V1x
ShopRite LPGA Classic In-Kyung Kim Pro V1x
Manulife LPGA Classic Ariya Jutanugarn Pro V1x
Meijer LPGA Classic Brooke Henderson Pro V1
NW Arkansas Championship So Yeon Ryu Pro V1
KPMG Women's PGA Championship Danielle Kang Pro V1x
Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic Katherine Kirk Pro V1
U.S. Women's Open Sung Hyun Park Pro V1x
Marathon Classic In-Kyung Kim Pro V1x
     
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS (9)    
Mitsubishi Electric Championship Bernhard Langer Pro V1
Allianz Championship Scott McCarron Pro V1
Tucson Conquistadors Championship Tom Lehman Pro V1x
Mitsubishi Electric Championship Stephen Ames Pro V1
Insperity Invitational John Daly Pro V1x
Regions Tradition Bernhard Langer Pro V1
KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Bernhard Langer Pro V1
U.S. Senior Open Kenny Perry Pro V1
Constellation Senior Players Championship Scott McCarron Pro V1
     
WEB.COM TOUR (13)    
The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic Kyle Thompson Pro V1x
The Bahama Great Abaco Classic Andrew Landry Pro V1x
Club Colombia Championship Ethan Tracy Pro V1x
Chitimacha Louisiana Open Casey Wittenburg Pro V1
United Leasing & Finance Championship D.H. Lee Pro V1
Corales Puntacana Championship Nate Lashley Pro V1x
BMW Charity Pro-Am Stephen Jaeger Pro V1
Rex Hospital Open Conrad Shindler Pro V1
Rust-Oleum Championship Stephen Jaeger Pro V1
Lincoln Land Charity Championship Adam Schenk Pro V1
Nashville Golf Open Lanto Griffin Pro V1
LECOM Health Challenge Chesson Hadley Pro V1x
Utah Championship Brice Garnett Pro V1
     
SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR (7)    
Eye of Africa PGA Championship Erik van Rooyen Pro V1
Dimension Data Pro-Am Paul Lawrie Pro V1x
Zimbabwe Open JC Ritchie Pro V1
Zambia Sugar Open Oliver Bekker Pro V1
Investec Royal Swazi Open Peter Karmis Pro V1x
Lombard Insurance Classic Oliver Bekker Pro V1
Zambia Open Riekus Nortje Pro V1x
     
ASIAN TOUR (3)    
Bashundhara Bangladesh Open Jazz Janewattananond Pro V1x
Yeangder Heritage Shiv Kapur Pro V1x
Thailand Open Rattanon Wannasricahn Pro V1x
     
JAPAN TOUR (7)    
Leopalace21 Myanmar Open Winner Pro V1x
Token Homemate Cup Wen-Chong Liang Pro V1x
Panasonic Open Japan Kenichi Kuboya Pro V1x
Kansai Open Shugo Imahira Pro V1x
Miz uno Open Chan Kim Pro V1x
JGTO Championship Shaun Norris Pro V1x
Sega Sammy Cup Chan Kim Pro V1x
     
AUSTRALASIAN TOUR (6)    
Victorian PGA Open Championship Dimi Papadatos Pro V1x
New Zealand PGA Championship Jarryd Felton Pro V1x
New Zealand Open Championship Mike Hendry Pro V1x
Queensland PGA Championship Daniel Pearce Pro V1
Papua New Guinea Open Winner Pro V1
WA PGA Championship Dimi Papadatos Pro V1x
     
MACKENZIE TOUR CANADA (4)    
Bayview Place Cardtronics Open Max Rottluff Pro V1
GolfBC Championship Robby Shelton Pro V1x
The Players Cup Kramer Hickok Pro V1
Mackenzie Investements Open Hank Lebioda Pro V1x
     
ONEASIA TOUR (2)    
GS Caltex Maekyung Open Sang Hee Lee Pro V1x
Kolon Korea Open YiKeun Chang Pro V1x
     
KOREAN TOUR (7)    
SK Telecom Open JinHo Choi Pro V1x
Caido Dream Open WooHyun Kim Pro V1x
Descente Korea Munsingwear Matchplay SeungHyuk Kim Pro V1
Caido Golden V1 Open JungHwan Lee Pro V1x
KPGA Championship JungGon Hwang Pro V1x
Gunsan CC Jeonbuk Open HyungJoon Lee Pro V1x
Caido Male Open KyungNam Kang Pro V1x
     
PGA TOUR CHINA (1)    
Beijing Open Bryden Macpherson Pro V1
     
PGA TOUR LATINOAMÉRICA (5)    
70 Avianca Colombia Open  Winner  Pro V1x
Molino Canuelas Championship  Winner  Pro V1x
Guatemala Stella Artois Open  Winner  Pro V1x
86 Abierto OSDE del Centro  Winner  Pro V1x
Essential Costa Rica Classic  Winner  Pro V1x

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