The winning momentum continues to roll on for players trusting the #1 ball in golf, as Keith Mitchell and Zach Murray headlined a week in which three Titleist golf ball players entered the Winner's Circle on their respective tours.
Players trusting their games to a Titleist golf ball have now collected 26 wins across the worldwide professional tours, nearly three times more wins than the nearest competing brand with 9 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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Keith Mitchell | Pro V1 - Honda Classic
Keith Mitchell (Pro V1) closed like a proven winner at the Honda Classic on Sunday, making birdies on two of the final four holes at PGA National, including the 72nd, where he converted a 15-foot birdie putt to capture his first career PGA TOUR title.
Mitchell’s 9-under-par 271 victory total was one shot clear of two players, including the new World No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR), who relies upon the Pro V1x golf ball, Vokey Design SM7 gap and sand wedges and an SM4 lob wedge, as well as a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 SLT 10 putter.
“Coming down the stretch,” Mitchell said, “I'm thinking, 'Well, if I make par here, I got a playoff with two of the best players in the world, and potentially Hall-of-Famers. That's a big thought for a guy that's in his second year on Tour, who’s never won. I’m just pleased that I could prove myself against guys like that.”
Ryan Palmer and Lucas Glover, both Pro V1x players, tied for 4th, another shot back, after setting the clubhouse lead. Palmer raced 35 spots up the leaderboard after firing a final round 7-under 63, the lowest round of the tournament.
In fact, Mitchell, who closed with a 3-under-par 67, topped a leaderboard on which 7 of the 11 players who finished in the top 10 and ties relied on a Titleist golf ball for their success.
Mitchell switched to the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball from a competitive brand in January 2018 when he was ranked No. 353 in the world. He has steadily moved up the OWGR list and is now ranked No. 68 following his Honda Classic crown.
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According to Darrell Survey, the Honda Classic marks the third time this season that Titleist achieved the feat of sweeping every major equipment category at a PGA TOUR event.
From GOLF BALLS to DRIVERS, FAIRWAY METALS and HYBRIDS to IRONS, WEDGES and PUTTERS, the Titleist brand was the overwhelming field favorite as the Tour moved from the west coast to the Florida swing.
Of the 144 players competing at PGA National at the Honda, 78% (112 players) trusted a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success, seven times the nearest competitor with 11% (16 players).
One out of every three drivers in the field was a Titleist, with 48 models in play last week. That's 16 more than the nearest competitor with 32.
Bud Cauley - T12 | TS3 driver (8.5), TS fairway metals (13.5°, 18°)
The Titleist TS3 continues to be the most played single driver model on the PGA TOUR with 29 TS3's in play at the Honda, nearly double the next closest driver model with 15.
The Titleist TS3 was also the most played driver on the European Tour again last week with 29. That represented 20% of the Oman Open field playing that single model.
Titleist was also the top choice in the fairway metal (56) and hybrid (25) categories.
Titleist irons also accounted for nearly one-third of the field with 46 sets in play - 21 more sets than the nearest competitor.
The Titleist 718 MB (20) and the 718 AP2 (14) were the top two most played iron models last week.
More than half of all wedges in the field (220/55%) were of the Vokey Design variety. The nearest competitor had 60 wedges in play.
Scotty Cameron putters were the overwhelming field favorite with 54 (38%) Cameron putters in play, 14 more than the nearest competitor.
More players on the PGA TOUR rely upon Scotty Cameron putters than any other brand and tops the Tour in wins with 4 this season.
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Zach Murray | New 2019 Pro V1x - New Zealand Open
Zach Murray secured his first professional victory in style, winning the 100th New Zealand Open Championship by two shots in wire-to-wire fashion. Murray opened with a blistering 8-under-par 63, en route to a 21-under 266 victory total.
The 21-year-old rookie finished strong on Sunday, carding eagle-birdie-birdie on holes 13 through 15 to maintain his lead over runners-up Ash Hall (New 2019 Pro V1x) and local favorite Josh Geary (Pro V1).
The event was co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour – on which Murray secured exempt status for the remainder 2019 and all of 2020 and 2021 – and the Australasian Tour, where he moved into second position on its Order of Merit.
Until Murray sealed his wire-to-wire win, nobody had led at the end of each round since Sir Bob Charles recorded the first of his four New Zealand Open victories in 1954.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the New Zealand Open with 128 players – or 84% of the 152-player field – teeing up a Pro V1 or Pro V1x. That’s over 18 times the nearest competitor with 7 (5%).
Titleist was also the overwhelming top choice in the driver (60), fairway metal (60), hybrid (38), iron (68) and wedge (63%) categories.
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Let's take a closer look at all the Titleist equipment that Zach relied on to win down under.
Golf Ball: New 2019 Pro V1x
Driver: TS2 (9.5º)
Irons: 718 T-MB (2), 718 CB (4-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 pitching (48.10 F Grind), gap (52.12 F Grind), sand (56.08 M Grind) and lob (60.14 K Grind)
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The winner of the Cologuard Classic (Pro V1) seized control with five birdies on the front nine on Sunday and closed with a 7-under 66 for a four-shot victory, his first victory on the PGA Tour Champions in more than eight years.
At 62 years, 1 month, 17 days, he's the fourth-oldest winner in the history of the 50-and-over tour.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Cologuard Classic with 58 players – or 74% of the 78-player field – teeing up a Pro V1 or Pro V1x. That’s over 14 times the nearest competitor with 4 players (6%).
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Congratulations to all of #TeamTitleist!
Click here for a listing of all Titleist golf ball wins this season.