PGA TOUR | Fortinet Championship
Titleist Brand Ambassador Max Homa – playing a Pro V1 golf ball and 14 Titleist clubs, including a TSi3 driver and TSi2 fairway metals, Vokey Design SM8 wedges and Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 putter – claimed the first victory of the 2021-22 PGA TOUR season.
- He played his final 28 holes in 14 under, making birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 Sunday to win by one shot.
- Homa closed with his second-consecutive 7-under 65, tying for the best round of the day, highlighted by a hole-out eagle from 94 yards on the par-4 12th.
- He finished the week second in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (+10.54), sixth in SG: Off the Tee (+3.45), 12th in SG: Approach (+4.35), and 14th in SG: Putting (+4.17).
- Homa gained 8.3 strokes tee-to-green on the weekend, the most of any player. He also led the field in par-4 scoring.
- He was 6-for-8 putting from 10 to 15 feet, and converted 47% of his birdie opportunities, the best percentage in the field. He was also second in putts per green in regulation (1.58).
- Homa led a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist golf ball players.
- Both the runner-up and TOUR rookie Mito Pereira, who finished third, also played Pro V1.
- Titleist golf ball players have now won the last seven events on the PGA TOUR.
WHAT’S IN MAX HOMA’S BAG?
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: TSi3 9.0° | Alidla Rogue Black 130 MSI 60 TX
Fairway Metals: TSi2 15.0° | Alidla Rogue Black 130 MSI 80 TX and TSi2 21.0° | Graphite Design Tour AD XC 9 TX
Irons: 620 MB 4-9 | KBS TOUR $-Taper 130 X
Wedges: Vokey Design SM8 46.10F, 50.12F, 56.14F, 60.04L | KBS TOUR $-Taper 130 X (46), KBS Hi Rev 2.0 125 S (50°, 56°, 60°)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 tour prototype
THREE IN A ROW FOR PHANTOM X
NEW T100 IRONS ARE TOP CHOICE IN NAPA
- The NEW Titleist T-Series T100 iron models were the top choice of players at the Fortinet Championship, as Titleist continues its longstanding run as the PGA TOUR’s most played iron. Titleist was also the most played golf ball, driver, fairway (T1), hybrid, utility iron and wedge.
LPGA | Cambia Portland Classic
Jin Young Ko, the world’s second-ranked player, won for the second time in her last three LPGA starts, rolling her Pro V1 golf ball in for birdie from 23 feet on Oregon Golf Club’s 18th hole to punctuate a four-shot victory.
- Ko, who closed in 3-under 69, was the only player to post all three rounds in the 60’s in the weather-shortened event.
- The two-time major champion now has nine LPGA titles, including her previous victory at the Volunteers of America Classic in early July.
- Ko led a 1-through-7 finish for Titleist golf ball players.
- Of the 24 events played this season on the LPGA, 21 have been won by Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x players.
CHAMPION MAKES SWITCH TO SCOTTY CAMERON PHANTOM X 5
- The winner of the Cambria Portland Classic switched to a Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5 putter this week, needing only 78 putts over 54 holes (1.44 average), including just 23 putts in her second-round 67.
- She switched to the Phantom X 5 from a competitive mallet model following a recent fitting session with Scotty Cameron fitter Eric Kong in Korea, where she had spent the last six weeks working on her game after a T-9 finish at the Olympics.
CHAMPION PLAYS TSi DRIVER, EIGHT NEW TITLEIST CLUBS
- Making her first start since the Olympics, the winner of the Cambria Portland Classic had a total of nine Titleist clubs in the bag, eight of which she was playing for the first time in competition.
- Having worked with Titleist fitters in Korea during her break, she added two TSi2 fairways (15.0°, 18.0°), two TSi2 hybrids (21.0°, 24.0°), three Vokey Design SM8 wedges (50.08F, 52.08F, 58.06K) and a Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5 putter to the bag.
- Earlier this season – at the KIA Classic in late March – she put a Titleist TSi3 11.0° driver into play for the first time, making a mid-tournament switch from a competitive model.
- Following the first round of the KIA Classic, played at Aviara GC in Carlsbad, Calif., she made the short drive to the Titleist Performance Institute in nearby Oceanside to test the TSi models.
- It took no more than 30 minutes for her to get dialed in to a TSi3 11.0° driver with a Graphite Design IZ 5R shaft (45”), while working with Titleist fitters Aaron Luttrell and Nick Geyer.
- The new setup, which she put into play for Round 2, delivered added ball speed with a more optimal spin number for increased carry distance.
- Over the final three rounds that week, she averaged 264 yards off the tee, 12 yards longer than her Round 1 average.
- “I changed driver last week after the first round,” she told LPGA.com the following week in the days leading up to the ANA Inspiration, where she averaged 272 yards off the tee. “I went to the Titleist [Performance Institute] center [in Oceanside] and tried a couple drivers, picked a really good one. I used that next three days and hit really good last week.”
- She averaged 265 yards off the tee in Thursday’s opening round, before nearly two inches of rain drenched Oregon Country Club Friday and Saturday (she averaged 242 yards for the final two rounds). She hit 13 of 14 fairways in Sunday’s final round (and 83% of fairways for the week).
EUROPEAN TOUR | Dutch Open
The winner of the European Tour’s Dutch Open trusted three Vokey Design SM8 wedges and a Scotty Cameron Timeless 2 SSS tour prototype putter to a three-shot victory, highlighted by a course-record 11-under 61 in Round 3.
- For the week, he finished first in Strokes Gained: Putting (+3.5).
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS | Sanford International
Darren Clarke (Pro V1x) claimed his second PGA TOUR Champions victory of 2021 with a birdie on the second hole of a three-man playoff.
- Clarke birdied four of his final seven holes in regulation, posting 5-under 65 to join the playoff at 12 under.
WINNER PLAYS SCOTTY CAMERON PHANTOM X 11.5
The winner of the Sanford International used a Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11.5 tour prototype putter, leading the field in putts per green in regulation (1.641).
JAPAN TOUR | ANA Open
Scott Vincent (Pro V1x), who earned his first win on the Japan Tour three weeks ago, closed with the best round of the day, a 6-under 66, to claim Victory No. 2 by three shots.
- With the win, Vincent moved to No. 123 in the World Ranking.
- Pro V1 loyalist Tomoharu Otsuki finished solo second, posting his eighth top-10 finish of the season in 14 starts.
KOREAN TOUR | DGB Financial Group Irvine Open
Brand Ambassador Sanghyun Park captured his second victory of the season and 10th of his KPGA Tour career, closing in 7-under 64 for a two-shot victory.
- Nine of the 11 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
WHAT’S IN SANGHYUN PARK’S BAG?
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: TSi3 10.0°
Fairway Metals: TSi3 (15.0° & 18.0°) and TSi2 (21.0°)
Irons: 620 CB (4) and 620 MB (5-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM8 46.10F, 52.08F, 58.06K
Putter: Scotty Cameron Del Mar tour prototype putter
SUNSHINE TOUR | Vodacom Origins of Golf – Mt. Edgecombe
Louis Albertse (Pro V1x) clinched his maiden Sunshine Tour victory, posting a final-round 4-under 66 to win by one shot.
- Albertse’s win marked the 11th win in 12 events for Titleist golf ball players this season.
MACKENZIE TOUR CANADA | ATB Financial Classic
Brand Ambassador Jared du Toit won his first-ever start on the Mackenzie Tour, making a 20-footer for birdie on 18 Sunday for a 4-under 67 and one-shot victory.
WHAT’S IN JARED DU TOIT’S BAG?
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: TSi3 8.0°
Utility Iron: U•500 3
Irons: 718 T-MB (4) & T100 (5-PW)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM8 50°, 54°, WedgeWorks 58° wedges.