Golfers trusting their games to Titleist golf balls continue to triumph around the globe, as five more players on the Worldwide Professional Golf Tours entered the winner's circle this weekend. Headlining the action, C.T. Pan captured his first PGA TOUR title, trusting the New 2019 Pro V1x and a TS2 driver to win the traditional Tartan Jacket at the RBC Heritage.
With additional victories on the LPGA, Web.com, Champions and Korean tours, players trusting their games to a Titleist golf ball have now collected 51 wins across the worldwide professional tours. That's nearly five times the nearest competing brand with just 11 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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C.T. Pan (New Pro V1x, TS2/9.5 driver) earned his first career PGA TOUR title with a come-from-behind victory at the RBC Heritage.
The 27-year-old from Taiwan, who won twice on the 2015 PGA TOUR Canada-Mackenzie Tour after turning professional, closed with a 4-under-par 67 en route to a 12-under 272 victory total, one shot clear of his nearest competitor.
Pan is now just the second golfer from Taiwan to win a PGA Tour title, following Chen Tze-chung (T.C. Chen), who won the Los Angeles Open in 1987.
"I'm sure this will be, hopefully, big news, back home," Pan said. "The golf course I practice at, the people that have supported me in my golf career. I think this is great news for them back home. It will be a big celebration, hopefully."
Titleist Brand Ambassadors Patrick Cantlay [New 2019 Pro V1x golf ball, 917 D2 driver (9.5°), 915 F fairway metal (15°), 816 H2 hybrid (21°), 718 AP2 (4-PW) irons, Vokey Design SM5 sand (54.10 S Grind), SM6 sand (56.08 M Grind), SM7 lob (62.08 L Grind) wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS putter] and Scott Piercy [Pro V1, New TS4 driver (8.5°) , 718 AP2 (4) and 680 (5-PW) irons, Vokey Design SM6 gap (52.12 F Grind), sand (56.08 M Grind) and prototype lob (62.04 T Grind) wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo putter] were among three players tied for third place at 10-under par.
Cantlay switched the New Pro V1x at the WGC-Dell Match Play. In his first two stroke play events with the new golf ball, Cantlay tied for 9th at the Masters, where he closed with a 64-68 on the weekend, followed by a T-3 at this week’s RBC Heritage.
Piercy put the new Titleist TS4 driver in play for the first time in competition this week. According to Titleist Tour Representative Jim Curran, Piercy “loved the speed and spin reduction he was getting. He stayed in the 8.5° loft, but moved to a B2 SureFit setting that provided the preferred face angle and spin rate he was seeking.” Piercy led the field in Greens in Regulation for the week, hitting 51 of 72 for a 70.83 percent clip.
Pan topped a leaderboard on which 12 of the 15 players who finished among the top 10 and ties played a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x for his success.
Titleist was once again the most popular golf ball choice among players at the RBC Heritage, with 75% of players in the 132-man field (99 players) trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 11% (15 players) and more than all other competitor brand golf balls combined.
Titleist also topped the driver category, with 38 Titleist models in play. Of those Titleist drivers, 34 were TS models (TS2 - 12 | TS3 - 21 | TS4 - 1).
Titleist was also the #1 choice among players in fairway metals (tied 1st - 45), hybrids (21) and irons (41). Vokey Design Wedges also topped the approach, sand and lob wedge category with 185 Vokey models in play.
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Brooke Henderson | New 2019 Pro V1 - LOTTE Championship
Brooke Henderson (New 2019 Pro V1) closed with a steady round of 2-under-par 70 in windy conditions at Ko Olina on Oahu in Hawaii, en route to successfully defending her LOTTE Championship title.
Starting the final round tied at 14-under, Henderson’s 16-under 272 victory total was four shots clear of runner-up and fellow New 2019 Pro V1 player Eun Hee Ji. Ariya Jutanugarn (New 2019 Pro V1x) tied for 3rd place, another shot back.
The win is the first of the season for the 21-year old and the eighth of her LPGA Tour career. The eight victories ties her with Sandra Post, Mike Weir and George Knudson as the Canadians with the most LPGA or PGA Tour victories.
"It's really amazing to even be mentioned in the same sentence as Mike Weir, George, and Sandra,” Henderson said. “This week was really special. I always love coming to Hawaii. Last year was such an incredible week for me, to be able to hoist that trophy for the first time. To get the eighth career win on the LPGA Tour, is just surreal and really amazing."
The LOTTE Championship field included 118 Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x players — that’s 82% of the field or more than 4 of every 5 players — and nearly 15 times more than the nearest competitor with 8 (6%).
Henderson’s win marks the seventh for Titleist golf ball players through the first nine LPGA Tour events this season.
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Lanto Griffin| New 2019 Pro V1 - Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Championship
It was an all-Titleist playoff at the RTJ Golf Trail Championship where Lanto Griffin (New 2019 Pro V1) made a tap-in birdie on the fourth extra hole to edge fellow Brand Ambassador Robby Shelton [New Pro V1, TS driver (9.5°), 917 F3 fairway metal (15°), 818 H1 hybrid (19°), 718 CB (4-6) and MB (7-9) irons, Vokey Design SM7 pitching (46,12 F Grind), gap (50.12 F Grind), sand (56.08 M Grind) and lob (60.04 L Grind) wedges, Scotty Cameron T& M putter]
The victory vaulted Griffin to No. 9 in the Web.com Tour standings.
Griffin made a clutch 7-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force the playoff, denying Shelton a victory in his home state, and where he played three years at the University of Alabama.
The pair entered the playoff after finishing regulation at 15-under 273. They traded pars twice on the 18th hole and once on the ninth hole during the playoff before Griffin hit his approach on the 18th to 3 feet.
Griffin’s win marks the 7th for Titleist golf ball players through the first 8 events on the 2019 Web.com Tour season.
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 72% of the field (112 players) relying on a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than six times the nearest competitor with 11% (17 players).
Titleist was also the field favorite in drivers (50), fairway metals (60), hybrids (31), irons (57) and wedges (240).
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Let’s take a closer look at the equipment Lanto used in his victory in Alabama:
Golf Ball: New 2019 Pro V1
Driver: 917 D2 (10.5º)
Fairway Metal: TS3 (15º)
Irons: 718 T-MB (2), 718 AP2 (4-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 pitching (46.12 F Grind), gap (50.12 F Grind), sand (54.08 M Grind) and lob (60.06 K Grind)
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Scott McCarron | Pro V1 - Mitsubishi Electric Classic
Scott McCarron (Pro V1) completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. He closed with a 1-under par 72 en route to a 7-under 209 victory total, two shots clear of four players, including Kirk Triplett (New 2019 Pro V1 Yellow).
The win was the ninth of McCarron’s PGA TOUR Champions career. It was also the third time McCarron has won at TPC Sugarloaf. In addition to this week’s victory, he also won the PGA TOUR’s BellSouth Classic at the course in 1997 and 2001.
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls at the event with 74% of the field of 78 (58 players) relying on a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 13% (10 players).
The win was the 6th by a Titleist golf ball player through the first 7 events on the 2019 PGA TOUR Champions.
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TaeHoon Lee (New Pro V1x, Vokey Design SM6 48.08F, 56.10S and 60.10S wedges) captured the DB Insurance Promi Open to claim his second career KPGA Tour title. Lee closed with a 2-under-par 70 en route to a 14-under 274 victory total, one shot clear of Titleist Brand Ambassador JaeHo Kim [New Pro V1x, TS2 driver (8.5°), TS3 fairway metal (13.5°), 816H1 hybrid (17°), 718 CB (3, 5 PW) irons, Vokey Design SM7 gap (50.12 F Grind), SM5 TVD sand (56.10 K Grind) and lob (60.10 K Grind) wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter].
Lee topped a leaderboard that included 8 players who finished among the Top 10 relying upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 69% of the field (100 players) trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 18% (26 players).
Titleist was also the overwhelming top choice of more players across every tee-through-green equipment category in the field of 144, including drivers (62), fairway metals (71), hybrids (115), irons (63), wedges (221) and putters (67).
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Congratulations to all of #TeamTitleist!
Click here for a listing of all Titleist golf ball wins this season.