Titleist Brand Ambassador Justin Thomas returned to No. 1 in the world following his win at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Thomas fired a final round 5-under 65 en route to a 13-under 267 victory total. He became the first player to claim three titles on the 2019-20 PGA TOUR season (Sentry Tournament of Champions, CJ Cup) and the third-youngest player on the PGA TOUR to reach 13 career victories.
Thomas finished three shots clear of four players, three of whom place their trust in Titleist golf balls without an agreement.
Seeking tighter dispersion in his TS3 (15.0) 3-wood, Thomas worked with Titleist Director of Player Promotions J.J. VanWezenbeeck to transition from the Tensei Blue CK 80 to Tensei Blue AV Raw 85 shaft this week.
What’s in Justin Thomas’ Winning Titleist Bag?
Pro V1x golf ball, TS3 (9.5°) driver w/Mitsubishi Diamana ZF60 TX, TS3 (15.0°) fairway metal w/Mitsubishi Tensei Blue AV Raw 85, 915Fd (18.0°) fairway metal w/Fujikura Motore VC9.2-X, T100 4-iron w/TT Dynamic Gold X100, 620 MB (5-9) w/TT Dynamic Gold X100, Vokey Design SM7 pitching (46.10F), gap (52.12F) and, SM8 sand (57.14F) and lob (60.04T) wedges w/TT Dynamic Gold S400* (PW/X100), Scotty Cameron X5 putter
WGC Equipment Counts
Over five times as many players relied upon Titleist golf balls at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational as compared to the nearest competitor — Titleist: 55 (71%), Nearest Competitor: 10 (13%); Titleist was also the top choice in hybrids (9/36%), utility irons (14/39%), irons (17/22%) and wedges (92/42%).
Richy Werenski closed out his first career PGA TOUR win in style, carding a dramatic birdie on the final hole to capture the Barracuda Championship by one point over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Troy Merritt (Pro V1x, TS2 driver, TS3 fairway metal, TS3 hybrid, 718 T-MB/620 CB irons, Vokey Design SM8 pitching, gap, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo Knucklehead putter).
Werenski started the final round seven (7) points behind Merritt, the overnight leader, in the only PGA TOUR event that utilizes a modified Stableford scoring system. Having lost in a playoff at this event three years ago, Werenski rallied over the final three holes with a pitch in eagle worth five (5) points on No. 16 to draw within one, setting up the winning two points on No. 18 for a total of 39 to Merritt’s 38.
With this win and his T3 finish last week at the 3M Open last week while playing in the final pairing, Werenski gained the final spot in this week’s PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park, the first major championship of the year. Merritt secured an invitation to the U.S. Open via the top two finishers not otherwise exempt earning spots at Winged Foot.
Werenski topped a leaderboard on which each of the six players who finished among the Top 5 and ties relied upon Titleist for their success. Following Werenski and Merritt on the first page were Fabian Gomez (Pro V1x, TS3 driver, 718 T-MB/AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Tour Rat 2 putter) and Matthias Schwab (Pro V1x) — who shared third place with 37 points — Scott Stallings (Pro V1x, TS3 driver, TS3/917F2 fairway metals, U500/T100 irons, Vokey Design TVD wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS putter) and Robert Streb (Pro V1x, TS2 driver, TS3 fairway metal, TS3 hybrid, 718 T-MB/620 CB irons, Vokey Design SM8 pitching, gap, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo Knucklehead putter), who tied for fifth with 35 points.
What’s in Rich Werenski’s Winning Titleist Bag?
Pro V1x, TS4 (10.5°) driver, TS3 (15.0°) fairway metal, 818 H2 (17.0°) hybrid, T100 (3-5) and 620 MB (6-9) irons, Vokey Design SM8 pitching (46°), sand (54°) and lob (60°) wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS putter.
Barracuda Championship Equipment Counts
Titleist led the golf ball count with 123 (79%) in play, over ELEVEN (11) more times the nearest competitor with 11. Titleist was also the field favorite in drivers (40/26%), hybrids (29/40%), utility irons (37/49%), irons (52/33%), wedges (246/56%) and putters (54/35%).
Sam Horsfield (Pro V1x) claimed his maiden European Tour title with a one-shot win at the Hero Open. The 23-year-old advances to the top of the UK Swing Rankings, from which the top ten players at the conclusion of the ISPS Handa Wales Open will earn exemptions to the U.S. Open next month. Horsfield birdied the par-5 17th hole to take the lead and then parred the last en route to a final round 4-under par 68 and 18-under 270 victory total.
Danielle Kang closed with a 2-under 70 and held on for a one-shot victory over fellow Pro V1x player Celine Boutier in the LPGA Drive On Championship, the first LPGA Tour event since February. Kang finished with a 7-under par 209 victory total under rapidly changing conditions throughout the weekend. The pair was tied going into the final round when Kang took for the lead for good on the 15th hole. The win was the fourth of Kang’s LPGA Tour career.
Fast Fact: Kang has won in each of her last four seasons, starting with the Women’s PGA Championship in 2017.
In addition to the Pro V1x, the champion also relied upon TS3 (13.5, 18.0) fairway metals, 716 CB (4-9) irons, Vokey Design SM7 pitching (46), gap (50), sand (54) and lob (58) wedges, and a Scotty Cameron 009 putter for her success. This event was her first LPGA competition since Jan. 23 in Florida.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players (110) accounted for 83 percent of the 132-player field. This was a one-time event for the LPGA, although it was contested at Inverness, site of next year’s Solheim Cup. The LPGA Tour stays in northeast Ohio next week for the Marathon Classic.
Seth Reeves (Pro V1) fired a Sunday-best 7-under 64, erasing an eight-stroke deficit to capture his first Korn Ferry Tour title at the Pinnacle Bank Championship. He finished the week with an 11-under par 273 victory total, one shot clear of five players. Reeves, who teed off more than two hours before the final group, birdied Nos. 10 and 11, recorded an eagle on the par-5 15th, and finally birdied No. 18 to take the clubhouse lead. Reeves opened the week with a 74, but birdies on three of his final four holes Friday allowed him to make the cut on the number.
TITLEIST SWEEPS EQUIPMENT COUNTS ON KORN FERRY TOUR
In 2019, TITLEIST swept five equipment counts on the Korn Ferry Tour – this week it accomplished the feat again at the Pinnacle Bank Championship. From golf balls to drivers, fairway metals and hybrids, to utility irons, iron sets and wedges, to putters, more players relied upon TITLEIST equipment than any other brand across every category.
GOLF BALLS – TITLEIST (108/69%), Nearest Competitor (19/12%)
DRIVERS – TITLEIST (50/32%), Nearest Competitor (34/22%)
FAIRWAY METALS – TITLEIST (64/34%), Nearest Competitor (50/27%)
UTILITY IRONS – TITLEIST (45/51%), Nearest Competitor (18/20%)
HYBRIDS – TITLEIST (22/39%), Nearest Competitor (10/18%)
IRONS – TITLEIST (65/42%), Nearest Competitor (23/15%)
WEDGES – TITLEIST (244/54%), Nearest Competitor (52/12%)
PUTTERS – TITLEIST (57/37%), Nearest Competitor (52/33%)
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
The winner (Pro V1x), while making his PGA TOUR Champions debut after turning 50 years old during the shutdown, closed with a 4-under 68 to win the Ally Challenge. He became the first player since 2014 to win in his first start, posting a 14-under par 202 victory total.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Brett Quigley, who won the inaugural Morocco Champions earlier this year for his first career win, tied for 2nd, two shots back.
The champion also relied upon a TS3 (9.5) driver, TS2 (18.0) fairway metal, and Vokey Design SM7 gap (50), as well as SM8 sand (56) and lob (60) wedges for his success.