Richest prize in golf among Titleist's six-win weekend November 1, 2011
For the sixth consecutive week the Titleist Pro V1 ball was at the top of the PGA Tour leaderboard as Brand Ambassador Bo Van Pelt claimed his first win of the 2011 PGA Tour season at the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic. Van Pelt fired five birdies in his final eight holes to record his fourth consecutive round in the 60’s and edge Pro V1x loyalist Jeff Overton into second place. Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy joined Van Pelt in the winner’s circle this weekend, winning the Shanghai Masters to claim golf’s richest winning prize of $2million. There were also wins on the Nationwide, South African, Japan and Australasian Tours as players around the world continued to bolster Titleist’s worldwide golf ball win count for 2011, which now stands at 158, compared to 23 for the nearest competitor.
Van Pelt trusted a host of Titleist equipment on his way to sealing an emphatic six shot win, including the Pro V1 golf ball, 909D2 driver, 910Fd fairway, 910H hybrid, MB and CB irons and Vokey Design SM4 gap, sand and lob wedges. Van Pelt’s 23-under par total shattered the tournament scoring record which had been set by fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane when he won the inaugural event in 2010. As well as being the choice of the top two finishers in Malaysia, Titleist Brand Ambassador Cameron Tringale (Pro V1x) trusted a full bag of Titleist equipment to finish in a three-way tie for 4th that also included Pro V1x loyalist Mark Wilson. In the co-sanctioned event between the PGA and Asian Tours, Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 28 players, compared to 6 for the nearest competitor. The performance and precision of Titleist golf club products also saw the brand top the count for drivers, iron sets, sand, lob and approach wedges and putters respectively.
In China, Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy trusted Titleist from tee-to-green to add the 2011 Shanghai Masters to his U.S. Open title. McIlroy’s winning equipment included the Pro V1x golf ball, 910D2 driver, 906F2 fairways, 712 MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching, sand and lob wedges and Scotty Cameron putter. McIlroy posted an 18-under par total at the invitation-only event, eventually claiming victory at the first extra hole. Titleist Brand Ambassador Seung-yul Noh (Pro V1x) and Titleist golf ball loyalist Hunter Mahan (Pro V1x) finished in a tie for 3rd as seven of the top eleven finishers put their trust in the #1 Ball in Golf.
Elsewhere, on the Nationwide Tour, Pro V1 loyalist Ken Duke secured his second win of the 2011 season at the Nationwide Tour Championship. The win put Duke into the all-important Top-25 on the end of season money list, seeing him claim his 2012 PGA Tour card alongside 10 other Titleist golf ball loyalists and 4 Titleist Brand Ambassadors who also finish the season inside the Top-25. On the South African Tour, James Kamte (Pro V1x) won his fourth career Sunshine Tour victory at the BMG Classic, coming through a sudden death play-off. On the Japan Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Koichiro Kawano also came through a play-off to win his first JGTO title at the Mynavi ABC Championship. Titleist’s winning weekend around the world was completed by Pro V1x loyalist Rohan Blizzard who captured the Western Australian Open ahead of an all-Titleist golf ball top-7.