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Steve Stricker leads three-win opening weekend for Titleist
January 11, 2012

TitleistSteve Stricker closed out his 12th PGA Tour win to lead home an all-Titleist golf ball top eight at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, with Titleist also being the leading choice across every major equipment category.

Every player at the PGA Tour’s season-opening Tournament of Champions had tasted victory in 2011, so it took a special performance to lift the 'Champion of Champions' title. Titleist Brand Ambassador Stricker fired four consecutive rounds in the 60’s, including a scintillating 10-under par 63 in the second round, to post a 23-under par total. A finishing 4-under par 69 saw Stricker claim victory by three shots from fellow Pro V1x player Martin Laird in second, with a further six Titleist ball players rounding out the leading eight.

Steve Stricker

Stricker's other Titleist equipment included the 909D3 driver, 906F2 fairway, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons and Vokey Design sand and lob wedges. He qualified for the Tournament of Champions having recorded two victories in 2011, The Memorial and the John Deere Classic, and his win at Kapalua, Hawaii, was a remarkable eighth PGA Tour title in his last 50 starts.

Joining Stricker and Laird towards the top of the leaderboard were Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (Pro V1x) and Titleist golf ball loyalist Jonathan Byrd (Pro V1x), who tied for third on 19-under par and helped lead Titleist golf balls to a clean sweep of the top eight positions. Titleist was also the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 23 of the 27 man field playing the Pro V1 franchise. Titleist was also the top choice across every major equipment category including drivers, fairway metals, hybrids, irons, sand, lob and approach wedges, and putters.

Joining Stricker in the winner’s circle this season-opening weekend was another Pro V1x loyalist in Louis Oosthuizen, who successfully defended his Africa Open title on the European Tour, closing with a final round 6-under par 67. Oosthuizen posted a 27-under par total, edging countryman and fellow Pro V1 loyalist Tjaart Van der Walt by two shots. Titleist was also the golf ball of choice in South Africa with 156 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 21.

On the Australasian Tour, Titleist golf ball loyalists filled each of the top three positions at the Victoria Open, where Scott Arnold (Pro V1) recorded his first professional victory. Arnold closed with a 3-under par 68 to finish one shot clear of fellow Titleist golf ball loyalist Kurt Barnes (Pro V1) and five clear of third place finisher Mike Hendry (Pro V1). Titleist was also the golf ball of choice in Australia with 110 players, compared to 20 for the nearest competitor.


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