THREE-WIN WEEK FOR TITLEIST GOLF BALL PLAYERS ACROSS WORLDWIDE TOURSVictories by Kjeldsen, Fergus and Edfors Advance 2009 Pro V1 Win Count to 35
March 30, 2009 - Victories by Titleist golf ball loyalists Soren Kjeldsen, Keith Fergus and Johan Edfors on the PGA European, Champions and Asian Tours, respectively, advance the 2009 Pro V1 win count to 35, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 9.
EUROPEAN TOUR: Søren Kjeldsen played the Pro V1 en route to a final round even-par 72 under wet, cold and windy conditions to win the Open de Andalucia for his third career European Tour victory. Kjeldsen's 14-under 274 total was three strokes better than David Drysdale (Pro V1x), but their final round battle was much closer than the final margin indicates. The two were tied for the lead until the 71st hole, where a two-shot swing was the difference. The runner-up finish was Drysdale's best career showing on the European Tour. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Open de Andalucia with 100 players (64%), compared to 29 for the nearest competitor.
Kjeldsen, who set the course record on Saturday at Real Club de Golf de Sevilla with a career-low 10-under 62, heads to Augusta for his Masters Tournament debut at his highest ever position in the Official World Golf Rankings – No. 42.
CHAMPIONS TOUR:Following four consecutive birdies beginning at the 12th hole on the final nine, Pro V1 loyalist Keith Fergus holed out for eagle on the par-4 17th, capping a 5-under 67 that earned him a victory at The Cap Cana Championship. It marked the second career Champions Tour title for Fergus, and his first since winning the 2007 Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach.
Fergus carded a 13-under 203 total, one shot clear of Titleist Brand Ambassador Mark O'Meara (New 2009 Pro V1, 909D3 driver, 909F3 fairway metal, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron 303 GSS putter), who closed with a final round 4-under 68, and Andy Bean (Pro V1) who fired a final round 7-under 65. Rounding out the Titleist 1-2-3-4 finish was Joey Sindelar (New 2009 Pro V1), who closed with a 5-under 67 to finish solo fourth.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Cap Cana Championship with 54 players (69%), compared to 11 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also first in iron sets (20) and wedges (48). Of the 10 players who finished tied for ninth place or better at the Cap Cana Championship, seven trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.
ASIAN TOUR: Johan Edfors won the inaugural 2009 Black Mountain Masters held at Black Mountain GC in Thailand. Relying upon the Pro V1x golf ball, Edfors fired a final round 68 to finish at 17-under 271, two shots better than two players, including Chris Rodgers (New 2009 Pro V1x). Edfors was atop the leaderboard wire-to-wire, posting birdies on the 70th and 72nd holes for the victory, and securing his first win since 2006. Titleist Brand Ambassador Gaganjeet Bhullar (New 2009 Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 909F2 3-wood, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design pitching wedge, Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) closed with a course-record setting 63 to jump from 38th position into the top 5. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 116 players (74%), compared to 17 for the nearest competitor. Nine of the 14 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties trusted Titleist for their success.
PGA TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson (Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 909F2 fairway metals, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design pitching wedge, Vokey Design sand wedge, Spin Milled lob wedge) shot a 1-under 69 for a 2-under 278 total and a solo third place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Four players tied for fourth at 1-under 279, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney (Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 909 F2 fairway metal, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design pitching wedge, and Spin Milled sand wedge and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport Tour putter), Pat Perez (New 2009 Pro V1x), John Senden (New 2009 Pro V1) and Scott Verplank (Pro V1).
Of the ten players who tied for eighth or better at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, eight trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with 78 players (65%), compared to 16 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also first in iron sets (31), wedges (101) and putters (47), and second in drivers (29) and fairway metals (55).
LPGA TOUR: Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Phoenix LPGA Invitational with 101 players (70%), compared to 32 for the nearest competitor. Third-round leader Jiyai Shin (New 2009 Pro V1x), closed with a 70 to finish solo second, followed by first and second round leader In-Kyung Kim (New 2009 Pro V1), who also shot a final round 70 to finish solo third, three strokes back.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: New 2009 Pro V1x player Brian Vranesh finished regulation at 10-under 274 and finished runner-up following a playoff at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open. Vranesh closed with a 5-under 66, including a final nine 31 to force the extra hole. A group of six players missed the playoff by one shot, including Chris Anderson (New 2009 Pro V1x), Geoffrey Sisk (New 2009 Pro V1x), Jonas Blixt (Pro V1x), Matthew Borchert (Pro V1x) and Panama Open champion Vance Veazey (Pro V1x).
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open with 87 players (60%), compared to 22 for the nearest competitor. Six of the top eight finishers relied upon Titleist for their success. Titleist was also first in wedges (115) and putters (54), and second in drivers (24) and iron sets (30).
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