Titleist continues early-season tour success
28 Jan 2014
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The remarkable start for Titleist players on the PGA Tour continued this
weekend as Scott Stallings became the 8th player through the first 10
PGA Tour tournaments on the new 2013-14 wrap-around season to win
with a Titleist golf ball.
Stallings trusted his Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist clubs to emerge from
the field and capture the Farmers Insurance Open for his third career
PGA Tour title. With the win, Stallings also becomes the fourth Titleist
full product line brand ambassador to win in the young season, joining
Jimmy Walker (Frys.com Open, SONY Open in Hawaii), Webb Simpson
(Shriners Hospitals for Children Open) and Zach Johnson (Hyundai
Tournament of Champions).
In addition, Stallings was among 99 players in the 156-man field at
Torrey Pines who put their trust in Titleist golf balls, more than five
times the nearest competitor with 17. The same story was repeated
on the PGA European and LPGA tours this week, where the
overwhelming choice among players was the #1 ball in golf.
All told, a combined 257 players relied on Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls
across the worldwide professional tours this week, more than five times
the nearest competitor with 48.
To date, 1,569 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on
the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest
competitor with 272 and more than all competitors combined.
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PGA TOUR: At the Farmers Insurance Open, Titleist topped the field in
the golf ball (99), iron sets (42), sand, approach and lob wedges (166)
and putter (61) categories.
Stallings fired a final round 4-under par 68 on Sunday that included a
dramatic birdie on the final hole. On a day when finding fairways was a
challenge for the entire field, Stallings split the 527-yard 18th with his
drive, leaving 222 yards to the front of the green. As he explained in a
post-round interview, laying up never entered his mind.
"You don't get very many opportunities to win golf tournaments on this
tour," Stallings said. "I didn't necessarily understand the situation I was
in as far as the score, but I did know I had an opportunity. ... I was
playing to win."
Stallings blasted a new AP2 4-iron that cleared Devlin's Billabong, the
water hazard fronting the 18th green on the South Course at Torrey
Pines, leaving him two putts from 40 feet, which he converted for his
closing birdie. His 9-under par 279 total would stand up as the
remaining players finished, giving him a one-shot margin of victory over
five players, including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Marc Leishman
and Graham DeLaet.
What's in Scott Stalling's Bag?
Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: 913D2 (8.5º) driver w/Aldila Rogue X
Fairways: 913F (15º) fairway metal w/Aldila Rogue X
Irons: AP2 714 (4-P) irons w/KBS Tour shafts
Wedges: Vokey Design SM5 gap (50º), sand (54º) and lob (58º)
wedges w/KBS Tour shafts
Putter:Scotty Cameron Newport 2.6 putter
Statistically, Stallings led the Farmers Insurance Open field in Strokes
Gained – Putting at 2.794. He was followed by rookie and fellow Titleist
Brand Ambassador Justin Thomas at 2.509. Thomas finished T10 on the
leaderboard, his highest finish on the PGA TOUR.
In addition to finishing T2 on the leaderboard, Titleist Brand
Ambassador Graham DeLaet relied upon his Pro V1x golf ball and 913D3
(7.5º loft) driver to finish 2nd in Driving Distance (302 ypd).
Marc Leishman, another player who trusted Titleist equipment from tee-
through-green, tied for the lead among all players in Greens in
Regulation at 77.78% (56 of 72). DeLaet tied for 5th in the same
category (72.2%/52 of 72).