23 year-old Thomas Pieters picks up his second win of the year
Just two weeks after winning his first career European Tour title, 23-year-old Titleist golf ball loyalist Thomas Pieters (Pro V1x) captured his second, edging Titleist Brand Ambassador Lee Slattery (Pro V1x) and Titleist golf ball loyalist Eduardo De La Riva (Pro V1x) by one shot at the KLM Open.
Pieters, who won the Czech Masters last month, fired a final round 5-under-par 65 en route to a 19-under-par 261 victory total, while De La Riva moved up the leaderboard with a closing 63.
Slattery, the joint overnight leader, was trying to win back-to-back tournaments after capturing the M2M Russian Open last Sunday.
Titleist golf ball loyalist Fabrizio Zanotti (Pro V1), who also posted a final round 63, finished another shot back, as the top four finishers all relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist golf balls were the top choice of more players in the field of 156 with 110, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 19.
Pieters’ win marks the 18th by Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2014-15 European Tour, more than double the nearest competitor with 7 and more than all other golf balls combined.
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HUGO CHARGES TO SECOND VICTORY OF THE SEASON
It was an impressive Sunday charge for Titleist Brand Ambassador Jean Hugo (Pro V1x) as he posted an 8-under-par 64, which included a front nine 31, to overcome a two-shot deficit to win the Vodacom Origins Vaal de Grace with a 21-under-par 195 victory total.
Hugo’s fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Zander Lombard (Pro V1x) finished solo third at 18-under par, while last week's champion Michael Hollick (Pro V1x) placed solo fourth.
This marks the second win of the season for Hugo and the 17th of his career. He also entered the winner's circle at this year’s Vodacom Origins - San Lameer event.
WHAT’S IN JEAN HUGO'S BAGGolf Ball: Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 915D3Fairway: Titleist 915FIrons: Titleist MB 716 prototypeWedges: Vokey Design SM5 52ºVokey Design SM5 56ºVokey Design SM5 60º
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 122 with 95 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18.
The win was the 9th for Titleist players on the South African Sunshine Tour this season, three times the nearest competitor with 3.
CELIA CAPTURES MAIDEN VICTORY IN ECUADOR
Titleist golf ball loyalist Ricardo Celia (Pro V1x) posted a final round 2-under-par 69 en route to a 9-under-par 275 victory total at the Ecuador Open.
Celia finished three shots clear of two players, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Ian Davis, who trusted a Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist club equipment for his success.
The win marks the first Latino America Tour title for Celia.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 144 with 114 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 16.
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LEE SECURES FIRST KOREAN TOUR TITLE IN CONVINCING FASHION
Titleist golf ball loyalist KyungHoon Lee (Pro V1x) fired a final round 5-under-par 66 en route to a 13-under-par 271 victory total at the Kolon Korea Open, an event co-sanctioned by the ONEAsia Tour.
The win, the first of his career, vaulted Lee to the top of the KPGA Tour money list.
Titleist golf ball loyalist MinWhee Kim (Pro V1) matched Lee’s closing 66 to finish in solo second place, four shots back.
Titleist Brand Ambassador DongMin Lee (Pro V1x) shared third position with JeungHun Wang (Pro V1x), another three shots behind.
Ten of the 13 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including each of the top six.
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 113 players in the field of 144, more than ten times the nearest competitor with 11.
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TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS:
In total, 17,999 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with 3,008 and more than all competitors combined.
With these latest wins, Titleist’s 2015 victory count advances to 121. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 27 and more than all competitors combined.