Fairhaven, MA (October 20, 2008) – Carrying on the legacy of his famous golfing family, Marc Turnesa earned his first career PGA Tour victory at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Marc trusted the Pro V1x golf ball and a bag of Titleist equipment to secure a wire-to-wire, one shot win. Marc’s performance continues the momentum young Titleist Brand Ambassadors have enjoyed this season, including last week’s winner Zach Johnson, as well as fellow first-time champions Johnson Wagner, Ryuji Imada, Chez Reavie and Parker McLachlin.
Turnesa’s win was one of six by Titleist golf ball players across the worldwide professional tours this week, extending its year-to-date win count to 150, five times more than the nearest competitor with 30.
TITLEIST HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 19, 2008
PGA TOUR: Marc Turnesa posted a 25-under 263 to win his first PGA TOUR title at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Turnesa opened with a 10-under 62 and closed with a 4-under 68 en route to four consecutive rounds in the 60s and a one-shot victory. Three players tied for third, including Pro V1x loyalists Michael Allen and John Mallinger.
What’s in Marc Turnesa’s Titleist Bag?: Pro V1x golf ball, new 909D2 driver* (9.5), 906F2 3-wood (13.0), ZM irons (4-P), Vokey Design sand wedge (54), Spin Milled lob wedge (60), new Scotty Cameron Fastback putter*.
* - New Titleist 909 drivers available in November. Scotty Cameron Fastback putters shipping now.
- Turnesa topped a leaderboard that included eight Titleist golf ball players among the top 10 finishers, including fellow Brand Ambassadors Davis Love III (T6/Pro V1x, 909D3 driver, 906F3 3- and 5-woods, 680 irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport putter) and Tom Pernice, Jr. (T8/Pro V1x, 909D3 driver, 909F2 3-wood, 909H hybrids, AP2 irons, Vokey design pitching wedge, Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Futura putter).
- Statistically, Turnesa was 4th in Putts Per Greens in Regulation (1.610) and T5 in Putts Per Round (27.5) playing the new Scotty Cameron Fastback putter. He was also T11 in Greens in Regulation (81.9%) and averaged 303.1 yards per drive with his new Titleist 909D2 driver. Turnesa's win marks the fourth with a new 909D2 driver since seeding began on the PGA Tour over the last three months. He joins Zach Johnson (last week's Valero Texas Open), Parker McLachlin (Reno-Tahoe) and Chez Reavie (Canadian Open) in the winners’ circle since putting it in play.
- Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 90 players, compared to 16 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also the top choice in iron sets (36), wedges (128) and putters (55). Turnesa's win marks the 27th for Titleist golf ball players on the 2008 PGA TOUR, more than twice the nearest competitor with 11.