FAIRHAVEN, Mass. -- Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson left no doubt as to whom the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open champion would be, closing with a 5-under par 66 en route to matching the 72-hole scoring record with a 24-under 260 victory total. Simpson took a lead he would never relinquish following a 64-63 start, stretching a four stroke cushion entering the final round to win by six shots. The victory marks the fourth PGA TOUR title of Simpson's career, and his first since the 2012 U.S. Open.
Simpson led a group of eight Titleist golf ball loyalists who won on their respective tours around the world this week. From Las Vegas to Perth, and South Korea to South Africa, Titleist proved once again, that for players seeking to be their best, there's only one performance choice: Titleist.
TITLEIST HIGHLIGHTS FROM WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 20, 2013
PGA TOUR: Simpson becomes the second consecutive Titleist Brand Ambassador to win through the first two events on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season … Last week, Jimmy Walker captured the 2013-14 season-opening Frys.com Open … Simpson earns his third consecutive invite to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions with the win … This event marked the 13th anniversary of the tour introduction of the Pro V1 golf ball … Forty-seven players switched to the new Pro V1 at the Invensys Classic in Las Vegas, with the winner firing five consecutive rounds in the 60's, culminating with a victory on October 15, 2000.
What's in Webb's Bag?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver (10.5), 913F fairway metal (15), 913Fd fairway metal (18), 913Hd hybrid (20), 680 irons (4-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48), sand (54) and lob (58) wedges … Jason Bohn tied for 2nd in Las Vegas, while fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Charley Hoffman finished another shot back in solo 4th … Chesson Hadley (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 712U 3-iron, MB irons, Vokey Design SM5 wedges) finished in a four-way tie for 5th with fellow Pro V1x loyalists Luke Guthrie and Charles Howell III … Titleist accounted for 94 players (71%) in the field of 132, more than seven times the nearest competitor (12) … Eight of the 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success … Titleist was also the top choice in iron sets (41/31%), wedges (141/44%) and putters (47/36%).
EUROPEAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Jin Jeong won the ISPS Handa Perth International with a par on the first hole of a sudden death playoff … It marked the first career European Tour title for Jeong … The 23- year old Korean started the day one shot behind the overnight leader and closed with a 3-under par 69 to match the clubhouse target … Both players finished regulation at 10-under 278 … The event was co-sanctioned by the European and Australasian Tours … Dimi Papadatos (Pro V1x, 913F fairway metals, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) was among three players tied for 3rd place, two shots back … What's in Jin Jeong's Bag?: Pro V1 golf ball, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metals, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges) … Titleist was the top golf ball choice with 107 players (74%) in the field of 144, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15.
LPGA: Titleist golf ball loyalist Amy Yang (Pro V1, Scotty Cameron GoLo putter) converted a 15-foot putt for birdie on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to capture the KEB HanaBank Championship for her first career LPGA Tour crown … The South Korean posted a 9-under 207 total to force the extra hole … Three players finished one shot out of the playoff, including Pro V1 loyalist Sei-Young Kim … Quoting Yang: "I have been waiting for this championship for a long time, and I'm really happy get it in my home country. I think still I can't believe it." … Titleist was the top golf ball choice with 45 players (58%), more than five times the nearest competitor with 8.
CHAMPIONS: Longtime Titleist golf ball loyalist Michael Allen (Pro V1x) birdied the first hole of a sudden death playoff to win the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn for his fourth career Champions Tour title … Allen closed with a 5-under 65, also birdieing the par-5 18th in regulation to match the clubhouse leader at 13-under 197 ... Second-round leader Bernhard Langer (Pro V1) closed with a 69 to finish 3rd at 11-under … Titleist was the top golf ball choice for 63 (78%) players in the field of 81, more than 12 times the nearest competitor with 5 … Ten of the 13 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
ONEASIA: Last week's winner and Titleist golf ball loyalist SungHoon Kang (Pro V1x) won the Kolon Korea Open after HyungTae Kim (ProV1x) was penalized two shots as he appeared en route to victory … Kim was on the 17th tee with a two shot lead when he was informed that he and his playing partner both grounded a club in a hazard … Kim finished with a 3-under 281 total for a five-way share of second place, one shot behind Kang … Titleist Brand Ambassador J.K. Mo was among the five players that posted runner-up finishes … In addition to relying upon the Pro V1x for his success, the champion carried Vokey Design SM4 gap (52) and lob (58) wedges and a Scotty Cameron Timeless GSS putter … Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 75 players, more than five times the nearest competitor (14) … The event was co-sanctioned with the Korea PGA Tour.
SOUTH AFRICA: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Ulrich Van Den Berg carded a final round 5-under par 67 en route to a winning total of 15-under par 201 at the BMG Classic … The win marks Van Den Berg's 7th career Sunshine Tour title … Fellow Pro V1x loyalist Hennie Otto shared second place, five shots behind Van Den Berg … Titleist was the top choice in golf balls in the field of 156, with 131 (84%) players teeing up a Pro V1 or Pro V1x.
ASIAN: Titleist golf ball loyalist Scott Hend captured the Venetian Macau Open by three shots, closing with a final-round 67 for a 16-under par total of 268 … It was Hend's third win on the Asian Tour this year … Titleist was the top choice in golf balls in the field of 144, with 93 (65%) players teeing up a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21.