Golf News for Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | Products

Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalists capture top spots at Masters

FAIRHAVEN, Mass. -- Major championship golf requires great confidence under pressure and an uncompromising expectation of exceptional distance and precision control from your golf ball. Bubba Watson flourished once again on golf's grandest stage, securing his second Green Jacket in three years, this time by three shots instead of a dramatic playoff, over fellow Pro V1x loyalists and Masters rookies Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt, who finished in a tie for second. The win also marks Watson's second of the year (Northern Trust Open) and the sixth of his PGA TOUR career. Trust, consistency and control on every shot at the game's toughest tests. It's why the overwhelming majority of the world's best players choose Titleist for their success.

MASTERS NOTES: Watson closed with a 3-under 69 en route to an 8-under par 280 victory total …Rickie Fowler (Pro V1x) finished T5 for his best career Masters finish, while Lee Westwood (Pro V1x) placed solo 7th, as Titleist golf ball loyalists occupied five of the top seven positions on the leaderboard … Watson, who became the 17th player to win the Masters more than once, had his second Green Jacket presented to him by last year's champion, Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott … The victory vaulted Watson into a career-best No. 4 in the world, just behind Scott (No. 2) and fellow Titleist golf ball loyalist Henrik Stenson (No. 3) … Jordan Spieth continued his meteoric rise up the World Golf Ranking, entering the Top 10 for the first time at No. 9 … Blixt became just the second player in history to shoot four consecutive rounds under par (70-71-71-71) in his first Masters Tournament, and the first since 1979 … Blixt and Titleist Brand Ambassador Spieth (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, 913Hd hybrid, AP2 714 irons, Vokey Design SM5 pitching, gap, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron 009 putter) were just the fifth and sixth first-time participants to shoot under par for their first three rounds … Spieth shot even par in the final round … Spieth led all players in the Greens in Regulation (73.6%) category, converting on 53 of 72 opportunities while trusting his Pro V1x and Titleist equipment from tee-through-green … Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker will be back at the Masters next year after finishing T8 in his first appearance … Titleist was the top golf ball choice of 51 players in the limited-field event, more than three times the nearest competitor with 15 … Titleist also topped the field in iron sets (21), wedges (82) and putters (29/tie) … Watson's win marks the 15th for Titleist players through the first 22 events on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season, five times the nearest competitor with 3.

WORLDWIDE TOURS: Additional wins this week by Titleist golf ball loyalists on the Web.com (Carlos Ortiz) and South African (Jbe Kruger) tours advanced Titleist's year-to-date victory count to 41, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 7.

WEB.COM/Mexico Championship: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Carlos Ortiz won the El Bosque Mexico Championship for his second victory on the young Web.com Tour season … The 22-year-old, who captured the Panama Claro Championship last month, closed with a 4-under 68 en route to a two-shot victory over Titleist Brand Ambassador Justin Thomas (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 913H hybrid, MB 714 irons, Vokey Design SM5 gap, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Fastback Plus putter) … Ortiz posted a 13-under 275 victory total and advanced from second to the top of the 2014 Web.com money list, already earning well over the amount needed to earn a PGA Tour card next season as a top-25 finisher … He would earn an immediate PGA Tour promotion with another victory … Ortiz on winning in his home country: "It's an honor to win here in Mexico. It makes everyone so happy around here. I don't have the words, it just feels great. I just stay patient, trust my game plan, and just let it flow. I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing and see if I can get that third win." … Titleist was the top golf ball choice of 94 players (65%) in the field of 144, over five times the nearest competitor with 18 … The winner also relied upon a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Fastback Plus putter for his success.

SOUTH AFRICA/Zimbabwe Open: Titleist Brand Ambassador Jbe Kruger (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, AP2 714 irons, Vokey Design SM5 wedges) posted a one shot, wire-to-wire victory at the Zimbabwe Open to register his third career Sunshine Tour title … Kruger started the final round five shots behind the overnight leader and closed with a 6-under par 66 en route to an 18-under par 270 victory total … Titleist golf ball loyalist (Pro V1x) Haydn Porteous claimed solo third place, two shots behind Kruger, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Jean Hugo (Pro V1x) finished solo fifth place, four shots back … Titleist was the top golf ball choice of 115 players (74%) in the field of 156, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 31.