Fairhaven, MA (February 27, 2012) – Match play often requires unique strategies and choices. At the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship the golf ball of choice was unmistakable – Titleist. In an all-Pro V1x final four, Hunter Mahan topped Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy to capture his second World Golf Championship title, while Mark Wilson edged Lee Westwood in the 3rd place match.
Additional victories at the PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Classic, the HSBC Women’s Champions and Telcom PGA Championship, continue the great start to the 2012 season. Titleist golf ball loyalists have won 23 events year-to-date, compared to three for the nearest competitor. Continued proof, that when it matters most, more of the world’s best rely on the unmatched performance of Titleist.
WGC: Mahan topped McIlroy in the championship match 2 and 1 after defeating Wilson (2 and 1) in the semifinal. Mahan never trailed in the championship match en route to the fourth victory of his career. He won the Bridgestone Invitational in 2010. Mahan advanced to No. 9 in the world with the victory, the first time in his career he has been in the top 10.
McIlroy beat Westwood (3 and 1) in his semifinal match. Wilson edged Westwood 1-up in the 3rd place match.
In addition to all four Sunday participants relying upon the Pro V1x golf ball for their success, Rory McIlroy also carried a complete bag of Titleist golf clubs, including the 910D2 (8.5) driver, 906F2 (13, 18) fairway metals, MB (3-9) irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching (46), sand (54), and lob (60) wedges and Scotty Cameron GSS Newport prototype putter.
PGA: The Mayakoba Classic winner relied upon the Pro V1 golf ball for his success. The 21-year old parred the eighth hole of a sudden death playoff for his first PGA TOUR victory in just his fifth career start. In fact, the champion parred all eight holes in a playoff that matched the second-longest in PGA Tour history. The Pro V1 loyalist closed with an 8-under 65 en route to a 13-under 271 total to reach the playoff.
LPGA: Angela Stanford (Pro V1) emerged from a four-way, all-Titleist golf ball playoff to capture the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore. Stanford sank a three-foot par putt on the third playoff hole to top Jenny Shin (Pro V1). Shanshan Feng (Pro V1x) and Na Yeon Choi (Pro V1x) had been eliminated on the first and second holes of the playoff, respectively. The victory was Stanford’s fifth on the LPGA Tour. The foursome finished regulation at 10-under 278.
Last week’s winner and World No. 1 Yani Tseng (Pro V1x) came in solo 5th, one shot out of the playoff, as Titleist golf ball players occupied the top five positions on the leaderboard.
SOUTH AFRICAN: Titleist golf ball loyalist Keith Horne (Pro V1x) captured the Telkom PGA Championship by three shots following a final round 3-under par 69 and 19-under, 269 victory total. The win was the fifth of Horne’s Sunshine Tour career. Fellow Titleist golf ball loyalists Alex Haindl (Pro V1x) and Darren Fichardt (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges) were among three players who tied for 2nd place.