Titleist Tour Report: 06.23.24

PGA TOUR | Travelers Championship 

Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1x
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Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1x

Leading a 1-2-3-4 finish for Titleist golf ball players, the winner of the Travelers Championship earned victory No. 6 of the season playing his Pro V1 golf ball. The champion closed in 5-under 65 Sunday, before winning on the first hole of a playoff with Titleist Brand Ambassador Tom Kim (Pro V1x).


It’s the fifth straight victory on the PGA TOUR for Titleist golf ball players, with seven of the top-eight finishers at TPC River Highlands gaming a Pro V1 or Pro V1x. In total, Titleist golf ball players have now won 21 times this season. 


The champion – who leads the PGA TOUR in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green, SG: Approach, Greens in Regulation and is fifth in Scrambling – hit 89 percent GIR, including his final approaches to 18 in both regulation and the playoff. 


The winner also had three Vokey wedges in his winning setup (Vokey Design SM8 50.12F, 56.14F, SM9 WedgeWorks 60T wedges), going a perfect four-for-four in Scrambling on his bogey-free Sunday while playing his final six holes in 3 under. 


He has used a Pro V1 golf ball and three Vokey wedges to win each of his 12 PGA TOUR titles. 


GT DRIVER ADOPTION CONTINUES; 6 OF TOP-12 GAME GT DRIVERS AT TRAVELERS; KIM, YOUNG, HARMAN HAVE BEST DRIVING ROUNDS OF ‘24 

The NEW Titleist GT drivers made their PGA TOUR debut three weeks ago at the Memorial Tournament, where 13 players made the immediate switch to the new GT2, GT3 and GT4 models at the 73-player Signature Event. The following week at the U.S. Open, 19 players had a GT driver in the bag. 


The rapid adoption continued this week at the Travelers, as four more players made the move to GT drivers, including reigning Open champion Brian Harman, Lee Hodges, this season’s Mexico Open winner and the World’s 54th-ranked player . Of the 71-player field, there were 30 Titleist drivers (42%), more than any other competitor – and 18 of them were GT2, GT3 or GT4 models: 


  • Playing his NEW GT2 10.0 driver, Brian Harman finished the week second in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee, gaining more than five shots on the field (+5.086) while recording his two best driving rounds of the year – on Sunday (+1.888) and Friday (+1.610). 
  • Tom Kim, who made the immediate move to his NEW GT3 9.0 driver at the Memorial, also had his best driving round of the year Sunday at Travelers. Facing off against the World No. 1 in the final group, Kim gained a season-best 1.897 strokes off the tee while hitting a season-best 13 fairways (92.86%), posting a back-nine 31 to make the playoff. 
  • On Saturday, Cameron Young became the 12th player in PGA TOUR history to shoot a sub-60 round – and he did so with his best Strokes Gained: Driving round of the season (+2.552) playing his NEW GT3 9.0 driver. Since putting GT3 in play at Memorial, Young has seen an increase in ball speed with improved spin numbers, according to J.J. Van Wezenbeeck, Titleist Director of Player Promotions. Since Memorial, Young has also adjusted his SureFit settings, moving from D•1 (-.75* loft, Std lie) and T•1 (Fade) at Memorial to A•1 (Standard) and Neutral this week in Hartford. The adjustment helped stabilize his flight and dial in the right spin and launch directions, Van Wezenbeeck said. 
  • The World’s 54th-ranked player, who made the move to a NEW GT2 this week from a competitive model, also had his best driving round of the year Sunday, with 1.704 strokes gained off the tee. 

GT DRIVERS LAUNCH ON DP WORLD TOUR

  • GT drivers also launched this week on the DP World Tour at the KLM Open. Titleist was the most played driver at the event, with 60 in play (39%) compared to 43 for the nearest competitor. Twenty-eight players made the immediate move to a GT model, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Marcus Kinhult, who put a GT3 9.0 driver in the bag before finishing T2 in a sudden-death playoff.   


14 VOKEY WEDGES AMONG TRAVELERS TOP 4 

Ten of the top-12 finishers on the final leaderboard at TPC River Highlands played at least one Vokey wedge, including each of the top four, who all gamed a full set of Vokeys: 


1. Champion: Vokey Design SM8 50.12F, 56.14F, SM9 WedgeWorks 60T wedges 

2. Tom Kim: NEW Vokey Design SM10 46.10F, 50.12F, 54.12D, WedgeWorks 60L wedges 

T3. Tom Hoge: NEW Vokey Design SM10 46.10F, 52.08F, 56.08M, 60.04T wedges 

T3. Sungjae Im: Vokey Design SM9 48.10F, 54.14F, SM7 60.04L wedges 


Finishing T5 was the 2023 Mexico Open champion, who gamed his NEW SM10 60.04T lob wedge while gaining over four shots (+4.016, 2nd) on the field around the greens.  


Five of the last six PGA TOUR events have been won by a player gaming at least one Vokey wedge. 


CAMERON YOUNG SHOOTS 59 

Titleist Brand Ambassador Cameron Young made history on Saturday, shooting just the 13th ever sub-60 round on the PGA TOUR. Young, playing a Pro V1 Left Dot golf ball and 14 Titleist clubs, including his NEW GT3 driver and GT2 fairway, began the day with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 1 and 2. On the par-4 3rd, he jarred a wedge from 142 yards in the fairway. He went on to make five more birdies and another eagle to close out a bogey-free 11-under third round.  


Young gained 2.55 strokes off the tee (1st) and another 2.57 from his approach play (2nd) for the day, while going a perfect 3-for-3 in scrambling. He also ranked eighth in putting (+2.23) and needed just 1.4 putts per GIR (1st) with his NEW Scotty Cameron Phantom 5.5 tour prototype putter.  


WITB | Cameron Young 

Titleist Pro V1 Left Dot golf ball  

NEW GT3 9.0 driver | Mitsubishi Tensei 1K White 70 TX  

NEW GT2 13.5 fairway | Mitsubishi Tensei 1K White 80 TX  

T200 3-4 irons | Mitsubishi MMT Utility Iron 105 TX (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 (4)  

T100 5-iron | True Temper Dynamic Gold X7   

631.CY Prototype 6-9 irons | True Temper Dynamic Gold X7  

NEW Vokey Design SM10 48.10F, 52.12F, WedgeWorks 58.06K, WedgeWorks 60.06K (@62) wedges | True Temper Dynamic Gold X7  

NEW Scotty Cameron Phantom 5.5 tour prototype putter 



LPGA | KPMG Women’s PGA Championship 

Playing a Pro V1x golf ball, Amy Yang earned her place in major championship history with a three-shot victory at Sahalee Country Club. Yang shot rounds of 70-68-71-72 around the demanding and exacting setup, posting a four-round total of 7 under to win by three shots. Major champions Lilia Vu (Pro V1x) and Jin Young Ko (Pro V1) were among those tied for second at 4 under. The win marks Yang’s sixth LPGA victory, including the CME Group Tour Championship to end last season. 


WHY AMY YANG PLAYS PRO V1x 

Amy Yang has played Pro V1x for several generations, preferring the higher spin and peak height she gets with X versus Pro V1. According to Jeff Beyers of Titleist Golf Ball R&D, Pro V1x helps optimize her numbers throughout the bag, affording her the confidence to execute on firm, difficult setups, like this week at Sahalee. 


WORLD NO. 7 SWITCHES TO GT3 DRIVER, FINISHES T2 

The 7th-ranked player in the Rolex Rankings (entering the week) made the move to the NEW GT3 10.0 driver from a competitive brand on her way to a T2 finish, her best result of 2024 to date. The two-time major champion was one of four players to switch to a GT driver the week of the KPMG, which presented a daunting test off the tee this year with Sahalee Country Club’s narrow fairways and corridors.  


 

ASIAN TOUR / KPGA | Kolon the 66th Korea Open 

Titleist Brand Ambassador Minkyu Kim shot a final round 5-under 66 to win by three, capturing his second Korea Open title in three years. Kim, who gamed a Pro V1x golf ball, TSR2 driver and fariway, 620 CB irons and NEW Vokey SM10 wedges, earned a tee time at Royal Troon for next month’s Open Championship with his finish. Younghan Song (Pro V1) also earned a spot in the field from this week’s event. 


WITB | Minkyu Kim: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball; TSR2 9.0 driver; TSR2 15.0 fairway; TSi2 18.0 hybrid; T100 4-iron, 620 CB 5-P irons; Vokey Design SM10 50.08F, 54.10S, WedgeWorks 60.06K wedges 

 


PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS | Dick’s Open 

Padraig Harrington (Pro V1) closed in 4-under 68 to earn his eighth career PGA TOUR Champions title and third win in as many years at the DICK’s Open. Harrington made four birdies and an eagle on Sunday, finishing 54 holes at 15 under, which was good for a one-shot win. For the week, Harrington hit 47 of 54 (87%) of his greens in regulation, ranking him second in the field. 


PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS WINNER WINS WITH TSR DRIVER 

The three-time winner of the DICK’s Open won for the seventh time gaming his TSR3 9.0 driver, a mainstay in his bag since July 2022. This week, he ranked fourth in driving distance. 




PGA TOUR AMERICAS | The Beachlands Victoria Open  

Playing a Pro V1 golf ball, the winner of the Beachlands Victoria Open posted 21 under over four rounds, good for a one-shot victory in just his second career PGA TOUR-sanctioned start. The champion, who also had a TSR3 driver, blended set of T-Series and 620 MB irons, three NEW Vokey SM10 wedges and a Scotty Cameron Newport putter in his winning setup, hit 73% of his fairways (2nd) and 82% of his greens (T7) in regulation for the week. 


WITB | Victoria Open Champion: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball; TSR3 9.0 driver; T200 3-iron, T100 4-5 irons, 620 MB 6-P irons; NEW Vokey Design SM10 50.12F, 54.10S, 60.04T or 60.08M wedges; Scotty Cameron Newport Super Select putter 



LET | Tipsport Czech Ladies Open 

Marta Martin (Pro V1x) shot a final round 63, capping off a three-round total of 17 under and securing a four-shot win. She made 10 birdies on Sunday, including a stretch of seven straight from holes 5-11, en route to claiming her maiden LET title. 


Martin led a 1-7 finish for Titleist golf ball players. 



KLPGA | Hankyung Ladies Cup 

Hyunkyung Park (Pro V1) made birdie on the fourth hole of an all-Titleist playoff, earning her second victory of the season and sixth career KLPGA title. Park’s 12 under total for the week matched that of Ina Yoon (Pro V1) and Jiyoung Park’s (Pro V1).   


KLPGA CHAMPION WINS WITH VOKEY WEDGES 

The winner of the Hankyung Ladies Cup gamed NEW Vokey Design SM10 52.08F and 58.10S wedges.  



AMATEUR | The Amateur Championship 

Jacob Scov Olesen sealed his victory at Ballyliffin with a 4-and-3 win in the 36-hole, all-Pro V1 championship match. With the win, he earned a spot in the field at next month’s Open Championship as well as an exemption into the 2025 U.S. Open and a likely invitation to the 2025 Masters. Olesen, who played a Pro V1 golf ball, TSR2 driver, T100 irons and four Vokey wedges, made history by becoming the first Danish Golfer to win The Amateur since its inception in 1885. It was also the winner’s first start at The Amateur in his career. 


WITB | Jacob Scov Olesen: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball; TSR2 9.0 driver; TSR2+ 13.0 fairway; T200 3-iron, T100 4-9 irons; NEW Vokey Design SM10 46.10F, 50.12F, SM9 56.08M, 60.04L wedges 


Titleist was the overwhelming #1 ball at The Amateur, with 247 players out of the 288-player field (86%) choosing the performance of a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball.  

 

Titleist also swept the equipment counts, leading in every major equipment category: drivers (137, 47%), fairways (97, 38%), hybrids (12, 35%), utilities (116, 51%), irons 125 (43%), wedges (584, 51%), putters (100, 35%). 



AMATEUR | Northeast Amateur 

The winner of the Northeast Amateur began the final round five shots back of the lead before closing in 7-under 62 to force a playoff – and then claim the trophy. The champion played a Pro V1 golf ball along with a TSR3 driver, TSR2 fairway, T100•S irons and three Vokey wedges.  


WITB | Northeast Amateur Champion: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball; TSR3 9.0 driver; TSR2 18.0 fairway; T100•S 4-A irons; Vokey Design SM9 52, 56, 60 wedges 


For the week at Wannamoisett Country Club, Titleist was the overwhelming #1 ball, with 82 percent of the field playing a Pro V1 or Pro V1x model. By week's end, each of the top-11 finishers played a Titleist. 


Titleist was also the most played brand in each major equipment category. Over half the field used a Titleist driver (50, 52%), Titleist irons (49, 51%) and Vokey wedges (157, 55%). There were 36 Scotty Cameron putters in play (38%), double the nearest competitor. 

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