PGA TOUR | Palmetto Championship at Congaree
Competing in only his second-career PGA TOUR event, Titleist Brand Ambassador Garrick Higgo came from six shots back entering the final round to claim a one-shot victory at Congaree Golf Club, becoming the first player to win in one of his first two starts on the PGA TOUR since 1988.
- Higgo – playing a NEW Pro V1x golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment, including a TSi3 driver, TSi2 fairway, TSi3 hybrid, T100 irons, Vokey Design SM8 wedges and NEW Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 tour prototype putter – was the only player to shoot all four rounds in the 60’s (68-69-68-68), playing his final seven holes in 3 under to complete the Tour’s largest final-round comeback this season.
- The left-handed Higgo, who has now won three times worldwide in 2021 including a pair of wins on the European Tour, ranked fourth in greens in regulation at 75% (54/72), hitting 13% more than the field average.
- With the win, he is immediately eligible for membership on the PGA TOUR thru the 2022-23 season.
- Higgo, the first South African to win on the PGA TOUR at age 22 or younger since 1958, is also competing in the U.S. Open this week at Torrey Pines.
WHAT’S IN GARRICK HIGGO’S BAG?
Golf Ball: NEW Titleist Pro V1x
Higgo’s switch to the NEW Titleist Pro V1x golf ball earlier this season saw him gain distance off the tee with increased spin control into and around the green.
- The amount that the new X is helping me around the greens – it’s amazing,” he said. “But I’m gaining strokes in every part of my game.”
Driver: TSi3 9.0° | Fujikura Ventus 6 Blue 6 X
“It's a lot faster,” Higgo said. “I like the fact that you can change the (CG) weighting in the back of the head to whatever suits you. It’s the best driver Titleist has made. And you can see that with how many guys are playing it.”
Fairway Metals: TSi2 15.0° | Fujikura Ventus 7 Blue X
Hybrid: TSi3 18.0° | Fujikura Atmos HB Tour Spec Blue 8 X
Irons: T100 4-PW | True Temper Project X 6.5
Wedges: Vokey Design SM8 50.12F, 56.14F, 60.06K | True Temper Dynamic Gold S400
“Bunker play was something that I struggled with, but with the K grind, I feel like with the wider soul, when you open the face, you’ve got more balance and you can play it off tight lies in the bunker.”
Putter: NEW Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 tour prototype
Higgo switched to the NEW Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 putter from a competitive model at the European Tour’s Austrian Open in mid-April, one week before his victory at the Gran Canaria Open.
- He finished first in Strokes Gained: Putting (+2.62) that week while averaging 1.54 putts per green in regulation.
- Two weeks later at the Canary Islands Championship, Higgo finished fourth in the same category (+1.95) while only needing 1.47 putts per green in regulation.
- At Congaree, Higgo ranked third in Strokes Gained: Putting for the final round, having improved in that category in each round.
- He gained 3.77 shots on the field (15th) while averaging 1.69 putts per green in regulation.
- “It’s just giving me a lot of confidence that I can just choose my lines and I’m starting them on line,” he said.
LPGA | LPGA Mediheal Championship
Rookie Matilda Castren, playing a NEW Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, became the first player from Finland to win on the LPGA Tour, posting a closing 7-under 65 that included a front-nine 30 to claim the two-shot victory.
- Castren made only one bogey over her final 47 holes of the tournament, while hitting 77% (56 of 72) greens in regulation, including 16 of 18 Sunday.
- The win comes in just the 15th LPGA start for Castren, 26, who played her college golf at Florida State.
- Titleist golf ball players have now won 12 of the first 13 LPGA Tour events to start 2021.
- The winner of the LPGA Mediheal Championship played a full bag of Titleist equipment, including TSi2 9.0° driver, TSi2 15.0° and 18.0° fairways, TS3 21.0° hybrid, T100 (4-PW) irons, Vokey Design SM8 (52° & 58°) wedges and a Scotty Cameron Squareback 1.5 tour prototype putter.
KORN FERRY TOUR | BMW Charity Pro-Am
Playing a NEW Pro V1 golf ball, Mito Pereira lifted his second-consecutive trophy on the Korn Ferry Tour and third overall for the 2020-21 season, earning him an automatic promotion to the PGA TOUR.
- Pereira – who hit 85% (61/72) of greens in regulation (T-4) and was third in scrambling at 91% – posted four rounds of 66 or better at the Thornblade Club to finish at 27 under and win by four shots.
- Pereira, the 12th player in Korn Ferry Tour history and first since 2016 to earn a three-victory promotion to the PGA TOUR, won last week’s REX Hospital Open in a playoff.
- His back-to-back wins immediately followed back-to-back victories by Titleist Brand Ambassador Cameron Young, who also played NEW Pro V1.
- Titleist was the top choice of players in golf ball, drivers, fairways, hybrids, utility irons, irons, wedges and putters, sweeping every major equipment category.
EUROPEAN TOUR | Scandanavian Mixed
Jonathan Caldwell played a NEW Pro V1x golf ball in claiming his maiden European Tour victory, closing with an 8-under 64 that included a remarkable approach from the rough on the 72nd hole for a tap-in birdie.
- Alice Hewson, playing a Pro V1 golf ball, was the top female finisher in the historic event featuring both men and women playing the same golf course for the same purse and trophy.
- Hewson posted four rounds in the 60’s, finishing two shots back.
- Adrian Oteagui (Pro V1x) finished runner-up, one shot back, as Titleist golf players finished 1-2-3.
- Caldwell’s victory followed Marcus Armitage’s win last week at the Porsche European Open playing NEW Pro V1x, as Titleist golf ball players have now won the last five events and 11 of the 14 events played this season.
KOREAN TOUR | SK telecom OPEN 2021
Titleist Brand Ambassador JooHyung Kim claimed his second KPGA tour title, closing in 3-under 68 for a three-shot victory.
- Kim – playing a NEW Pro V1x golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment – topped a leaderboard that featured Titleist golf ball players in 14 of the top 15 positions.
- Titleist was the top choice in golf balls (106/76%), drivers (68/45%), fairway metals (72/42%), irons (69/46%), wedges (277/67%) and putters (68/45%), sweeping every major equipment category at the event.
WHAT’S IN JOOHYUNG KIM’S BAG?
Golf Ball: NEW Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: TSi3 9.0°
Fairway Metal: TSi2 15.0°
Hybrid: TS3 21.0°
Irons: T100 4-PW
Wedges: Vokey Design SM8 52.12F, 56.10S, 60.06K
Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 tour prototype
CHINA TOUR | Wuhan Classic
Titleist Brand Ambassador Xuewen Lou chipped his NEW Pro V1x golf ball in from 15 yards for birdie on the 72nd hole to claim a one-shot victory and his first China Tour title.
- Lou posted a final-round 69, holding off runner-up and fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Shun Yat Hak, who closed in 9-under 63.
- Every player in the Top 10 on the final leaderboard played a Titleist golf ball.
- All six events played this season on the China Tour have been won by a NEW Pro V1x golf ball player.
WHAT’S IN XUEWEN LOU’S BAG?
Golf Ball: NEW Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: TSi3 9.0° driver
Fairway Metal: TSi3 13.5°
Utility Irons: U•510 (2)
Irons: 718 AP2 (3) and T100 (4-PW)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM8 50° & 58°