PGA TOUR | Valspar Championship
Taylor Moore, gaming his NEW Pro V1 golf ball, earned the first PGA TOUR title of his career Sunday after carding a final nine 32 to claim the one-shot victory.
- Moore began the day two shots off the pace and made five birdies (including two on Nos. 15 & 16) during his final-round 67 – the only round in the 60’s among the final 13 groups of the day on the difficult Copperhead Course at Innisbrook.
- The 29-year-old was in total control of his golf ball all week, ranking 2nd in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (+8.812), T2 in Greens in Regulation (69%) and 5th in Scrambling (77%).
- His 4.463 strokes gained tee to green during Round 4 was Sunday’s best.
- Moore made 16 birdies over the four rounds and played the extremely difficult “Snake Pit” – the three-hole stretch comprised of the 462-yard par-4 16th, the 219-yard par-3 17th, and the 442-yard par-4 18th – 1 under and bogey-free for the week.
- Eighty percent of the field teed up a Pro V1 or Pro V1x model, including 12 of the top 15 players on Sunday’s final leader board.
MOORE WINS WITH NEW PRO V1
- Taylor Moore made the move to NEW Pro V1 to begin the year, putting the new model in play in his first start of 2023 at The American Express.
- A high-spin player, Moore finished last year playing Pro V1 Left Dot, but had been looking for a little more height to provide him extra stopping power into the tour’s firm, fast greens.
- During his testing with NEW Pro V1 over the offseason, Moore was able to achieve that higher trajectory while still controlling his spin in the long game.
- “I want it to perform on my stock shot. I play a little bit of a right to left ball. I want to see the proper window on the irons going on the green, as well as driver,” Moore said of his golf ball testing process. “Because if I’m driving the ball well, then I feel like I'm going to play well week in and week out. And so I just want to see that proper window, that proper shape, and if it does that, and checks the box in the wind as well, then I’m going to put it in play.”
- One of Moore’s most consequential shots this week in Tampa came on No. 17 during Sunday’s final round.
- Coming off two consecutive birdies that got him to his eventual winning total of 10 under, Moore found himself in the bunker on the par-3 17th, 30 yards to the hole.
- Moore struck the long bunker shot perfectly, his 2023 Pro V1 spinning and releasing to within 20 inches of the hole, setting up a stress-free par on the 71st hole.
- “I think around the greens mostly, just when we get in trouble, and we’re trying to grind out a par, I just know that I can rely on this golf ball to get some spin around the greens,” said Moore on the consistency of his Titleist golf ball. “If I’m in trouble, I can get out, and I know it’s going to help me make that par save.”
- Sunday marked Moore’s first trip to the winner’s circle since the 2021 Memorial Health Championship, a late-season Korn Ferry Tour victory that wrapped up his PGA TOUR card.
- “On 18, I think I had a one or two shot lead on 18, but hard hole, it’s like 475, wind off the left, water right, back right pin,” Moore recalled of his final hole that Sunday. “So as a drawer, some would say maybe a little bit uncomfortable for me, but I had 190-ish to this back right pin, wind off the left, and was able to just hit my stock draw. Held up nicely on the wind, and hit it to 12 feet, and was able to two putt and seal the deal, and got my first win, which ultimately got me out here on tour…”
- “Tee to green… it’s been the best ball for me and my game since I was 15, 16 years old, and it’s been the same.”
DP WORLD TOUR | SDC Championship
Matthew Baldwin (Pro V1x) earned his first career DP World Tour victory in runaway fashion, besting the field by seven shots.
- The Englishman posted 18 under after rounds of 65-68 on the weekend and made five birdies on Sunday to pull away from the chasing pack.
- For the three rounds of recorded stats, Baldwin led the field in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (+2.89 per round).
- He exhibited total control of his golf ball through the blustery conditions at St. Francis Links, also leading the field in fairways hit (86%) and finishing fourth in Greens in Regulation (78%).
- "I'm not 100 percent sure what's just happened,” said Baldwin after the final putt dropped. “It's been a tough few years, so obviously to get the win means absolutely everything… I can't process it right now but it just means the world to me… It's been windy all week, it's that sort of golf course. Fortunately for me I've grown up playing in Southport at Hesketh and Royal Birkdale, so I'm pretty good in the wind and it's worked out a treat for me.”
- Eighteen of the top 22 finishers on the final leader board at St. Francis Links teed up a Pro V1 or Pro V1x model for the week.
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR | Aramco Team Series Singapore
Playing NEW Pro V1x, Pauline Roussin-Bouchard posted a final round 64 and 15-under total in Singapore to earn her second career LET victory.
- The 22-year-old, who also plays a TSR3 driver and fairway among her Titleist setup, made eight birdies on Saturday’s final round on her to way to a four-shot victory at Laguna National Resort Club.
- Titleist Brand Ambassador Danielle Kang finished solo second, while world No. 1 Lydia Ko (NEW Pro V1x) claimed third place, making it a 1-2-3 sweep for Titleist.
What’s In The Bag? | Pauline Roussin-Bouchard
Golf Ball: NEW Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: TSR3 10.0°
Fairway Metals: TSR3 16.5° and TSi2 21.0°
Irons: T200 4 and 620 CB 5-9
Wedges: Vokey Design SM8 48.10F, 52.08F, 56.10S, 60.10S
PGA TOUR AUSTRALASIA | Play Today NSW Open
David Micheluzzi (Pro V1) closed out his third victory of the season on PGA Tour Australasia, clinching the Order of Merit in the process.
- Micheluzzi began the day five shots off the pace and turned in a final round 65 to win by two shots at 20 under.
- Previously having won the WA PGA Championship and TPS Sydney events this season, the 26-year-old became the first three-time winner on Tour since 2005.
- Along with his Order of Merit honors, Micheluzzi also locked up a spot in the 151st Open Championship this July at Royal Liverpool.
PGA TOUR LATINOAMÉRICA| Termas de Rio Hondo Invitational
Jake McCrory, playing NEW Pro V1x, made birdie on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to earn a victory in his PGA TOUR Latinoamérica debut.
- McCrory posted a steady final round 70 to reach 19 under for the week and force extra holes.
- “I hit a really good putt (on 18 in regulation), which actually helped me in the playoff because I pretty much had the same line, just on the opposite side of the hole. It went in the second time,” he told PGATOUR.com.
AMATEUR | Sage Valley Jr Invitational
Titleist players swept the titles at the Sage Valley Junior Invitational, one of junior golf’s biggest events, with both champions trusting a Pro V1x golf ball, TSR metalwoods , Titleist irons and Vokey Design SM9 wedges among their Titleist setups:
- Anna Davis, gaming her Pro V1x golf ball, TSR2 driver and full bag of Titleist equipment, shot a final round 70 to complete the wire-to-wire victory at Sage Valley Golf Club.
- The 17-year-old amateur finished the tournament at 7 under and won by two shots after chipping in for birdie on No. 17 and walking in a long putt on the last.
- “I went into the week wanting to win, thinking I was going to win,” said Davis after the final round. “I’ve always had high expectations for myself.”
- Davis will return to Augusta National in two weeks’ time looking to defend her title at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.
- Catch up with golfer Anna Davis, winner of the 2022 Augusta National Women's Amateur, at a Titleist commercial shoot to hear more about her monumental win at Augusta, the story behind her trusted 620 MB irons, and more.
What’s In The Bag? | Anna Davis
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: TSR2 11.0°
Fairway Metal: TSR2 15.0°
Hybrid: TS2 23.0°
Irons: 620 MB 4-PW
Wedges: Vokey Design SM9 50.12F, 54.10S, 58.10S
Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Type Buttonback
- The winner of the boys’ division trusted a Titleist setup that included his NEW Pro V1x golf ball, TSR3 driver, T100 irons and Vokey SM9 wedges to a runaway 10-shot victory.
- He shot rounds of 65-70-68 in posting 13 under and the tournament’s record margin of victory. The champion, who won the British Amateur last summer, will also be heading to Augusta in April, as his victory at Royal Lytham & St Annes in June earned him an invite to the 2023 Masters Tournament.
What’s In The Bag? | 2023 Sage Valley Jr Invitational Boys’ Champion
Golf Ball: NEW Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: TSR3 9.0°
Fairway Metal: TSR3 15.0°
Utility Iron: T200 (Utility Build) 3
Irons: T100 4-PW
Wedges: Vokey Design SM9 50.08F, 54.10S, 58.04L or WedgeWorks 58T