Fairhaven, United States: Trailing by four shots with six holes to play, Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth (Pro V1x) rallied to win his second John Deere Classic in three years, this time with a par on the second hole of a sudden-death play-off with fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Tom Gillis (Pro V1).
Spieth took a two-shot lead into the finale following a 10-under-par 61 on Saturday that was his lowest single round score on Tour to date.
Spieth earned his play-off opportunity with three back nine birdies en route to a final round 68 for a 20-under 264 total that matched Gillis. Gillis fired a scorching final round seven-under 64 to vault to the top of the leaderboard prior to Spieth’s closing heroics.
“It’s really cool,” Spieth said after the win. “What an incredible week … and to be able to shoot 20-under in three rounds [he posted an even-par 71 in the first round] is obviously nice momentum.”
Gillis’ runner-up performance earned him an invite to this week’s British Open.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson (Pro V1x) finished in a two-way tie for third, one shot out of the play-off, while Justin Thomas (Pro V1x) finished in a three-way tie for fifth after firing an opening 63.
The win marked the fifth of Spieth’s PGA Tour career, in addition to the victories he earned at the Australian Open and Hero World Challenge last fall that sparked his current victory roll.
Titleist golf balls have been played to win 22 times on the 2014-15 PGA Tour, more than four times the nearest competitor (five).
Titleist golf balls were the top choice of more players at the event with 100, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18.
Titleist, a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation, was also the top choice in the irons (36) and wedge (156) categories.
Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Rickie Fowler secured his first career European Tour victory at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open after birdieing three of his final four holes en route to a closing two-under-par 68 and 12-under 268 victory total, one shot clear of two players.
“Coming over early and having a chance to play in Scotland against a great field the week before The Open, getting adjusted and seeing where the game is and seeing how it feels on a links golf course, it definitely does a lot for me heading into next week,” said Fowler.
“I’m really looking forward to St. Andrews this coming week, coming off of this win and how my game feels.”
Titleist golf balls have been played to win 12 times on the 2014-15 European Tour, more than twice the nearest competitor (five).
Titleist golf balls were the top choice of more players with 96, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 25.
Elsewhere, Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Jerry Smith closed with a two-under 70 to win the Encompass Championship for his first career Champions Tour title.
Smith set a tournament record by finishing at 16-under 200, three shots clear of runner-up David Frost (Pro V1). Coming down the stretch, Frost narrowed the margin to one before Smith holed out for a dramatic eagle from a bunker on the par-five 16th hole.
The win marks the second worldwide professional Tour victory for Smith, whose first win came on the Asian Tour, at the 1998 Guam Open.
Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Martin Piller closed with a four-under 67 to win the Albertsons Boise Open for his fourth career Web.com Tour crown.
Piller set a new tournament scoring record with his 28-under 256 victory total, six shots clear of his nearest competitor.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyung-Tae Kim came from behind to secure his second win of the season and the seventh title of his JGTO career.
Kim posted a final round five-under 66 at the inaugural Musee Platinum Open en route to a 20-under 264 victory total.
Kim finished one shot clear of three players, including Brad Kennedy (Pro V1x) and Cho Min-gyu (Pro V1).
Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Pan Cheng-tsung rounded out the weekend of success with his come-from-behind victory at The Players Cup on the MacKenzie Tour-Canada.
In just his fourth professional start, the former University of Washington standout charged back from a three-shot deficit, firing a final-round five-under 66. He finished at 15-under 269, edging Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Karlsson by two shots.
Pan made his professional debut this year’s US Open, where he finished T64. He also played the following week at the Travelers Championship and finished T25.