San Antonio, United States: “Those are the putts you have to make to win golf tournaments.” So said Titleist Brand Ambassador Charley Hoffman after making a putt for birdie on the 72nd hole to claim a one-shot victory at the Valero Texas Open.
“It was about a cup outside left,” Hoffman said, describing the nine-foot putt. “I knew if I made birdie I had a good chance to win. I said to myself: ‘Let’s finish this here, let’s not play anymore’. I hit a good putt.”
Hoffman came into San Antonio having contended in a number of events this season, but he hadn’t been able to close out on Sunday. He ended that trend at Valero, closing with a three-under-par 69 en route to a 12-under 276 victory total.
The win marks his fourth on the PGA Tour and, as the 39-year-old veteran noted, the most difficult of his career.
“This was probably my hardest one. I haven’t been able to take that lead or get near the lead and sustain it. And not doing it hurts. It’s been tough. To be able to go through that period in the last month and a half and close the door like I did, it’s a very good, gratifying feeling. It’s nice to be able to put Kapalua back on the calendar.”
Titleist golf ball loyalist Chad Collins (Pro V1) finished alone in third place, two shots back.
BY THE NUMBERS
Hoffman ranked tied fourth in driving distance at the Valero Texas Open, averaging 300.5 yards off the tee.
He also ranked fourth in at Strokes Gained Putting (5.879). He hit 68% of greens in regulation and ranked tied eighth in Sand Saves (71%), his biggest up-and-down coming at the 18th, with the bunker shot that led to his winning birdie putt.
A total of 101 players in the field trusted a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success at the Valero Texas Open, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist was also the top choice among players in the hybrids category (32) as well as the irons category with 38 sets in play.
Vokey Design Wedges also topped the approach, sand and lob wedge (185) category.
The win was the 13th for players who rely upon Titleist golf balls on the 2015-16 PGA Tour, more than three times the nearest competitor with four.
In addition to leading the PGA Tour in golf ball wins, Titleist has also been the top choice among winners in the driver (seven), irons (seven), wedge and putter (11) categories this season.
*Titleist is part of the Acushnet company, a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
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