New Orleans, United States: Titleist golf ball loyalist Brian Stuard (Pro V1x) outlasted inclement weather and two play-off rivals to win his first career PGA Tour title at the rain-shortened Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
The event was reduced to 54 holes due to heavy rain throughout the week which made the saturated golf course unplayable at times.
Stuard, who didn’t bogey a hole all week, closed with a three-under-par 69 that included a birdie on the final hole to earn a spot in the extra action. Stuard and two of his fellow competitors, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben An (Pro V1x), each finished regulation play with three-round totals of 15-under 201.
After An was eliminated with a bogey on the first extra hole, Stuard secured the victory with a birdie at the next.
Following the win, the 34-year-old was asked what he was most proud of in securing the maiden win. “Just the way I hung in there,” Stuard responded. “My short game was awesome this week and my putting was awesome.”
Stuard won the tournament on the greens at TPC Louisiana, outperforming the field by 8.547 strokes in the Strokes Gained-Putting statistic. Within 10 feet, the Michigan native was perfect, sinking 44 of 44 putts within that range.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Bobby Wyatt (Pro V1), who was seeking his first professional victory, finished solo fourth, one shot out of the play-off.
Titleist golf ball loyalist Chris Kirk (PRo V1x), was among three players who tied for fifth place.
A total of 103 players in the field trusted a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, more than six times the nearest competitor with 17 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 39 sets in play.
Vokey Design Wedges also topped the approach, sand and lob wedge (195) category and Scotty Cameron putters were the top choice among players with 60 putters in play.
*Titleist is part of the Acushnet company, a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.