Fort Worth, United States: Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth has claimed his eighth career PGA Tour title and his first professional win in his native Texas.
“This day is a moment that’ll go down, no matter what happens in the next 30 years of my career. This will be one of the most important days that I’ve ever had,” said Spieth after firing a closing five-under-par 65 to cap off a three-shot win at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.
Spieth, who opened the final round with nine straight pars, birdied six of his last nine holes at Colonial Country Club, including the final three, for a back-nine 30.
“Had some close calls even here in the past,” Spieth said of his play in Texas leading up to this year’s tournament. “Last year, actually was a stroke out of a play-off. Pretty close in San Antonio and in a play-off in Houston. Fort Worth was the first one.
“This is a very special place. This tournament gave me a champion’s exemption back in 2013 when I was searching for exemptions. They gave it to me before I even had status, so I actually owe a lot to this event, and it’s very special to me.”
Spieth finished with a 17-under-par 263 total, three shots clear of the runner-up (Pro V1x) and four ahead of fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (Pro V1) and Titleist golf ball loyalist and Colonial member Ryan Palmer (Pro V1x), who tied for third.
In fact, Spieth topped a leaderboard that included the top five finishers trusting their success to Titleist golf balls, as well as 10 of the 12 players who finished among the top 10 and ties.
Just two events remain until the US Open at Oakmont Country Club and Spieth is optimistic as he looks to defend the title he earned last year at Chambers Bay.
“Things seemed to be kind of back on track,” Spieth said. “In contention three of the last four events, and that’s the way we’ve tried to keep on looking at it. It’s always nice to see those kind of putts and even chips go in when they really matter on the back nine Sunday and that’s going to serve me well heading into this US Open.”
BY THE NUMBERS
Trusting his Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist equipment from tee-through-green, Spieth finished 14th in Driving Distance (299.8), tied 17th in GIR (70.8%) and fourth in Putts Per GIR (1.647).
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 82 players in the field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, more than six times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist was also the top choice among players in the hybrids category (22) as well as the irons category with 37 sets in play.
Vokey Design Wedges also topped the approach, sand and lob wedge (150) category and Scotty Cameron putters were the top choice among players with 46 putters in play.
The win was the 16th on the PGA Tour for Titleist golf ball players, four times the nearest competitor with four.
In addition to owning more golf ball victories than all other competitors combined, Titleist players have also accumulated more wins in the driver (eight), irons (eight), wedge and putter (12) categories than any other golf brand.
Titleist is part of the Acushnet company, a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.