Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: At the second event of the new 2016-17 PGA Tour wrap-around season, a total of 50 players in the 78-player CIMB Classic field trusted a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success.
That was more than six times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all competitors combined.
At the TPC Kuala Lumpur, Titleist was also the field favourite in iron sets (tied first with 17) while Vokey Design Wedges topped the approach, sand and lob wedge (77) category.
Titleist is part of the Acushnet company, a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Starting the final day four shots behind the overnight leader, Titleist Brand Ambassador Justin Thomas (Pro V1x) knew he had to post a low number if he was going to defend his title. And with his sights set on climbing to the top of the leaderboard once again, he went out and put on impressive charge closing with an eight-under-par 64 en route to a 23-under 265 victory total.
“It was a fun day,” said Thomas after the win. For Thomas, the fun also started toward the end of his third round where he birdied five consecutive holes to put him within striking distance.
“It [the win] couldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for my finish [in the third round],” added Thomas. “That was huge for me and put me in a good position to have a chance to win. I definitely owe a lot of it to that.”
He posted 13 birdies in his final 23 holes and carded a total of 29 for the week.
“I feel like I’m playing well,” Thomas said. “I’m in pretty good form right now. I just was six, seven holes away from winning the Safeway Open, as well. I just need to continue to build on this momentum and try to use this as kind of a springboard to the start of the year.”
The win marked the second top-10 finish in the first two events of the season for Thomas who finished tied eighth at the previous week’s Safeway Open. It also marked the first successful title defence on the PGA Tour since the 2014-2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Summing up his week at TPC Kuala Lumpur – a Golf Course Facility member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation – Thomas said: “It’s great to win again here. It’s obviously a place I’m very comfortable with and I think a lot of that is because of just everything that goes on here. This is by far my favourite place that we go to out of the country. It’s definitely worth the 24 or 25-hour travel day.”
WHAT’S IN JUSTIN THOMAS’S BAG
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: 917D3 (9.5°)
Fairways: 917F3 (15°)
Irons: 712U (2) and 716 MB (4-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM6 pitching (46°), gap (52°), sand (56°) and lob (60°)
Putter: Scotty Cameron X5