California, United States: Relying on the New Pro V1 golf ball, Titleist golf ball loyalist Ryu So-yeon birdied the 18th hole at Mission Hills Golf Club to force a sudden-death play-off at the ANA Inspiration.
She then holed a five-foot putt for birdie on the first play-off hole to earn her second career Major championship. The Korean’s first came at the 2011 US Women’s Open.
The former Asian Games individual gold medallist said: “You know, when you have a five-foot putt (to win a Major), you cannot be really normal. My hands were shaking so much, and then my brain was just going crazy.
“But I just kept telling myself: ‘Okay, So-yeon, you’ve practiced this putt more than a thousand times. Trust yourself, trust the line you pick, trust your decision and trust what you’ve been working on’. And then I rolled it and it falls. That was a pretty nervous moment. But it was a real special moment, as well.”
Ryu and American Lexi Thompson, who was controversially handed a four-stroke penalty, finished regulation at 14-under-par 274, with Ryu firing four consecutive rounds in the 60s. With the victory, she’s expected to vault to number two in the Rolex World Rankings.
Ryu topped a leaderboard that featured six Titleist golf ball players among the top-10 finishers.
Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the ANA LPGA Inspiration with 79 players relying on a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, nearly 10 times the nearest competitor with eight.
The win marked the fifth for Titleist golf ball loyalists through the first seven events of the LPGA Tour season, compared to the nearest competitor with one.
Ryu joins Mirim Lee (Pro V1x), Brittany Lincicome (Pro V1x), Jang Ha-na (Pro V1) and Amy Yang (Pro V1) in the 2017 Titleist Winners Circle.
Elsewhere, Titleist Brand Ambassador Russell Henley (Pro V1x) fired a sizzling closing seven-under-par 65 en route to a 20-under 268 victory total at the final staging of the Shell Houston Open.
Henley, who trailed runner-up and Titleist golf ball loyalist Sung Kang (Pro V1x) by four shots entering the final round, carded 10 birdies to win by three shots. He made five birdies through his first eight holes.
“I would say it’s definitely my best round. I felt very in control. I felt very nervous, but I felt very in control and very disciplined. It was good,” said Henley.
Henley topped a leaderboard that included each of the top-four finishers trusting Titleist golf balls for their success, including Rickie Fowler (Pro V1) and Luke List (Pro V1x), who tied for third, one shot behind Kang.
The win was Henley’s third on the PGA Tour and his first since the 2014 Honda Classic. It earned him the final invite into this week’s Masters, his fourth in five seasons as a professional.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball choice with 106 players trusting a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball. That’s more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist was also the top choice of players in the hybrids (27) and irons (50) categories. Vokey Design Wedges topped the approach, sand and lob wedge (191) category. Scotty Cameron putters were the top choice in the putter (63) category.
The win was the 10th for Titleist golf ball loyalists this season, more than twice the nearest competitor with four.
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