Congratulations to Dustin Johnson on winning the St. Jude Classic.. Johnson won the St. Jude Classic on Sunday in his second event back after a back injury cost him nearly three months away from the PGA Tour, shooting a 4-under 66 that held off John Merrick by a stroke. It was Johnson’s sixth career victory as he prepares to head to California to compete in the U.S. Open after tying for 23rd last year at Congressional.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner charged to his second PGA Tour title Sunday evening in Texas in statistically-stunning fashion, just 22 days after winning his first.
Trusting a Pro V1 golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment, Dufner, 35, made a 25-footer for birdie on the 18th hole at TPC Four Seasons Resort, to capture the HP Byron Nelson Classic by one shot and lead a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the globe.
Following in Dufner’s recent footsteps, Azahara Munoz (Pro V1) and Jay Choi (Pro V1x) each found the winner’s circle on their respective tours for the first time, while Nicolas Colsaerts (Pro V1x) claimed the biggest win of his career in Europe.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now combined for 61 victories across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than eight times the nearest competitor with seven and more than all competitors combined.
A total of 7,571 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,235 and more than all other golf balls combined.
How to best sum up Dufner’s week in the Lone Star State? Fairways and greens. (And birdies, too.)
Dufner, who closed in 3-under 67 for an 11-under 269 total, one shot ahead of Pro V1 loyalist Dicky Pride, put on a clinic when it came to his key golf stats.
Dufner, who carries new AP2 (712 Series) irons and Vokey Design SM4 wedges (54º & 60º), lead the field in Greens in Regulation at 80.6 percent.
Using his Titleist 910D2 9.5º driver, he also ranked second for the week in Driving Accuracy, hitting 75 percent of fairways at TPC Four Seasons.
That all added up to 19 birdies (tied for first), including two over his final three holes Sunday.
On the 18th, Dufner stood over a 25-footer for birdie with his Scotty Cameron GSS Circa 62 No. 2 Prototype in his hands.
You know what happened next.
“For some reason I had a really good visual on that putt. I don’t read putts, I don’t say to myself, that putt breaks a cup or two cups, I just try to see visually where I want the ball to roll, see it going in the hole visually, and that felt good,” said Dufner.
“I really got locked into the line that I wanted and focused on making the putt, thinking about making a good stroke and about halfway there I thought it had a good chance.”
Dufner broke through with his first PGA Tour victory April 29 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. A week later, he got married. As of today, he is No. 1 in the FedExCup Playoff standings.
“You probably couldn’t dream it any better than what’s been going on here. …,” he said. “To win two events and get married in the span of 22 days, pretty remarkable.”
Dufner was one of 102 players in the field that relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (121); and putters.
Titleist golf ball players occupied four of the top six position on the leader board, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman (Pro V1x) and rookie Jonas Blixt (Pro V1x), who tied for third.
Here’s a closer look at Jason Dufner’s Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Titleist 910D2 9.5º (Diamana ‘ahina 60)
3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5º (Diamana ‘ilima 80)
5-wood: Titleist 906F2 18º (Grafalloy Prolite)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 19º (Project X PXi Steel)
Irons: Titleist AP2 (712 Series) 4-PW (Project X PXi Steel)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 54º, 60º (Dynamic Gold Spinner)
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Circa 62 No. 2 Prototype