PGA Tour

Jason Dufner Earns Second Victory in 22 Days, Leads 4-Win Week for Titleist Players

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 par-5 16th, Dufner used his SM4 60º wedge to blast his Pro V1 out to 6 feet for birdie.

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

Enhanced Ergonomics help PING’s Hoofer bag win “Hot List” Gold

PHOENIX (May 8, 2012) – PING’s Hoofer® carry bag has won Gold on the 2012 Golf Digest “Hot List” ranking of the industry’s highest-performing products. The results are published in the June issue of the magazine.

In recognizing the Hoofer, editors singled out its dual sliding shoulder pads and innovative strap slider, which provides a backpack-style fit and makes the bag easy to slide on and off. These features are part of PING’s Enhanced Ergonomics (E2®), which includes a leg-retention strap that keeps the legs snug while walking. A reinforced bracket with leg stops ensures stable, secure leg extension on all surfaces. At approximately 5 pounds, the Hoofer has a roomy five-way, reinforced top to make club removal and replacement easy. Eight pockets include those for valuables, a range-finder, and apparel.

“The Hoofer is a wonderful example of how E2 has enabled us to advance comfort, adjustability and durability while ensuring that our bags can be fit to any player’s body type and carrying style,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “At PING, our emphasis on innovation, performance and custom-fitting extends well beyond golf clubs. The Hoofer winning ‘Hot List’ Gold is further validation of our efforts to make sure every product carrying the PING name is the highest quality.”

Of the 65 bags tested, only eight were awarded Gold. Including the Silvers given to its 4 Series® and Pioneer® bags, PING tied for the most awards.

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