Kurt Kitayama held off a crowded leaderboard at the Arnold Palmer Invitational to secure his first career PGA TOUR victory with Stealth 2 Plus Driver and TP5x golf ball in the bag. Kitayama used his P·7MC iron, TP5x golf ball and Spider X Hydro Blast putter to make birdie on the 71st hole of the tournament to take the outright lead.
On the 18th hole, Kitayama found the centre of the green via his P·7MB 8-iron from 189-yards out in the left rough leaving 47-feet and hit his birdie putt with TP5x to the edge of the cup before tapping in for par to secure the victory.
Kitayama spent time with the TaylorMade Tour team during practice rounds to dial in spin rates and yardages on his fairway woods, while also switching from a Stealth 2 10.5° driver to Stealth 2 Plus 10.5° producing more consistent spin rates in testing.
The win comes after holding his first 54-hole lead in his PGA TOUR career and makes him the first player to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational in his debut appearance since 1990. Kitayama is also the first ever winner at Bay Hill to lead/tie for the lead in both fairways hit (70%) and greens in regulation (71%).
Kurt Kitayama WITB
- Stealth 2 Plus 10.5° Driver
- Stealth 2 16.5° 3-wood
- Stealth 2 21.0° 7-wood
- P·7MC 4-6
- P·7MB 7-PW
- Milled Grind 3 52° SB, 56° LB
- Spider X Hydro Blast Flow Neck