Leading lights trust #1 ball in golf as Europe strides to Ryder Cup triumph

A dominant European side capped off a fantastic Ryder Cup week by emphatically defeating the USA 17.5-10.5. This victory marked a history-making week for the #1 Ball in Golf, with the top point scorers from both the European and American sides placing their trust in the performance and consistency of the Pro V1x golf ball.

Heading into the Ryder Cup after his best season to date, Open Champion, Francesco Molinari, marked his place in history, becoming the first ever European player to win a maximum five points from five matches. The Italian relied on the #1 Ball in Golf as he became the first player in 39 years to go 5-0 in the biennial exhibition.

Partnering Molinari was European #1, Tommy Fleetwood, who also etched his name in history books by becoming the first European rookie to win his first four career matches, going undefeated in foursomes and fourballs. Together relying on the Pro V1x golf ball, the record-breaking pair went unbeaten for a staggering 83% of the 60 holes they played together, losing only 10 and winning 27.

Molinari spoke about his performance, and the week as a whole, saying: “I just try to do things, be professional and obviously I had an amazing partner in Tommy (Fleetwood). It never felt like I had a rookie playing alongside me.

“It’s been the best [Ryder Cup] I’ve been a part of. I said it at the beginning of the week, we gelled as well as ever and just incredible, every single one of the players.”

Top point scorer for team USA was Ryder Cup rookie and Pro V1x loyalist, Justin Thomas, who won four of his five matches, including a Sunday singles match that looked like it may turn the tide in the Americans’ direction. Thomas’ effort was buoyed by his full bag of Titleist clubs. The combination of Thomas’ devastating drives with his TS3 driver and fellow Brand Ambassador Spieth’s on-form Scotty Cameron putter proved formidable, and the pair captured a total of three of out four points from the pairs matches.

Other key contributions from Team Titleist this weekend in Paris came from Titleist golf ball loyalist, Henrik Stenson (Pro V1), who joined Molinari as the only two undefeated players, and Ian Poulter who secured a crucial singles point after hitting a piercing 310 yard drive down the intimidating 18th at Le Golf National with his all new TS3 driver. There were a total of 14 all Titleist ball pairings in the first four sessions of which 10 garnered a point for their team, and finally, there were a total of nine points won by Titleist players in the all-important Sunday singles matches.

Titleist Brand Director, Michael Creighton, spoke of the performance of Titleist Brand Ambassadors in France. He said: “It speaks volumes for the quality of our balls that so many of golf’s best trusted either the ProV1 or ProV1x under some of the most intense pressure in world sport.

“The course set up at Le Golf National required precision and accuracy from tee to green, the consistency and control of the Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls provided the perfect match for players to tackle the tricky course set up.”

Titleist’s success in the Ryder Cup came alongside three other victories on worldwide tours, including the Pure Insurance Championships (Champions Tour), the Top Cup Tokai Classic (Japan Golf Tour), and the Vodacom Origins Eastern Cape (Sunshine Tour). The #1 Ball in Golf has now amassed a staggering total of 180 victories worldwide in the 2017-18 season, over six times its nearest competitor with 28. In addition to this, Titleist’s Golf Ball count has now reached a monumental figure of 22,916 on worldwide tours, over seven times its nearest competitor with 3,096.

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As an avid golfer since the age of eleven Dan lives and breathes all things golf.  With a current handicap of eleven he gets out and plays as often as his work life (and girlfriend) allows. Dan confesses to still being like a kid at Christmas when it comes to seeing the latest golf equipment. Having served as GolfPunk’s Deputy Editor, and resident golf geek for the past 13 years and working for golf's oldest brand, John Letters Dan brings to GOLF RETAILING an excellent understanding of the sector.