Pro V1x loyalist Nick Taylor delights home crowds with Canadian Open win

Nick Taylor eagled the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff, rolling his  Pro V1x golf ball in from 72 feet on Oakdale G&CC’s 18th green to become the Canadian Open’s first Canadian champion since 1954.

The former Canadian Amateur (2007) and Canadian Junior (2006) titleholder made a weekend run to remember, playing his final 36 in 15 under with rounds of 63-66. Clutch birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 Sunday got Taylor to 17 under for the week, enough to force extra holes.

Taylor played the four extra holes in 3 under, including his walk-off eagle.

For the week, the 35-year-old ranked third in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (+10.29), with more than 8.5 of them coming from his approach play (+6.565/5th) and around the green (+2.155/15th).

Now a three-time winner on the PGA TOUR, Taylor topped a leader board that featured six Pro V1 and Pro V1x players in the top seven positions. The win marks Taylor’s third finish of runner-up or better since the start of February, and he is projected to move to No. 6 in the FedEx Cup standings.


The winner of the 2023 RBC Canadian Open played 12 Titleist clubs en route to winning his national open, including a TSi3 driver, TSR2 hybrid, T100 irons and Vokey Design wedges.

Heading into the week, the Winnipeg-native was ranked 40th in Strokes Gained: Tee to green, averaging +0.585 per round.

WITB | 2023 Canadian Open winner: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball; TSi3 10.0 driver; TSi2 15.0 fairway; TSR2 21.0 hybrid; T200 4 iron, T100 5-9 irons; Vokey Design SM8 46.10F, 54.14F, WedgeWorks 58T wedges

LPGA | ShopRite LPGA Classic


This week in New Jersey marked the beginning of the tour seeding and validation process for the  NEW Titleist T-Series irons  on the LPGA Tour. Titleist Brand Ambassadors  Emily Pedersen  (T200 4 iron, T100 5-9 irons) and  Alexa Pano (T150 5-iron) were among those who put the new models immediately in play.

DP WORLD TOUR | Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed

Playing his  NEW Pro V1 golf ball, Dale Whitnell earned his first career DP World Tour title, posting 21 under for a three-shot victory. Whitnell raced to the top of the leader board on Friday with and 11-under 61, the lowest round of the week, and then outlasted the competition with matching 70’s over the weekend. The 34-year-old’s ballstriking was on display all week, ranking first in Greens in Regulation (82%), second in Strokes Gained: Approach (+2.58 per round) and third in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (+3.21 per round).

Thirteen of the top 20 finishers on the final leader board played a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball this week at Ullna Golf & Country Club.

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS | American Family Insurance Championship

Steve Stricker (Pro V1x) claimed his fourth victory of the 2023 Champions Tour season – and his third win in four starts – after shooting rounds of 65-64-69 around University Ridge Golf Club. It marked career Champions win No. 15 for Stricker, whose 18-under total earned him the five-shot, runaway victory in his home state of Wisconsin.

The 2021 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain has yet to finish outside the top 10 in 11 starts on tour in 2023 and has only finished outside the top 5 once (T8). Stricker has also won both Champions Tour majors this year (Regions Tradition and KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship).



Korn Ferry Tour players got their first chance to game the  NEW T-Series irons this week at the BMW Charity Pro-Am, with 14 players choosing to put the new models in the bag this week:

Josh Creel: T200 4-5 irons, T100 6-P irons

Trace Crowe: T100 4-9 irons

Joey Garber: T200 4 iron, T100 5-9 irons

Carter Jenkins: T200 2 iron

Andrew Kozan: T200 2-3 iron, T100 4-9 irons

Nelson Ledesma: T100 4-P irons

Mac Meissner: T100 4-9 irons

Kris Ventura: T100 4-5 irons

Danny Walker: T100 4-5 irons

Thomas Walsh: T200 4 iron

Tim Widing: T200 3 iron, T100 4-P irons

Joseph Winslow: T200 2 iron, T100 4 iron

2023 Astara Chile Classic and HomeTown Lenders Championship winner: T200 4-5 irons

2023 Scotia Wealth Management Chile Open winner (PGAT Latinoamérica): T200 2 iron

KPGA | The 66th KPGA Championship

Titleist Brand Ambassador  Seungbin Choi  made birdie on the 72nd hole to cap off a final round 7-under 64 – the lowest round of the week – and capture his first KPGA victory and first KPGA major. Gaming his  NEW Pro V1x golf ball  and  full bag of Titleist equipment, Choi was the only player to turn in four rounds in the 60’s (68-69-69-64) on his way to posting 14 under.  Junhong Park (NEW Pro V1x)  finished runner-up, one shot behind Choi.

Four of the top five finishers on Sunday’s final leader board trusted a Titleist golf ball, and three of the top five gamed a TSR driver.

WITB | Seungbin Choi:  NEW Titleist Pro V1x golf ball; TSR3 8.0 driver; TSR3 13.5, TSR2 18.0 fairways; 620 MB 4-P irons; Vokey Design SM9 52.08F, 56.08M, 60.08M; Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12 Long tour prototype putter