Inbee Park cemented her position as the World #1 by securing her third win of the 2013 season at the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout. This victory marks the sixth of her young LPGA career. Unlike her win earlier this month at the Kraft Nabisco, Inbee had to come from behind to bring home the hardware.
“Today, coming into the final round, I was two shots back, and I didn’t really think about winning so much,” Park said. She needed to make a birdie on the 18th hole to pull out a one-shot victory at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas; shooting a final round 4-under par 67.
Park, the 24-year old South Korean, has taken the LPGA by storm this season, winning three of the seven events she has played in and adding another Top 5 last week at the Lotte Championship. She currently ranks in the Top-5 in nine different categories on the LPGA Tour, including Scoring Average, Birdies, and Money Earned for 2013.
When asked about her recent success, Park replied “It’s always good to see my name on the top of the leaderboard almost every week. I mean not every week, but close to every week. Yeah, it always feels good, my game is — it’s really good to see my game is improving every week, every year, and just trying to take it step by step.”
Inbee currently plays the new Z-STAR with SpinSkin technology, which will be released this August. This victory marks the 27th Professional win worldwide with this model of the Z-STAR and the fourth in only two weeks! We at Srixon are proud of Inbee and want to congratulate her on her latest victory, as well as retaining her position as the #1 Player in the World.
Learn more about Inbee in her LPGA Tour bio.
Yesterday, Will Wilcox stepped to the first tee at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club with a difficult task in front of him: hold a lead. Wilcox began the day with a seven shot lead at the Web.Com Tour’s South Georgia Classic. How was he able to gain such a commanding lead?
The day before, he came out and shot a course record 9-under par 63, five shots better than anyone else in the field. This amazing round included hole-outs from 135 and 193 yards away, on two of the most difficult holes on the course at that.
Wilcox, a 26-year old from Birmingham, AL, was able to control his nerves to shot a 1-over 73 and take home his first ever win on the Web.Com Tour. When asked how he felt walking to the 18th green, he simply stated, “That was sweet…I’ve been dreaming about it my whole life, and here we are.”
This win moved Will to 3rd on the Web.Com Tour Money List for 2013 and puts him in a great position to earn his PGA Tour card for 2014. Not only was it Will’s first win of the year, he did it using the new Tour Yellow Z-STAR with SpinSkin. This is the first win of 2013 with a Tour Yellow ball and it will not be the last.
Fellow Srixon players Zack Sucher and Michael Putnam both finished in 2nd to Wilcox at -11. Sucher uses a Z-STAR in Tour Yellow and Putnam uses the new Z-STAR XV in Pure White. All of us at Srixon Golf want to congratulate Will and the whole Srixon staff on an excellent week in Valdosta.
Despite difficult conditions yesterday at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, SC, Graeme McDowell won the 2013 RBC Heritage in a one-hole playoff over Webb Simpson. Battling swirling winds and a four-shot deficit to start the day, G-Mac, playing the 2013 Z-STAR XV, came out victorious in a legendary final round, taking home the Tartan Jacket and his first PGA Tour victory of the year. The Z-STAR’s Speed Dimple Design provided him with unyielding performance in the wind, helping him to control his shots in the 40+ mph gusts on Sunday.
Graeme played a phenomenal final round, in large part due to his ability to scramble around the greens. He finished #1 in scrambling for the event, making Par or better on 19 of 24 missed greens (79.17%), and maintained his position as the #1 Scrambler on the PGA Tour in 2013. A year ago, McDowell was 174th on TOUR in scrambling, but with a dedication to improving his short game and the new Z-STAR XV with SpinSkin, he has greatly improved his ability around the green. The new Z-STAR with SpinSkin will be in stores this August.
In addition to his phenomenal scrambling stats, he ranked inside the Top 10 this week in Driving Accuracy (T5), Strokes Gained Putting (6th), and Greens in Regulation (T7). This win also has propelled G-Mac back into the Top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings, currently sitting at #8 on this list. Aside from Graeme’s victory, fellow Srixon players Jerry Kelly and Chris Stroud finished in 5th and 6th Place, respectively. We want to congratulate Graeme, Jerry, Chris and the whole Srixon staff on a tremendous week!
Last Sunday, Inbee Park won the 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, CA; her second career LPGA major. The 24 year old from South Korea shot a 69 on Sunday to finish at 15-under, four strokes ahead of fellow South Korean, So Yeon Ryu.
After her final round, Park said, “It had been a while since I won a major; It feels very special. This week, I played very solid. Today and all week, I played very good.”
This was her second win of 2013, having also taken home the title at the Honda LGPA Thailand. Her performance last weekend has moved her all the way up to #2 in the Rolex World Rankings and #1 in the Rolex Player of the Year standings. All of us at Srixon Golf congratulate Inbee on her tremendous accomplishment!
Shane Lowry added a big win to his young career on Sunday, winning the European Tour’s Portugal Masters in dramatic fashion. Beginning Sunday’s final round four shots off the lead, he posted a 5-under-par 66 for a 14-under total and a one-stroke victory at Oceanico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, Portugal.
The biggest turning point on Sunday came when Lowry made eagle on the par-4 11th hole, holing his 7-iron approach shot from the fairway. He followed that eagle with birdies on the 15th and 17th holes to secure the win.
Lowry, 25, burst onto the scene three years ago when he won the Irish Open as an amateur. The Portugal Masters marks the Irishman’s first win as a professional and makes him only the second golfer ever to win on the European Tour as both an amateur and a professional.
“I cannot believe this,” said Lowry, who won €375,000 ($486,000) and moved to 29th in the Race to Dubai with €727,943 (the top 60 players qualify for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship). “I can’t explain how I feel really. It’s a dream come true, I’m over the moon. I thought this could be my day, and thankfully it is. It was like playing in Ireland. It was crazy, it was great.”
In Lowry’s bag was:
Ball: Srixon Z STAR XV Pure White
Fairway: Launcher FL 3 Wood
Irons: Srixon ZTX2 3-pw
Wedges: 588 Forged
Peter Jacobsen has always been a fan-favorite on and off the golf course. For years he has made people laugh with his impressions of other players and celebrities, and has wowed us with impressive play, a 7-time PGA Tour winner.
This week in Portland, OR, Jacobsen hosted The Umpqua Bank Challenge, an annual tournament aimed at raising funds for (charity?). The annual fundraiser, was littered with celebrities, Champions Tour players and even some current PGA Tour stars. Check out Peter and his supporting cast as they put on a clinic that coupled technical with fun.
Check it out!
Keegan Bradley continues to impress the world in clutch situations, winning the WGC Bridgestone Invitational on the 72nd hole. Bradley, 26, counts the win at Firestone C.C. as his first PGA Tour triumph since last year’s PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club he’ll try to defend that major title this week at Kiawah Isand.
With rounds of 67-69-67 in the first three days, Keegan was six shots off the lead at one point on the opening nine holes Sunday. He refused to quit, however, making four birdies and plenty of clutch par saves on the back nine to post a final-round 64, good for a one-stroke victory. On the final hole, Bradley needed a seemingly improbable up-and-down from a plugged lie in a greenside bunker to win. He played his bunker shot to 15 feet and drained the putt, adding another dramatic moment to his highlight-filled first two years on Tour.
Bradley led the field in birdies for the week and finished tied for sixth in Driving Accuracy.
Keegan moves into fourth place in the U.S. Ryder Cup team standings and is now a lock to make the squad. The win also catapulted him to seventh place in the FedEx Cup standings.
Walking off the 72nd hole and with victory secure, Keegan’s first remark was: “It’s the second week with the new Srixon Z-STAR. It has brought me to a new level. I love it.”
We promise that when the time is right, we will tell you more about this remarkable ball!
What would you say to Keegan to get him pumped up for this week’s PGA Championship?
In Keegan’s bag was:
Driver: Cleveland Classic 290 9.0° with Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 61x
Fairway Wood: Cleveland Launcher FL 14° with Kusala Black 83x
Hybrid: Cleveland DST 2i 18.0° with Project X HB2
Hybrid: Cleveland Mashie Hybrid TM3 20.5° with Miyazaki C.Kua Hybrid 83x
Irons: Cleveland CG7 Tour with Dynamic Gold X-100 (+.5?)
Wedges: Cleveland 588 Forged Wedges 54° and 58° degrees with DGS400 (+.5?)
Ball: Srixon Z-Star Prototype
It’s Her Time: Choi Captures U.S. Women’s Open
New Srixon staffer Na Yeon Choi put on a weekend performance at the U.S. Women’s Open that will not soon be forgotten.
Off the strength of a course-record 65 in the third round, Choi built her lead to as large as six strokes and ultimately won the third women’s major of 2012 by four strokes. Choi fired rounds of 71-72-65-73 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisc., to separate herself from the field.
It’s the first career major for Choi, who jumped from fifth to second in the women’s world rankings. The 24-year-old South Korea native is currently third on the LPGA in money ($975,525) and second in scoring average (70.53).
“My dreams come true. It’s an amazing day today.” said Choi after her round.
Choi has been playing Srixon clubs for some time now, but only recently signed on to be an official representative of our brand, and we could not be more thrilled.
PGA Tour: Beljan Has Career-Best Finish
PGA Tour rookie and Srixon staffer Charlie Beljan finished tied for third at The Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia over the weekend. Off the strength of a career-low 62 in the second round, Beljan posted the best finish of his PGA Tour career and jumped all the way up to 125th place on the money list.
The 27-year-old Beljan was playing the Z-STAR X 3 Prototype ball. While we cannot tell you much about this ball, we can tell you that Beljan is clearly liking the switch so far.
The former University of New Mexico All-American, who is a self-proclaimed “adrenaline junkie,” provided one of the most exciting moments of the week with his incredible chip-in birdie and energetic celebration on the 13th green on Sunday.
What was your favorite moment from this weekend on the PGA Tour and the LPGA Tour?
Srixon is pleased to announce that it has signed an endorsement contract with Na Yeon Choi, the winner of the 2010 Official Money List on the United States Ladies Professional Golf Association (USLPGA). In 2004, as an amateur, Choi earned her first victory on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Tour (KLPGT). She turned professional immediately following her first victory and proceeded to win three additional championships on the KLPGT. Choi began competing on the USLPGA in 2008, earning her first victory at the 2009 Samsung World Championship, before clinching the top spot on the 2010 USLPGA Official Money List.
“I am very excited to sign with Srixon, which is my first endorsement deal with any club maker since I turned professional,” said Choi. “I’ve always had a great impression of Srixon clubs, as well as their technical capabilities. I’m looking forward to working with Srixon to achieve great results on tour.”
“We are extremely pleased to have Ms. Choi as a member of our LPGA Tour staff,” said Greg Hopkins, CEO of Cleveland Golf/Srixon -U.S.A. “Her dedication and commitment to the game has helped her become one of today’s young stars on the LPGA, and her decision to sign her first club endorsement with Srixon also says a lot about the high quality products we are offering.”
What do you think of the signing of Na Yeon Choi?
Congratulations to Loren Roberts, winner of the 2012 Toshiba Classic! Roberts won the event held at Newport Beach Country Club on Sunday with a final round of 69, good for a 2 stroke victory. The win was Roberts 13th on the Champions Tour, but his first in nearly two years.
Roberts got off to a great start on Sunday by birdying holes 1, 2 and 4, but faltered slightly down the stretch. Bogeys on 14, 16 and 17 had Roberts nervous towards the end of the day. “We did make it interesting,” Roberts said. “I got off to a really good start. I hit a snag on the back and got out of rhythm.”
A birdie on 18 was a good way to get back into his rhythm at the end of the day and close out the two shot win.
Roberts is ranked fourth on the Champions Tour in putting average at 1.71 per GIR.
Roberts had a ZSTAR Golf ball in his bag this week.