World #1 Inbee Park brought home another title yesterday at the LPGA Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. After making birdie on Hole 14 and 18, she sunk a 4-foot birdie putt on her first playoff hole to win her fifth LPGA event of the year and second in her last two starts. This was also her second playoff victory in a row, after pulling out a victory in a three-hole playoff earlier this month at the LPGA Championship.
After her final round, having come from behind again, she said “I’ve won a lot of times this year, but I still feel the pressure coming into the final round every time. I definitely felt a lot of pressure in the playoff. I think that’s going to happen no matter how many times I win.”
And how many times has she won recently? In the last 12 months, Inbee has won an astonishing 30 percent (7/23) of the events she has played in on the LPGA Tour. After this victory, she now has 221 Rolex Player of the Year points, more than twice that of the player in second. She hopes to take this unbelievable momentum of the last two starts and begin to focus on the U.S. Women’s Open this week at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, NY. Having already won a U.S. Women’s Open in 2008, Inbee knows what it takes to win at this event and is excited for the challenge. “The course is just going to be the toughest golf course we play all year. I always love the challenge, so I’m looking forward to that.”
Inbee wears a Srixon hats and plays the Z-STAR 3 with SpinSkin, which will be available this August.
We at Srixon want to congratulate staffer and World #1 Inbee Park for winning the 2013 Wegmans LPGA Championship over the weekend at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, NY. It’s the second consecutive major title and fourth overall victory of 2013 for Park. This win made Inbee only the 7th player to win the first two majors of the year on the LPGA Tour.
After ending regulation play in a two-way tie for the lead at 5-under-par 283, the 24-year-old sunk an 18-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff to clinch the win. After her round, she said, “It was a really tough day out there. I scrambled really well and with the amount of fairways I missed today it’s almost a miracle that I won.”
This victory continues an outstanding stretch of golf that began at last year’s Wegmans LPGA Championship – since then, Park has played 26 LPGA events and recorded six wins, six runner-up efforts and 18 total top-10 finishes.
“It feels so good. I didn’t know that was I going to be able to do it today,” said Park. “Putting my name on the Wegmans LPGA Championship trophy just means so much to me.”
Park currently plays the new Z-STAR™ with Spin Skin™ technology, which will be released this August. This new model of the Z-STAR™ has already earned more than 40 professional wins worldwide.
Yesterday at Thracian Cliffs in Bulgaria, Graeme McDowell defeated Thongchai Jaidee 2&1 to take home the 48th Volvo World Match Play Championship. McDowell, playing from behind most of the day, took back control when he hit his approach within six feet at the 15th hole and went on to make his third birdie of the round, putting him two up with three holes to play.
After his victory, he said “We have been talking all week about how prestigious this event is. I can’t say how excited I am to win it and add my name to that list of legends.” Past winners of this event include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, and many more.
G-Mac’s victory at Thracian Cliffs marked his second win in his last three starts, having also won last month at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, SC. The win elevated him to Number Seven in this week’s Official World Golf Rankings, as well as Number One in the European Tour’s “Race to Dubai”, having earned €1,029,186 in only four events this year.
This week, Graeme will travel to the BMW PGA Championship in Surrey, England to compete against the top golfers in all of Europe, including 20 players ranking in the World’s Top 50. He currently plays the Z-STAR XV with SpinSkin, which will be available this August.
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