It was a big week for Titleist staffers as both Brooks Koepka and Charley Hoffman claimed trophies using the company’s clubs.
On the strength of a solid ball-striking performance, Koepka (80.6 percent GIR) won the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya, Turkey, the third of four events in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. The 24-year-old’s first European Tour victory was no surprise (he won four times on the Challenge Tour in 2013 and 2014) but did come at the expense of Ian Poulter, who missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff. Koepka trailed leader Wade Hormsby by two shots through 54 holes -- Poulter, Lee Westwood and Marcel Siem were only a shot back -- but vaulted into the lead after a final-round of 7-under 65 at The Mongomerie Maxx Royal.
Koepka finished third in driving distance with an average of 300.9 yards per drive using an 8.5° Titleist 913 D2 driver (with a Mitsubishi Diamana White 72-gram extra-stiff shaft). But perhaps his most telling stat was his GIR percentage, which ranked fifth in the field of many of the world’s best players.
Koepka’s second shot to the par-5 13th hole, struck with a 20.5° Titleist 915Hd hybrid, set up a timely eagle, but the clinching shot came at the 18th after a wayward tee shot forced him to punch out. Koepka’s third shot stopped about 15 feet from the hole, setting up a routine two-putt par. He relied on a set of Titleist 714 CBs en route to a lucrative victory (worth $1.7 million).
In another come-from-behind victory, Charley Hoffman won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba thanks to a final-round 5-under 66 that left him a shot ahead of Shawn Stefani. Four birdies in six holes on the front nine boosted Hoffman early, so much so that a sloppy closing bogey still led to victory. Overnight leader Jason Bohn -- and one of our four picks last week -- stumbled Sunday and finished T-7 alongside Tony Finau after closing with a three-over 74.
Past Mayakoba winners Harris English, John Huh and Johnson Wagner have all relied on supreme ball-striking on the path to victory, and Hoffman’s week was no different. He hit 77.8% of greens in regulation using Titleist’s 714 MBs in the 5-9 iron and a 714 CB 3-iron. Hoffman also used the new Pro V1x prototype ball, only a week after Bubba Watson won the WGC-HSBC Champions with the ball. Here’s a look at his 714 MBs, a sleek, traditional blade iron.
Indeed, it was a big week for Titleist around the world.