Now that the golf season is winding down, we here at LostGolfBalls.com wanted to take a look at how the major golf ball manufacturers faired on the professional tours. If you missed last week’s recap of the happenings on the PGA Tour, you can check it out here. This week however, it’s all about the women of golf. Here’s how your favorite golf balls faired on the LPGA Tour this year.
This probably comes as a shock to no one, but for what I can only assume is the 1,000th year in a row, Titleist finished with the most wins on Tour. Both South Korea’s Ha Na Jang and Canada’s Brooke Henderson tallied two victories on the year while using the Pro V1 including Henderson’s first career Major at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Not to be outdone, the Pro V1x saw nine total wins with five (yeah, that’s right, five) coming from Thai sensation Ariya Jutanugarn. Taking full advantage of the Pro V1x’s unmatched combination of distance and control, Jutanugarn rattled of three consecutive victories in May before grabbing the first Major title of her career at the RICOH Women’s British Open.
Coming in an admittedly distant second, Callaway finished off the season with four LPGA titles. All of these wins came courtesy of 2014 Rookie of the Year, Lydia Ko. Using the SR3’s excellent control around the greens, Ko was able post the lowest scoring average on Tour this year, as well as claim the second Major of her young career at the ANA Inspiration. Combine this with her finish atop the Rolex Rankings and Callaway can be extremely happy with what was one of their most successful LPGA seasons.
Three different golfers made use of the Srixon Z-Star to claim titles on Tour this year with the most prominent victory coming from In Gee Chun at the Evian Championship, the second Major of her career. She also etched her name into the record books as her final score of 21-under-par at the Evian was the lowest ever winning score at a Major for either men or women. Both Hyo Joo Kim and Minjee Lee were able to provide wins at the Pure Silk – Bahamas LPGA Classic and LOTTE Championship respectively.
Though American Lexi Thompson was only able to claim one win this season at the Honda LPGA Thailand, she was able to secure nine top-10 finishes. Using the excellent greenside control provided by the B330-S’s SlipRes cover, Thompson was able to card the seventh most birdies on Tour, which helped her to a 5th place finish in the Rolex Rankings.
Anna Nordqvist carried the banner for TaylorMade on Tour this year, claiming five top-10 finishes in addition to her win at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. The soft feel and control of the Tour Preferred X’s five-piece construction certainly played a role in her success as she led all golfers on the LPGA in Greens in Regulation at 77.85 %.
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