Wednesday, February 29, 2012

PING sweeps weekend tour events

(PHOENIX) - The winners of the three major tour events on Sunday, including Hunter Mahan at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and Angela Stanford at the HSBC Women’s Champions, all played PING equipment.

Mahan was part of a threesome of PING pros who reached the semi-finals at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club outside Tucson, Arizona, just 90 miles from the company’s headquarters in Phoenix. The 29-year-old defeated fellow PING Pro Mark Wilson in the semis before earning the title with a 2&1 victory over the #2 player in the world. The win moved Mahan to ninth in the world rankings. PING Pro Lee Westwood, ranked third in the world, also reached the semi-finals. Wilson beat Westwood 1-up to finish third.

For the week at the Match Play, PING pros recorded an impressive 19-6 record in finishing 1st, 3rd and 4th. On day one, the staff was a perfect 6-0. Bubba Watson, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Louis Oosthuizen also played in the event.

“It was a lot of fun last week to follow the progress of all of our players,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “I made the trip to Tucson to watch Hunter in the finals while keeping a close eye on Mark’s and Lee’s match for third place. Obviously, it was well worth the trip. Our entire staff made us very proud. To have three of the four finalists in the Match Play was unheard of and gave us tremendous worldwide exposure. Angela’s win in Singapore added to a perfect weekend for PING on tour.

“Plus, Hunter gave our new Nome putter instant validation. We’ve been inundated with calls, texts, tweets, Facebook posts and emails inquiring about the new putter. The traffic to our website on Sunday nearly doubled. We couldn’t ask for much more.”

Mahan relied on 14 PING clubs, including the new Nome putter that he added to his bag on Monday of tournament week after an alignment-testing session with Matt Rollins, PING’s Senior Player Development Manager. Mahan also used a G20 driver and 3-wood, S56 irons, Anser forged wedges and an i15 hybrid.

In Singapore, Stanford prevailed in a four-player, three-hole playoff for her fifth career title. After a 66 gave her the first-round lead, she posted rounds of 70-71-71 at the Tanah Merah Country Club to earn a spot in the playoff. She played an i20 driver, i20 irons, G20 3-wood and hybrid (23 degree), Tour-S wedges and a Scottsdale Anser 2 putter.

The winner of the Mayakoba Classic played 12 PING clubs, including a Scottsdale Wolverine C putter, which will be immortalized in the PING Gold Putter Vault along with Mahan’s Nome and Stanford’s Scottsdale Anser 2.

For more information, contact Pete Samuels (602) 687-5487.


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