Bill Lunde was among 18 players that put new Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x prototypes in play at Las Vegas last week. He finished solo fifth after closing with a 5-under 66 using a prototype Pro V1x. It was 12 years ago and the event was known then as the Invensys Classic in Las Vegas when Titleist debuted the original Pro V1. In its first week available on the PGA TOUR in October of 2000, 47 players switched to the new Pro V1 golf ball, according to Titleist, including the winner and four of the top six finishers. Billy Andrade won the event in 2000 and in a where are they now moment, he was on hand at TPC Summerlin, working for the Golf Channel as its roving report. Someone else with ties to the original Pro V1 ball was also a part of the event last week. Chris DiMarco, a Titleist golf ball loyalist throughout his professional career, switched to the new Pro V1 prototype golf ball. He was one of the players to opt into the updated model. In 2000, DiMarco tied for 5th place at the tournament, but missed the cut in 2012. In total 85 players out of 132 used Titleist, including the winner Ryan Moore.
Below are a list of the 18 players who put the new Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x prototypes in play at Las Vegas last week:
Pro V1 (4): Chris DiMarco, Ken Duke, Charley Hoffman, Tim Clark
Pro V1x (14): Blake Adams, Arjun Atwal, Cameron Beckman, Jason Bohn, Michael Bradley, Bart Bryant, Angel Cabrera, Gavin Coles, Martin Flores, Bobby Gates, Jr., Mathew Goggin, Bill Lunde, John Merrick and Scott Stallings.