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Austin Eckroat Conquers The Bear Trap To Claim First PGA Tour victory With Pro V1

Austin Eckroat

In absolute control of his  Pro V1 golf ball,  Austin Eckroat played The Bear Trap in 1 under par to punctuate a three-shot victory at PGA National and capture his first PGA TOUR victory.

With 10 holes to play in Monday’s weather-delayed finish, Eckroat pulled away with unwavering ball-striking, particularly through PGA National’s toughest three-hole stretch, playing 15-16-17 in par-birdie-par.

“He did it with a straight shot on 15, a draw on 16 and a cut on 17. Complete control,” NBC analyst and Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon said on the broadcast. 

Eckroat, 25, led the field in Greens in Regulation at 82% (59/72), gaining more than five shots on the field on approach (+5.829).

The longtime Pro V1 player made a field-best 23 birdies, posting four rounds of 68 or better (65-67-68-67). 

Austin Eckroat

— “I’ve been playing the Pro V1 since I was a kid, it’s always been good for me. I feel like I have the control around the greens, [it] has the high ball speed numbers. It does everything I want it to do.” 

— “I mean, the consistency within the ball is something that you really need. It’s something I’ve never worried about playing a Pro V1. Never even crossed my mind to wonder if the bad shot I just hit was my golf ball.” 



Austin Eckroat’s victory at the Cognizant Classic marked the eighth event won with a Titleist golf ball in nine PGA TOUR events to start the 2024 season: 

1.  The Sentry Champion (Pro V1x) 

2.  Grayson Murray  (Pro V1) – Sony Open in Hawaii 

3.  The American Express Champion (Pro V1) 

4.  Matthieu Pavon (Pro V1) – Farmers Insurance Open 

5.  Wyndham Clark (Pro V1x) – AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am 

6.  Nick Taylor (Pro V1x) – WM Phoenix Open 

7.  Jake Knapp (Pro V1 Left Dot) – Mexico Open at Vidanta 

8.  Austin Eckroat (Pro V1) – Cognizant Classic 

Of the eight winners who trusted a Titleist, Eckroat is also the fifth first-time winner on the PGA TOUR, joining Grayson Murray, the American Express champion, Matthieu Pavon and Jake Knapp in breaking through with a victory in 2024. 

Over the nine events played on the PGA TOUR in 2024, Titleist golf balls have been chosen a total of 746 times (70%), compared to 134 (12%) for the next closest competitor.