For the second consecutive year, a Titleist Brand Ambassador has earned the Sir Henry Cotton European Tour Rookie of the Year award. Brooks Koepka, who finished in eighth position on The Race to Dubai in his first full season, followed the achievement of Titleist Brand Ambassador Peter Uihlein in 2013. Koepka won the Turkish Airlines Open just two weeks ago during the European Tour's Final Series, and recorded four other top ten finishes during the season. He also finished T4 at the U.S. Open and 15th at the PGA Championship.

“Winning the Rookie of the Year means so much,” said Koepka. “I've worked so hard this year, and to see the results is fun. To cap the year off with a win in Turkey has made this year special, and it's a goal I've been working for since I was able to come out on Tour."

In winning the Rookie of the Year Award, Koepka succeeds Uihlein, his close friend and housemate, both Americans who opted to cross the Atlantic over two years ago to first play on the European Challenge Tour and then on The European Tour. Following his breakthrough win on the Challenge Tour in 2012, Koepka claimed three titles in 2013 to earn automatic promotion to The European Tour, joining Uihlein who had secured his own European Tour status by winning the 2013 Madeira Islands Open.

"Looking back where I was two years ago, and then where I am today, is special," continued Koepka. "So to win Turkey and win Rookie of the Year is amazing. Coming over, having nowhere to play and getting a win on The Challenge Tour, and then getting the promotion, was unbelievable. And now to win on The European Tour is special, and to win Rookie of the Year, you look at all the names, guys who have won it, especially last year; Pete Uihlein, so at least we can keep it in the house.”

George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour said: “Brooks has enjoyed a magnificent first full season on The European Tour, winning one of our Final Series events at the Turkish Airlines Open, recording a top five finish in a Major Championship, and finishing inside the top ten on The Race to Dubai. That would be a very good season for any player, but to do it in your first full season on The European Tour is even more impressive. The story of first Peter Uihlein winning the Rookie of the Year Award and now his close friend Brooks, is quite a remarkable one, and it underlines the global appeal The European Tour has.”

Koepka, who plays the Pro V1x golf ball and a full complement of Titleist golf clubs, became the second player in a month to win on the European Tour with the new Titleist 915 driver. Koepka put the new 915D2 (8.5) driver in play at the Turkish Airlines Open and edged Ian Poulter by one shot.

Koepka's fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador, Chesson Hadley, captured the U.S. PGA TOUR's Rookie of the Year Award in October.

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Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Henrik Stenson earned his second consecutive DP World Tour Championship crown, carding a final round of 70 to finish with a 16-under-par 272 victory total. 

It was clutch play down the stretch that propelled Stenson to successfully defend his title as he closed with back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18. 

"I didn't give up. I was hanging in there and made a couple important par putts on 12 and 16. Then I hit it to a foot on 17 and hit a good, solid wedge from 125 (yards) on 18," said Stenson.

With the back-to-back titles under his belt, Stenson is already looking forward to making it a three-peat next year.

"It was such a great place for me to win here last year, so to come back and successfully defend is very pleasing. I'll be back and try to make it three wins in a row next year."

We look forward to it, Henrik! Great playing.

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS:

 Titleist golf ball Loyalist Nick Cullen (Pro V1x) posted a 9-under-par 279 victory total to capture his first Australian Masters, one shot clear of defending champion and fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott. The leaderboard was flush with Titleist Golf Ball Loyalists as nine of the top 10 finishers relied upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success.

 On the Asian Tour, Titleist golf ball loyalist Mardan Mamat (Pro V1x) captured the Resorts World Manila Masters for his fourth career Asian Tour title. Mamat led wire-to-wire, closing with a final round 3-under-par 69 to finish with a 20-under-par victory total of 268. 

TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS

With another four wins this week, including a dramatic playoff victory at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship on the LPGA Tour, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 169. That's more than three times the nearest competitor with 44 and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 22,677 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,905 and more than all competitors combined.


THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD  |  WEEK ENDING November 24, 2014

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
LPGA CME Group Tour Championship 46 6
Asian Tour Resorts World Manila Masters 84 23
Australasia Tour BetEasy Masters 103 13
PGA Tour China Hainan Open 59 18
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The #1 Ball in Golf - 2014 Wins

 

Titleist is the #1 ball for more players and more champions across the worldwide professional tours. To date, Titleist golf ball players have recorded 169 victories around the world in 2014, compared to 44 for the nearest competitor. Since its introduction in 2000, the Pro V1 golf ball franchise has been the golf ball of choice for more than 2,000 champions worldwide.

Below is a listing of tournaments won by Titleist golf ball players on the major worldwide professional tours in 2014.

TOUR (wins)
TOURNAMENT PLAYER BALL MODEL
 

 

PGA TOUR (26) Frys.com Open Jimmy Walker Pro V1
  Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Webb Simpson Pro V1x
  CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Winner Pro V1x
  The McGladrey Classic Winner Pro V1x
  OHL Classic at Mayakoba Winner Pro V1x
  Hyundai Tournament of Champions Zach Johnson Pro V1x
  Sony Open in Hawaii Jimmy Walker Pro V1
  Farmers Insurance Open Scott Stallings Pro V1x
  AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Jimmy Walker Pro V1
  Northern Trust Open Bubba Watson Pro V1x
  Puerto Rico Open Chesson Hadley Pro V1x
  Valspar Championship John Senden Pro V1
  Valero Texas Open Steven Bowditch Pro V1x
  Shell Houston Open Matt Jones Pro V1x
  THE MASTERS Bubba Watson Pro V1x
  HP Byron Nelson Championship Brendon Todd Pro V1x
  Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Adam Scott Pro V1
  FedEx St. Jude Classic Ben Crane Pro V1x
  Travelers Championship Kevin Streelman Pro V1x
  Greenbrier Classic Angel Cabrera Pro V1x
  RBC Canadian Open Tim Clark Pro V1
  Barracuda Open Geoff Ogilvy Pro V1x
  The Barclays Hunter Mahan Pro V1x
  Deutsche Bank Championship Winner Pro V1x
  BMW Championship Billy Horschel Pro V1x
  The TOUR Championship Billy Horschel Pro V1x
       
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