Rickie Fowler Charges to Victory at The Players

Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Rickie Fowler stole the show this weekend with his come-from-behind win at The Players Championship (see story), leading a three-win week for Titleist golf ball players.  Fowler went 8-under on the final ten holes he played on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, sealing his playoff victory with a birdie on the par-3 17th (the third time he birdied the 17th on Sunday!)


George Coetzee Claims Second European Win of the Season

While Rickie Fowler was charging at TPC Sawgrass, Titleist Brand Ambassador George Coetzee supplied some drama of his own on the European Tour, capturing the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on the second hole of a sudden death playoff.

Coetzee birdied the 18th hole three consecutive times on Sunday - once in regulation and twice in the playoff.

The playoff participants finished regulation tied at 13-under par 271.

It marks the second win of the year for Coetzee who captured the Tshwane Open on his home course of Pretoria GC, and the third of his European Tour career.

WHAT’S IN GEORGE COETZEE’S BAG: Pro V1x golf ball, 915D3 (10.5º) driver, 915F (16.5º) fairway metal, 712U 2-iron, CB 714 irons (4-PW), Vokey Design SM5 gap (50º), sand (56º) and lob (60º) wedges, Scotty Cameron T10 Select Newport 1.5 putter.


 PH McIntyre at the Investec Royal Swazi Open

On the South African Tour, Titleist Pro V1x loyalist PH McIntyre captured the Investec Royal Swazi Open after converting a clutch 8-foot putt on the final hole of regulation for his second career victory.

McIntyre finished with a total score of 45 points, two points clear of fellow Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Morne Buys.

The event was contested on a point basis scoring system and the players were awarded 8 points for an albatross, 5 for an eagle, 2 for a birdie, and none for a par.

A point was deducted for every bogey and 3 points deducted for a double bogey or worse.

Grant Veenstra (Pro V1) claimed solo third position with 42 points while James Kamte (Pro V1x), Ockie Strydom (Pro V1x) and Titleist Brand Ambassador Tyrone Mordt (Pro V1x, 915D2 driver, 915F fairway metal, 915H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design SM5 wedges) tied for fourth with a total of 41 points, as each of the top six finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.



In total, 7,198 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with 1,249 and more than all competitors combined.

 With three more wins this week, Titleist’s 2015 victory count advances to 49. That's three times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined.


TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA TOUR THE PLAYERS Championship 84 18
EUROPEAN TOUR AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open 96 17
SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR Investec Royal Swazi Open 61 10



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Charging down the stretch on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass, Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Rickie Fowler orchestrated a stunning 6-under-par (birdie-par-birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie) finish over the final six holes to take the clubhouse lead at 12-under 276.

But that was just the warm-up for an encore performance in a three-way playoff that culminated with Fowler sinking a clutch 5-foot birdie putt on the iconic 17th hole to take home the title.

“It's amazing,” Fowler said in his post-round press conference. “This is a special week. Everyone looks forward to it. Just happy that I had a chance after my finish this afternoon to get in the playoff and to be here on 17 and get it done.”

The win marks the second career PGA TOUR title for Fowler, who birdied the 128-yard 17th hole five times in six chances this week.

Fellow Pro V1x loyalist Kevin Kisner also produced two late birdies to fire a final-round 69, equaling the 12-under mark and earning him a spot in the playoff. Fowler and Kisner advanced after the three-hole aggregate playoff with 1-under totals, while the third player was eliminated at even par.

It took another hole of sudden death to crown the champion and in the end, Fowler’s steady and gutsy play was the difference in another classic finish at The Players Championship.

And how does it feel to earn the title of The Players Champion?

“Pretty good. It may sink in by tomorrow, but I'm not sure about that."

Congratulations, Rickie!


Titleist Brand Ambassadors Bill Haas (Pro V1x, 915D2 driver, 915F fairway metals, AP2 714 irons, Vokey Design SM5 sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Futura X5R putter) and Ben Martin (Pro V1x, 915D3 driver, 915H hybrid, CB irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges) missed out on the playoff by one shot, as four of the top five finishers all relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Kevin Na (Pro V1x, 915D3 driver, 915F fairway metals, 915H hybrid, AP2 714 irons, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Super Rat putter) finished two more shots back to tie for 6th.

Titleist golf balls were the top choice of players in the field with 84, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18.

Titleist also was the field favorite in the iron (35) category and Titleist Vokey Design wedges were the top choice in the approach, sand and lob wedge (127) category.

Rickie Fowler's win was the 15th for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR, nearly four times more than the nearest competitor with 4.


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This week at The PLAYERS Championship, one player to keep your eye on is Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stenson. The powerful Swede won this prestigious event in 2009 and his ball striking prowess makes him a favorite to win every week he competes.  

Heading into this week, Stenson ranks in the top-5 on Tour in Greens-In-Regulation (72.87%)  and he leads the Tour in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (1.936 strokes better than the field).  This proficiency tee-to-green is a great advantage at TPC Sawgrass, a course that puts a premium on hitting fairways and greens.

However, the famous Pete Dye layout is also well known for its challenging, undulating greens, where finding the right tier with pitches and chips can spell the difference between saving pars and falling out of contention.

As you might guess, Stenson has an answer for this, as well.  As he demonstrates in the video above, Henrik has a world-class short game to complement his other enviable skills.  Watch as he demonstrates a 40-yard low pitch (a great shot for those pins tucked on back tiers) and shares his thoughts on how the situation at hand will change his expectations for success.


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