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Posted: October 17, 2011
With the birth of his third child expected in less than 24 hours, Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane delivered one the best comeback victories of the season Sunday at the McGladrey Classic in an all-Titleist playoff.
After starting the final round five shots back, Crane birdied eight of his last 11 holes at Sea Island's Seaside Course to force extra time with fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (Pro V1x).Crane's par on the second playoff hole earned him his fourth-career PGA Tour victory, the 31st win for Titleist golf ball players on the 2011 PGA Tour.It was also one of six victories on the week for Titleist players across the worldwide professional tours – increasing Titleist's 2011 win count to 146, more than six times the nearest competitor with 23 and more than all competitors combined.A total of 17,933 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in worldwide pro events this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,774 and more than all other golf balls.Trusting a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and bag of Titleist equipment, Crane closed with a 7-under 63 that included a back-nine 30 and 20-foot birdie putts at Nos. 16 and 17 to finish at 15-under 265.Simpson (pictured right) shot a 4-under 66 to get into the playoff, guaranteeing him his 20th top-25 finish of the season and the No. 1 spot on the PGA Tour money list with one event remaining in 2011.After the playoff, Crane quickly hopped a plane back home to Dallas, where his wife was scheduled to deliver the couple's third child by C-section Monday at 1 p.m. (EST)."I'm in a little bit of shock, a lot of shock, disbelief. …," said Crane of his fourth PGA Tour victory. "I know I played just about as good as I can play."Crane led the field in birdies with 22, four of them coming in his last five holes.On the par-4 14th, he hit his Titleist AP2 7-iron approach to a foot. He two-putted for birdie on the par-5 15th, then rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for a pair of 20-foot birdies on the next two holes."I looked at the leader board on 16 green. I saw the guys were two ahead, and I had a 20- or 22-footer for birdie, and I just said, well, if I'm going to have a chance, I'm going to have to birdie two of the last three holes," said Crane, the 16th different full-product Titleist Brand Ambassador to win on the PGA Tour this season. "Newsflash: If you don't birdie the first one and you're dormie and you've got two holes to play and you've got to make two birdies, it gets harder."Titleist golf ball players claimed nine of the top-10 spots at the event, including third-place finisher and Pro V1 loyalist Michael Thompson, who wrapped up his PGA Tour playing privileges for next season.
Also earning his 2012 Tour card: Titleist Brand Ambassador Bud Cauley, who finished tied for 15th. Cauley made the cut in seven of his his eight PGA Tour starts this season, becoming only the sixth player to turn pro and earn his card without having to go to PGA Tour Q-School.Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 87 players, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 13. Titleist also was first in iron sets (36); sand, lob and approach wedges (114); and putters (50).Recently, Crane put a new Bassara W 50 for Titleist driver shaft in his 910D2, looking to regain ball speed he lost from recent back injuries. The change has increased his season average driving distance by nearly two yards.Here's a closer look at Ben Crane's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D2 7.5º (Mitusbishi Bassara W for Titleist)Hybrid: Titleist 910H 17º (Mitusbishi Diamana Blueboard 93)Hybrid: Titleist 910H 21º (UST Axiv Core 100)Irons: Titleist AP2 5-9 (True Temper Dynamic Gold S400)Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 252.12º (bent to 51º), SM56•15º (bent to 55º), 60º•E (bent to 59•) (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Here's a closer look at Webb Simpson's Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 909D3 10.5° (UST AxivCore 69)Fairway wood: Titleist 910F 13.5° (UST VTS 8X)Fairway wood: Titleist 910F 17° (UST VTS 8X)Hybrid: Titleist 910H 21° (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105)Irons: Titleist 680 MB 4-P (True Temper Dynamic Gold) Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design TVD 54°, 58° (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
• EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Tom Lewis birdied five of his final seven holes Sunday at the Portugal Masters to claim victory in just his third professional start.Lewis, formerly one of the world's top amateur golfers, posted a final-round 7-under 65 that included a back-nine 31 at Oceânico Victoria Golf Course.Lewis shot rounds of 70-64-68-65 for a 21-under 267 total, two clear of Titleist Brand Ambassador Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Pro V1x).For the week, Lewis rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for 25 birdies and just four bogeys. He played his final 35 holes bogey-free, going 10 under over that stretch.He hit 86.1 percent of his greens in regulation and averaged 309.5 yards off the tee.The victory earned Lewis a two-year exemption on the European Tour as well a spot in next month's World Golf Championships event in China. He also advanced into the top 60 in the season-ending The Race to Dubai. "To have two years on The European Tour, I would not have dreamt that at the beginning of the week, so I'm really pleased," he said. “I've got a long way to go. I'm nowhere near the player I want to be, so I'll put this win behind me at the end of the year and start fresh next year.”Lewis was one of 74 players in the field that relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all other golf ball combined.The 20-year old made headlines this summer when he shot a record-setting 65 for an amateur in the first round of the Open Championship, giving him a share of the lead. He also produced a top-10 finish in his first pro event in Austria. • LPGA TOUR: Na Yeon Choi watched her Pro V1x golf ball disappear into the cup for two birdies over her final four holes to claim a one-shot victory over fellow Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.Choi fired a final round 3-under 68 to finish at 15-under 269 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. The deciding birdie came at the par-3 17th, where she hit her tee shot to 5 feet and rolled in her Pro V1x for a one-shot advantage.Tseng, who started the final round four shots behind Choi, closed with a 6-under 65.It was the second consecutive week the pair finished 1-2.The win was the first of the year for Choi and the fifth of her three-year career.
It was also the 100th win by a player of Korean descent on the LPGA.“I won my fifth tournament and a hundred times for all of the Korean players,” said Choi, who has posted 10 top-10 finishes this season, including two runner-up performances. “So it’s very nice. Icing on the cake.”Tseng, the No. 1 player in the Rolex World Rankings, leads the LPGA with six victories and 12 top-10 finishes this season. She has nine victories worldwide in 2011.Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with 49 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined.• SUNSHINE TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Doug McGuigan trusted a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, new Titleist CB (712 series) irons and a bag full of TItleist equipment to his fifth-career Sunshine Tour title at the KCM Zambia Open.McGuigan, who recently won the first stage of European Tour Qualifying, outlasted fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jean Hugo (Pro V1x) in a five-hole playoff.All five playoff holes took place on Nchanga Golf Club's par-4 18th, where McGuigan made a couple clutch halves before clinching the victory.On the first playoff hole, McGuigan holed a 12-footer for birdie. On the third, he got up-and-down for par from behind the green.On the fifth, he hit his approach to 3 feet for birdie and the win."My new Titleist CB irons were really easy to adapt to and I'm hitting it well," said McGuigan, who tied Hugo in regulation at 16-under par 272.
"It’s really satisfying to come out on top," he said. "It feels sensational.”Titleist golf ball players occupied the top five positions on the final leader board. In total, 72 players relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than three times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.• ASIAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist David Gleeson's record-breaking performance at the Hero Indian Open en New Delhia earned him his third-career Asian Tour title.Gleeson was the only player to shoot all four rounds in the 60s at New Dehli Golf Club, posting scores of 68-66-66-68 to finish at 20-under 268, the lowest winning score in tournament history.His final round 68 included a hole-out eagle from 140 yards on the par-4 third hole"Once I made that eagle I started playing more conservatively," said Gleeson, who made 13 straight pars to close out the tournament. "It is unbelievable to win again."Gleeson was one of 104 players in the field that trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in iron sets and sand, lob and approach wedges. • KOREAN TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Kyung-Nam Kang closed with a 1-under 70 at the Meritz Solmoro Open to earn his second win of the season.Kang finished the four rounds at Solmoro Country Club in Yeoju-gun, South Korea, at 7-under 277, one shot ahead of Titleist Brand Ambassador MinKyu Han (Pro V1).Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 85 players, five times the nearest competitor with 17. Titleist also was first in fairway metals (45); hybrids (78); and sand, lob and approach wedges (108).• NATIONWIDE TOUR: At the Miccosukee Championship in Miami, 99 players teed up Titleist golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all other golf balls combined.Titleist Brand Ambassador Mark Anderson (Pro V1x) finished second, closing with a 3-under 68 for a 13-under 271 total at Miccosukee Golf & Country Club.Titleist also was first in iron sets (40); sand, lob and approach wedges (135); and putters (57). Titleist was second in drivers (43); and fairway metals (43). • CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Marc Calcavecchia was one of 55 players that played Titleist golf balls at the AT&T Championship, more than six times the nearest competitor with nine and more than all competitors combined.Calcavecchia finished runner-up after posting round of 68-66-66 for a 16-under 200 total at TPC San Antonio.Titleist also was first in iron sets (24); and sand, lob and approach wedges (50). • JAPAN TOUR: At the Japan Open, 48 players relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than any other golf ball.Pro V1x loyalist Kenichi Kuboya finished runner-up in a playoff after ending regulation at Takanodai Country Club at 2-under 282.Titleist also was first in hybrids (41); and sand, lob and approach wedges (76).
Posted: October 14, 2011
While just two events remain in the 2011 PGA Tour season, the excitement is still building this week at the McGladrey Classic at at Sea Island's Seaside Course.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (pictured below), currently No. 2 on the PGA Tour money list and one of the game's most consistent players, has his sights set on the top spot.
But in order to get there, he'll have to pass Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald, who on Friday committed to playing in next week's Children's Miracle Network Classic in Orlando, Fla.
Who do you think will end up in the No. 1 position?In the meantime, check out our slideshow from the McGladrey Classic, featuring several pictures sent to us by photographer and loyal Team Titleist member Greg Moore. (Thanks, Greg!)
Posted: October 13, 2011
While Titleist Brand Ambassador Rickie Fowler has never been considered a tinkerer, the 22-year-old made a tweak to his equipment setup at last week's Kolon Korean Open that helped him capture his first professional victory.For the first time in his career, Fowler played the Kolon Korean Open with four Vokey Design Spin Milled Wedges: 48•10º (bent to 47º), 50•08º (bent to 51º), 55•12º and 60•L (bent to 59º)."I had always played 47-, 53- and 59-degree wedges," Rickie said earlier this week in an interview with Golfweek.com. "I had two weeks off prior to Korea. I worked with four wedges in the bag. It made me feel more comfortable within 130 yards or so. I had more comfortable swings with wedges."Rickie, who shot rounds of 67-70-63-68 at Woo Jeong Hills CC to finish at 16 under and win by six shots, said in the interview that he decided to make the change after taking a closer look at his statistics with caddie Joe Skovron.
Putting a fourth Vokey in the bag reduced the yardage gaps between Rickie's wedges, thereby improving his distance control and increasing the odds of hitting it closer to the hole."(We) noticed my rankings in that scoring zone, inside 150 yards, weren’t great and needed some attention," Rickie told Golfweek.com. "Outside of 200 yards, last time I looked, I was in the top three (in proximity to the hole).
"It’s great to be a top player from outside 200 yards, but I’d rather be that good from inside 100 yards. We felt like we should pay some attention to that. This was the start of that."Rickie is continuing a four-Vokey setup this week at the PGA Tour's McGladery Classic at Sea Island (Ga.) Golf Club, the second-to-last event of the 2011 PGA Tour season.
Posted: October 11, 2011
Four of the world's best golfers are hitting their Titleist Pro V1x golf balls around China this week as they compete in the seven-day, eight-course, 18-hole 2011 Shui On Land China Golf Challenge.Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy has joined Pro V1x loyalists Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Liang Wen-chong in the made-for-television event that is being called golf's version of "The Amazing Race."The par-72 competition began Monday, Oct. 10, at Tomson Golf Club in Shanghai, where the foursome played the opening two holes before boarding jets en route to Jinsha Lake International Golf Club in Zhengzhou.It will conclude Sunday, Oct. 16, at Ceasars Golf in Macau, seven cities and over 2,100 miles from where the opening tee shots were hit.“It’s going to be a long week, especially looking at the number of flights and the mileage we’re going to cover," said Poulter, who rolled his Pro V1x in for birdie on the first hole Monday and took the Day 1 lead at 1 under par. "The format of the event will make it difficult to get into a rhythm for each set of holes, but it’s interesting and challenging.”For more information, please visit the tournament website at http://en.shuionlandchinagolfchallenge.com.You can also follow along on Twitter at @chinagchallenge.
Posted: October 10, 2011
BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCES LEAD TITLEIST GOLF BALL LOYALISTS TO EIGHT-WIN WORLDWIDE SWEEP
Molder, Fowler, Slattery, Faxon Earn First Wins Trusting New 712 Series Irons
October 10, 2011 – Buoyed by the breakthrough performances of young guns and the consistent play of established stars, Titleist equipment loyalists took the professional golf world by storm this week, securing victories across every major tour. Eight tours, eight wins.
Among the victories were four by full product line Titleist Brand Ambassadors, all who trusted Titleist throughout the bag, from tee-through-green to post their milestone wins. All four relied upon new Titleist prototype irons that begin shipping to golf shops in November.
WINNING THE WORLD OVER: With eight wins this week, Titleist golf ball loyalists have accumulated 140 victories across the 2011 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 22.
PGA TOUR: Bryce Molder earned his first career PGA TOUR title at the Frys.com Open, prevailing with a birdie on the sixth hole of a sudden death playoff over fellow Pro V1x loyalist Briny Baird. Molder fired a 7-under 64 in the final round to match Baird at 17-under 267 in regulation.
WHAT’S IN BRYCE MOLDER’S BAG?: Pro V1x golf ball, 909D3 driver (9.5) , 909F2 fairway metal (13.5), 910H hybrid (20.0), New 712 CB prototype irons (3-9), Vokey Design pitching wedge (48), Vokey TVD sand (54) and lob wedges (60), Scotty Cameron Newport 2.7 putter.
ALL IN: Molder becomes the 15th different full-product line Titleist Brand Ambassador to win on the PGA TOUR this season. Titleist Brand Ambassadors have won 18 times to date on the 2011 PGA TOUR.
CALL ING CAULEY: Titleist Brand Ambassador Bud Cauley (Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 910F.d fairway metal, 910H hybrid, New 712 Series MB prototype irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 SS putter), who turned professional this spring, had his best performance of the season. Cauley finished solo 3rd, two shots back, and put himself in position to earn his 2012 PGA TOUR card without entering Q-School.
FAIRWAYS AND GREENS: Part of the story of Molder’s success can be gleaned from the statistics. Off the tee, Molder was tied for 7th in Driving Accuracy (75%). He also led the field in Putts Per Round (26.8) and Putts Per Greens in Regulation (1.58). Meanwhile, Cauley was 4th in Greens in Regulation (81.9) and 5th in Putts Per Greens in Regulation (1.661). Both players rely on Scotty Cameron Newport-style putters.
EQUIPMENT COUNTS: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Frys.com Open with 88 players, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 13. Titleist also was first in hybrids (30); iron sets (34); sand, lob and approach wedges (105); and putters (51). Titleist was second in drivers (30); and fairway metals (33).
ONEASIA/KOREA TOUR: Rickie Fowler went wire-to-wire at the OneAsia Tour's Korea Open to win his first professional title, closing with a 3-under par 68 en route to a six-stroke victory over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy. Fowler finished at 16-under 268, which included an 8-under 63 on Saturday, while McIlroy fired a final round 64 en route to his runner-up finish.
Fowler topped a leaderboard that was top heavy with Titleist Brand Ambassadors. South Korea's Kim Meen-whee (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, 909H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design pitching, gap and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Timeless Putter) gave Titleist players a 1-2-3 finish. Meanwhile, S.Y. Noh (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, New 712 AP2 3-4 irons, New 712 MB 5-9 irons, Vokey Design pitching, gap and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron California Del Mar Circle T Putter), finished solo 5th.
WHAT’S IN RICKIE’S BAG?: Pro V1x, 910D3 (8.5) driver, 909F (13.5) fairway metal, New 712MB prototype irons (4-9), Vokey Design pitching (48), gap (50), sand (55) and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron Circa 62 Deep Milled putter.
WHAT’S IN RORY McILROY’S BAG?: Pro V1x, 910D2 (8.5) driver, 906F2 (13,18) fairway metals, New 712 MB prototype irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (46), sand (54), lob (60) wedges; Scotty Cameron GSS putter.
QUOTING FOWLER: "It was a lot of fun," said Fowler. "I played well early on in the final round and then I was comfortable over the last few holes. It feels great to have the first win. I played well all week ... I had good control of my ball, I drove well and I made some putts."
13 TIMES!: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the 54th Kolon Korea Open with 104 players (79%), that is 13 times the nearest competitor with 8. Of the 12 players who finished among the top 10 and ties, 10 relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success. Titleist also was first in fairway metals (57); hybrids (83); iron sets (58); sand, lob and approach wedges (161); and putters (51). Titleist was second in drivers (44).
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Longtime Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon captured his first Champions Tour victory with a one-shot win at the rain-shortened Insperity Classic. An eight-time winner on the PGA TOUR who turned 50 in August, Faxon shot a 7-under 65 in windy conditions on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead with a 36-hole 10-under 134 total. It was Faxon's sixth start on the 50-and-over circuit.
WHAT’S IN BRAD’S BAG?: Pro V1, 910D2 driver (9.5), 910F fairway metal (15.0), 910H hybrids (17,19), New 712 CB prototype irons (4-PW), Vokey Design sand (54) and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron prototype putter
TOP CHOICE: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Insperity Championship with 51 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 12. Titleist also was first in iron sets (20).
EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Lee Slattery captured his first career European Tour title by one shot at the Bankia Madrid Masters. The 25-year old rebounded from a slow start in the final round to close with a one-under 71 en route to a 15-under 273 victory total.
WHAT’S IN LEE SLATTERY’S BAG?: Pro V1x, 910D2 (8.5) driver, New 712CB prototype irons (2-PW), Vokey Design gap (52) and lob (58) wedges, Scotty Cameron Concept 1 Tour Rat 1.5 putter
PERSONAL BESTS: In addition to Slattery’s breakthrough performance, Cesar Monasterio (Pro V1x) and hometown favorite Eduardo De La Riva (Pro V1x) tied for third place at 12-under 276, recording their best European Tour results of the season.
#1 WIN WITH #1 BALL: Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Bankia Madrid Masters with 73 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 20.
LPGA TOUR: Titleist golf ball players claimed 10 of the top-11 spots at the Hana Bank Championship where top-ranked YANI TSENG closed with a 5-under 67 to edge fellow Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Na Yeon Choi by a stroke. Tseng, who also won the Women's British Open and LPGA Championship this season, finished at 14-under 202. Brittany Lincicome (Pro V1x) shot a final round 6-under 66 to finish at 11-under 205, tied for 3rd with Jimin Kang (Pro V1x) and second-round leader Soo-Jin Yang (Pro V1).
- The win marks the 6th LPGA Tour victory of the season for Tseng and her 9th overall title of the year. She now has 11 career victories in four full seasons on the LPGA Tour.
- Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the LPGA Hana Bank Championship with 48 players, six times the nearest competitor with 8.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist MIGUEL CARBALLO recorded three eagles en route to a final round 8-under 64 and a come-from-behind, two shot victory at the Children's Hospital Classic. Carballo finished at 24-under 264, securing his second career Nationwide Tour title. His lone previous win was at the 2007 Panama Championship. He lost a playoff two weeks ago at the Soboba Golf Classic.
Runner-up Brice Garnett (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 909H hybrid, new 712 CB prototype irons, Vokey Design wedges) closed with a 5-under 67, while Aaron Goldberg (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, 695CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter) fired a final round 7-under 65 to finish solo 3rd, another shot back.
- Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 104 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 12. Titleist also was first in iron sets (48); sand, lob and approach wedges (150); and putters (58). Titleist was second in drivers (47), including 42 910D2 or 910D3 models; and fairway metals (51).
ASIAN: It was a Titleist Pro V1x 1-2 finish at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taipei, where Lu Wei-chih (Pro V1x, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges) of Taiwan edged compatriot Lu Wen-teh (Pro V1x, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges) by one shot. Lu shot a final round 3-under 69 to finish with a 5-under par 283 victory total. It was the second career Asian Tour title for Lu, whose first victory came at the 2005 Mercuries Taiwan Masters.
- Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 95 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 20. Titleist also was first in iron sets (22); and sand, lob and approach wedges (90).
JAPAN TOUR: KENICHI KUBOYA (Pro V1x) won his fifth Japan Golf Tour title with a two shot victory over three players, including fellow Pro V1x loyalists Brad Kennedy (Pro V1x, 910H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design gap, sand and lob wedges) and Chawalit Plaphol (Pro V1x). Kuboya, who was one of four players tied for the lead entering the final round, closed with a 3-under 69 en route to a 14-under 274 victory total.
- Kennedy, who started the final round in 24th position, fired a Sunday-best, bogey-free 65 to own the clubhouse lead, 90 minutes ahead of the final group.
- Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Canon Open with 46 players. Titleist also was first in hybrids (30); and sand, lob and approach wedges (84).