Sunday morning at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, just four players remained out of the world-class 64-player bracket: Hunter Mahan, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Mark Wilson.

And each of them started the day the same way, by teeing up a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball.

In the end, it was Mahan who raised the championship trophy at Dove Mountain, highlighting a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the globe.

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 23 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, nearly eight times the nearest competitor with three and more than all other golf balls combined.

For Mahan, it marked his fourth-career PGA Tour victory and second World Golf Championships title.

"It feels good because you're going against the game's best. I played well from tee?to?green, putting to chipping to driving, irons, everything was there," said Mahan, who topped McIlroy in the finals, 2 and 1.

Mahan also defeated Wilson in the semis, 2 and 1. McIlroy advanced to the finals with a 3-and-1 victory over Westwood, at one stretch rolling his Pro V1x golf ball in for seven birdies in 10 holes.

The winning formula? Consistency and control.

Mahan trusted his Pro V1x to 35 birdies in the 96 holes he played over the five days and six matches, including a near hole-out for eagle from the sixth fairway during the final match. (Instead, his Pro V1x stopped 2 feet from the cup and the putt was conceded.)

Mahan's short game was just as precise, especially down the stretch, as he made up-and-down birdies on Nos. 13 and 15 to secure the victory.

Remarkably, he never trailed following the third hole of his second-round match on Thursday, a stretch of 74 holes.

"I needed everything to win," said Mahan. "It feels good. I'm very proud of how I played. It feels great. It really does."

Mahan was one of 38 Titleist golf ball players in the elite WGC field, more than four times the nearest competitor with 9 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in fairway metals (T-23); hybrids (17); iron sets (19); and sand, lob and approach wedges (64).

• PGA: It took 80 holes (72 holes of regulation, plus an 8-hole playoff) to crown a champion at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, but when the final putt dropped the winner emerged trusting his Titleist Pro V1. 

The winner was one of 87 players that teed up a Titleist golf ball at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (103); and putters (42).

 • LPGA: At the third stop on the LPGA's Asia-Pacific swing, Pro V1 loyalist Angela Stanford emerged from a four-way, all-Titleist golf ball playoff to capture the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore. Stanford sank a three-foot par putt on the third playoff hole to top Jenny Shin (Pro V1).

Shanshan Feng (Pro V1x) and Na Yeon Choi (Pro V1x) had been eliminated on the first and second holes of the playoff, respectively. The foursome finished regulation at 10-under 278.

Stanford shot a 1-under-par 71 to notch her fifth LPGA Tour victory, and her first since the 2009 SBS Open at Turtle Bay.

Through teary eyes, the 34-year-old admitted that it was an emotional victory.

“It’s a big deal,” Stanford said. “I’m just thinking about home and everybody there.”

Last week's winner and World No. 1 Yani Tseng (Pro V1x) came in solo 5th, one shot out of the playoff, as Titleist golf ball players occupied the top five positions on the leaderboard.

A total of 39 players in the limited field relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 7 and more than all other golf balls combined.


 • SOUTH AFRICAN:
Titleist golf ball loyalist Keith Horne (Pro V1x) captured the Telkom PGA Championship by three shots following a final round 3-under par 69 that gave him a 19-under, 269 victory total. This win was the fifth of Horne's Sunshine Tour career, and by far, the biggest.

“It has been a long time coming," said Horne. "I’m over the moon that I can tick this off. I would’ve been disappointed to have played in South Africa for so long and never won a big tournament. And this is a big one. It’s been going for many years with so many big names on the trophy. I really feel like I’m a big player in South Africa now.”

The 40-year-old Horne, nicknamed ATM by caddies on the Sunshine Tour in recognition of his consistent play, took a two-stroke lead into the final round. After birdies at two of his first three holes, and another at the 6th, Horne relied on his trademark steadiness, making only one bogey as the rest of the field struggled to gain ground. Horne capped the round by sinking a 5-foot putt for birdie at the last.

“I wasn’t feeling too much pressure because I was playing well. I really wanted to make that five-footer for birdie at the last to finish on a high. But I felt confident the whole week. It’s the first time I felt like I could win, was going to win and did win.”

Fellow Titleist golf ball loyalists Alex Haindl (Pro V1x) and Darren Fichardt (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges) were among three players who tied for 2nd place.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Telkom PGA Championship with 106 players, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 33 and more than all other golf balls combined.


• ASIAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the SAIL SBI Open with 108 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also No. 1 in iron sets (36); and sand, lob and approach wedges (146).

• AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Queensland PGA Championship with 97 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all other golf balls combined.



Dan Stone, Vice President of Titleist Golf Club R&D, and Chris McGinley, Vice President of Titleist Golf Club Marketing, sat down with Team Titleist recently to answer questions about the new Titleist AP1, AP2, CB and MB (712 Series) irons. Earlier this week, we posted Part 1, which you can view at this link.

Check out Part 2 in the above video. Topics include:

• Pure Tungsten construction of AP irons
• New features of AP1 (712 Series) irons
• Playability of AP2 (712 Series) irons; and
• Forged vs. Cast irons (Look, sound and feel).

Stay tuned for Part 3 later this week.

Team Titleist members were asked recently to submit any questions they had about the new Titleist AP1, AP2, CB and MB (712 Series) irons, which were released last November.

Last week, Dan Stone, Vice President of Titleist Golf Club R&D, and Chris McGinley, Vice President of Titleist Golf Club Marketing, sat down with Team Titleist to provide answers to many of those questions.

Part 1 (which you can watch in the above video) topics include:

• R&D's end goal for each new iron model;
• Consistency of ball speed across the iron face;
• Forgiveness vs. workability; and
• The major differences between the AP1 and AP2 irons.


We'll post Part 2 later this week.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas stood on Riviera Country Club's 10th green Sunday evening, a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball in one hand and his Scotty Cameron Kombi Mid putter in the other. His ball marker sat on the putting surface, 43 feet from the hole for birdie.

Minutes later, Haas walked toward the hole with his right fist the air, his Pro V1x golf ball now resting at the bottom of the cup.

 It would prove to be the final birdie of the 2012 Northern Trust Open, Haas winning the tournament on the second hole of sudden-death playoff to conclude a standout weekend for Titleist equipment players.

Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists combined for six wins Sunday around the globe, including Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng's repeat victory at the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Through the first 50 days of 2012, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have won 19 times across the worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with three and more than all other golf balls combined.

For Haas, it was the second win in his last six official PGA Tour events, dating back to last September's double-victory in the Tour Championship/FedEx Cup Playoffs.

 Both wins came in playoffs. Both were highlighted by improbable up-and-downs, one from the edge of a water hazard (Tour Championship) and one from a patch of gnarly kikuyu rough (Northern Trust Open).

Both times, Haas relied on his Vokey Design Spin Milled wedge to get his Pro V1x to the putting surface and keep him in the running.

"That's a hard putt," said Haas, the reigning FedEx Cup Champion. "In my opinion I hit a really good chip just to get it to (43 feet), so I was happy about that.  I thought I put myself in the best position to give myself the best case to continue the playoff.

"It just happened that I won right there."

Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment, Haas closed with a 2-under 69 to finish the four days at Riviera 7-under 277, tied with his two playoff partners.

Haas was one of 94 Titleist golf ball players in the field, more than five times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (42); sand, lob and approach wedges (125); and putters (63).

For the week, Haas tied for first in Putts per Round (25.8) and was third in the Strokes Gained (2.251) putting statistic.

Here's a closer look at Bill Haas' Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D2 8.5º (Fujikura Speeder 757)
3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5º (Fujikura Motore VC 8.1)
Irons: Titleist CB 2-P (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 54•10º, 60º•E (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Kombi Mid

• LPGA: Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng birdied her final two holes Sunday to win the Honda LPGA Thailand for the second consecutive year.

On the final hole, Tseng, who earned seven LPGA victories in 2011, nearly holed out her Pro V1x golf ball for eagle. Instead, she tapped in for the birdie and the one-shot victory.

 "I didn't know my ball was that close," said Tseng, who finsihed with a 6-under 66 and 19-under 269 total.

"After I saw that, I was really happy. It wasn't like two feet and then I would be really nervous. That tap-in putt was great. It feels really good to win here again."

Tseng topped a leader board the featured three Titleist golf ball players in the top four, including Pro V1 loyalists Jiyai Shin (3rd) and Amy Yang (4th).

A total of 46 players in the field relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all other golf ball combined.

• EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Jbe Kruger captured his first career European Tour title, shooting a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory at the Avantha Masters in New Delhi.

 Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment, Kruger finished with a 14-under 274 total at DLF Golf & Country Club. For the week, he totaled, 11 birdies, three eagles and just three bogeys.

On the 72nd hole Sunday, he stuck his Pro V1x to 10 feet to seal the victory.

“I’m very relieved to win for the first time,” said Kruger. “If you want to win you need to make putts on the final day and I did that today."

Kruger was one 87 players in the field that played Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor and more than all other golf balls combined.

• SOUTH AFRICAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Oliver Bekker won the Dimension Data Pro-Am at Fancourt, rolling his Pro V1x golf ball in for birdie from 10 feet on the final hole to secure his second Sunshine Tour victory.
 
 Bekker closed in 2-under 70 for a 13-under 276 total, two strokes clear of fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Tyrone Ferreira (Pro V1x) and Pro V1x loyalist Thomas Aiken.

“It’s an awesome feeling to win the Di-Data (Pro-Am) – it’s one of the premier events on our tour – it’s what you dream about on the Sunshine Tour,” he said.

A total of 107 players teed up Titleist golf balls in the event, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 37 and more than all competitors combined.

AUSTRALASIAN:  Titleist Brand Ambassador Gareth Paddison (Pro V1) won the Victorian PGA Championship, leading a 1-through-6 finish for Titleist golf ball players.

Paddison finished the four rounds at 7-under 277 for a one shot victory over Leighton Lyle (Pro V1x).

Titleist golf ball players occupied nine of the top 10 positions on the final leader board.?

• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Kenny Perry cruised to his second-career Champions Tour title at the ACE Group Classic.

Perry rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for birdie on the 18th hole of TwinEagles GC's Talon Course Sunday to close with a 2-under 70 for a five-shot victory.

"I really wanted that (final) putt…" said Perry. "Ecstatic. It's a great win for me."

After setting the tour's 36-hole scoring record (64-62), Perry finished at 20-under 196.

Fifty-five players trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first iron sets (21).

• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship with 99 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also No. 1 in iron sets (45); sand, lob and approach wedges (15); and putters (49).

EXCELLENCE IS A CHOICE
Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas Wins Northern Trust Open in Dramatic Playoff 

February 21, 2012 - Whether you’re locked in a three-way playoff to decide a championship or simply striving to be your best, it all comes down to trusting your equipment on every shot. Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas, relying on the Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist golf clubs, showed how far trust and talent can take you with his dramatic win at the Northern Trust Open.  Victories around the world by Brand Ambassadors on the European, South African and Australasian Tours, as well as wins by golf ball loyalists Yani Tseng and Kenny Perry, provide continued proof that when it comes to performance excellence, the overwhelming choice is Titleist.

Haas rolled in a 45-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a three-way playoff to capture the Northern Trust Open at famed Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.  Haas closed with a 2-under par 69 to finish at 7-under 277.  He was on the practice range warming up when his eventual playoff partners drained long putts of 26 and 12 feet, respectively, to force extra holes.

The reigning FedExCup champion, Haas captured his fourth career PGA Tour title and advanced to No.12 in the world following the win.  He has won at least one PGA TOUR event in each of the last three years.

The tournament was decided on the 312-yard 10th hole.  While it can be reached with a drive, it’s all about position - and none of the three were in a good spot.  Haas went long into thick rough, with enough of the back bunker in his way that he smartly played out to the right and left himself a long birdie putt that at least would assure him par.  After Haas converted his putt, the drama continued as he had to wait and watch one participant fail to hole a bunker shot and the other miss a putt from just off the green.

What's in Bill Haas' Titleist Bag?:  Pro V1x golf ball, 910D2 (8.5) driver, 910F (13.5) fairway metal, CB (2-P) irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand (54) and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi long putter.

- Haas tied for 1st in Putts Per Round (25.8) and 3rd in Strokes Gained - Putting (2.251). 

- Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jarrod Lyle's T4 finish marks the best of his PGA TOUR career.  His previous best finish was T5 at the 2011 Mayakoba Golf Classic.

EUROPEAN:  Titleist Brand Ambassador Jbe Kruger captured his first career European Tour title, firing a 3-under par 69 that gave him a two-stroke victory at the Avantha Masters in New Delhi.  The 25-year old South African, who held the 54-hole lead heading into the final round, finished with a 14-under 274 total, two strokes clear of two players, including fellow Pro V1x loyalist Marcel Siem

Kruger's previous best finish on the European Tour was a third place showing at the 2010 Africa Open.

What's in Jbe Kruger's Titleist Bag?:  Pro V1x golf ball, 910D3 (7.5) driver, 910F (13.5) fairway metal, 910H (18) hybrid, AP2 (3-P) irons, Vokey Design SM4 approach (50), sand (56) and lob (64) wedges.

LPGA:  Top-ranked Yani Tseng successfully defended her Honda LPGA Thailand title for her first win of the year and the 13th of her short but illustrious LPGA career.  The 23-year-old Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist birdied the final two holes to close with a 6-under 66 en route to a 19-under 269 victory total.  The one-shot win marked the 33rd of her career worldwide.

Jiyai Shin (Pro V1), playing in the group in front of Tseng, closed with a 67 to finish in solo 3rd place, two strokes behind the champion.  Fellow South Korean Amy Yang (Pro V1) shot a final round 69 to finish in solo 4th place, as three of the top four finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

CHAMPIONS:  Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Kenny Perry captured his second career Champions Tour title, cruising to a five-shot win at the ACE Group Classic. After opening with rounds of 64 and 62 to break the tour’s 36-hole record at 18-under 126, Perry closed with a 2-under 70 in windy conditions to top 2011 winner Bernhard Langer (Pro V1). Perry tied the tournament record for largest margin of victory which stood since 1999.  He also tied Langer's tournament scoring record set last year.

SOUTH AFRICAN:  Titleist Brand Ambassador Oliver Bekker (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) captured his maiden Sunshine Tour victory when he fired a final round 2-under 70 to capture the Dimension Data Pro-Am.  Bekker posted a 13-under 276 total, two strokes clear of fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Tyrone Ferreira (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, 910F fairway metal, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges) and Pro V1x loyalist Thomas Aiken. Titleist Brand Ambassador Shaun Norris (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) took a share of 4th place with a score of 9-under 280.

AUSTRALASIAN:  Titleist Brand Ambassador Gareth Paddison (Pro V1, 910D2 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) won the Victorian PGA Championship this weekend. Paddison's winning score of 7-under 277 edged Leighton Lyle (Pro V1x), brother of Titleist Brand Ambassador Jarrod Lyle, by one shot.  Paddison now heads to Toowoomba to defend the Queensland PGA Championship that he won in 2011.

Titleist golf ball players occupied the top six positions on the leaderboard and 9 of the top 10.

WORLDWIDE WINS: Six wins this week improves Titleist’s worldwide golf ball victory total in 2012 to 19, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3.

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