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Posted: April 30, 2012
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner closed out his first PGA Tour victory with four confident and courageous swings, trusting a Pro V1 golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment to the 2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans winner's circle.
Dufner, 35, won with a tap-in birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff at TPC Louisiana to lead a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the world – including another breakthrough victory by Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger (Pro V1x) at the European Tour's Ballantine's Championship.
Titleist golf ball players have now combined for 52 victories across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than seven times the nearest competitor with seven and more than all other golf balls combined.
For Dufner, it was a 20-hole Sunday in New Orleans. To get into the playoff, he posted a final-round 2-under 72 featuring two eye-opening par saves (Nos. 16 and 17). On the 16th, he rolled his Pro V1 in for par from 44 feet. On the second playoff hole, the par-5 18th, Dufner hit his Titleist 910D2 9.5º driver down the right side fairway, leaving him 263 yards to a flagstick guarded by water front and right of the green. He pulled his 910F 13.5º 3-wood and calmly sent his Pro V1 golf ball over the hazard, landing safely on the front of the putting surface. Dufner closed out the victory with a tougher-than-it-looked two-putt for birdie from 58 feet.
"Your mind is in a lot of different places when you win your first Tour event," said Dufner, who is getting married next weekend in Alabama. "It's hard for me to get a handle on all of it. I'm really, really excited."
Dufner's week was really, really steady. He made just four bogeys over the 74 holes, only one on Sunday and two for the entire weekend, leading to his course-record tying 19-under 269 total. On the greens, he was resolute. Gaming a Scotty Cameron prototype B-backputter, Dufner averaged just over 26 putts per round (T-2) and finished sixth in the Strokes Gained-Putting statistic (1.534).
He topped a leader board that featured nine Titleist golf ball players in the top 12 – including Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald, who closed in 5-under 67 to finish solo third at 17-under 271. The finish bumped Donald back into the No. 1 position in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Graham DeLaet (Pro V1x) and Ryan Palmer (Pro V1x) finished another shot back to share fourth. The T-4 finish was DeLaet's best on tour since returning from back surgery in 2011.
A total of 101 players teed up Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls at the Zurich Classic, more than five times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (127); and putters (62).
Here's a closer look at Jason Dufner's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Titleist 910D2 9.5º (Diamana 'ahina 60)
3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5º (Diamana 'ilima 80)
5-wood: Titleist 906F2 18º (Grafalloy Prolite)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 19º (Project X PXi Steel)
Irons: Titleist AP2 (712 Series) 4-PW (Project X PXi Steel)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 54º, 60º (Dynamic Gold Spinner)
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Circa 62 No. 2 Prototype
• EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger captured his first European Tour victory with one of the season's most impressive performances.
Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and 14 Titleist clubs, Wiesberger closed in 4-under 68 for an 18-under 270 total and five-shot win at the Ballantine's Championship. Wiesberger, 29, played his final 59 holes without dropping a shot at Blackstone Golf Club – a streak that included consecutive course-record 7-under 65s on Friday and Saturday.
“I just tried to enjoy it and I had the three best rounds of my life,” Wiesberger said. “I tried not to make bogeys and I did that pretty well, it was awesome.
Wiesberger was one of 91 players in the field that relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all other golf balls combined.
What's in Wiesberger's bag? Pro V1x golf ball; 910D3 9.5º driver; 910F 15º fairway metal; AP2 (2) and CB (3-PW) irons; Vokey Design SM4 52º, 56º & 60º wedges; Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport Fastback putter.
• LPGA TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis fired four rounds in the 60s (68-67-67-69) enroute to a one-shot victory at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.
Lewis, who entered the final round with a two shot lead, posted a 17-under 271 total. Karine Icher (Pro V1) finished in solo 3rd, two shots off the mark set by Lewis.
The win marks the second LPGA Tour title for the 27-year-old Lewis, who made her first LPGA crown a major at the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship, defeating fellow Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng by three shots.
A total of 99 players teed up Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.
• JAPAN TOUR: I.J. Jang (Pro V1x) came from behind to capture the Crowns Tournament. Jang fired his second consecutive 4-under 66 to finish at 8-under 272, two shots clear of two players, including Steven Conran (Pro V1x) of Australia.
Among those players who finished in the Top 10 at The Crowns, six trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success, including 20-year-old Kyoung-Hoon Lee (Pro V1x), who posted a runner-up finish last week.
Posted: April 27, 2012
The PGA Tour this week is in the Big Easy, where New Orleans golf fans are hopeful for another big finish.Last year, Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson outlasted Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (Pro V1x) in a sudden-death playoff at TPC Louisiana to earn his second PGA Tour victory. (Bubba's won two more since, including that recent major championship at Augusta National Golf Club.)
This year, 101 players in the field are relying on Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist is also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (127); and putters (62).
Take a look at the slideshow below for a closer look at some of the Titleist equipment in play this week in New Orleans.
Posted: April 25, 2012
"For me it's all about performance, what are my misses like?" says Curtis, who ranked first in Greens in Regulation at the Valero Texas Open. "The AP1s are more forgiving so they give you a little more room for error."
Appearance improvements to the AP1 irons include a new beveled topline and smoother hosel blend for a traditional shape with a more precise address profile. The AP1 irons also feature progressive blade lengths throughout the set for a confidence-inspiring look in the longer irons and increased playability in the shorter irons.
For more information about the technology behind the AP1 irons, be sure to check out the above video. And to advance your game with the new AP1 irons, please visit an authorized Titleist fitting partner.
Posted: April 23, 2012
Please file away Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Curtis' victory at the Valero Texas Open as a blueprint for overcoming some of golf's toughest conditions.
Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and 14 Titleist clubs – including a set of new Titleist AP1 (712 Series) irons – Curtis got the best of a trying TPC San Antonio layout in an impressive display of consistency and control.
The result was Curtis' fourth-career PGA Tour victory, as well as one of four wins on the weekend for Titleist golf ball players around the world. Also raising trophies Sunday: Pro V1x loyalists Lee Westwood (Asian Tour) and Chris Swanepoel (Sunshine Tour) and Pro V1 loyalist Hiroyuki Fujita (Japan Tour).
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 48 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, eight times the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined.
A total of 5,618 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, more than six times the nearest competitor with 916 and more than all other golf balls combined.
Curtis' victory at TPC San Antonio, the statistically-toughest track on the PGA Tour last season, can be summed up in a few key stats.
He finished first in Greens in Regulation (68.1 percent), becoming the first player to win on the PGA Tour while gaming new Titleist AP1 (712 Series) irons.
Curtis's final G.I.R. came on the 72nd hole, his Pro V1x landing 12 feet from the cup on the two-tiered 18th green. He rolled it in for birdie for an even-par 72, 9-under 279 total and two-shot victory.
"I love hard golf courses. I love it when par is premium. …," said Curtis, the 2003 British Open champion. "I just love courses that set-up that way where you got to control your distance not only in the air but also on the ground."
Carrying a Titleist 910 driver, 910Fd metal wood and pair of 910 hybrids, Curtis finished second for the week in Driving Accuracy at 73.2 percent, including a perfect drive Sunday down the 18th fairway.
He also ranked third in the Strokes Gained-Putting statistic (2.061), averaging just over 27 putts per round with his Scotty Cameron Newport 2.
Curtis' final round will be remembered most for his 23-foot par putt at the 17th hole to complete what seemed like an impossible up-and-down from the back of the green, which began with a severeley-downhill pitch.
"I was just trying to get it down there somewhere on that right level, just give myself a good look and it was the best putt I hit all week," he said.
Curtis topped a leader board that featured nine Titleist golf ball players in the top 10 – including the runner-up, who played a Pro V1.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendan Steele (Pro V1x), the 2011 champ, tied for fourth with Bob Estes (Pro V1), Brian Gay (Pro V1x) and Charlie Wi (Pro V1). Titleist Brand Ambassadors Hunter Haas (Pro V1x) and Cameron Tringale (Pro V1x) tied for eighth with Ryan Moore (Pro V1).
In total, 105 players relied on Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success at TPC San Antonio, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (35); sand, lob and approach wedges (123); and putters (62).
Here's a closer look at Ben Curtis' Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º (Aldila RIP NV 65X)3-wood: Titleist 910Fd 13.5º (Aldila RIP 80X)Hybrids: Titleist 910H 18º & 20º (Aldila NV Hybrid 85X)Irons: Titleist AP1 (712 Series) 4-P (Dynamic Gold)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 52•08º, TVD58º (Dynamic Gold)Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2
• ASIAN TOUR: Lee Westwood successfully defended his title at the CIMB NIAGA Indonesian Masters after a 32-hole marathon Sunday, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball to his first victory of 2012.
Because of weather delays, Westwood arrived at Royale Jakarta GC early Sunday morning to complete his third round. He made seven birdies in those 14 holes to finish off a 7-under 65 and take an eight-shot lead into the final 18.
“You never know how to play with such a big lead. You don’t know if you should attack or defend. It is quite hard to get your mental attitude around it," said Westwood, who closed in 2-over 74 for a two-shot victory.
He hit 81.94 percent of greens in regulation for the week.
"Hopefully this will kick-start my year. I’ve played well without any wins so hopefully I can go on and win other tournaments.
"It is tough when you are the favorite because if you don’t win then it will be disappointing. There was a lot of pressure so I’m glad I did it."
Westwood led a 1-2-3-4 finish for Titleist Pro V1x players. Thaworn Wiratchant closed in 67 to finish second at 14-under 274. Titleist Brand Ambassador Gaganjeet Bhullar and fellow countryman Shiv Kapur tied for third, another two shots back.
Of the 13 players who finished among the top-10 at the Indonesian Masters, eight trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.
A total of 99 players in the field played Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (46); and sand, lob and approach wedges (150).
• SUNSHINE TOUR: It was a 1-2 finish for Titleist Pro V1x players at the Golden Pilsner Zimbabwe Open, where Chris Swanepoel outlasted Titleist Brand Ambassador Trevor Fisher Jr. in a sudden-death playoff.
Swanepoel, who started the final round five strokes off the lead, closed with an 8-under 64 at Royal Harare Golf Club to force a playoff with Fisher (3-under 69) at 15-under 273.
On the second playoff hole, Swanepoel claimed the title with a tap-in for par.
“It’s a fantastic feeling," Swanepoel said of his third Sunshine Tour win. " I love playing out here on this fantastic course – it has a lovely layout. It’s my first playoff win in three tries, and it’s an incredible feeling."
Swanepoel was one of 114 players in the field that teed up Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 33 and more than all other golf balls combined.
• JAPAN TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Hiroyuki Fujita won his 12th JGTO title Sunday at the Tsuruya Open. Fujita closed with a 4-under 67 at Yamanohara GC for a 15-under 269 total, four shots clear of Pro V1x loyalist Kyoung-Hoon Lee.
Eighteen-year-old Titleist Brand Ambassador Masahiro Kawamura tied for third, another shot back.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Tsuruya Open with 63 players, nearly twice the nearest competitor with 32. Titleist was also first in hybrids (46); and sand, lob and approach wedges (119).
• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Titleist golf ball loyalists Michael Allen (Pro V1x) and David Frost (Pro V1) captured the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, posting a 29-under 187 total for a one-shot victory over four other teams.
Their performance at Savannah Harbor included three nearly flawless rounds of 62-63-62 in the better-ball format.
• EUROPEAN: At the Volvo China Open, 94 players teed up Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (49); and sand, lob and approach wedges (142).
• LPGA: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the LPGA LOTTE Championship with 100 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all other golf balls combined. Seven of the top 11 players on the final leader board were Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x players.
Posted: April 20, 2012
Welcome to the (statistically) toughest week on the PGA Tour, the Valero Texas Open.
How tough is it, Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendan Steele?
"It's so tough that a lot of guys are going to be walking away shaking their heads," said Steele, last year's winner at TPC San Antonio."I think it's a good test and it's a little different test than we see week-in, week-out."
TPC San Antonio, a par-72 layout guarded by narrow fairways, deep bunkers, undulating greens, tight lies and high winds, had the highest scoring average of any PGA Tour event on the 2011 schedule (73.665).
Steele won with an 8-under 280 total, trusting his Pro V1x golf ball to a final-round 1-under 71 that included a tournament-winning up-and-down on the 18th hole.
"I don't think there's anything about the course that's unfair even when the wind blows that hard," Steele said. "It demands really good shots and if you don't hit them, you're going to pay the price."
This week, 105 players are relying on Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success at TPC San Antonio, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist is also first in iron sets (35); sand, lob and approach wedges (123); and putters (62).
Take a look at Team Titleist's pictures from the practice rounds in the slideshow below.