With the sun dropping fast in the desert, Mark Wilson rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for birdie on the final hole Sunday at the Humana Challenge to extend Titleist's win streak to start the 2012 PGA Tour season.

 On a chilly evening at PGA West, Wilson closed with a 3-under 69 for a 24-under 264 total and two-shot victory over Robert Garrigus (Pro V1), John Mallinger (Pro V1x) and Johnson Wagner (Pro V1x), winner of last week's Sony Open in Hawaii.

Pro V1x players have now won the PGA Tour's first three events of 2012, beginning with Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker's season-opening victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

in 2011, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players won 33 of 44 PGA Tour events played, including a pair of early-season wins for Wilson (Sony Open, Phoenix Open).

Sunday's victory was the fifth of Wilson's career, not to mention the coldest.

 "I played in short sleeves all day I didn't want to put my sweater on the last hole," Wilson said. "That's why I was blowing on my hands to get them warm enough to get that last hole in."

He already had the hot hand, of course, hitting over 80 percent of his greens in regulation Sunday and playing his last 8 holes in 4 under, including a hole-out from the bunker for birdie on No. 12 and the clinching putt on the 18th.

Wilson topped a leader board that featured 10 Titleist golf ball loyalists among the top 11: Wilson, Garrigus, Mallinger, Wagner, Jeff Maggert (Pro V1x), John Senden (Pro V1), David Toms (Pro V1), Ben Crane (Pro V1x), Bobby Gates (Pro V1x) and Zach Johnson (Pro V1x).

A total of 99 players in the field relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also No. 1 in iron sets (41); sand, lob and approach wedges (123); and putters (57).

• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Dan Forsman captured the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball to

Forsman, who led the field in Greens in Regulation (81.5 percent) and finished T-4 in Driving Accuracy (81 percent) finished the three rounds at Hualalai Resort at 15-under 201, two shots ahead of Jay Don Blake (Pro V1x).

The win marked the third victory of Forsman's Champions Tour career.

"On the 18th green I couldn't even speak," Forsman told PGATour.com. "I am really humbled to top this field of guys I've admired and competed with all my professional life. The chance to be on top of a distinguished group of players like this is something I'll always cherish. You've got to be blessed to have opportunities like this and I feel like I am."

• EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist was the No. 1 golf ball of choice at the Volvo Golf Champions event with 17 players, more than two times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all other golf balls combined.

The 2012 PGA Tour season opened in familiar fashion this weekend, with Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker leading a 1-through-8 finish for Titleist golf ball players at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag of Titleist equipment, Stricker closed in 4-under 69 for a 23-under 269 total and three-shot victory in Hawaii, the 12th of his PGA Tour career and eighth in last 50 starts.

Stricker's victory also capped a three-win weekend sweep by Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players across the worldwide professional tours, including wins by Louis Oosthuizen (Pro V1x) and Scott Arnold (Pro V1). Last year, Titleist players combined for 175 wins around the world, nearly 150 more than the nearest competitor with 27 and more than all competitors combined.

Once again, Stricker's success was largely the result of staying nice and steady. Off the tee, he sent his Pro V1x sailing long and straight down the fairways at Kapalua's Plantation Course. Around the green, he chipped and pitched and putted his way to 26 total birdies, many of those coming during his bogey-free 10-under 63 (eight birdies, one eagle) in Round 2.

 "My caddie, says, 'Do what you do,' and I think that sums it up the best. We just go about and do our thing. It may not be the flashiest thing at times, but I do other things well,"  said Stricker, the only player to have won won multiple times the last three seasons (2009, 2010, 2011).

"I chip and putt well, I'm driving the ball well. … Everybody has got a little bit different game, and that's the way I just kind of look at mine and do the things that we know how to do the best."

Such results have led to 43 consecutive made cuts, currently the longest streak on the PGA Tour. (He hasn't missed a weekend since 2009.)

Stricker, who last season won The Memorial and John Deere Classic, topped a leader board that included a Titleist golf ball loyalist in each of the top eight positions and 10 of the top 11.

Pro V1x loyalist Martin Laird finished alone in second, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson and defending champion Jonathan Byrd (Pro V1x) tied for third. For Simpson, it was his seventh top-10 finish in his last eight PGA Tour events.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 23 of the 27 players trusting the #1 ball in golf in the winners-only field. The nearest competitor had two. In fact, Titleist was the top choice across every major equipment category, including drivers (13); fairway metals (12); hybrids (9); irons (14); sand, lob and approach wedges (38); and putters (14).

Here's a closer look at Steve Stricker's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 909D3 8.5º, (UST Mamiya Proforce V2 86)
3-wood: Titleist 906F2 13º, (UST Mamiya Proforce V2 96) 
Hybrid: Titleist 909H 19º (UST Mamiya Proforce V2 Hybrid 104)
Irons: AP2 3-P (KBS Prototype)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 253•09º, 259•11º (True Temper Dynamic Gold w/Sensicore)

 • EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen opened 2012 with four rounds in the 60's to successfully defend his Africa Open title at East London Golf Club in South Africa.

The former British Open champion won on home soil for the second consecutive year, closing with a 6-under 67 for a 27-under 265 total and two-shot victory over countryman Tjaart Van der Walt (Pro V1). He won last year's event in a three-way playoff.

Oosthuizen has now placed inside the top eight in his last six European Tour starts, dating back to the 2011 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Titleist was the golf ball of choice at the event with 156 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all competitors combined.

• AUSTRALIAN: It was a 1-2-3 finish for Pro V1 players at the Victorian Open as Scott Arnold earned his first professional victory with some last-minute fireworks.

Faced with a plugged lie in a bunker on the final hole, Arnold slammed his wedge into the sand and watched as Pro V1 flew toward the flagstick, spun and stopped a couple feet from the hole.

Arnold tapped in for a 3-under 68 and 12-under 272 total, one stroke clear of Kurt Barnes (Pro V1), who closed in 5-under 66. Pro V1x loyalist Mike Hendry rounded out the Top 3.

Among the top-10 finishers at the Victorian Open, seven relied on a Titleist golf ball for their success. Titleist was the golf ball of choice at the event with 110 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all other golf balls combined.

Video: Webb Simpson's Practice Routine

How best to describe Webb Simpson's 2011 PGA Tour season?

Let's just call it an all-around great year. Literally.

While most people will remember Webb's season for his pair of victories (Wyndham Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship) and his first Presidents Cup appearance, Team Titleist was even more impressed by his consistency.

Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and a bag of Titleist equipment, Webb finished the season No. 1 in the PGA Tour's All-Around Ranking statistic, which totals a player's rank in eight statistical categories (Greens in Regulation, Sand Saves, Driving Distance, Driving Accuracy, Scoring Leaders, Putting Leaders, Eagle Leaders and Birdie Leaders).

All of that also added up to 21 top-25 finishes in 26 starts, including a pair of wins and three runner-up finishes, as well as a monumental jump to No. 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Recently, Webb spoke with Team Titleist about his practice routines and how amateur golfers should best use their practice time, which you can watch in the above video.

And remember, you can keep track of your scores and key golf stats in Team Titleist's 'My Game' section, accessible via the left hand navigation bar on this page.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Bo Van Pelt's decisive victory Sunday at the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic put the finishing touches on a banner year for Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players on the PGA Tour.

Van Pelt's six-shot triumph in Malaysia marked the 33rd victory of the 2011 PGA Tour season for Titleist golf ball players – more than eight times the nearest competitor with four, and three times the total of all other golf balls combined (11).

 It was also one of five official (and seven total) wins on the weekend for Titleist players around the world, upping Titleist's 2011 win total to 158.

The final tally: Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball players combined to win 75 percent of PGA Tour events played this season.

And it all ended with Van Pelt's seven-birdie, bogey-free 64, which runner-up and Pro V1x loyalist Jeff Overton called "one of the best rounds of golf I've ever seen."

In the spirit of Halloween, it was scary good.

Trusting a Pro V1 golf ball and bag of Titleist equipment, Van Pelt closed out the event by birdieing five of his final eight holes at The Mines Resort & Golf Club to finish the four rounds at 23-under 261 and shatter the tournament scoring record by five strokes.

Accordingly, there was more than one exclamation point.

Van Pelt used his Titleist CB irons to hit tee shots within tap-in range on the par-3 13th and par-3 14th. He left himself just 4 feet for birdie on the par-4 15th, and two-putted for birdie on the par-5 17th.

"I've watched other guys coming down 18 with a big lead and I thought, 'That would be fun some day if I could do that.' "Van Pelt said. "And it was. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world. I get to do what I love to do for a living."

 It marked the second career PGA Tour title for Van Pelt, who also won the 2009 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Cameron Tringale (Pro V1x) matched Van Pelt's closing 64 to share low round of the day, and finished in a three-way tie for fourth-place that also included Pro V1x loyalist Mark Wilson.

Pro V1 loyalist Ryan Palmer, who tied for seventh, put himself in contention with an ace on the par-3 199-yard seventh hole, jarring his Pro V1 golf ball with a 6-iron. It was Palmer's third hole-in-one on the PGA Tour.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the limited-field event with 28 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist also was first in drivers (15); iron sets (16);  sand, lob and approach wedges (47); and putters (T-15).

Here's a closer look at Bo Van Pelt's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Titleist 909D2 8.5º (Mitsubishi Fubuki 73)
3-wood: Titleist 910Fd 13.5º (Mitsubishi Diamana Prototype 80)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 17º (UST Proforce V2 104)
Irons: Titleist CB 4-iron; MB 5-P (Nippon NS Pro)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 252•12º (bent to 51º), 56•14º (bent to 55º), 60•07º (Nippon NS Pro)

NATIONWIDE TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Ken Duke closed with a 4-under 68 to come from behind and win the Nationwide Tour Championship, leading a group of 15 Titleist golf ball players to the 2012 PGA Tour.

 Duke posted a 10-under 278 total for a two-shot victory at the Daniel Island Club, jumping safely inside the Nationwide Tour's Top 25 on the money list to No. 7.

Also earning their PGA Tour cards for next season were Titleist Brand Ambassadors Kyle Thompson (Pro V1x), Erik Compton (Pro V1x), Mark Anderson (Pro V1x) and Martin Flores (Pro V1x), as well as Titleist golf ball loyalists Ted Potter Jr. (Pro V1x), Matt Goggin (Pro V1x), Jonas Blixt (Pro V1x), Miguel Carballo (Pro V1), Troy Kelly (Pro V1), John Mallinger (Pro V1x), Gavin Coles (Pro V1x), Daniel Chopra (Pro V1x), Roberto Castro (Pro V1x) and Steve Wheatcroft (Pro V1x).

(Stay tuned for a closer look at these Nationwide Tour graduates and their Titleist equipment later this week here on Team Titleist.)

Forty players in the field trust Titleist golf balls for their success, including eight of the top 10 finishers, more than four times the nearest competitor with nine and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist also was first in sand, lob and approach wedges (45); and putters (20).  Titleist was second in drivers (14); fairway metals (15); and iron sets (14).

• CHINA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy got up-and-down from a bunker on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the Shanghai Masters.

 McIlroy closed with an even-par 72 to finish regulation at 18-under 270 at Lake Malaren's Masters course. On the playoff hole, he used his Vokey Design Spin Milled wedge to hit his Pro V1x to 2 feet for a tap-in par and the win.

"It's something that I feel like I can still get better at is winning and putting yourself in the position to win when you're not playing your best," McIlroy said.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Seung-yul Noh
(Pro V1x) and Pro V1x loyalist Hunter Mahan tied for third place.

The first-year, invitation-only event consisting of 30 players offered $2 million first-place prize money, the richest in golf. (The tournament is not considered for world ranking points and is not sanctioned by a major tour.)

Here's a closer look at Rory McIlroy's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
?Driver: Titleist 910D2 8.5º, C•2 SureFit Tour hosel setting (Fujikura Rombax 7V05)
?Fairway metals: Titleist 906F2 13º & 18º (Fujikura Pro95)?
Irons: Titleist 712 MB 3-9 (Project X Rifle 6.5)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 46•07º, 54•08º, 60•04º (Project X Rifle 6.5)
?Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS prototype

• AUSTRALASIAN: Pro V1x loyalist Rohan Blizard broke through for his first professional victory at the Western Australian Open, leading a 1-through-7 finish for Titleist golf ball players.

Blizard closed in Sunday-best 5-under 67 for a 10-under 278, making birdie at the par-5 18th to help secure a two shot victory.

“I was watching the leaderboard all day, I got off to a good start on the front nine so I knew I was in with a chance going into the back nine but I thought I probably had to have one better which was lucky for me I guess," Blizard said. “But I’m ecstatic. My first professional victory is a big thing and I’ll always remember that.”

Ashley Hall (Pro V1x), David McKenzie (Pro V1x) and Matt Jager (Pro V1) tied for third at 8-under 280. Heath Reed (Pro V1x) finished a further shot back.

• SOUTH AFRICA: Pro V1x loyalist James Kamte captured the Sunshine Tour's BMG Classic in a sudden-death playoff for his fourth career Sunshine Tour title.

 Kamte, who forced the playoff with a final-round 8-under 64, rolled his Pro V1x in from 10 for birdie on the first playoff hole to earn the victory.

“There was such a lot going through my head,” said Kamte.

“It’s hard to know you can win and not to be able to do so, so this was really a huge weight off my shoulders.”

Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 101 players, more than two times the nearest competitor with 36 and more than all competitors combined.

• JAPAN: Pro V1x loyalist Koichiro Kawano earned his first career JGTO title with a playoff victory at the Mynavi ABC Championship.

Kawano sealed the win with a birdie on the sixth extra hole, rolling his Pro V1x in from 8 feet for birdie. He forced the playoff in dramatic fashion by making an eagle on the par-5 18th to close with a bogey-free 67 for a 15-under 273 total.

Kawano was one of 40 players in the field that relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with nine and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist also was first in sand, lob and approach wedges (45); and putters (20).

• LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng won for the 11th time in 2011, capturing the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open by seven shots.

Tseng closed with a 6-under 66 for a 16-under 200 total, winning for the third time in her last four starts.

It marked Tseng's 20th victory in just four seasons as a professional, further solidifying her position atop the Rolex World Rankings.

• KOREA: At the NH Open, 80 players played Titleist golf balls, five times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all other golf balls combined.

• EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the Andalucia Masters with 53 players, more than all other golf balls combined.



Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald's march to victory last weekend at the PGA Tour finale at Walt Disney World can't be considered a fairy tale performance.

He's really that good. (And working hard to get better.)

Donald, the No. 1-ranked player in the world, rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for six consecutive birdies on the back nine Sunday to shoot 8-under 64 and win the Children's Miracle Network Classic by two shots.

With the win, Luke also vaulted to No. 1 on the final PGA Tour money list, an almost expected outcome when you consider his consistency and proficiency around putting surfaces.

"Every year I look at the stats and figure out what I need to do to improve," Luke says.

Here's some proof:

• Luke led the Tour with a 68.86 adjusted scoring average, and was also tops in Final Round Scoring Average (68.06).

 • He was No. 1 in the new Stroke Gained statistic (.844), which tracks a player's putting performance relative to his  competitors and ultimately shows how many strokes are gained or lost due to putting for a particular round and over the entire season.

• Luke was first in Approaches from 100-125 yards, averaging 16 feet, 4 inches from the hole.

• When faced with 5-10 footers, he rolled his Pro V1x into the hole a Tour-best 65.81 percent of the time.

• Luke also led in Three-Putt Avoidance at 1.24 percent.

• He averaged 2.97 on par-3s, 3.98 on par-4s and 4.55 on par-5s for the season.

• Luke was No. 2 in Proximity to the Hole from Sand, averaging 7 feet, 6 inches.

• He was also second in Scrambling from the Rough at 66.39 percent.

"I'm very, very excited about next year and even this off-season about trying to improve," Luke said after his round Sunday. "You know, there are certain parts of my game that definitely need some improvement. You know, hopefully that will lead to even more wins and more tournament victories."

In the above video, Luke talks Team Titleist about the importance of short game, tracking your statistics and making sure you have been fit for the best golf ball for your game.

After you watch the video, be sure to head over to Team Titleist's My Game experience (which you can always access via the left hand navigation bar), featuring tools that will allow you to track your scores and key golf stats.

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