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Posted: July 6, 2012
Last week's start to the seeding and tour validation process for the the new prototype Titleist 913 drivers on the PGA Tour was quickly followed this week on the European Tour at the Open de France at Le Golf National.
After a busy three days of fitting and testing, 14 players stepped to the first tee at Le Golf National Thursday with a prototype Titleist 913 driver in the bag, including: Matteo Manassero, Bernd Wiesberger, George Coetzee, Jbe Kruger, Ricardo Santos, Tano Goya, Michael Jonzon, Thomas Levet, Brett Rumford, Ken Ferrie, Guillaume Cambis, Andrew Dodt, Edouard Dubois and Adrian Otaegui. (It was the same at last week's AT&T National at Congressional Country Club, where 14 players put the new prototype 913 driver in play for the first time.)
Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy is also gaming a new prototype Titleist 913 driver, following a comprehensive fitting session last week in Ireland.
Rory was visited at home, ahead of the Irish Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club, by Titleist Tour Technician Mattias Jelver. Amongst the goodies that Mattias bore were a number of prototype Titleist 913D2 and 913D3 driver heads, rolls of driver shafts and his trusty Trackman launch monitor.
After an initial chat about the specific characteristics of the two heads, Rory and Mattias headed out to the range and got down to some serious work, analyzing the results of the different head and shaft combinations.
"We started with Rory's 910D2 as a benchmark and moved on from there," explained Mattias. "As we subsequently tried different combinations of the prototype 913 heads and shafts, each brought something else to the table, but eventually there was one clear choice.
"The 913D3 8.5 degrees with a VC 7.2 X Tour Spec felt great from the outset and with JP (Rory's caddie) calling out different shots – high draw, low into the wind, cut and so on – Rory was able to execute them all comfortably and producing great numbers on Trackman."
The numbers were so good, in fact, that Rory immediately put the new prototype 913 driver into play during the Irish Open.
“I have been testing the new 913 and all the Trackman numbers suggested I was hitting the ball longer and further. I’m getting less spin which is great in the wind and it carries 15 yards further in calm conditions," Rory told the Associated Foreign Press last week last week.
“The Titleist guys had it ready for me when I got here on Monday and I put it straight in the bag. I had my previous driver for almost two years but this one just performs so much better. I feel like I am hitting the ball a lot better than I am with this new driver and I feel that’s going to make a huge difference, especially around Lytham."
Posted: July 5, 2012
The U.S. Women's Open is officially under way at Blackwolf Run in Wisconsin, where players and prognosticators are expecting a trying 72-hole week for the world's best, especially on Blackwolf Run's quick, undulating greens.Team Titleist caught up with Pro V1x players Brittany Lang, Shanshan Feng and defending U.S. Women's Open champ So Yeon Ryu to see how they were preparing for the year's third major, which you can watch in the above video.The consensus key to victory? Short-game success.
Posted: July 2, 2012
Jamie Donaldson rolled his Titleist Pro V1 golf ball in for four birdies over the final five holes Sunday at the Irish Open to earn his first European Tour victory and lead a four-win week for Titleist players around the world.Donaldson, 36, was the only player in Northern Ireland to post all four rounds in the 60s (68-67-69-66), punctuating a comfortable four-shot win with a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole at Royal Portrush.Through the first half of 2012, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have combined for 88 victories across the worldwide professional tours, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all other golf balls combined.A total of 10,574 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, as compared to 1,704 for the nearest competitor.Donaldson's week began Monday at Sunningdale in England, where players gathered for Open Championship International Qualifying. He shot 62 to book his ticket to Royal Lytham & St. Annes.A few days later, Donaldson kicked off Round 1 at the Irish Open with a hole-in-one at the difficult, into-the-wind par-3 6th, his first ace as a pro.On Sunday, his name was at the top of the leader board with an 18-under 270 victory total.“To have a hole in one the first time in a tournament, and to win it, as well, is very special,” he said.Titleist Brand Ambassador Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Pro V1x) and Pro V1x loyalist Anthony Wall were among three players who tied for second place, as eight of the top nine finishers and 11 of the top 15 relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Titleist golf ball loyalist Joe Daley (Pro V1) won the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship for his first Champions Tour title.Daley closed with a 2-under 68 en route to a 14-under 266 total and a two-stroke victory over Tom Lehman (Pro V1), who won the Regions Tradition in his last start. Both players shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s.Daley, a two-time winner on the Web.com Tour, posted a tournament-high 24 birdies on the week.He was one of 53 players in the field that trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 10 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also the choice of more players in the iron sets (20) and sand, lob and approach wedge (56) categories.?• WEB.COM TOUR: Peter Tomasulo tapped his Pro V1x golf ball in for par on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff to top fellow Pro V1x loyalist David Lingmerth and win the United Leasing Championship, the first event on the newly-named Web.com Tour.It marked the third-career victory for Tomasulo, who had spent the last 21 months batting a variety of injuries, including a broken bone in his foot and stress fractures in his ribs."This is the first time in a long time that I've felt really healthy," said Tomasulo, who finished regulation at 11-under 277.
"It's a lot of fun being back out here. I miss being out here and playing. This feels great. It's a blast being out here and competing again. I really didn't expect to play well this early."Eight of the top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Richard Scott (Pro V1x), who finished solo third, one shot out of the playoff.A total of 108 players in the field teed up Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all golf balls combined. Titleist was also the choice of more players in the iron (42), wedge (153) and putter (56) categories.
• CANADIAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Cory Renfrew won the Syncrude Boreal Open, closing with a course-record 9-under 63 and then winning in a playoff at Fort McMurray Golf Club.Renfrew finished the four rounds at 17-under 271, birdieing his 72nd hole to force overtime. He won with a 5-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole."I knew birdie would have to win it," said Renfrew, who began his Sunday round with six birdies over the first seven holes. "I was fortunate to come out on top."• PGA TOUR: The seeding process of the new Titleist 913 drivers began at the AT&T National, with 14 players putting it in play the first week it was available. Among the players putting the new 913D2 prototype drivers into play were Bud Cauley (7.5º), Tom Gillis (9.5º) and John Merrick (8.5º). Eleven players gamed 913D3 drivers, including Seung-yul Noh (7.5º), Nick Watney (10.5º), Brendon de Jonge (9.5º), Mark Anderson (8.5º), Ben Curtis (8.5º), Martin Flores (9.5º), Hunter Haas (9.5º), K.T. Kim (8.5º), Tom Pernice Jr. (8.5º), D.J. Trahan (7.5º) and Gary Woodland (7.5º). Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy also put a 913D3 8.5º driver into play at the Irish Open, kicking off the European Tour seeding process that officially begins at this week's French Open.A total of 81 players at AT&T National trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (36); sand, lob and approach wedges (123); and putters (53).• LPGA: Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 99 of the 144-player field at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all golf balls combined.