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Posted: August 9, 2012
After the final putt dropped at the 45th PGA Professional National Championship, Titleist Staff Member and Head Professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, N.Y. Matt Dobyns took home the top honors at the 2012 PGA National Championship in record setting fashion.
His 8-shot victory was the largest margin of victory in tournament history, topping Sam Snead’s 41-year-old record, and it earned him an invitation to compete in the 2012 PGA Championship.
Dobyns is one of 20 PGA Professionals that have earned a little break from their normal day-to-day duties and will be competing in the final major of the 2012 PGA Tour season.
For these PGA Professionals, the final journey to Kiawah started in late June as 312 players teed it up at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses vying for one of the spots awarded to the top-20 finishers and opportunity to compete with many of the world’s best golfers on the Ocean Course at this week’s PGA Championship.
Normally the professional giving advice to his students, this week Dobyns turned to PGA tour veterans like Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy for a little advice on what to expect.
“They all tell me the same thing, and that's to soak in the week and enjoy it and share it with my family, and so that's what I'm trying to do,” said Dobyns.
The list of PGA Professionals who also punched their ticket to Kiawah Island includes Titleist Staff Members: Danny Balin (Burning Tree Country Club), Frank Bensel (Century Country Club), Brian Gaffney (Rumson Country Club), Mitch Lowe (Half Moon Bay Golf Links), Kelly Mitchum (Pinehurst Country Club), Bill Murchison (Towne Lakes Golf Club), Corey Prugh (Manito Golf & Country Club) and Doug Wade(Western Hills Country Club), as well as Titleist golf ball loyalists Mike Small and Marty Jertson.
While just having the opportunity to compete in a major championship on the PGA Tour is an experience in itself, these Titleist Staff Professionals also get to experience the full tour treatment.
“It’s a little bit out of my typical normal routine--Titleist fitters checking my clubs, Bob Vokey checking my wedges--having everyone from Titleist around makes the week special,” said Mitchum.
Although the goals and expectations at The Ocean Course may vary amongst these PGA Professionals in the field, according to Mitchum they all have one thing in common:
"We can always rely on our Titleist golf ball. There's no doubt we're getting the most out of it, so it's up to us to get the job done."
Best of luck to all PGA Professionals in the field this week and a very special thank you goes out to all 27,000 men and women of The PGA of America who are dedicated to growing, teaching and managing the game of golf.
Posted: August 8, 2012
Welcome to PGA Championship week! The final major of the 2012 PGA Tour season is here and players are gearing up for a major test on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
Team Titleist recently caught up with brand ambassadors Geoff Ogilvy, Greg Chalmers, Bill Haas and Marc Leishman to get their take on navigating the Ocean Course and why they trust Pro V1 and Pro V1x for their games.
With unpredictable weather, tough terrain and a layout that can be stretched out to just under 7,700 yards factoring into the equation, having confidence in your game and your golf ball is going to be key for players in the field.
"The more you can believe what you are going to hit and hit with, the better the swing you're going to put on it," said Ogilvy. "It's a trust and belief issue more than anything."
Chalmers adds, “I've been using the Pro V1x for seven or eight years, I know what it's going to do and I'm confident it's going to do it."
Hear what else they had to say in the video above.
Posted: August 7, 2012
J.J. Henry ran his Titleist Pro V1 golf ball in for four birdies Sunday to win the Reno-Tahoe Open while Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Kohles relied on a Pro V1x golf ball, new prototype Titleist 913 driver and a full bag of Titleist equipment to win the Cox Classic and lead a three-win week for Titleist players.
With the wins this weekend, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now combined to win 105 times this season across the worldwide professional tours, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all other golf balls combined.
A total of 12,995 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,075 and more than all competitors combined.
Using the modified stableford scoring system, it was a rare week on the PGA Tour where posting a big number was the goal at the end of the day. Players receive eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie and zero for par. They are also docked a point for bogey and three points for anything worse.
In this format, there is certainly a premium on eagles and birdies and J.J. Henry took full advantage. Henry tallied three eagles, 17 birdies and 46 pars en route to a 43-point total for the event.
"I said to some friends and my caddie that I really thought I was going to have a great week," Henry said. "Sometimes when you believe it, good things happen. And that's exactly what happened this week for me."
"Well, it's been a long time coming. This is my twelfth straight year on Tour. I got my first victory in 2006, but to finally kind of get over that hump again, it means a lot, not only to win, but to win here in such a neat place," added Henry.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Reno-Tahoe Open with 87, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (30), wedge (105) and putter (54) categories.
A total of 27 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 18 new 913D3 (13) and 913D2 (5) models.
Titleist was also the choice of six players in the Top 10 including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Brendan Steele, Tom Pernice Jr., and Pro V1x loyalists John Mallinger, Josh Teater and Todd Hamilton.
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WEB.COM TOUR: Ben Kohles began Sunday two strokes off the lead but quickly took the lead and posted a bogey-free 9-under-par 62 to become the first player in Tour history to earn a victory in each of his first two professional starts.
Kohles relied on a V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment for his success, including a new 913D3 prototype driver. Kohles is now 2-for-2 with the big stick. He won last week the first time he put it in play.
"I just kept my head down. We were pedal to the metal at the end because you never know what will happen behind you," Kohles said in a television interview.
What's in Ben Kohles Bag:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 913D3 prototype 9.5ºFairway Metal: Titleist 910F 13.5ºHybrid: Titleist 910H 17ºIrons: Titleist CB (3-P) Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 52º, 58ºPutter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Cox Classic field of 156 in the golf ball category with 109, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (48), wedge (168) and putter (59) categories.
"I think I played the best round of my life today. That was a blast," Kohles said after hitting 17 of 18 greens. "I'm pretty shocked myself. What are you supposed to do better than this? I don't think that part has sunk in yet. It's pretty life altering."
A total of 36 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 25 who chose the new 913D3 (18) and 913D2 (7) models.
CHAMPIONS: Pro V1 loyalist Bernhard Langer fired a final round 10-under 62, overcoming a six-stroke deficit to win the 3M Championship for the second time in four years. Langer recorded a 17-under par 198 total, two shots clear of runner-up Pro V1x loyalist David Peoples, who posted the best finish of his Champions Tour career.
"Winning is always special, but this is pretty important because it's been awhile since I've won, and especially after what I've been through the last few weeks being in contention and not being able to close the deal," Langer said. "It was very important for my confidence to pull off a win here sooner than later."
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the 3M Championship field of 81 in the golf ball category with 56, over five times the nearest competitor with 10. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (20) and wedge (66) categories.
WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS:Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker (Pro V1x, 913D3 prototype driver, 910Fd fairway metal, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges), closed with a 64 that included birdies on the final three holes to finish in a tie for 2nd, one shot behind the winner of the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational.
Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen finished solo fourth, another shot back, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy (Pro V1x, 913D3 prototype driver, 906F2 fairway metal, 910F fairway metal, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS putter) tied for 5th. He was followed by fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner (Pro V1, 910D2 driver, 910F fairway metal, 906F2 fairway metal, AP2 irons, Vokey Design SM4 sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron prototype putter) in solo 7th.
Pro V1x loyalists Luke Donald, Aaron Baddeley, and Lee Slattery along with Pro V1 loyalists K.J. Choi and Bo Van Pelt were among eight players who tied for eighth, as 10 of the 15 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational field of 78 in the golf ball category with 46, more than four times the nearest competitor with 11. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (22) and wedge (78) categories.
A total of 20 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 12 prototype 913D3 (8) and 913D2 (4) models. Among the Titleist Brand Ambassadors putting the new 913 prototype drivers in play for the first time this week were Bill Haas (8.5), Marc Leishman (7.5) and Geoff Ogilvy (9.5), all of whom gamed the 913D2 model.
PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICAS Q-SCHOOL: Titleist was the overwhelming favorite equipment brand among the field of 139 who participated in the PGA Tour Latinoamericas Q-School. Titleist was the top choice in golf balls (98), nearly five times the nearest competitor with 20. Titleist was also the leader in the fairway metal, iron, wedge and putter categories. Titleist was second in the driver category with 49, five shy of the leader.
Posted: August 3, 2012
Earlier this week Team Titleist made the trip to Akron, Ohio to check in with the field at WGC at Firestone Country Club - the last stop before the season's final major. The 78-player field features 49 of the top 50 players in the world and promises to be a showcase of the top talents in golf.
This week offers veteran WGC players like Titleist Brand Ambassador and defending champion Adam Scott along with Bill Haas and Ben Crane one final tune-up before traveling to Kiawah, SC in search of their first major victory. For other WGC first-timers like Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Weisberger, Firestone is a tough challenge after his victory at the Lyoness Open.
In total, 46 players in the field are trusting Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist is also first in iron sets (22) and sand, lob and approach wedges (102).
2,000 miles away in "The Biggest Little City in the World" at the PGA Tour's Reno-Tahoe Open, 87 players in the field are trusting Titleist golf balls for their success, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all other golf balls combined.
Titleist is also first in iron sets (30); sand, lob and approach wedges (136); and putters (54).
Good luck to both fields and here's to a weekend filled with great golf!
Posted: August 2, 2012
When it comes to world-class fields, this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational is among the best. A total of 49 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings will be teeing it up at Firestone Country Club on Thursday, with just Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (World No. 5 ) among the missing. Simpson and his wife, Dowd welcomed a new baby daughter, Willow Grace, last Saturday evening. Titleist golf ball loyalists occupy 26 of those Top 50 positions, including 10 full product line brand ambassadors.>> Adam Scott Ready to DefendTitleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott seeks to defend his 2011 championship after posting a four-shot win at this event last year. Scott never trailed following any round en route to his first World Golf Championships win, which included an opening 8-under par 62. The World No. 6 enters the tournament with confidence after his performance here last year and his runner-up finish at The Open Championship two weeks ago."It is always exciting to return as the defending champion," Scott told Team Titleist. "There is always a little extra motivation when you are defending, to try and hold onto the trophy. It would be quite an honor to defend a World Golf Championship with the field that's assembled this week."Scott also got in a couple of rounds at the Ocean Course at Kiawah earlier this week in preparation for the year's final major, the PGA Championship. It is a course he had never seen prior to visiting last week. "It was interesting," said Scott. "Not quite what I had expected. It's going to be very weather dependent. There's good scores out there in good weather, but if the wind blows, it's going to be very difficult."Scott made final preparations for this week's event by playing 18 holes with fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Geoff Ogilvy and Nick Watney on Wednesday.>> The Inside Scoop on Stricker's Prototype 913D3Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker, who made the switch to the new 913 prototype driver on the eve of the British Open is sticking with the new big stick after continuing to tweak it at Firestone on Tuesday. As it turns out, after trying other combinations, he remained with the exact specs and shaft that he was fit for in England. He also worked on his fairway metal in Akron, a 910Fd that he was working to his liking.
Driver: Titleist Prototype 913D3
Shaft: Motore Speeder VC 8.2
SureFit Tour Hosel Setting: A•1
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Fairway Metal: Titleist 910Fd
Shaft: Fujikura Tour Spec 9.2
SureFit Tour Hosel Setting: A•1>> From Most to FirstTitleist golf ball loyalist Lee Westwood is playing in his 40th career World Golf Championships event, the most of any player in WGC history. By contrast, eight players in the field of 78 are participating in their very first World Golf Championships event, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jamie Donaldson, Scott Piercy and Bernd Weisberger (pictured below).
Donaldson won the Irish Open last month, while Piercy captured the Canadian Open last week. Wiesberger originally qualified via his victory at the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea in March, which he followed up with a victory at the Lyoness Open in his home country of Austria last Saturday.