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Posted: September 28, 2012
It's a weekend that only comes around every other year. And as Team Europe looks to retain the Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club in Illinois, Team USA's focus will be on securing the necessary 14 1/2 points to reclaim the cup.
This event is known for emotional swings and unpredictable results, but one thing is for sure - more players will trust Titleist golf balls than any other golf ball at the Ryder Cup.
The list of elite players includes Titleist Brand Ambassadors Steve Stricker, Webb Simpson, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson and Rory McIlroy along with Pro V1x loyalists Bubba Watson, Nicolas Colsaerts, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Paul Lawrie and Luke Donald.
With 28 matches scheduled over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday at golf's premier team event, there is a lot on the line and a lot of golf to be played. As we head toward a weekend of exciting golf, here's a quick look inside the bags of the Titleist Brand Ambassadors.
Jason DufnerBall: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: 910D2 9.5º SureFit Tour setting A•1 (Diamana 'ahina 60)Fairway: Prototype 913 13.5º (Diamana 'ilima 80)Fairway: 906F2 18º (Prolite Fairway for Titleist)Irons: AP2 (Project X)Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 56º and 60º (Project X)Putter: Scotty Cameron Prototype
Posted: September 24, 2012
Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis captured her third LPGA Tour title of the year on Sunday, winning the Navistar LPGA Classic to lead a five-win week for Titleist golf ball players. Lewis, 27, fired a 3-under 69 in the final round, good for an 18-under 270 and a two-shot margin of victory. The win marks her second win this year in the State of Alabama (Lewis won the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic victory in April, as well the ShopRite LPGA Classic in June.)
Once the final putt fell, Lewis told reporters that "winning never gets easier", but recently the 27-year-old Texan has exhibited a keen ability to close out tournaments.
“I was definitely a lot more comfortable coming down the stretch knowing that I could hit the shots and knowing how to handle my nerves and knowing that I'm going to hit a drive probably 300 yards on the last hole, and just knowing how your body reacts to the pressure I think helps you a lot.”
Lewis demonstrated consistent play throughout the bag at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trails, highlighted by 86% of greens hit in regulation and a 28.75 putts per round average. Much of her success can be attributed to her evolving outlook and perspective. “I'm not a person defined by my success,” Lewis said. “I just love playing golf, and if I play pretty well, it's just a bonus.”
With the win, Lewis moves up to the No. 2 spot on the Rolex Rankings, behind fellow Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng. She also takes the lead in the Rolex Player of the Year Points standings, followed closely by Pro V1 loyalist Jiyai Shin.
Angela Stanford, Mi Jung Hur and Haeji Kang all trusted a Pro V1 golf ball to share 3rd place at 15-under 273. Beatriz Recari (Pro V1) finished a further shot back, tied for sixth.
Of the ten players who finished tied for 8th or better at the event, seven relied on a Titleist golf ball. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Navistar LPGA Classic with 101 players, more than nine times the nearest competitor and more than all competing brands combined.
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WEB.COM: On Sunday, Luke Guthrie (Pro V1x) charged from five strokes back to win his second Web.com Tour event in as many weeks, firing a final round 6-under 66 to finish on top at the WNB Golf Classic.
With a clutch par-saving, 12-foot putt on the last, Guthrie posted a 17-271 total, one shot clear of two players, including Pro V1 loyalist Cameron Percy. Guthrie, who last week's Albertson's Boise Open, now vaults to the No. 1 spot on the Web.com money list with five events remaining.
"I'm just trying to ride it out," Guthrie said, referring to his current hot streak. "As a golfer you go through these runs where the hole gets bigger, your mind slows down and it seems easy. The trick in golf is have more days like this than the bad ones."
Since the first of his seven Web.com starts in late July, the 22-year-old Guthrie has posted six top-10 finishes that include two wins, a playoff runner-up, a T3, T6, and a T10 He also played in three 2012 PGA TOUR events finishing T19, T5 and T18, all while splitting time, finishing up his work towards a business degree at the University of Illinois.
Guthrie becomes the second player to win in back-to-back weeks this year, joining Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Kohles, who won the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational and the Cox Classic in successive weeks.
Titleist Brand Ambassadors Aaron Goldberg and Brett Wetterich shared 4th place at 15-under 273.
What's In Aaron Goldberg's Titleist Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: New 913D2 Fairway Metal: Prototype 913Fd Irons: Titleist CB 4-9 (True Temper Dynamic Gold Steel) Wedge: Vokey Design 48º, 52º, 56º (True Temper Dynamic Gold Steel) Wedge: Vokey SM4 TVD 60º (True Temper Dynamic Gold Steel) Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2
What's In Brett Wetterich's Titleist Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: New 913D3 Fairway Metal: 910F 15.0º, 17.0 (Graphite Design YS-6+ Fairway ) Irons: Titleist CB 4-9 (True Temper Rifle Steel) Wedge: MB PW (True Temper Rifle Steel) Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the WNB Golf Classic with 103 players in the field of 156, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (41), wedge (165) and putter (66) categories
JAPAN: At the Asia Pacific Panasonic Open, the champion relied on a Pro V1x golf ball to shoot the best round of the day on Sunday, a 9-under 62 that capped a come-from-behind, one-stroke victory.
Overnight leader Masamichi Uehira (Pro V1) took solo 3rd with a score of 14-under 270, three shots off the winning mark of 17-under 267.
Titleist was the top choice of the Asia Pacific Panasonic Open field in the golf ball category with 64 players, more than twice the nearest competitor. Titleist also led the field in the hybrid (40), iron (34) and wedge (127) categories.
KOREA: It was an all-Titleist Pro V1x golf ball final four at the Munsingwear Match Play Championship, where Titleist Brand Ambassador DaeHyun Kim trusted a Pro V1x golf ball and a new prototype 913 driver to defeat Pro V1x loyalist SoonSang Hong 2-and-1 in the championship match. In the semi-finals, Kim defeated Titleist Brand Ambassador J.K. Mo (4-and-3) and Hong outdueled Pro V1x loyalist MinKyu Han (2-up).
Han edged Mo (2-and-1) in the 3rd place consolation match.
What's In DaeHyun Kim's Titleist Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: New 913D2 Fairway Metals: 910Fd 15.0º (Fujikura Speeder 757) Hybrids: 910H (Aldila NV 105) Irons: Titleist MB (3-9) Wedge: Vokey Design 46º, 52º, 58º
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 19 players in the field of 32, more than three times the nearest competitor with 5. Titleist was also the top choice in the wedge (128) and putter (60) categories.
LATINOAMERICA TOUR: At the 65 Arturo Calle Colombian Open, the champion trusted a Pro V1 golf ball as he lapped the field, shooting a final round 1-under 71 to wrap up an eight stroke victory. The winner finished at 9-under 279 and has now finished among the top 15 in each of the first three events staged on the fledgling Tour.
PGA TOUR: At the TOUR Championship, Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald shot a final-round 3-under 67, good for a 6-under 274 total and 3rd place by himself. Titleist Brand Ambassadors Rory McIlroy and Nick Watney finished 2nd and 4th, respectively, in the final FedExCup point standings.
19 players in the 30-player Tour Championship field trusted Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also first in hybrids (6 - including 1 new prototype 913 hybrid in play), iron sets (8), and sand, lob and approach wedges (26).
Posted: September 22, 2012
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Team Titleist joined 30 of the world's best players at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta this week to take a closer look at the final preparations as the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedEx Cup reach the finale at the Tour Championship. It has been an exciting race and players are looking to make their final move to take home the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus check.
In total, 19 players in the 30-player field are trusting Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist is also first in hybrids (6 - including 1 new 913 prototype hybrid in play), iron sets (8), and sand, lob and approach wedges (26).
Titleist Brand Ambassadors Rory McIlroy and Nick Watney will be looking to build on their early Playoff success and with the stakes high, scores are sure to be low in Atlanta this weekend. Players will do their best to keep drives long and birdie putts short. Good luck to all our Titleist loyalists hoping to win the Tour Championship!
Check out the slideshow above for both a closer look at some of the action from earlier in the week.
Posted: September 18, 2012
?Steve Stricker, a player respected for his attitude, determination and approach as a champion both on and off the golf course, has been named the 2012 winner of the Payne Stewart Award. The Payne Stewart Award is presented annually to a player sharing Stewart’s respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the game’s heritage of charitable support and his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct. Stewart, an 11-time winner on the PGA TOUR and World Golf Hall of Fame member, died tragically the week of the TOUR Championship in 1999.
"It's very humbling and an honor that I never thought would be possible," said an emotional Stricker who teared up about three words into his press conference. "I'm very fortunate and blessed to be a part of this."
Stricker, who is ranked No. 13 in the current FedEx Cup standings, will participate in the TOUR Championship this week, followed by his third appearance on the United States Ryder Cup team next week.
“This award means a great deal to the players on the PGA TOUR, and I am truly grateful to be the recipient of the Payne Stewart Award,” said Stricker. “I take great pride in being recognized for the values that the Payne Stewart Award stands for. I was fortunate enough to spend time with and compete against Payne, and I watched how he handled himself on the course, with his fellow competitors, with the fans and volunteers. I hope that by leading by example, just as Payne did, that our younger players will follow in the traditions of sportsmanship, integrity and charitable efforts that he helped bring to our sport.”
Stricker is dedicated to using the game of golf to give back to his community and those in need, with many of his charitable pursuits centering around children and adults with disabilities, providing them with programs that help improve their lives.
“For years, Steve Stricker has epitomized everything that the Payne Stewart Award represents,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “From his professionalism on the golf course to his compassion for others off of it, it is hard to think of a more fitting recipient.”
Stricker becomes the 15th recipient of the award which has also been presented to fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jay Haas (2004) and Brad Faxon (2005) among others.
Posted: September 17, 2012
In driving wind and rain at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, a steady Jiyai Shin relied on her Titleist Pro V1 golf ball to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open by nine strokes and lead a seven-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the world.“It was a long, long, very tough day... But I just keep focus on my shot, each single shot. And then when I made the winning putt, it feels like, oh, my God, I was so excited.”A windy Friday delayed the second round until Saturday, when Shin fired a new women’s course record with an 8-under par 64. The nine-shot victory sets a new record for the history of the event, bettering the previous margin by four shots.
“I think this course is made for me. My shot was great this week from last week. So I have a great confidence about here and then I have a great memory with this tournament, so always when I come to the British Open, I really enjoy by myself and it helped my game today.”The win, which comes a week after capturing the Kingsmill Championship in a nine-hole playoff, is her ninth in less than five seasons on the LPGA Tour.Of the 144-player field, 100 players trusted Titleist golf balls in pursuit of the season’s final major championship at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13.
CHAMPIONS: Willie Wood rolled in his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball on 17 and 18 to punctuate a come-from-behind effort and capture the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship, Wood’s second win in three starts.
"I wish we had a tournament next week," Wood said. "I'm confident now. It's been so much fun playing well." Wood played all 54 holes bogey-free by averaging a tournament second-best 26.7 putts per round. With rounds of 68 on Friday and Saturday, Wood holed 6 birdie putts for a 6-under 66 to finish the week at Kapolei Golf Course with 14-under 202.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 56 players in the field of 81, seven times the nearest competitor with 8. Titleist was also the top choice in the wedge (56) category.
WEB.COM: Rookie Luke Guthrie relied on a Pro V1x golf ball as he shot a final round 6-under 65 en route to a record-breaking four-shot win at the Albertsons Boise Open. The 22-year old posted a tournament-record winning score of 22-under 262 in capturing his first career win as a professional. Four players shared second place, including Titleist golf ball loyalists Richard H. Lee (Pro V1), Scott Gardiner (Pro V1x) and Steve Wheatcroft (Pro V1x).
Prior to his win in Idaho, Guthrie had been knocking at the door all season long, notching 5 top-10 finishes in his six starts. Guthrie explained that a change in his approach helped to get him over the hump in the final round. "One of my main goals today was just to have fun," he said. "I kind of shot myself in the foot a few times just being too uptight and wanting it too bad and worrying about where this might put me on the money list. That's all kind of irrelevant once you tee it up."
With the victory, Guthrie advances to No. 4 on the Web.com money list. With six events remaining on the Web.com Tour schedul, Guthrie has made certain that he will earn his 2013 PGA Tour card.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Albertsons Boise Open with 108 players in the field of 156, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (42), wedge (158) and putter (65) categories.
ASIA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Gaganjeet Bhullar birdied two of his last three holes on Monday to claim his third Asian Tour title at the weather-shortened Yeangder Tournament Players Championship. Bhullar fired a 3-under 69 in the third and final round in Tapei, Taiwan, good for a 12-under 204 total, four strokes clear of two players, including Pro V1x loyalist Thaworn Wiratchant.
Bhullar, who finished second to Wiratchant last week at the Worldwide Selangor Masters in Malaysia, trusted a Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment to capture his first Asian Tour title since winning the Asian Tour International in 2010.
"I believe it was my fighting spirit as I told myself that I've got to win this tournament no matter what happens," said Bhullar after the victory. "I knew I was playing well and I played really well on the par-fives all week."
Bhullar shot rounds of 66-69-69 in difficult conditions following typhoon conditions that struck the venue on the second and third days, eventually requiring that the contest be shortened to 54 holes.
What's In Gaganjeet Bhullar's Titleist Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: 910D2 7.5º (Graphite Design Tour AD DI x) Fairway Metal: 910Fd 13.5º (Mitsubishi-Rayon Diamana Kai'li x) Irons: Titleist AP2 3-9 Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 46º, 54º, 60º Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Newport 2
American David Lipsky (Pro V1x) continued to play well in his rookie campaign with his fourth top-10 finish of the season. Lipsky closed with a 2-under 70 to take a share of 4th place with three fellow Pro V1x loyalists, including Berry Henson, Lin Wen-tang and Hung Chien-yao.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the 144-player Yeangder TPC field in the golf ball category with 97, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 20.
JAPAN: Pro V1 loyalist Hiroyuki Fujita fired a final round 4-under 68 to earn a come-from-behind victory at the ANA Open. It marked the third win of the year for Fujita, and the 14th of his 20-year JGTO career. The performance moved him to the top of the 2012 Japan Tour money list.
Four players tied for second place, a single shot behind Fujita's 16-under 272 winning total, including Wen-Chong Liang (Pro V1x) and Kurt Barnes (Pro V1).
Titleist was the top choice of the ANA Open field in the golf ball category with 60 players, more than twice the nearest competitor. Titleist also led the field in the iron (24) and wedge (115) categories.
KOREA: Titleist Brand Ambassador DaeSub Kim, trusting the Pro V1 golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment, including the new 913 driver, captured the Dongbu Insurance Open one month after completing his two year military duty. Kim closed with a 2-under par 70 to edge fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador DoHoon Kim by four shots.
Kim topped a leaderboard that included nine of the top 10 finishers relying upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
What's In DaeSub Kim's Titleist Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1 Driver: New 913D3 Fairway Metals: 910F Hybrids: 910H Irons: Titleist MB Wedge: Vokey Design SM4
What's In DoHoon Kim's Titleist Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1 Driver: New 913D3 Fairway Metal: 910F Hybrid: 910H Irons: Titleist MB Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 Putter: Scotty Cameron
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 85 players in the field of 132, more than four times the nearest competitor with 20. Titleist was also the top choice in the wedge (128) and putter (60) categories.
PGA TOUR LATINOAMÉRICA: Pro V1x loyalist Ariel Cañete captured his first Latino American title on Sunday, winning theTransAmerican Power Products Open in Monterey, Mexico by two shots. Cañete, who won the 2007 Joburg Open on the European Tour, shot a final round 4-under 68 to finish with an 18-under-par 270 victory total. The 37-year-old Argentine had an eagle and eight pars on the front nine on Sunday and clinched the victory with a birdie at the last. Tommy Cocha (Pro V1x), who won the tour's inaugural event last week, closed with a 3-under 67 to earn second place at 16-under par 272.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 117 players in the field of 144, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 20.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Matteo Manassero (Pro V1x, 913D2 Driver, 910 hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design SM4 gap and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Laguna 1.5 putter) and Pro V1x loyalist Gregory Bourdy both shot final round 65s to finish T-3 at the BMW Italian Open presented by CartaSi.103 players relied on Titleist golf balls at the Italian Open, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 18.