Acushnet Company, which manufactures the Titleist and FootJoy brands, and Rory McIlroy, jointly announced today that McIlroy's relationship with Acushnet will not extend beyond December 31, 2012. McIlroy has trusted Titleist and FootJoy equipment throughout his professional career that commenced as an 18-year old in September 2007.

"Our goal has been to provide Rory with the best equipment and service that would help him be the best player he could possibly be," said Wally Uihlein, Chief Executive Officer, Acushnet Company. "He has been a great ambassador for the Titleist and FootJoy brands, and in turn, we are proud of how our equipment has contributed to his success. We wish Rory all the best, both personally and professionally, going forward."

"I would like to thank Wally Uihlein and all of the tour staff and employees at Titleist and FootJoy for everything they have done for me since I turned professional in 2007,” said McIlroy. "I have enjoyed five very exciting and successful years with the company and I will always appreciate the contribution Titleist has made in helping me become the player I am today.”

Out on tour, Saturday is typically known as "moving day." Don't tell that to Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney, who made a final-round charge on Sunday to climb up the leader board and claim the title at the 2012 CIMB Classic. Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball, new Titleist 913D3 driver and a bag full of Titleist equipment, Watney registered one of the year's best finishes to lead a four-win week for Titleist players.

Joining Watney in winners’ circles around the world were Pro V1 loyalists Justin Bolli (Web.com Tour) and David Frost (Champions Tour) along with Pro Vx loyalist JooYeob Baek (Korean Tour). Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 166 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all competitors combined.

Watney's previous win this year came at The Barclays, the FedEx Cup opener and his fifth official PGA Tour title. This year's CIMB Classic, which was co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour, will become an official PGA Tour event next season.

Four shots off the lead heading into the final round, Watney birdied 11 of the final 18 holes to close with a 10-under 61. His 22-under 262 total made for a two-shot victory over Pro V1 loyalist Bo Van Pelt, winner of last week's European Tour ISPS HANDA Perth International.

"I didn't pay much attention until I got to 13, I saw I was tied for the lead walking to the 13th green," Watney said. "I was just trying to keep my head down and keep making birdies, and it worked out for me."

What's In Nick Watney's Bag?: 
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: 
Titleist 913D3 driver 10.5º (Diamana White 83) B•2 SureFit Tour setting
Fairway Metal:
Titleist 910F 15º (Diamana Blue 93) A•1 SureFit Tour setting
Fairway Metal: Titleist 910F 19º Motore Speeder VC 8.2 A•1 SureFit Tour setting
Irons:
Titleist AP2 3-PW (Dynamic Gold)
Wedge:
Vokey Design SM4 54º, 60º (Dynamic Gold)
Putter:
Scotty Cameron Newport GSS prototype

In addition to Watney, six other Titleist Brand Ambassadors finished among the top 10 and ties, including Brendon de Jonge and Chris Kirk (T4), Jbe Kruger (8th), and Kevin NaScott Piercy and Gaganjeet Bhullar (T10).  It was de Jonge's second consecutive top four finish.

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WEB.COM TOUR: The race for the "The 25" heated up this weekend at the Web.com Tour Championship in McKinney, Texas, as players made their final push toward securing a spot on the PGA Tour for the 2013 season.

One of the top movers in the field was the tournament winner and Pro V1 loyalist Justin Bolli. Bolli, who fired a final round 6-under 65 to finish with a 16-under 268 total to capture the Web.com Tour Championship, vaulted from No. 44 to ninth with the win and earned his 2013 PGA Tour card. 

Another player making an impressive Sunday charge was Titleist Brand Ambassador Morgan Hoffmann. Hoffman started the tournament in 31st place on the money list but after firing a final round 7-under par 64 to finish in a tie for third, he jumped up the list to No. 19 and secured his spot on the PGA Tour. 

When the tournament was complete, 22 of the the 25 players who earned a promotion to the 2013 PGA Tour were Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players. The top 60 on the regular season money list qualified for the season-ending event with the top 25 earning 2013 PGA Tour cards.

A total of 43 players in the field of 60 played Titleist golf balls, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 6. Titleist was also first in iron sets (20), sand, lob and approach wedges (65), and putters (23).

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CHAMPIONS TOUR: With a birdie on the second hole of an all-Titleist Pro V1 playoff, David Frost topped fellow Pro V1 loyalist Bernard Langer to capture the AT&T Championship. Frost and Langer overcame six-stroke deficits in the final round after they shot matching 6-under par 66's on Sunday for an 8-under 208 total in regulation. It was the third-career Champions Tour title for Frost.

Titleist accounted for a tournament-leading 62 golf ball players in the field of 81, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 9. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron sets (20), and sand, lob and approach wedges (73) categories.

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KOREAN TOUR: Joo-Yeob Baek relied upon his Pro V1x golf ball to earn his first career Korean Tour title at the weather-shortened the Windsor Classic. Baek vaulted to the top of the leader board after consecutive 66's in first two rounds. He closed with a final round even par 71 en route to a 10-under 203 victory total, topping Titleist Brand Ambassador Ki-Sang Lee (Pro V1x) by one shot and TaeHee Lee (Pro V1x) by two.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Windsor Classic with 85 players in the field of 120, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 12. Seven of the eight players who finished among the top 5 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

2012 Titleist Summer Golf Ball Promotion

October 27, 2012 –The #1 ball in golf is also the #1 promotion in Australian and New Zealand golf as Titleist's popular summer golf ball promotion returns.

From Oct. 27 to Jan. 11, 2013, when you purchase a dozen new Titleist golf balls at any participating promotion store you will have the opportunity to win a golf trip for you and 3 friends to play one of Australia's finest new golf courses, Barnbougle Lost Farm in Tasmania. In addition, entrants also have the opportunity to win a custom Titleist Cart Bag at each participating store.

To enter purchase a dozen Titleist golf balls*.

To locate a local Titleist golf shop with the 2012 Summer Golf Ball Promotion in store, please click here to download a list of all participating Australian and New Zealand stockists.

2012 Titleist Summer Golf Ball Promotion Details:

• Australian and New Zealand customers only.*
• Offer: Purchase a dozen new Titleist golf balls and you will go into the draw to win a trip for you and 3 friends to Barnbougle Lost Farm in Tasmania. Entrants will also be enetered into the store's individual prize draw for a new custom Titleist cart bag.
• Products: All Titleist golf ball models.
•Dates: Entries must be placed between Oct 27 - Jan. 11, 2013 via mail or online at www.titleistgolfballpromotion.com.au.
•View promotion terms and conditions here.
•Visit Barnbougle Lost Farm website.

CONTACT: David Miles, Titleist Australia Marketing Communications Manager (03 9540 5006; david_miles@acushnetgolf.com)


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The 2012 PGA Tour season may be winding down, but that doesn't mean the Titleist R&D team is taking a break from designing the best performing products for the world’s best players.

Meet the new prototype Titleist 712U utility iron, which has been designed to deliver consistency and control to high-ball speed players.

On the worldwide professional tours, some players prefer a utility iron over a hybrid club as an alternative to traditional long irons. The 712U delivers increased playability versus a traditional long iron while providing enhanced spin and trajectory control versus a hybrid.

The prototype 712U is being sent to players this week for performance validation and feedback. We will also be on the range at the season ending PGA Tour Fall Series event at Disney in early November working with Titleist staff players.

The 712U is currently a Tour-only product, but the feedback we receive during this validation period will influence the final design and specifications, as well as determine the product's place in the Titleist club line-up.

Before the new prototypes headed out, we grabbed some photos of them in our Tour workshop. Be sure to check out the slideshow to get a first look at the prototype Titleist 712U utility irons.

Beginning the final day of competition with a one-shot lead, Bo Van Pelt relied on his Titleist Pro V1 golf ball to tally six final-round birdies on his way to a winning score of 16-under 272 at the European Tour’s ISPS HANDA Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Golf Club.

Joining Van Pelt in the winners' circle were Pro V1 loyalist Dae-Sub Kim (Korean Tour), Pro V1x loyalists Thaworn Wiratchant (Asian Tour), Toru Taniguchi (Japan Tour) and Teboho Sefatsa (Sunshine Tour). With these five wins, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 162 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than nine times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.

"It's a great feeling to come out on top," said Van Pelt. "You know, it was fun. That's why you practice is to give yourself a chance to win with nine holes to go."

Van Pelt finished two shots clear of Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner, who posted a final score of 14-under 274.

“It's good to get back out and compete and nice to be in the hunt after a couple weeks off and after The Ryder Cup.  So you know, nothing to be ashamed of.  Just got to tighten up a couple things,” said Dufner.

Three more shots back at 11-under 271, was third place finisher and Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Alejandro Canizares. Canizares held the share of the first round lead after a bogey-free, seven birdie 65 on Thursday.

Michael Hendry (Pro V1x) took solo fourth place with a 9-under 279, as Titleist golf ball players occupied the top four positions on the leaderboard and seven of the top 10.

A total of 102 players in the field played Titleist golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19.

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ASIAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Thaworn Wiratchant won the 2012 Hero Indian Open at KGA Golf Club in Bangalore, India, for his third win on the Asian Tour in 2012.

One shot back in the 18th fairway with a 7-iron in hand, Wiratchant’s approach finished a foot from the hole where he tapped in to force the playoff he would eventually win.

Shiv Kapur (Pro V1x) finished fourth at 12-under 272, while Asian Tour rookie and Titleist Brand Ambassador Arnond Vongvanij (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 910F fairway metals, 909H hybrid, CB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled/SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron Red X Putter) closed with a final round 2-under 69 to finish in a tie for fifth place at 10-under 274 and secure his card for 2013.

Titleist led the field with 105 golf ball players, five times the nearest competitor with 21. Titleist also was first in iron sets (38) and sand, lob and approach wedges (144).

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JAPAN TOUR: Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Toru Taniguchi did not need a clutch putt to win on Sunday. Taniguchi holed his 110-yard third shot on the par-5 18th for eagle to successfully defend his title at the Bridgestone Open.

Taniguchi closed with a 5-under 66 for a 12-under 272 total to claim his second win of the season and 19th-career JGTO title.

Hiroyuki Fujita (Pro V1) posted 68 to take second at 11-under 271. Dong-Hwan Lee (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 913H hybrids, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo Mid putter) closed with 69 to share third place at 10 under.

Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 43 players in the field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x for their success. Titleist was also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (88).

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KOREAN TOUR/ONEASIA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Dae-Sub Kim fired a final round 2-under 69 to win the Kolon Korea Open at WooJeong Hills Country Club for his second victory of the season.

What's In Dae-Sub Kim's Titleist Bag?:  

Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: 
913 D2 7.5º(Mitsubishi-Rayon Diamana Kai'li 60 X)
Fairway Metal: 
904F 13.0º
Hybrid: 910H 17.0º (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 85 X)
Hybrids: 910H 21.0º, 24.0º(Aldila NV 85 X)
Irons: 
Titleist MB (5-PW)
Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 52º, 58º
Putter: 
Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Select Mid

Kim, only recently discharged from 20 months of military service, finished at 5-under 279 for a two-shot victory over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador DaeHyun Kim (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 910FD fairway metal, MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges).

KyungNam Kang (Pro V1) tied for third place, another shot back.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 77 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 10. Six of 10 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

Titleist was also tops in iron sets (42); sand, lob and approach wedges (171); and putters (52).

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SUNSHINE TOUR: Teboho Sefatsa (Pro V1x) earned his first victory on the Sunshine Tour as Titleist golf ball players claimed four of the top five positions at the BMG Classic.

Sefasta carded a final round of 4-under 68 for a 10-under 206 total for a one-shot victory. Matthew Carvell (Pro V1x) and Desvonde Botes (Pro V1x) tied for third at 8-under 208. Jake Redman (Pro V1) finished in solo-fifth, another shot back.
Titleist was the most played golf ball in the event with 112 players trusting Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 40.

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PGA TOUR:  Six of the top 10 finishers trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success at the McGladrey Classic, including runner-up David Toms, who played a new Titleist Pro V1x prototype golf ball for the first time.

The McGladrey Classic was the third week of of the seeding and tour validation process for the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x prototype golf balls on the PGA Tour. This week, 27 players (24 Pro V1x and 3 Pro V1) put the new balls in play.

In total, 88 players in the 132-player field are trusting Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist is also first in the sand, lob and approach wedges (93) and putter (50) categories.


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