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Posted: November 12, 2012
With the first two rounds of the Barclays Singapore Open marked as much by weather delays than golf, players knew there were going to be extra holes played Sunday. Titleist Brand Ambassador Matteo Manassero was up to the 36-hole marathon – and then some.
After carding a 13-under par 271 total, Manassero found himself in a tie with Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen. On the third hole of the sudden-death playoff, Manassero dropped a 12-foot eagle putt to claim victory and earn his third-career victory.
On the LPGA Tour, Pro V1 loyalist Cristie Kerr earned her 15th-career title after shooting four rounds in the 60's (67-69-67-69) at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Capping off the three-win week, Titleist Brand Ambassador Trevor Fisher Jr. played steady golf during the final round to finish one shot clear of the field and earn his third victory of this season at the Nedbank Affinity Cup.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 174 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 23 and more than all competitors combined.
EUROPEAN TOUR: After a grueling 39 holes on Sunday (36 holes of regulation and three playoff holes), Manassero (who became the European Tour's youngest ever winner two years ago) is now the first teenager to win three times on the European Tour. He also becomes the youngest champion in the Singapore Open's 51-year history.
“It’s been an extremely long day,” said Manassero. “The adrenaline kept me going and the key was starting really well this morning. Starting with some birdies gave me a lot of adrenaline to go forward."
What's in Manassero's Bag?
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 913D2 8.5º (RIP a 70, SureFit Tour setting D•1)Fairway Metal: Titleist 913F.d Low Spin 13.5º (SureFit Tour setting C•1)Hybrids: Titleist 913H 17.0ºIrons: Titleist AP2 (3-7) and Titleist MB (8-PW)Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 52º, 58ºPutter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo
Rounding out the 1-2-3 finish for Pro V1x golf ball players, Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy played to a solid finish in solo third and secured his spot atop the European Tour's money list. McIlroy is only the second player to win the merit race on both the European and PGA Tours in the same year, following fellow Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald, who achieved the feat last year.
Three-time Singapore Open champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott tied for fifth place, five shots out of the playoff. He posted his second consecutive top-10 finish after putting the new Titleist Pro V1 prototype golf ball into play. Last week, he finished eighth at the WGC-HSBC Champions, the first time he played the new golf ball in competition. Titleist was the most played golf ball with 89 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21. Titleist was also the top choice in irons with 42, and sand, lob and approach wedges with 125, more than twice the nearest competitor with 51.
LPGA: Cristie Kerr parred the final three holes to hold off two players, including fellow Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Angela Stanford, for a one shot win at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Kerr finished at 16-under 272 for her 15th-career LPGA Tour title and her first since winning the LPGA Championship in June 2010. Kerr closed with a three-under par 69, while Stanford shot a final-round 68.
Women's World No. 2 Stacy Lewis (Pro V1x) tied for fourth place to secure LPGA Player of the Year honors. Lewis, who was coming off her tour-leading fourth victory of the year last week in Japan, closed with a 68 to match Candie Kung (Pro V1) at 4 under, as four of the top five finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success. Titleist was the most played golf ball in the limited field of 36, with 20 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with six.
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SUNSHINE TOUR/SOUTH AFRICA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Trevor Fisher Jr. fired a final round 71 en route to a 9-under-par 207 victory total to claim his third victory of this season at the Nedbank Affinity Cup.
Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Desvonde Botes and Bradford Vaughan tied for second, one shot back. Three other Pro V1x golf ball loyalists - Matthew Carvell, Grant Veenstra and Grant Muller - tied for the fourth position, another shot behind, as the top six finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the most played golf ball in the field of 88 with 65 players.
PGA TOUR: Nine of the 14 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including Brian Gay (4th), Scott Stallings (T-5) and Charlie Wi (T-5) who all played a new Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x prototype golf ball.
Titleist was the most played golf ball in the field of 128 with 89 players, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 13. A total of 35 players relied upon a new Titleist Pro V1 (4) or Pro V1x (31) prototype golf ball.
Titleist was also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (99) and putters (53), more than twice the nearest competitor in each category.
PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA: The winner of the Dominican Republic Open trusted his Pro V1x golf ball to record a 10-under par 278 total, four shots clear of the runner-up.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Dominican Republic Open with 107 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16.