Posted: May 6, 2013
Wether it's a rookie or veteran, in a playoff or a runaway, winning a tournament is what all golfers dream about. This weekend, eight players trusting a Titleist golf ball turned those dreams into reality by earning victories across the globe.Adding these wins to the tally, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x loyalists have now won 54 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all other competitors combined.In a weekend of global performance we saw PGA Tour rookie and Pro V1x loyalist Derek Ernst, who qualified as the fourth alternate at the Wells Fargo Championship, earn his first career PGA Tour victory while Titleist Brand Ambassador Brett Rumford trusted his Pro V1x golf ball to claim his second consecutive win on the European Tour, and on the LPGA Tour, Pro V1 loyalist Cristie Kerr prevailed in a playoff to capture her 16th career title.At the Insperity Championship, Pro V1x loyalist Esteban Toledo became the first Mexican winner in Champions Tour history with his win and Pro V1x loyalist Brendan Todd earned his second career Web.com title at the Stadion Classic at UGA.Completing the Titleist winner’s circle for the weekend, Titleist Brand Ambassadors Michio Matsumura (Winner – Chunichi Crowns), Bernd Wiesberger (Winner - CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters) and James Kingston (Winner - Investec Royal Swazi Open) all stood atop the leaderboards after the final putts had fallen. This is Team Titleist, let’s wrap-up the week…
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PGA: Wells Fargo Championship
Winner: Pro V1x loyalist Derek Ernst
On the 72nd hole, Ernst stood in the fairway knowing he needed to make birdie. He went on to hit his approach within feet of the hole.
"I was trying to hit it as close as I possibly could," Ernst said in the post-round interview. "Just kind of if I stuck to my game, then whatever happened, happened. If I win, great."
The 22-year old rookie went on to birdie the closing hole of regulation to close with a 2-under par 70 and an 8-under par 280, qualifying him for the playoff. Ernst then converted a par on the first hole of the sudden death playoff to enter the winner's circle.
"Yeah, this feeling is unbelievable right now. Just at the beginning of the week not even knowing I was going to be in the field," added Ernst. "I was fourth alternate last time I heard, and then a couple people dropped out so I got in. All week long it just felt really‑‑ my swing felt good."
Ernst was playing only his ninth PGA Tour event and was No. 1,207 in the world ranking when he entered the field. The victory at Quail Hollow earns Ernst a two-year PGA Tour exemption, gets him into The PLAYERS Championship this week, and qualifies him for two World Golf Championships, the PGA Championship, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions next year at Kapalua and the Masters next April. And he also jumped to No. 123 in the latest World Golf Rankings.
Fellow Pro V1x loyalists Robert Karlsson and Lee Westwood tied for fourth place, two shots out of the playoff, as three of the top five finishers trusted Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 156 with 106 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 20. Titleist also was the overwhelming top choice in the sand, lob and approach wedges (154), and putter (61) categories.
EUROPEAN: Volvo China Open
Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador Brett Rumford
Carrying the momentum from last week's win at the Ballantine's Championship, Rumford finished with a four-shot victory over fellow Pro V1x loyalist Mikko Ilonen. Rumford started the final round one shot clear of Ilonen, but thanks to a string of birdies, he closed with a 4-under par 68 and a 16-under 272 victory total. Rumford, who won last week's event in South Korea in a sudden death playoff, now has five career European Tour victories and vaulted to the top of The Race to Dubai standings with this week's win. It marked the second runner-up finish of the year for Ilonen.Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 150 with 102 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 21. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (53) and sand, lob and approach wedges (161) categories.
LPGA: Kingsmill Championship
Winner: Pro V1 loyalist Cristie Kerr
With a par on the second hole of a sudden death playoff, Kerr captured victory for the third time in her career at Kingsmill, which marked her 16th career LGPA title. Kerr closed with a 2-under par 69 and finished regulation at 12-under 272 to force the playoff.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 144 with 97 players, nearly nine times the nearest competitor with 11.
CHAMPIONS: Insperity Championship
Winner: Pro V1x loyalist Esteban Toledo
It was a three-way, all-Titleist Pro V1x playoff at the Insperity Championship, where Esteban Toledo topped Mike Goodes with a par on the third extra hole after the Gene Sauers had been eliminated on the second hole.
The 50-year-old Toledo, making his ninth start on the Champions Tour, eagled the opening hole of the final round and finished with a 5-under 67 to match Goodes and Sauers at 6-under 210.Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 81 with 63 players, more than ten times the nearest competitor with 6. Titleist also was the top choice in the irons (17), sand, lob and approach wedges (50) and putter (16) categories.
WEB.COM: Stadion Classic at UGA
Winner: Pro V1x loyalist Brendon Todd
Todd earned his second career title, and his first since 2008, when steady rains forced the cancellation of the final round of the Stadion Classic at UGA and the tournament reverted back to the 54-hole standings. Todd’s 2-under par 69 on Saturday moved him to 8-under 205, one shot better than playing partner Tim Wilkinson (Pro V1x). Wilkinson matched his career-best finish, while Todd advanced to No. 4 on the Web.com money list with the win.The University of Georgia Golf Course was determined to be unplayable by tournament officials after more than 2 ½ inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period.Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 156 with 102 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19. Titleist also was the overwhelming top choice in the utility iron (16), iron (47) and sand, lob and approach wedges (144) categories.
JAPAN: Chunichi Crowns
Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador Michio Matsumura
Michio Matsumura (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 913Hd hybrid, 712U 4-iron, AP2 irons, Vokey Design SM4 gap and lob wedges) closed with a 3-under par 67 to finish with a 2-under par 278 winning total. Matsumura began the final round two strokes off the pace, but the 29-year-old jumped into the lead with birdies on four of his first seven holes en route to the victory.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field with 42 players. Titleist was also tops in the sand, lob and approach wedges category with 85 Vokey Design models in play.
ASIA: CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters
Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger
Bernd Wiesberger (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 712U 3-iron, CB Irons, Vokey Design gap, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo putter) closed with a 5-under par 67 to finish with a 15-under 273 victory total and a one-shot win.Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 150 with 98 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (50) and sand, lob and approach wedges (160) categories.
SOUTH AFRICA: Investec Royal Swazi Open
Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador James Kingston
Kingston drained a clutch 12-foot putt in the sudden death playoff for the win, after accumulating 45 points in the modified Stableford system scoring format that awarded 8 points for an albatross, 5 for an eagle, 2 for a birdie, none for a par, and one point deducted for each bogey and three points deducted for a double bogey or worse. Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Darryn Lloyd and Mark Williams tied for third place, one point out of the playoff.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 72 with 55 players, five times the nearest competitor with 11.
Posted: May 3, 2013
Charlotte, N.C. and Quail Hollow Club play host to the PGA Tour this week for the competition at the Wells Fargo Championship. With four months of the calendar year complete, this week's competition is another opportunity for players to enter the winners circle or accumulate FedExCup points.
Defending champion and Titleist golf ball loyalist Rickie Fowler is among the top talent from around the world who make up the 156-player field. Last year Rickie punctuated his championship performance with a clutch shot and putt, in the first hole of a three-player playoff, to claim his first PGA Tour victory.
This year, 106 players in the field at Quail Hollow are relying on Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist is also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (154), and putter (61) categories.
Team Titleist had the cameras rolling this week at Quail Hollow to capture both the hard work and the fun that precedes the first tee shot when things get down to business Thursday morning. Click on the video above to step foot on the range and inside the ropes of the Wells Fargo Championship.
Posted: April 29, 2013
There are many exciting ways to achieve victory. And this weekend, five champions trusting a Titleist golf ball displayed a few that were particularly thrilling: a pair of breakthrough championship performances, a team effort, and a playoff-ending eagle.
At the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Pro V1x loyalist Billy Horschel outlasted the weather and outperformed the field with a final round 8-under 64 for his first career PGA Tour victory. Titleist Brand Ambassador Brett Rumford (Pro V1x) made a dramatic eagle on the first hole of a three-way sudden death playoff to win the Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea, for his fourth European Tour title. On the Champions Tour, the duo of Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon (Pro V1x) and Pro V1 loyalist Jeff Sluman captured the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf following a final-round 7-under 65 and 23-under total. Finally, Jose de Jesus Rodriguez entered the winner’s circle for the first time in his career when his Pro V1x golf ball dropped for a birdie on the second hole of a three-way, sudden death playoff at the Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC.
With three more official victories, players trusting a Titleist golf ball have now won 46 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than four times the nearest competitor with eleven and more than all other competitors combined.
This is Team Titleist, let’s wrap-up the week…
PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Winner: Pro V1x loyalist Billy Horschel
Horschel sealed his win at the Zurich with a 27-foot birdie putt on 18, edging playing partner D.A. Points (Pro V1x), who also birdied the hole, by one shot.
"27 feet in the hole, first victory. You can't ask for anything else," said Horschel. "It's still pretty unbelievable."
Although the win marked Horschel's first PGA Tour title, he had been knocking on the door with three top 10 finishes in his past three tournaments — tying for second in Houston, tying for third in San Antonio and tying for ninth at the RBC Heritage a week ago. He has also made a PGA Tour-leading 23 straight cuts.
Horschel made a string of six straight birdies that ran from the seventh through 12th holes, moving him to 7-under on the round and 19-under for the tournament. Points birdied the 10th through 13th holes to stay on Horschel's heels.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 156 with 104 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 17. Titleist also was the overwhelming top choice in the sand, lob, and approach wedge (147) and putter (56) categories.
EUROPEAN/ASIA: Ballantine’s Championship
The win marked the fourth European Tour title for Rumford and his first in six years. He closed with a 4-under 68 to finish regulation tied with two fellow competitors at 11-under par. The threesome returned to the 18th hole, a par 5, and after Rumford saw his opponents fail to reach the green in two, he fired a brilliant approach to four feet and converted the eagle putt for the win.
“It was an absolute roller coaster ride of emotions out there this afternoon," said Rumford following the win. "Obviously my last five holes yesterday and front nine today got me in a great position to take this tournament.” Rumford, who finished his third round with five consecutive birdies, took that run to seven when he converted a 20-foot putt on the first green and then fired his approach to five feet at the next. He then had three pars, but a bunker shot to three feet at the sixth sparked a run of four straight birdies. Titleist Brand Ambassador Romain Wattel (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron 009 prototype putter) finished fourth at 9-under par, with World No. 7 Louis Oosthuizen (Pro V1x) a shot further back.
What's in Brett Rumford's Bag: Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 (8.5) driver, 913Fd (15) fairway metal, 712U 2,3 and 4 utility irons, CB (5-9) irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48) and sand (54) wedges, Vokey Design Spin Milled lob (60) wedge.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 156 with 94 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 22. Titleist also was the overwhelming top choice in the utility club (76), iron (50) and sand, lob, and approach wedge (170) categories.
CHAMPIONS: Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf
Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon and Pro V1 Loyalist Jeff Sluman
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 66 (33 teams) with 50 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 6. Titleist also was the top choice in the irons (17), sand, lob, and approach wedge (50) and putter (16) categories.
LATINOAMERICA: Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC
Winner: Pro V1x loyalist Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
After making par on the first extra hole, the 18th at Club de Golf Uruguay, all three playoff participants advanced to the short par-4 eighth, the second extra hole. Rodriguez drove the green and two-putted for birdie and his first career win on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica.
Posted: April 26, 2013
This week, Team Titleist headed to New Orleans to catch up with the PGA Tour as it rolled into town for the 2013 Zurich Classic.
Early in the week, we caught up with a number of Titleist golf ball loyalists and brand ambassadors on the range and on the practice green as they worked with our Tour Reps to get everything dialed in as the hunt for the next victory continues. Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner is just one of the many players in the field looking to fine tune his game as he looks to defend his title this week.
And when it comes to navigating the terrain of TPC Louisiana, the overwhelming majority of players have once again put their trust in Titleist. This week, 104 players in the field of 156 are relying on Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than six times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined.
Check out the video above to catch some of the sights and sounds from earlier in the week.
Posted: April 24, 2013
When Jason Dufner steps up to the first tee this week in New Orleans, he’ll be looking to defend his title as the 2012 Zurich Classic champion.
Last year, Jason trusted his Pro V1 golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment to a number of clutch shots and huge putts - including a 44-foot par save on the 16th hole that helped get him into a playoff and eventually into the winner’s circle for the first time on the PGA Tour.
This win also kicked-off a string of very exciting weeks for Jason.
Six days later, Jason and his fiancée were happily married. And to put a punctuation mark on the festivities, Jason went out and captured another PGA Tour title by winning the HP Byron Nelson the following weekend.
To complete his 2012 résumé, Jason added eight top 10 finishes to his two victories and also played in the Ryder Cup where he compiled a 3-1 record as a first-time member of Team USA.
So, with all these firsts and major career milestones coming in 2012, Team Titleist was eager to check in with Jason to find out what motivates him each and every week and at what point he knew he could make it out on tour.
Watch the exclusive Team Titleist video above to hear what Jason had to say.
Posted: April 23, 2013
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Masters champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott has been playing Scotty Cameron putters for over a decade. After numerous trips to the Putter Studio, he and Scotty came up with exactly what he needed in his quest to find the perfect putter for his setup.
Following several rounds of design, Scotty crafted the Futura X Prototype specifically for Adam. A one-of-a-kind putter for a one-of-a-kind player. It provides the high MOI (Moment of Inertia) and path that Adam was seeking. While the design of the putter creates a high MOI, Scotty took the putter one step further by adding more stability to the face with perimeter weighting. High MOI combined with perimeter weighting gives this putter a unique feel and performance.
The putter is milled from aluminum and includes a balance bar and four tungsten weights that are positioned under four adjustable stainless steel weights in the far four corners of the putter for maximum MOI. The putter is 49″ in length, has a 79* lie angle and 3* of loft. The finish is called “Frozen Titanium” and helps knock down glare.
And as the buzz continues to build on the putting greens around the PGA Tour, Scotty and his team continue to design more Futura X Prototype concepts and variations for other players. Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner is one of the players who was recently taking one of these prototypes out for a test drive.
Click on the image above for a closer look at Adam's putter along with a sneak peek of some of the latest concepts from Scotty's Putter Studio.