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Posted: June 17, 2013
This weekend two players stepped into the winners circle for the first time, each relying on the unbeatable performance of a Titleist golf ball.
On the European Tour, it was a top-10 sweep for Titleist golf ball players at the Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open, where Pro V1x loyalist Simon Thornton defeated Pro V1 loyalist Tjaart Van der Walt on the first hole of a playoff to capture his first career victory. And at the Air Capital Classic, Pro V1x loyalist Scott Parel charged home with a final round 7-under-par 64, breaking through for his first Web.com Tour title in 161 starts.
With two more wins, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 69 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 22 and more than all other competitors combined.
This is Team Titleist, let’s wrap-up the week…
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EUROPEAN: Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open Winner: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Simon Thornton
The 36-year-old Thornton holed several clutch putts in his final round, none more demanding than the testy 10-footer he faced on the final hole of regulation. Thornton converted the putt to tie Van der Walt at 5-under 279 and force a playoff. On the first extra hole, with Van der Walt bunkered short right, Thornton calmly lagged a 25-footer from the fringe that burned the left side of the cup. When Van der Walt was unable to get up and down for par, Thornton tapped in for his first European Tour title.
It was an emotional Father's Day win, one that Thornton would dedicate to his late father.
“It’s so big for me,” Thornton said. “On father’s day too, he passed away three years ago and it still hurts, but they are happy tears today. This is dedicated to him."
Thornton rose steadily through the Irish professional ranks, and then through the European Challenge Tour en route to his first victory.
“Hopefully this is a stepping stone for me,” Thornton said. “I’ll go home this week now and celebrate, take a week off, and then play in the Irish Open.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Seve Benson turned in the best performance of his European Tour career, finishing alone in 3rd after a 1-under-par 70 on Sunday left him one shot out of the playoff. Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Dinwiddie (Pro V1) finished at 2-under 282, good for solo 4th.
Of the remaining players who secured top-10 positions on the leaderboard, every one trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success. They included: Titleist Brand Ambassador Chris Lloyd (Pro V1x) and Pro V1x loyalsit Pellie Edberg (T-5/ 1-under 283), Pro V1x loyalists Augustin Domingo, Jeppe Huldahl and Victor Riu (T-7/ Even 284) and Jamie Elson (Pro V1x), Daniel Gaunt (Pro V1x), Max Glauert (Pro V1), Brooks Koepka (Pro V1x), who all tied for 10th at 1-over 285.
Of the 156 players who competed at the Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open, 122 trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 17, and more than all other competitors combined.
WEB.COM: Air Capital Classic Winner: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Scott Parel
In Wichita, Kansas, Parel's sizzling final round 64 was highlighted by a birdie-eagle-bidie stretch on holes 13-15. His 18-under 266 total at Crestview CC gave him a 3-stroke margin of victory over nearest rival Alex Aragon (Pro V1x), who closed with a 6-under 65. Pro V1x loyalist Alex Prugh finished two shots further back, good for 3rd place.
Parel, who worked as a computer programmer for ten years before pursuing his dream in professional golf, now has his sights set on the Web.com Tour's top-25. At the conclusion of the Cox Classic event in late August, the top 25 players on the Web.com Tour money list will earn PGA Tour cards. With the win, Parel now moves from 153rd to number 14.
“Obviously I’m playing well now,” he said. “My goal now is to climb up there as high as I can and a win is a good start toward it.”
At 48 years, 1 month, and 2 days, Parel becomes the oldest winner of the event well as the fourth oldest winner of a Web.com Tour event.
At the Air Capital Classic, Titleist was the most played golf ball with 107 players in the field of 156, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all other competitors combined.
PGA: United States Open Championship
For the 65th consecutive year, Titleist was the golf ball of choice at the U.S. Open. Of the 156-player field, 64% (97) relied upon Titleist golf balls, over four times the nearest competitor with 23.
ASIAN: Queen's Cup
At the 2013 Queen's Cup, Titleist was the most played golf ball with 82 players in the field of 142, more than all other competitors combined.
SOUTH AFRICAN: Polokwane Classic
At the 2013 Polokwane Classic, Titleist was the most played golf ball with 88 players in the field of 142, more three times the nearest competitor with 25 and morethan all other competitors combined.
Posted: June 14, 2013
It's been 32 years since the U.S. Open was last contested at Merion Golf Club's famed East Course. Designed by Hugh Wilson, Merion sits on a modest 120 acres outside of Philadelphia. The East Course will play a shade under 7,000 yards this week, diminutive by modern U.S. Open standards.
Merion will present a very difficult, but an infinitely fair test of golfing skill. And with precision at a premium, it's no surprise that 97 players are trusting their chances for a U.S. Open title to a Titleist golf ball, more than four times the nearest competitor with 23 and more than all other golf balls combined.
In fact, 2013 marks the 65th consecutive year that Titleist has been the #1 golf ball of choice at the U.S Open Championship. Titleist also tied for first in iron sets this week (37), and was an overwhelming favorite in the sand, lob and approach wedges category (159).For a look at some of the Titleist players and equipment in this week’s championship field, take a look at Team Titleist’s video from the practice rounds by clicking the video at the top of the post.
Posted: June 11, 2013
Challenging rough, tough pin placements, narrow fairways and a lot of pressure.
Welcome to U.S. Open Week.
As many of the world’s best players make their way to Ardmore, Penn., a true test awaits them at Merion Golf Club. And while a U.S. Open presents one of the toughest challenges and demands precision shot making, it is the type of competition that also drives players to be at their very best.
As we get ready for the drama to unfold, Team Titleist caught up with a number of Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists to get their take on what it means to compete and what it takes to win.
Check out the video above to see what players like defending U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson, reigning Masters Champion Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Matteo Mannassero, and Tim Clark (among others) had to say as they look to rise to the challenge.
Posted: June 10, 2013
Trusting a Titleist golf ball on every shot, three more players from across the globe achieved championship performances and entered the winner’s circle on Sunday.
In his first start at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Harris English posted four rounds in the sixties on his way to a 12-under par 268 to capture his first career PGA Tour victory. Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Joost Luiten began Sunday’s championship round at the Lyoness Open with a three shot lead, and consistent play resulted in a 17-under par 271 and his second career victory on the European Tour. On the Champions Tour, Pro V1 golf ball loyalist David Frost completed a 16-under par 272 to win the Regions Tradition and seize his first major on the senior circuit.
Adding three more victories to the trophy count, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 67 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all other competitors combined.
PGA: FedEx St. Jude Classic
Winner: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Harris English
English, a Georgia native who played high school golf in Tennessee, posted a 6-under par 66 on Thursday and followed that up with a 8-under par 64 to hold the lead Friday. The heat and the wind increased throughout the weekend, and scoring conditions became more difficult, but English prevailed with back-to-back rounds of 1-under par 69. And he capped off his final round by trusting his Pro V1x golf ball to two birdies in the final three holes to seal the victory.
"It's quite an unbelievable feeling," said English following his win.
"The main thing that I am looking forward to is playing the Masters next year. Growing up in Georgia, I mean that was the main tournament that I always watched and went to when I was a kid. The invitation to the Masters is going to be very special and special for my family."
The win marks the first career PGA TOUR victory for English, who also has four top 10 finishes this season. Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings posted a final round 2-under par 68 to finish in a tie for second.
Of the 156-player field, 100 relied upon a Titleist golf ball, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 17.
EUROPEAN: Lyoneess Open
Winner: Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Joost Luiten
Luiten began his week Thursday with four straight birdies and never looked back as he went on to card 24 total birdies for the tournament. With the hot start and an opening round of 7-under par 65, Luiten remained confident through weather delays and achieved the win.
''It's a great feeling. It's been a great week,'' said Luiten in an interview. "I made a birdie on the 16th, and it's always nice to finish with par and par.''
Joining him in the Top 5, Titleist Brand Ambassador Romain Wattel and Pro V1x loyalist Wen-Chong Lian matched scores of 14-under par 274 to tie for a share of third place.
Of the 151-player field, 112 relied upon Titleist golf balls, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 23.
What’s in Joost Luiten’s Bag?: Pro V1 golf ball, 913D2 (7.5) driver, 913Fd (13.5) fairway metal, AP2 2 iron, CB irons (3-P), Vokey Design SM4 sand (54) and lob (60) wedges.
CHAMPIONS: Regions Tradition
Winner: Pro V1 golf ball loyalist David Frost
Also a winner at the Toshiba Classic earlier this year, Frost was able to notch his fifth career win and first major title on the Champions Tour with his victory at the Regions Tradition. This latest win moves Frost to the top of the season long Schwab Cup standings.
Of the 81-player field, 62 relied upon Titleist, more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 6.
Posted: June 7, 2013
Team Titleist is coming to you from Memphis, TN – the home of Graceland, Beale Street and Sun Records.
The weather conditions were perfect early in the week, as 156 of the best players in the world arrived at TPC Southwind to tee it up for the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic. The field will be battling it out this week for a shot at the trophy and an invitation to next week’s U.S. Open.
And with a chance to earn a spot in the season’s second major, 100 players in the field will trust a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist is also first in the sand, lob and approach wedge (137) and putter (57) categories.
We also had some extra help out on the course and on the range this week as our good friend and Team Titleist member “Memphisunited” snapped some shots to help capture all of the action in his backyard.
So check out the video above to join Titleist Brand Ambassadors Scott Stallings, Jason Bohn, Ben Crane, Martin Flores, Morgan Hoffmann, Jimmy Walker, George Coetzee, and Ben Kohles (among others) inside the ropes and on the range as they prepared for this week's challenge.
Posted: June 5, 2013
Some golfers spend a lifetime on the course and never achieve a hole-in-one. And then there are a lucky few who have multiple aces. But not many of us can say we know someone who has two aces in one round - until now.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Andrew Dodt began his second round of last week's Nordea Masters with a par on the tenth. He walked to the eleventh, stood on the tee, and stared down the pin 175 yards away. A birdie would have been a nice jumpstart to his round. Instead, the 27-year-old Australian holed out for an ace. Dodt birdied the twelfth and added two more birdies to his outward nine to post 4-under par 32.
Any player would be happy with a run like this during a round, but what happened next can only be described as unimaginable.
Following a birdie on the sixth hole (his 15th on the round), Dodt found himself on the seventh tee, playing 208 yards. For the second time in the round, Dodt's Pro V1x golf ball found the bottom of the cup for another ace! He would birdie the final hole of his second round, posting a 7-under 65.
Congratulations Andrew, you and your Titleist Pro V1x golf ball proved that performance defies the odds.