Titleist Brand Ambassador Tom Pernice birdied the second hole of an all-Pro V1x playoff with Doug Garwood to win the Champions Tour's Principal Charity Classic. Pernice closed with a 3-under 69 that included a dramatic 30-foot chip-in on the 17th hole that helped him seize the clubhouse lead at 12-under 204. Garwood birdied the final two holes of regulation to force the playoff that would ultimately end with Pernice's 8-foot birdie putt.

Pernice’s win marks the seventh for Titleist golf ball loyalists through the first 10 events on the 2014 Champions Tour, seven times the nearest competitor with 1.

What's in Tom Pernice, Jr.'s Bag?

Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5º) with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ series 62 shaft, X-flex, A•1 SureFit Hosel setting
Fairway: 913F (15º, 19º) with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ series 62 shaft
Hybrid: 913H (17º, 21º),with Fujikura Speeder HB 904 shafts
Irons:
 AP2 (714 Series) 4-9 with True Temper DG S00 shafts
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 (SM5) (46º, 54º, 60º) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
Putter:
Scotty Cameron Futura X prototype

"I really hit the ball good all week and really kept the ball in play in the fairway when I needed to and holed some key shots at key times,” said Pernice after the victory.

Congratulations, Tom!

Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Stacy Lewis closed with a 4-under par 67 to capture her second win of the season at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, marking the tenth LPGA Tour title of her career. Lewis posted a 16-under par 197 victory total, six shots clear of the field and one shot shy of the tournament record.

On the European Tour, Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Thongchai Jaidee birdied the first hole of a three-way playoff to capture the Nordea Masters for his sixth European Tour crown. Jaidee fired a final-round 7-under 65 for a 16-under 272 to take the clubhouse lead before being matched by his two fellow playoff competitors, one of whom was Titleist Brand Ambassador Victor Dubuisson.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Tom Pernice, Jr. trusted his Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist clubs to top Doug Garwood in an all-Pro V1x playoff at the Principal Charity Classic. Both players posted 12-under 204 totals before Pernice biridied the second extra hole to claim his third career Champions Tour victory.

On the Korean Tour, where 11 of the 12 players who finished among the top-10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, Woo-Hyun Kim fired a final round 6-under par 66 to claim his first career Korean Tour win at the Happiness SongHak Construction Open. Kim shot four consecutive rounds in the 60’s (including a first round 62) en-route to a 20-under par 264 victory total, five shots clear of fellow Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Il-Hwan Park and Tae-Hoon Kim.

And wrapping up the winning weekend, Pro V1x loyalist Joel Dahmen carded a 4-under 68 in Vancouver on Sunday to come from behind and win the inaugural PC Financial Open. Dahmen posted a 16-under-par 272 total in earning his first career victory on the PGA Tour Canada.

With five more wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 70. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 9,457 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,551 and more than all competitors combined.

THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD  |  WEEK ENDING MAY 25, 2014

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA Tour The Memorial Tournament 73 14
European Tour Nordea Masters 108 22
LPGA Tour ShopRite LPGA Classic 100 14
Champions Tour Principal Charity Classic 57 9
Japan Tour Gateway to the Open miz Open 60 52
Korean Tour Happiness SongHak Construction Open 120 15
Canadian Tour PC Financial Open 92 30

The PGA Tour travels to the Buckeye State this week for the 39th playing of The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Stretched out to 7,366 yards, the course will present a stern test for the players who have earned invitations to the prestigious event.

 This week at The Memorial, 73 players in the field will trust a Titleist golf ball for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also the top choice among players in the iron (30), sand, lob and approach wedge (120) and putter (42) categories. 

Check out the slideshow above and join us for an inside-the-ropes tour of the action from earlier this week.

Good luck to all of #TeamTitleist this weekend!

 

It’s time for another Team Titleist Member Spotlight and in this latest edition, we check in with our good friend Marc S. from Texas.

Like a lot of us here at Team Titleist, Marc is a passionate golfer who thinks about his game 24/7. As for his favorite club in the bag, a prototype Vokey Design wedge holds a special place in the setup. .

Check out the Q&A below and get to know a little more about Marc.

Team Titleist (TT): How did you get started in golf? Who introduced you to the game?
Marc S. (MS): As a very little boy until I was about 10 years old, we used to go to my Grandpa’s house and see a black staff bag full of sparkling clubs. Looking at those clubs in the corner every Sunday after church definitely sparked by interest in the game and it evolved from there.
 
TT: How do you mark your Titleist?
MS: #12 was my hockey number throughout my playing days in northwest Minnesota and Schultzy is typically what all my buddies call me.
 
TT: What’s your favorite Titleist club in your bag?
MS: After meeting Dave Neville and Ryan Crysler at my first Team Titleist event at the Austin Golf Club in Austin, TX, I bought my 56 degree 2011 prototype Vokey Design 56 TK wedge. From 100 yards, this club is a perfect fit.
 
TT: How often are you thinking about your golf game and getting better? What are you currently working on?
MS: There isn’t a day that goes by when I am not playing a round somewhere in my head. Not only is golf my passion, but therapeutic as well. I am currently working on my putting alignment, path, stroke, and speed. Easier said than done.
 
TT: Can you recall the best shot you’ve ever hit?
MS: I have been lucky enough to have two holes in one, but my first was on May 31st, 2009. This happened to be my last official day on Active Duty in the Army after 22 years. It was a 155 yard par three with a 7-iron. I hit a baby draw into the front pin, watched it land on the green, and followed the ball as it spun and rolled into the hole. Having played golf for so long it was definitely a surreal feeling.
 
TT: What’s the best piece of golf advice you have ever received?
MS: The best piece of advice that I have received is “not to let one bad hole define my round” 

In this tip, Titleist Brand Ambassador John Hahn (a two-time All-American golfer at Kent State University and European Tour rookie) talks about the key features of helping golfers become better ball strikers. John talks about keeping your swing simple and focusing on a critical piece to building a solid swing… making a complete shoulder turn.

“Making a shoulder turn is one of the most vital pieces of the golf swing,” John explained. “It’s going to allow your scores and your ball striking to become more consistent day in and day out.”

Another key that John shared with us is to focus on using the big muscles to swing the club. Inconsistency arises when players try to steer the club with the smaller muscles of the hands and arms.

Watch the video above to see John’s swing in action.

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