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Posted: February 24, 2014
The winning performance of Titleist golf balls and golf clubs continued this week across the worldwide professional tours, as three Titleist Brand Ambassadors stepped into the winners' circle.
On the Australasian Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Matt Griffin trusted his Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist clubs to win in his home state, capturing the Oates Victorian Open with a birdie on the third hole of a sudden death playoff.
In South Africa, it was all Titleist atop of the Dimension Data Pro-Am leaderboard as Titleist Brand Ambassador Estanislao Goya fired a final round 4-under par 68 to rally for a one-shot win and his first South African Tour title.
And at the LatinoAmerica Tour's season opener, Titleist Brand Ambassador David Vanegas captured his maiden victory in his native Colombia, winning the 67th Arturo Calle Colombian Open by three shots after closing with a 2-under-par 68.
With three more wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 24 - four times the nearest competitor with 6 and more than all competitors combined.
In total, 3,003 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 477 and more than all competitors combined.
Check out the Team Titleist Tour Recap below for some quick highlights from this past weekend’s action.
WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP: WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls at the WGC-Accenture Match Play with 33 players in the limited-field event, three times more than the nearest competitor with 11.
Among the 33 Titleist golf ball loyalists, nearly half were full product line brand ambassadors as Titleist also led the field in iron sets (17) and wedges (53).
Titleist Brand Ambassador Victor Dubuisson advanced to the WGC-Accenture Match Play final before dropping a dramatic decision to a birdie on the 23rd hole.
Dubuisson was down by as many as three holes through 12 before rallying to tie in what will go down as one of the most memorable matches in World Golf Championships history. The 23-year old, who finished 6th in last year’s Race to Dubai and recorded a victory at the Turkish Airlines Open, made two consecutive highlight reel up-and-downs on the 19th and 20th holes to extend the match.
Dubisson, who relies upon the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and all 14 Titleist golf clubs, put a new 913H (21°) in his bag this week to complement his 913D2 (9.5°) driver and 913Fd (15°) fairway metal. He won five matches en route to the final, winning his last three leading to the championship by the score of 1-up.
What's in Victor Dubuisson's Bag?
Golf Ball: Pro V1x Driver: 913D2 (9.5º) driver Fairway: 913F.d (15º) fairway metal Hybrid: 913H (21°) hybrid Irons: AP2 (714) irons (3-9) Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48º), SM4 TVD gap (54º) and TVD K-grind lob (60º) wedges Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Notchback putter
Titleist Brand Ambassador George Coetzee, who eliminated fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker in the first round and won another match before losing to the eventual champion, put three new Vokey Design SM5 (52°, 56°, 60°) wedges in the bag this week.
Titleist golf ball loyalist Rickie Fowler relied upon the Pro V1x golf ball to win the third place match on the 19th hole
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, 913Hd hybrid, AP2 714 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron 009 putter) and golf ball loyalist Louis Oosthuizen (Pro V1x) also reached the quarterfinals, as half the players in the final eight relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
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AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: Oates Victorian Open
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 113 players in the field of 132, compared to 13 for the nearest competitor. In addition, 11 of the 14 players who finished among the top 10 and ties at the event trusted a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball.
Griffin's win at the Oates Victorian Open marks his second on the Australasian Tour, but his first on Australian soil. He also won the 2012 Charity High 1 Open and 2013 SK Telecom Open, both ONEAsia Tour events.
Griffin (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 712U utility iron, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) fired back-to-back 4-under-par 68s on the weekend, posting a 7-under 281 total that forced extra holes. He secured the win with a six-foot birdie putt on the third hole of sudden death.
“It’s just great to win at home," Griffin said after the win, "and I’ve been close before and it’s nice to get over the line. To win your state open is huge, aside from that the Australian Open is next."
SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR: Dimension Data Pro-Am
Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the event with 125 players in the field of 168, more than four times the nearest competitor with 24.
Estanislao Goya (Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo putter) fired a final round 4-under par 68 to rally for a one-shot win over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Lucas Bjerregaard (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron prototype Concept 1 putter) and Jean Hugo (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges), as well as Titleist golf ball loyalist Keith Horne (Pro V1x).
The final round for the 25-year-old Goya was highlighted by a 31 on the back nine that led to his winning total of 14-under 275.
Goya, who won the European Tour's 2009 Madeira Islands Open, earned an exemption into next week’s Tshwane Open. He also earned an invitation to the World Golf Championships Invitational at Firestone in July.
“It’s my goal to one day play Word Golf Championship events and the majors," the Argentinian said after his victory. "I am very happy to about the opportunity. I’ve never played at Firestone Country Club and now I can’t wait to get there.”
LATINOAMERICA TOUR: 67th Arturo Calle Colombian Open
Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the event with 114 players in the field of 144, more than six times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.
David Vanegas (Pro V1 golf ball, 913D3 driver, 712U utility 3-iron, MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) posted a 17-under-par 263 victory total. His performance included a 9-under 61 on Saturday.
Pro V1x loyalist Andres Echavarria fired a 7-under 63 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 2nd at 14-under 266.
Posted: February 21, 2014
Posted: February 19, 2014
You’ve just bombed your drive on a stout par-5. As you pace off your yardage from the middle of the fairway, you realize that you can reach the green in two.
It’s go time… so we’ve asked Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark to give us some pointers on how to make that fairway wood work for you as you step up to this shot... that can be a little intimidating at times.As Tim told us, most miscues that arise when hitting fairway metals off the deck are really the result of a common misconception.
“Once an amateur picks up a fairway wood and, in particular, a 3-wood,“ Tim said, “they believe it’s a driver swing. In actual fact it’s more similar to your iron swing.”
In the video above, Tim provides some great pointers on how adjusting your setup and making a descending blow can help you to make cleaner contact and produce much better results when hitting fairway metal shots off the turf.
Hopefully Tim’s advice helps you out the next time you’re ready to go for it instead of laying up.
Posted: February 17, 2014
It was a bogey-free weekend for Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson who captured the title at the Northern Trust Open after closing with back-to-back 7-under par 64's.
Watson’s rock-solid performance highlighted a weekend of success for Titleist golf ball players as Pro V1x loyalists Thomas Aiken (winner Africa Open on European Tour), Alex Cejka (winner Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship on Web.com), Kirk Triplett (winner ACE Group Classic on Champions Tour) and Anthony Summers (winner Queensland PGA Championship on Australasian Tour) all found the winner’s circle.
Titleist golf ball loyalists have now won 21 events across the worldwide professional tours in 2014, more than five times the nearest competitor with four and more than all other golf balls combined.
In total, 2,578 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with 427 and more than all competitors combined.
Let’s get a snapshot of the action with the #TeamTitleist weekend recap…
PGA TOUR/Northern Trust Open: Titleist was the top choice in golf balls at the Northern Trust Open with 86 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21.
Among the 86 golf ball loyalists, 30 were full product line Titleist Brand Ambassadors. Titleist was also the top choice in the sand, lob and approach wedge (134) and putter (53) categories.
Watson birdied the final hole at the famed Riviera Country Club to put an exclamation point on his first victory since the 2012 Masters. Watson, who began the day four shots behind the third-round leader, completed the front nine in 5-under 30 and finished with a 15-under-par 269 victory total. It marked the fourth top-10 finish in six events for Watson this year. After the trophy presentation, he reflected on the significance of winning in Los Angeles.
"Winning here at Northern Trust is nice. I mean, what an honor, what a privilege, what a blessing; the history behind this golf tournament, the history behind some of the great names as champions here. To be a part of that now, to see success here at this golf course, which they haven't changed much over the years, which all of us golfers love."
Jason Allred (Pro V1x), who qualified for the event on Monday and was making his first PGA Tour start since the 2010 U.S. Open, finished tied for third, three shots back. He will earn another start at The Honda Classic based on his top-10 finish.
EQUIPMENT NOTES: Titleist Brand Ambassador Bryce Molder made his eighth consecutive cut this season and posted his second consecutive Top 10 finish, tying for sixth place. Molder, who plays the Pro V1x golf ball and 14 Titleist golf clubs, fired four consecutive rounds in the 60’s including a closing 4-under-par 67. He finished T-10 in Greens in Regulation (68%)
Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendan Steele, who put three new Vokey Design SM5 (52º, 58º, 60º) wedges in the bag for the first time this week, finished third in Greens in Regulation (71%) and posted his second top-10 finish in three events.
Geoff Ogilvy tied his best finish of the season (T-29), which included a pair of 69’s on the weekend, after putting a shorter shaft (44”) in his Titleist 913D2 (9.5º) driver and a new 913H.d 20º hybrid in the bag to replace his 5-wood at Riviera.
WINNERS’ CIRCLE: With Watson’s victory at the Northern Trust Open, a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball has now been played by the winners at 10 of the first 13 events on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR, compared to one for the nearest competitors.
Watson joins a Titleist golf ball winners’ circle that includes Jimmy Walker (Frys.com Open, SONY Open in Hawaii, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am), Webb Simpson (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), Zach Johnson (Hyundai Tournament of Champions) and Scott Stallings (Farmers Insurance Open), as well as the champions of the CIMB Classic, McGladrey Classic and OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Titleist players have more wins across every major equipment category on the PGA TOUR than any other brand: Golf Balls (10 vs.1); Drivers (6 vs. 3); Irons (6 vs. 3); Wedges (6 vs. 4); Putters (5 vs. 4).
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EUROPEAN TOUR/Africa Open: Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 112 players in the field of 156 teeing up a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than six times the nearest competitor with 18.
Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Thomas Aiken converted a 30-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to capture the Africa Open. The win marks his third career European Tour title and first on home soil. Aiken fired four consecutive rounds in the 60’s, including a closing 4-under 67, as the playoff pair posted a 20-under par 267 in regulation.
Titleist Brand Ambassador John Hahn (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, 712U utility iron, MB/CB 714 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2.6 putter) finished in a tie for third place, just one shot out of the playoff. The rookie posted a course record-tying 10-under-par 61 (eight birdies and an eagle) on Friday, which included an inward 28 to take the second round lead. The 24-year old Titleist young gun and Kent State graduate came through three stages of Qualifying School to earn his European Tour card last fall.
WEB.COM TOUR/ Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship: Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 93 players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 19.
Alex Cejka (Pro V1x) won the Colombia Championship, the season-opening event on the Web.com Tour after final-round play was called when a fourth consecutive day of rain made the course unplayable. Cejka, who posted a third-round 63, won by three shots at 14-under 199.
Pro V1x loyalists Carlos Ortiz and Bill Lunde finished solo third and fourth, respectively, while Titleist young gun Justin Thomas (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 913H hybrid, MB 714 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Fastback Plus putter) finished T-5.
CHAMPIONS TOUR/ACE Group Classic: Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 57 players in the field of 81, more than six times the nearest competitor with 9.
Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Kirk Triplett won the ACE Group Classic for his third career Champions Tour title, closing with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory.
Triplett’s 16-under 200 victory total was enough to edge three players, including defending champion Bernhard Langer (Pro V1) and Duffy Waldorf (Pro V1x). Triplett, Langer and Waldorf were all tied for the lead with a hole to play, with Triplett converting a 6-foot par putt and the win.
Titleist golf ball loyalists have won the first three events of the year.
AUSTRALASIAN TOUR/Queensland PGA Championship: Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 96 players (80% of the field), including 12 of the 13 who finished among the top 10 and ties.
Anthony Summers (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, 712U utility iron, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges) won the Queensland PGA Championship by three shots for his first career Australasian Tour title since turning professional in 1991. Summers opened with rounds of 61 and 62 and closed with a 63 en route to a 24-under par 256 victory total.
Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador David Bransdon (Pro V1x, 913D3, 913FD, MB 714 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport putter) finished solo third.
Quoting Anthony Summers: “I’m ecstatic, relieved, elated, I’m just feeling a whole mix of emotions at the moment … I’ve had a lot of chances to win in the past so to have a three shot buffer on the last was fantastic … I was still as nervous as a kitten on the 18th hole, my heart was beating a million miles a minute.”
Posted: February 14, 2014
Talking new Spin Milled 5 wedges with Master Craftsman Bob Vokey
Northern Trust Open defending champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador John Merrick
Time for a tour of Jason Dufner's bag...
Joining "Duf" on the range, Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth gets to work...
Moving down the range, we catch up with Titleist Brand Ambassador Graham DeLaet
Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendan Steele
Titleist Brand Ambassador Martin Flores
Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas
Titleist Brand Ambassador Morgan Hoffmann
Vokey Tour Rep Aaron Dill heads back to the van... Hit 'em close this week! #TeamTitleist
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The PGA Tour headed down the coast of California this week and set up shop in Pacific Palisades for the 2014 Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club.
And as the first tee shots were launched on the historic and famed course, Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls with 86 players in the field of 144 trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21.
Titleist was also the favorite in the sand, lob and approach wedge (134) and putter (53) categories.
Check out the slideshow above and see what #TeamTitleist was up to this week.
FAST FACTS: The Northern Trust Open is one of the longest standing events on the PGA Tour. It was first played in 1926 as the Los Angeles Open.
Last year, Titleist Brand Ambassador John Merrick became the first Los Angeles County native to top the leaderboard in the event's history.