Posted: January 28, 2013
While Marine Layers and fog kept the PGA Tour at bay this weekend, players around the globe charged on and two Titleist golf ball loyalists claimed victories on the worldwide professional tours.
In Blackburn, Australia, Titleist Brand Ambassador David Bransdon birdied the first playoff hole to capture the Blackburn Heritage Classic on the Australian Tour and record another win for the new 2013 Pro V1x golf ball. And in Doha, Qatar Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Chris Wood trusted the performance of his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball to a thrilling eagle on the last to leapfrog the leaders and capture his first European Tour victory at the Qatar Masters.
Here's the Team Titleist weekend wrap-up...
EUROPEAN TOUR: 2013 QATAR MASTERS
Winner: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Chris Wood
Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the Qatar Masters with 78 players in the field of 126 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than 3 times the nearest competitor with 21, and more than all competitors combined.
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AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: 2013 HERITAGE CLASSIC
Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador David Bransdon
What's in David Bransdon's Bag?
Ball: New 2013 Pro V1xFairway Metals: 913F.d Low Spin 15º and 913F.d Low Spin 18ºIrons: MB (712)Wedges: Vokey Design SM4Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2
Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the Heritage Classic with 101 players in the field of 132 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than 4 times the nearest competitor with 24, and more than all competitors combined.
PGA TOUR: 2013 FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the Farmers Insurance Open with 104 players in the field of 156 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than 5 times the nearest competitor with 20, and more than all competitors combined.
This includes a total of 57 players who will be relying upon a new 2013 Pro V1 (10) or Pro V1x (47) golf ball – which made their public debut on Thursday at the PGA Show. Check out this post for more details.Titleist was also the favorite in the iron sets (42), sand, lob and approach wedge (163) and putter (56) categories.
SOUTH AFRICA: TELKOM PGA PRO-AM
Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador Oliver Bekker
What's in Oliver Bekker's Bag?
Ball: New 2013 Pro V1xDriver: 913 D2 driverFairway Metals: 913FIrons: MB (712)Wedges: Vokey Design SM4Putter: Scotty Cameron
Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the Telkom PGA with 51 players in the field of 72 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than 3 times the nearest competitor with 16, and more than all competitors combined.
Posted: January 24, 2013
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While Team Titleist was in full force at the 2013 PGA Show in Orlando, FL for the introduction of the new 2013 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, we did manage to sneak out west earlier in the week to take in the stunning views found along the North and South courses of Torrey Pines.The 2013 Farmers Insurance Open features a strong field of talented players including the 2010 Champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane. With both courses playing tough, all players will be looking to bring their best performances into the weekend. And for a majority of players in the field, performance is the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x. Titleist is the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the Farmers Insurance Open with 104 players in the field of 156 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than 5 times the nearest competitor with 20, and more than all competitors combined. This includes a total of 57 players who will be relying upon a new 2013 Pro V1 (10) or Pro V1x (47) golf ball – which made their public debut on Thursday at the PGA Show. Check out this post for more details.Titleist was also the favorite in the iron sets (42), sand, lob and approach wedge (163) and putter (56) categories. Check out the slideshow above to take a stroll with Team Titleist beneath the Torreys and see what the players including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Charley Hoffman, Scott Stallings, Ben Crane and Brendan Steele among others, were up to early in the week.
Posted: January 19, 2013
It's the first stop of the 2013 PGA Tour season on the continental U.S. and a quick look at the Humana Challenge leaderboard (which is currently dominated by red numbers) shows that players already have their games in shape.
And as the official counts come in,Titleist is the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the Humana Challenge with 106 players in the field of 156 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16. Titleist was also the favorite in the iron sets (42), sand, lob and approach wedge (160) and putter (57) categories.
Highlighting the golf ball count, a total of 62 players are relying upon a 2013 Pro V1 (11) or Pro V1x (51) prototype as the tour seeding and performance validation process continues.
Check out the slideshow above to go inside the ropes and see what the players including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Geoff Ogilvy, Webb Simpson, Bud Cauley, Kevin Na, and Patrick Cantlay, among others, were up to early in the week.
Good luck to the field!
Posted: January 18, 2013
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Team Titleist EMEA packed up their gear and made the trip to Abu Dhabi Golf Club to catch up with the Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists in the field for the 2013 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. This tournament marks the start of the three event Desert Swing on the European Tour, and also sets the pace as the Race To Dubai starts in earnest!
And as the players catch their stride in the year long race, Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship with 75 players of the field of 126 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 19. Titleist was also the favorite in the sand, lob and approach wedge category with 138, nearly twice the nearest competitor with 70.
A total of 32 Titleist golf ball loyalists relied upon a new 2013 Pro V1 or Pro V1x prototype, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Matteo Manassero, Bernd Wiesberger, Thomas Levet, Gregory Bourdy, Michael Hoey and Lee Slattery, as well as Titleist golf ball loyalists including major winners Michael Campbell and Todd Hamilton, along with Joost Luiten, Tom Lewis and Gregory Havret.
Check out the slideshow above to take in some of the action from earlier in the week and thanks to Team Titleist EMEA for all of the great images!
Posted: January 8, 2013
The counts are in and Titleist is the top choice across every major equipment category at the PGA Tour's season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
From golf balls to drivers, fairways metals and hybrids, to irons, wedges and putters, Titleist equipment is the overwhelming favorite of the 30-player field that concluded its first two official rounds of the 2013 campaign yesterday.
The Titleist player counts are below, as are those of the nearest competitor in each category.
WEBB WEAVES IN NEW TITLEIST EQUIPMENT: Current U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson is playing a new Pro V1x prototype golf ball and 13 new Titleist golf clubs to start the new season. Simpson is playing his first competitive rounds with the new gear after Titleist Tour Representatives Chris Tuten (clubs) and Fordie Pitts (golf balls) traveled to Charlotte in early December and worked with him for a day to dial in the proper specifications. Simpson’s new equipment specs are below:
GOLF BALL: New Titleist Pro V1x prototype golf ball
DRIVER: Titleist 913D3 (10.5º)
FAIRWAY METALS: Titleist 913F.d Low Spin (15.0º/18.0º)
HYBRID: Titleist 913H.d (20.0º)
IRONS: Titleist AP2 (4-P)
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 sand (54º) and lob (58º)
ON THE BALL: Of the 20 players teeing up a Titleist golf ball at the Tournament of Champions, 11 are relying upon a new Pro V1 or Pro V1x prototype golf ball. New Pro V1 prototype golf ball players include 2012 Rookie of the Year John Huh and Ryan Moore. New Pro V1x prototype golf ball players include: Ben Curtis, Rickie Fowler, J.J. Henry, Zach Johnson, Marc Leishman, Webb Simpson, Scott Stallings, Bubba Watson and Mark Wilson.
OTHER NOTABLES: Simpson’s fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson visited the state-of-the art Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, Calif. the week after Thanksgiving to work on his new equipment. The result: he left with a new Titleist 913D2 driver with 9.5 degrees of loft which he put into play this week. Johnson was also fit for a new 913F.d Low Spin (15.0º) fairway metal and the new Pro V1x prototype golf ball that he is putting to the test under difficult conditions on Maui.
Marc Leishman, who qualified for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions after winning the Travelers Championship, has a new Titleist 712U prototype utility iron in the bag. The club, which he put in play for the first time at the Australian Masters in December, is being used in place of his 2-iron.
RBC Canadian Open champion Scott Piercy transitioned into a new Titleist 913F.d Low Spin fairway metal (13.5º) and returned to his Scotty Cameron Newport 2.7 putter from the GoLo he used at the end of 2012. Meanwhile two other players in the field put new Scotty Cameron GoLo putters into play.
Posted: January 4, 2013
Aloha, Team Titleist! We're coming to you straight from the range at the Plantation Course at Kapalua as the 2013 PGA Tour Season kicks into gear with the season opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
The field is stacked and the players are ready to get back to work. Here are some early notes as we look forward to the start of the season...
Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker is seeking to defend his 2012 Tournament of Champions title after firing four consecutive rounds in the 60's en route to a three shot win and 23-under par 269 victory total. Stricker leads a group 20 Titleist golf ball loyalists, including nine Brand Ambassadors who will be competing in the winners-only event. He was one of 23 players to win a combined 29 times on the 2012 PGA Tour with a Titleist golf ball, more than seven times the nearest competitor with four.
The Plantation Course at Kapalua is a par 73, measuring 7,452 yards. At 68.963, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions featured the lowest final round scoring average of 2012.
Jason Dufner and Titleist golf ball loyalist Rickie Fowler will be the first on the tee to start the 2013 PGA Tour season Friday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The duo is set to tee off in the season opener at 10:35 a.m. local time.
Dufner, who secured his first two career wins in 2012 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the HP Byron Nelson Championship, is in a virtual tie for 8th place in the Official World Golf Rankings with Masters champion Bubba Watson. They are the highest world ranked players participating this week.
Dufner also enters the tournament owning the longest active consecutive cut streak at 21. That will be extended to 22 as the Hyundai Tournament of Champions is a no-cut event.
Fowler earned his first career PGA TOUR title and a trip to Kapalua after winning the Wells Fargo Championship in a three-way playoff.
Joining Dufner, Fowler, Watson and Stricker on the Titleist tee sheet this week are Brand Ambassadors Ben Curtis (Valero Texas Open), Bill Haas (Northern Trust Open), Zach Johnson (Crowne Plaza Invitational, John Deere Classic), Marc Leishman (Travelers Championship), Scott Piercy (RBC Canadian Open), Webb Simpson (U.S. Open) and Scott Stallings (True South Classic), as well as golf ball loyalists Jonas Blixt(Frys.com Open), J.J. Henry (Reno-Tahoe Open), John Huh (Mayakoba Golf Classic), Hunter Mahan (WGC-Accenture Match Play, Shell Houston Open), Ryan Moore (Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), Ian Poulter (HSBC Tournament of Champions), Ted Potter, Jr. (The Greenbrier Classic), Johnson Wagner (SONY Open in Hawaii) and Mark Wilson (Humana Challenge).
A total of 3,773 players teed up a Titleist on the 2012 PGA Tour, more than six times the nearest competitor with 602.
In addition to its winning golf ball (29) success, Titleist players also combined to lead the 2012 PGA TOUR in victories across every major equipment category for the second consecutive year, including drivers (17), fairway metals (17), hybrids (8), irons (18), wedges (23) and putters (17).