Marc Turnesa credited much of his victory at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children to his putting, where statistically, he finished 4th in Putts Per Greens in Regulation (1.610) and T5 in Putts Per Round (27.5). Marc was the first player to put the Scotty Cameron Fastback in the bag when he received it a year ago as a prototype from Scotty prior to playing at the Nationwide Tour's Chatanooga Classic.

We caught up with Marc on the Byron Nelson Championship practice green earlier this year to explain why he prefers the new mallet-style Cameron creation. Turnesa's win marks the 22nd for players trusting Scotty Cameron putters on the PGA TOUR this year. That's more than twice the nearest competitor with nine. The Fastback, along with the new Squareback, Newport 2.6 and Newport 2.7, began shipping to golf shops this month ...

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Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Turnesa (Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 906F2 3-wood, ZM irons, Vokey Design sand wedge, Spin Milled lob wedge, Scotty Cameron Fastback putter) posted a 25-under 263 to win his first career PGA TOUR title at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.  Turnesa opened the tournament with a 10-under 62 and closed with a 4-under 68 en route to four consecutive rounds in the 60s. Three players tied for third, including Pro V1x loyalists Michael Allen and John Mallinger.

Turnesa topped a leaderboard that included eight Titleist golf ball loyalists among the top 10 finishers, including fellow Brand Ambassadors Davis Love III (T6/Pro V1x, 909D3 driver, 906F3 3- and 5-woods, 680 irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport putter) and Tom Pernice, Jr. (T8/Pro V1x, 909D3 driver, 909F2 3-wood, 909H hybrids, AP2 irons, Vokey design pitching wedge, Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Futura putter).

Statistically, Turnesa was 4th in Putts Per Greens in Regulation (1.610) and T5 in Putts Per Round (27.5) with the new Scotty Cameron Fastback putter. He was also T11 in Greens in Regulation (81.9%) and averaged 303.1 yards per drive with his new Titleist 909D2 driver.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 90 players, compared to 16 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also the top choice in iron sets (36), wedges (128) and putters (55). Titleist was second in drivers (39) and fairway metals (47).

Turnesa's win marks the 27th for Titleist golf ball players on the 2008 PGA TOUR, more than twice the nearest competitor with 11. He is also the second straight Titleist Brand Ambassador to win a PGA TOUR event following Zach Johnson's victory at the Valero Texas Open last week.

Turnesa's win marks the fourth PGA TOUR win with a new 909 driver in the last 13 weeks. He joins Zach Johnson (last week's Valero Texas Open), Parker McLachlin (Reno-Tahoe) and Chez Reavie (Canadian Open).

For more information on the new 909 Drivers, take a look at this video.

Star Search Holding a Wednesday Pro-am is not unique to the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. In fact, just about every week on the PGA Tour there is a Pro-Am day where regular, amateur golfers can tee it up with a PGA Tour member. However, this week the Tour players weren’t the only famous faces inside the ropes.The tournament committee and Justin Timberlake himself spent a lot of time recruiting celebrities to play side by side with PGA Tour players and amateurs this past Wednesday. It worked. There were actors, musicians, entertainers and even an Olympic Champion teeing it up on Wednesday. Pre-Round. Every player every week on the PGA Tour has the same primary goal: to win the golf tournament. This time of year the list of secondary goals is a varied as the field list. Some guys are playing for their 2009 Tour cards (awarded to the top 125 on the year end money list); some are playing to get into the top 70 on the money list and secure spots in the invitational tournaments; and some have their eye on getting into the top 30 and receiving an invitation to the Masters.In order to reach those goals, each player spends Monday through Wednesday of tournament week doing whatever he needs to give himself the best chance to reach his goal. For some players it’s taking a lesson. This week Nick Watney spent some time with Butch Harmon working on his swing. Arron Oberholser also is working through a swing change as he comes back from an injury. Brett Quigley worked with our Director of Iron Development on some prototype irons. And then there are the scores of players who simply go through their practice routines and drills as they get used to playing and putting gin the desert. Click here to see a gallery of pre-tournament activity. Check out the image gallery to see some of the action. The stars and celebs were out at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital For Children Open on Wednesday, October 17th at the TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. Click to see the image gallery from the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Rookie on a Roll – Webb Simpson

[caption id="attachment_421" align="aligncenter" width="405" caption="Titleist brand ambassador Webb Simpson"]Titleist brand ambassador Webb Simpson[/caption] Webb Simpson, Nationwide Tour rookie and Titleist Brand ambassador, fired a course and tournament record 61 at the Chattanooga Classic on Thursday. Simpson hit all 18 greens in regulation in his 11 birdie, bogey free round. Not only did he lead the field in GIR, he was fifth in driving distance and seventh in putts. A recent graduate of Wake Forest University, Simpson had a stellar senior year winning the ACC Championship and being named ACC player of the year. Upon turning pro in June, Webb was offered a sponsor's exemption into the PGA Tour's Stanford St. Jude's Championship where he made the cut in his first PGA Tour event as a pro. Concentrating on getting his 2009 PGA Tour card via the Nationwide Tour money list Simpson finished 2nd in his first Nationwide Tour event, the Price Cutter Charity Championship, after shooting four consecutive rounds in the 60s. Simpson currently sits on 86th on the Nationwide Tour Official Money List despite playing in just five events this season. A high finish this week would put him in position to play in the Nationwide Tour Championship and provide an opportunity to secure one of the 2009 PGA TOUR Cards available to the top 25 players on the 2008 Nationwide Tour money list. Simpson relies on a full complement of Titleist equipment. In addition to the Pro V1x golf ball, Webb's bag includes the new Titleist 909D3 driver (9.5), 909F2 3-wood (13.5), and 909H hybrid (17), as well as 680 forged irons (3-P), a Vokey Design Spin Milled sand wedge (54), and Spin Milled TVD lob wedge (58).

Zach responds to blog question

Back on the 15th we received the following question from Aaron.
"I know Zach has been using the 695CB irons for a couple of years now. Just wondering how many sets he has gone through? Does he use a new set every year or does he stick with one set and use it until he decides to change models? Thanks.".
We were able to get a few seconds of Zach's time and here is his video response.