Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Strange rallied on the back nine to post a final round 4-under 68 at the Volvo China Open, securing a one-stroke victory. Strange began his final round four strokes off the pace, but three back-nine birdies gave him the winning total of 8-under 280. It marks the second career victory for Strange, who won first time at last year's Celtic Manor Wales Open.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at The Volvo China Open with 105 players (68%), compared to 24 for the nearest competitor. The win was the ninth by Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2009 European Tour, three times more than the nearest competitor with 3.

 

Golf Ball Pro V1
Driver 909D2 (9.5°) Aldila DVS 60 (X)
Fairway 906F4 (15.5°) Fujikura Rombax 8Z08 (X)
Hybrids 585.H (19°) Fujikura Rombax 8D07HB (S) 909H (21°) True Temper Dynamic Gold (S-300)
Irons AP2 (4-P, standard lofts, lies and lengths) True Temper Dynamic Gold (S-300)
Wedges Vokey Design Spin Milled (54.10, 60-E) True Temper Dynamic Gold (S-300)
Putter Scotty Cameron Red X2

His 6’3” frame and booming drives aren’t the only things that set Won Joon Lee apart from the rest of the players on the Nationwide Tour range. Probably the most startling fact about this 23-year old Tour sophomore is that he never hit a golf ball until August of 2000.

Won Joon Lee
Won Joon Lee

A Korean-born Australian, Lee was always tall for his age and naturally gravitated toward basketball. It was on that court where he focused his athletic energy until just before the Sydney Summer Olympic Games, when his father introduced him to golf. It wasn’t love at first stroke, but it did not take long for Lee to be smitten with golf.

“I practiced and played for a few weeks and didn’t really like it. So I went back to focusing on basketball. But a couple of months later, I was playing and made a birdie on the hardest hole of the course and that felt great.”

It was clearly the tipping point for Won Joon, as he spent more and more time and effort determined to improve his golf.

“When you are just starting out you shave 3 or 4 shots off your score in short order, it becomes addictive.”

For the past two years, Lee’s U.S. base has been in Las Vegas. In addition to the terrific weather, Las Vegas offers tournament caliber courses, is close to the Butch Harmon School of Golf, home of Won Joon’s instructors Butch Harmon and Matt Kilgariff, and features a nightlife suitable for a 20-something bachelor.

Lee was quick to point out that it’s not a party all the time when he has an off week, though. He is currently working toward a degree at Hanyang University in Korea. The academic schedule works out well for him.

“The times of year I need to be at school in Korea fit my Tour schedule, and I can do much of my work independently and on-line," he said. "The weeks I play Tour events are all golf though, so I have to work hard on my studies when I have off weeks.”

The strength to Lee’s game is his driving prowess. In fact, his 300.8 average in 2009 is sandwiched between fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Andrew Buckle (303.6) and Michael Sim (299.3) at the top of the Nationwide Tour's Driving Distance category. Lee averages about 180 mph ball speed. To put that into perspective, the PGA TOUR average is about 165. He knows there is more to scoring well and winning tournaments than out-driving the universe, however, but he sure does enjoy doing it.

“I’m trying to temper the aggressiveness - at least on Thursday and Friday," said Lee, who will test his newfound patience on the 7,004-yard Jennings Mill CC course at this week's Athens Regional Foundation Classic in Georgia. “The course sets up to get attacked from the fairway, and the greens are soft from the rain. They should be receptive to approach shots. I'm looking forward to the week.”

Round 1 update: Lee shot an even par 72 in the first round that included three birdies and 14 pars, with his only blemish being a triple bogey on the par 4 - 15th hole. He averaged 318 yards per drive.

Miscellaneous News and Notes

Click on the link below to check out a wide-ranging interview with Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson conducted by Asher Wildman on Golfweek.com. Among other topics, Webb, a Wake Forest graduate, picks his alma mater to win the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship.

Golfweek TV Off Campus: Webb Simpson

Additionally, Golf.com's David Dusek caught up with Scotty Cameron in Augusta and discussed the new limited edition putter headcovers that celebrated this year's first major ... check it out by clicking the link below.

The Shop Blog: Scotty Cameron Masters commemorative headcovers sell out in one day

Angel Cabrera Wins the 2009 Masters

In an all-Titleist playoff, Angel Cabrera (New 2009 Pro V1x) defeated Kenny Perry (Pro V1x) and Chad Campbell (Pro V1x) to win the 2009 Masters. The win marks the second major victory of Cabrera's career (his first came at the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont). Hear what Angel had to say after his victory by clicking on the video player below.

Titleist golf ball players finished in each of the top four positions at the 2009 Masters. The new 2009 Pro V1 is now 2-for-2 in majors this season, following Brittany Lincicome's win at the Kraft Nabisco.

Look for additional post-round interviews from Kenny Perry, Chad Campbell and Titleist Brand Ambassador John Merrick, as well as Titleist golf ball loyalists, Camilo Villegas and Mike Weir. Watch additional interviews here.

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Angel Cabrera

We caught up with Titleist Brand Ambassador D.J. Trahan a few weeks ago at the Arnold Palmer Invitational to get a look at his bag as he prepared for that tournament as well as this week's Masters. This will be his third start, and second consecutive, at Augusta National, with the first coming in 2001 as the reigning U.S. Amateur Public Links champion. Be sure to check out the image gallery with D.J. from Bay Hill to get a closer look at his Vokey Design wedges and a sweet new putter straight from Scotty's Custom Shop.


Titleist Brand Ambassador D.J. Trahan

In the bag - D.J. Trahan
Pro V1 golf balls
909D3 (9.5°) - Aldila VooDoo XPP7
909F2 (13.5°) - Aldila VooDoo XPP7
909F2 (18.5° bent to 17.5°) - Aldila VooDoo XPP8
ZM Forged (4-P) - Rifle Project X 6.5
Vokey Design Spin Milled (54.11) - Rifle Project X 6.5
Vokey Design Spin Milled (60.04 bent to 59°) - Rifle Project X 6.5
Vokey Design Spin Milled (64.07) - Rifle Project X 6.5
Scotty Cameron Timeless Prototype

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