If today's pro-am is any indication of this week's success, count Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon among the favorites. As we mentioned in yesterday's blog note, Brad put the New AP2s in the bag at Milwaukee and posted his best finish of the year. Today, he fired a 4-under 68 on his own ball, which included long birdie putts on Nos. 9 and 18. The team, which also consisted of Detroit Red Wings forwards Kirk Maltby and Dan Cleary, finished at 14-under 58.

Be sure to check out Wednesday's image gallery, which includes more shots of players testing equipment on the practice tee.

Brad Faxon following through with his New AP2 4-iron on the 187-yard Par 3 third hole.

Hello Everybody, I'm in London this week and will head over to the US over the weekend. It's been a good couple of weeks and I've been getting some good practice in. I can hardly believe we have 8 weeks left in the regular season. I know it's a cliche but I really don't know where the time goes! Once the Masters is over the year seems to fly by and before we know it it's time for our last major of the year.

When Adam played the 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine he used a 7.5° Titleist 975JVS driver, with a STEEL shaft! I'm looking forward to getting back to Hazeltine for our last major of the year. It is an old fashioned style golf course and it's very tough and long! It actually opened in the 1960's so it's not really that old. It has gone through various changes throughout the years but it still has the feel of a classic design. I finished T23 in 2002 so I'm hoping for a better result! My game is feeling good so you never know how things will unfold the next couple of weeks. I know one thing for sure in order to win at Hazeltine my short game will have to be in peak form and there should be great rewards for accurate driving. Anyway, it's going to be a fun and exciting next couple of weeks. Our next Clubhouse Newsletter will be sent out on August 1st so just want to remind everyone to sign up in the Clubhouse Section of my website before August 1st. We will have some announcements regarding the Foundation activities being planned at the end of the year and also another fun contest you can enter. I'll be at the Bridgestone next week and I look forward to seeing everyone then. -Adam

From the 2009 Buick Open – Tuesday

Titleist.com is on-site at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan for the 51st edition of the Buick Open, a tournament that dates back to 1958. The Titleist Tour Van has been buzzing with even more activity than usual, as this is the first week that it is carrying the next generation AP1, AP2, CB and MB irons that are scheduled to be introduced to the marketplace this fall.

Several players (Greg Chalmers, Derek Fathauer, Bill Haas, Stephen Leaney, Marc Leishman, Darron Stiles, Kevin Na) worked with the new irons on the range for the first time, while others, including Tom Pernice, Jr. (New AP2), Colt Knost (New CB) and Johnson Wagner (New CB) played a practice round with them and decided to put them in the bag this week.

Longtime Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon, who is also in the field this week, was actually the first to play the New AP2 irons in competition two weeks ago, when he posted his best finish of the year at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. A set of the New AP1 irons were also played in competition for the first time in Milwaukee, and will also be in that player's bag this week in Michigan.

Improvements to the new AP2 irons have resulted in better feel as well as improved shot control and ground contact. The new AP1 irons offer better feel, more forgiveness, and an improved shape, particularly in the short irons. Look for more sets to be put into play in the coming weeks, and be sure to check back here and on Titleist.com for the latest information on all Titleist products.

For now, be sure to check out the slide show for more information from the Buick Open.

A lot of activity is taking place this week in the Titleist Tour Van.

Despite difficult weather conditions at this week's RBC Canadian Open (over five inches of rain fell on the Glen Abbey Golf Club during the first four days, suspending play and forcing a Monday finish) the tournament provided an unusual abundance of drama for golf fans.

Nathan Green trusted his Pro V1 golf ball to shoot four rounds in the sixties and then claim victory in a sudden death playoff. It was the first win for the 34-year-old Australian in 112 career PGA TOUR starts.

In the softened conditions, the course became vulnerable, as evidenced not only by the low scoring (Green posted an 18-under 270 in regulation play) but also by two notable PGA TOUR records that fell at the RBC. Pro V1 loyalist Mark Calcavecchia set a new PGA Tour record in the third round of the Canadian Open with a run of nine consecutive birdies.


"Minnesota" Leif Olson and "Calc" Goes Low

The 49-year-old Calcavecchia is no stranger to going low. In 2001 he set the PGA Tour 72-hole scoring record at the Phoenix Open with a 256 total (65-60-64-67). This mark was eclipsed two years later by Pro V1x loyalist Tommy Armour III, who shot 254 (64-62-63-65) at the 2003 Valero Texas Open. Calcavecchia's amazing run started on the par-three 12th hole - his third - and continued all the way to the par-five 2nd. Throughout these holes, Calcavecchia never had longer than a 15-foot putt for birdie.

He arrived at the 2nd tee knowing that he needed one more birdie for the record. He took some advice from his 15-year-old son, Eric, who was caddying for Mark. As Mark recounted in his post-round press conference, "Super Caddie over here says, 'Don't hit it left.' I hit probably the best drive of the day."

He converted his birdie, but the streak ended on the par-four 3rd when his chip from over the green went five feet past. The previous record of eight birdies was held by a half dozen players and last achieved by Pro V1x loyalist Jerry Kelly in 2003.

Another remarkable record was set at the 2009 RBC Canadian Open when eight different players recorded holes-in-one, obliterating the previous mark of five, which was set at the 2004 John Deere Classic. Among the players to score 1's were local favorite Mike Weir (Pro V1) at the 197-yard 4th hole, Kevin Sutherland (Pro V1x) at the 156-yard 7th, and Arjun Atwal (Pro V1x), Briny Baird (Pro V1), and Leif Olson (Pro V1x) at the 141-yard 15th.

All holes-in-one are spectacular, but Leif Olson's was particularly noteworthy, both as a golf shot and as an amazing "billiard" shot. Olson played a 3/4 AP2 9-iron beyond the front pin and spun the ball back, where it glanced off his playing partner's ball (which had already found the putting surface). The ball veered to the left and curled right into the center of the cup. To see Leif's amazing shot, as well as some highlights from Mark Calcavecchia's birdie-binge, click on the video above, courtesy of YouTube and ESPN.

Hello Everybody,

I'm in Europe this week and just enjoying a few days before I head back to the US next week. I'm getting some practice in and working specifically on my short game. I was disappointed with missing the cut at Turnberry by one stroke. I felt like things were coming together but unfortunately my putter let me down. What an exciting tournament to see Tom Watson do so well. He's a legend in our sport and it was inspirational to watch him. I read an article and the headline was "Watson gains more from Losing than Winning", I felt like that said it all. It would have been a remarkable accomplishment for Tom to win but all of us were in awe of how well he played. Similar to how well Greg Norman played last year! Needless to say, there's something special about the Open Championship.

Our next Clubhouse Newsletter will be sent out on August 1st so just want to remind everyone to sign up in the Clubhouse Section of my website before August 1st. We will have some announcements regarding the Foundation activities being planned at the end of the year and also another fun contest you can enter.

Until next time, take care.
-Adam

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