Posted: December 22, 2009
I've been meaning to write for a few days now and the days keep getting away from me. It's been a good end to the season and I've been enjoying some down time. I was pleased with finishing the year with 4 top ten finishes including winning my first national championship on home soil! I've been close at home, but I never got over the line until this year. I think winning the Australian Open makes it even sweeter. Unfortunately I had to go through about six months of just playing pretty awful but that's how the game is. I feel like my game is stronger and I'm definitely a better player and learned a great deal by going through the rough patch. It was also very special that Greg Norman was at the Aussie Open and presented me with the trophy. He's always been so generous with the countless bits of advice on the game and so many other things. Greg showed me how much he believed in me this year and although I wish I could have played well at Harding Park at least I had the opportunity to share my victory at NSW Golf Club with him. We travel the world all year and only get three weeks a year to show our stuff at home so it is great to have my first win in Australia and looking forward to many more.
I can hardly believe the holidays are here, not sure where the year has gone! I've been enjoying some time with friends and family and getting into the spirit of the season. I plan on taking a couple of weeks off and then will begin preparing for 2010. I just want to take a moment to say thanks again to everyone that supported my Foundation this year. I appreciate everyone that made a donation, donated their time and of course a special thank you to all of our sponsors. We couldn't change the lives of our youth without each and every person that's been a part of our mission. I will have some exciting announcements on my Foundation in the next couple of months and I look forward to sharing them with you soon.
Until then, have a wonderful holiday season! I'll be in touch after the New Year!
Posted: December 16, 2009
As the 2009 season comes to a close across the worldwide professional golf tours, we'd like to recognize two Titleist Brand Ambassadors whose consistent play throughout the year has earned them special honors as their respective tour's Order of Merit winners. Scott Strange won the inaugural OneAsia Order of Merit title after rounding out the season with a joint runner-up finish at the Australian PGA Championship. And Michael Sim (who was named 2009 Nationwide Player of the Year and whose three victories on the Nationwide Tour in 2009 earned him a "battlefield promotion" to the PGA Tour in 2010) also took top honors on the Australasian Tour, edging out Pro V1x loyalist Alistair Presnell and fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Peter O'Malley
The 25-year-old Sim played his way to the top of the Australian Order of Merit with a tie for fifth place at the Australian PGA Championship on Sunday. His Order of Merit win grants him exemptions into both the 2010 US Open, at Pebble Beach, and The 139th Open Championship, at St Andrews. As a world top 50-ranked player at the end of the year, he has also qualified for the 2010 Masters at Augusta National. Sim played in seven events on the Australasian Tour, collecting $315,087 in offical earnings. Click here more details.
Scott Strange kicked off the new OneAsia Tour in style in 2009. In April he captured the first-ever OneAsia event, the Volvo China Open, which was co-sanctioned by the European PGA Tour. The 32-year-old Australian then finished in a tie for 12th place at this month’s Australian Open. Along with his strong showing at the Australian PGA Championship, Strange finished the 2009 campaign with $505,783 in offical earnings on the OneAsia money list. The fledgling OneAsia Tour was launched in 2009 in order to provide an elite series of professional golf events staged across the Asia-Pacific region. The organization is a partnership between the China Golf Association (CGA), the Korean Golf Association (KGA), the Korean PGA and the PGA of Australia. The 2009 schedule featured five events and plans are in place to increase the number to 12 to 15 in the year 2010, and 17 to 20 in 2011.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott finished second to Strange on the OneAsia Order of Merit, with $274,579 in offical earnings, due in large part to his impressive victory at the Australian Open. Scott would have edged out Michael Sim for top honors on the Australasian Tour, but he did not play in the required number of events in order to be considered. (Players must contest a minimum of four tournaments to be eligible to win the Order of Merit; Scott only played in three). Click here for more details.
It's also worth noting that several Titleist Pro V1 loyalists topped their respective tours in 2009, including:
Lee Westwood (Pro V1x) - Race to Dubai and Order of Merit Winner, European PGA Tour
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Jiyai Shin (Pro V1) - #1 on LPGA Money List and Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year
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Loren Roberts (Pro V1) - Charles Schwab Cup Winner, Champions Tour
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Posted: December 9, 2009
Hello Everybody, Just writing from Coolum at the Australian PGA Championship. It's Wednesday evening and I'm about to go out and grab some dinner. I am coming off a really fantastic win last week at the Aussie Open and was very pleased with my play. It's an amazing feeling to put four solid rounds together.
Adam raises the Stonehaven Cup.
We had a bit of a rocky start during the second round and play was suspended for over 5 hours due to the wind gusts! Once we resumed play or started play for the 2nd round things felt right. I was overwhelmed on Sunday when I held the Stonehaven Cup. The Australian Open is definitely a tournament you dream about as a kid and to be presented the trophy by your childhood idol is a memory that will last a lifetime. I was humbled by the thought of winning and even more so when Greg Norman handed me the Cup.
I feel like I have worked extremely hard and the results are starting to happen for me. Golf is such an interesting sport. There were times over the past year that I couldn't quite find my way so I decided just to get back to the basic principles that I was taught at a very young age. I've worked really hard on the basic fundamentals and principles of the sport and obviously these are the key components for a good result. It's been a challenging year but I've learned a great deal and feel that it's made me stronger. In any event, I'm looking forward to tournament play tomorrow. I'm paired with Geoff Ogilivy and Michael Sim so it should be a great time. This is my last tournament of the year and I am focused on finishing the year off right. I'll write more early next week!
Until next time, take care.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott has experienced a return to form of late with four top-ten finishes in his last four events, including a victory at last week's Australian Open Championship. Coinciding with this torrid stretch is an equipment tweak Adam recently made to his iron set. Titleist Tour Representative Rick Nelson shares the story.
"At the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational earlier this year, Adam was introduced to the new MB irons and made the switch instantly. The set we built for him were to his existing specs and included Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts.
"Adam has always been a low spin player, and long irons and partial-shot short irons sometimes fall out of the air and come up short. This was notably evident after the switch from his previous AP2s to the MBs. Adam likes the classic forged blade looks and increased workability of the MBs, though, so we built him an additional set with KBS Tour shafts to try out following the Presidents Cup.
"While experimenting at home in Australia, he felt that the MBs with the KBS Tour shafts stayed in the air much better and, with the added spin, were easier to work and shape a variety of shots."
Since making the switch in tournament play at the Barclays Singapore Open, Adam has finished T-3rd, T-6th, T-7th and 1st.
"The new shafts are giving me a much higher ball flight with more spin, which equates to more control," said Adam. "They also have a nice feel right through the shaft into the hands. And the MBs are very traditional-looking blades, which is what I grew up playing. I love the looks, the feel, and the feedback they provide when hitting shots."
For more on Adam Scott and the Titleist equipment in his bag, please visit his player page on Titleist.com. To find a Titleist golf club fitter near you, use Find a Fitter at FittingWorks.com.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott in action at the 2009 Australian Open.
Posted: December 6, 2009
Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott has won his first Australian professional title by claiming the Australian Open by five shots after a tense final round at the New South Wales Golf Club Sunday. The victory is Adam's first on any tour since the EDS Byron Nelson Championship in April 2008 and follows a PGA Tour season that saw him struggle to only nine made cuts in 19 tournaments and one top-10 finish.
"I always thought I'd get my chance," Scott said. "It's so bizarre, this game, that off the back of such a bad year I finally played good enough to win down here.
"I've worked really hard even though I've played terrible all year. But it pays off. You've got to stick with it."
Having led by as many as seven shots after 12 holes, Adam opened the door with bogeys at the 13th, 14th and 16th holes to lead by just three strokes with two to play. But the 29-year-old held his nerve with a regulation par-three at the 17th before finishing in style with a birdie at the closing hole to get to even-par for the day and seal his first professional victory on home soil. He finished the championship at 15-under 273.
"This is very, very special to me to win here," Scott said. "This is going to be very sweet and something I will treasure for the rest of my career."
For more on Adam's Australian Open victory, please visit the PGA of Australia website. For more on Adam Scott and his Titleist equipment, please visit Titleist.com.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott holds the Stonehaven Cupafter capturing the 2009 Australian Open Championship.
Most weeks when a Tour player walks off the 72nd hole with a three shot lead, he or she is headed straight for a trophy presentation. This week at the final stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School, Troy Merritt is headed for 36 more holes of golf.
Merritt, a Titleist Brand Ambassador, and 159 other players will play both the Links and Lakes courses at Bear Lakes CC one more time in hopes of being awarded one of 25 memberships to the 2010 PGA Tour. Merritt is one of two players to have posted his four rounds in the 60's in this tournament, marked by high winds and weather delays.
The wind, which had been blowing out of the north, looks to be turning east for Sunday's and Monday's rounds. If the forecast holds true, it should make for some movement on the leaderboard and an exciting finish on Monday afternoon. "The courses were designed for the prevailing east wind. When you combine that change with softer greens from the rain and high humidity, I think we’ll see some players putting up some really good scores," said Matt Messer, Director of Instruction at Bear Lakes.
The 24-year-old Merritt is no stranger to the winner's circle. By the time he graduated from Boise State in 2008, Troy had racked up 21 individual collegiate wins. He followed his amateur career with a victory in his rookie season on the Nationwide Tour. The $117,000 Merritt took home from winning a playoff at the 2009 Mexico Open is more than twice the winner's check at Q-school, but come Monday afternoon Troy Merritt may have a different perspective on which one is more valuable.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Troy Merritt in action earlier this season on the Nationwide Tour.