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Posted: June 28, 2010
One of the more exciting (and emotional) weeks of the year in golf ended with a number of Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls in winner's circles around the United States and Europe. Here's a little Monday math to kick-start your brain for the week:
12 – Number of shots by which Pro V1 loyalist Cristie Kerr won the LPGA Championship presented by Wegmans, her second major title (2007 U.S. Women's Open).
"I put up a dream performance...," Kerr said. "You can ask
anybody else, they had a real tough time with the course, and I just
had a dream performance."
1 – Kerr's position in the world rankings following her victory.
5 – Distance (in feet) from the cup that Kerr's Pro V1 landed on the 18th hole Sunday at Locust Hill Country Club, setting up a record-breaking victory. Kerr made the birdie putt to finish 12 shots ahead of Song-Hee Kim (Pro V1), edging Betsy King's 11-shot victory at the 1992 LPGA Championship. (Louise Suggs won the 1949 U.S. Women's Open by 14 shots, a major championship record.)
0 – Number of bets Kerr, who closed with a 6-under 66, lost with her caddie Jason Giloyed Sunday: "(If) it was 2- or 3-under, he bought the groceries for the week of the (U.S. Women's) Open," Kerr, 37, said. "If it was 4 (under) or better, he bought the groceries and the (wine). So he's got to do that. He's got to buy the wine and the groceries for the Open now."
502 – Approximate number of personal thank-you Tweets Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson returned to his fans on Twitter after winning the Travelers Championship for his first PGA Tour victory, including this one: "All my Twitter friends- WE DID IT!!! Thanks for all the support, y'all are the best fans!!"
• George Lopez said "Congrats Homeboy!!" and asked him when he was coming on his show.
• Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin: "A HUGE congrats to @bubbawatson!!!!!
• Random fan: "@bubbawatson u just made my mom cry. Awesome win!
Bubba Watson won his first PGA Tour title Sunday with a Pro V1x golf ball.
396 – Distance (in yards) that Watson's Pro V1x traveled from the 18th tee Sunday on the 72nd hole of the Travelers, setting up the birdie that got him into the playoff with Pavin (Pro V1, Titleist Bullseye putter) and Scott Verplank (Pro V1, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges). For the record, he had some help from a cart path.
2 - Distance (in inches) from the cup that Watson left his approach shot on the first playoff hole (par-4 18th). Watson's ball landed a few feet from the hole and shimmied right, burning the edge of the cup. (Verplank made a 6-footer for birdie to extend the playoff.)
3 – Distance (in feet) of Watson's par putt to beat Verplank on the second playoff hole (par-3 16th).
0 – Amount of feeling Watson had in his arms while standing over the final putt. "That's the dead-honest truth," Watson, 31, said. "I couldn't feel my arms, I was so nervous."
30 – Amount of heartfelt words an emotional Watson said immediately following his victory: "I want to thank my dad and mom because without them I would be nothing. My dad is battling cancer now. Dad I am praying for you. I love you."
Said Watson, later in his post-victory press conference: "I'm a very emotional guy. I cry all the time. When I go to church on Sundays, I'm crying at church. I couldn't get the 'yes' or the 'I do' out on my wedding day. And the pastor said, you gotta say it. You can't just nod."
20 – Number of total strokes under par Pro V1x loyalist David Horsey thought it would take to win the European Tour's BMW International Open in Munich, Germany. "I thought... I would have to go really deep," the Englishman said.
David Horsey won his first European Tour title Sunday with a Pro V1x golf ball.
18 – Number of total strokes under par it actually took Horsey to win. Horsey, 25, rolled in his Pro V1x for birdies on two of the final three holes to close with a 5-under 67 and finish one shot better than Titleist Brand Ambassador Ross Fisher (Pro V1x, 909 D3 driver, 909 F2 fairway, 695MB irons, Vokey Spin Milled Wedges, Scotty Cameron putter).
"Yeah, unbelievable," said Horsey, who started Sunday five shots back in a tie for fifth. "Never really in my wildest dreams did I think I would win this tournament."
30 – Number of shots it took Pro V1 loyalist Loren Roberts to play his final nine holes at the Champions Tour's Dick's Sports Goods Open, which he won by a shot over Fred Funk.
5 – Number of shots Roberts trailed Funk with eight holes to play at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y.
Roberts, 54, holed his Pro V1 for eagle on the par-5 12th, then followed with birdies at Nos. 13, 14, 16 and 18, where he hit a pitching wedge to 6 feet and made the putt, erasing his bogey at No. 17.
"It was a thrilling day to say the least," said Roberts, of his 12th Champions Tour victory. "I don't know what to tell you."
131 – The number of players relying upon a Titleist golf ball at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship. It was an all-Titleist golf ball championship match, where the winner, an incoming freshman at Arkansas, relied upon the Pro V1x en route to a 3 and 2 victory over her Pro V1-playing opponent.13 – Times more players who trusted Titleist golf balls at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links than the nearest competitor with 10.
Posted: June 25, 2010
Our friend Rickie Fowler stopped by the Scotty Cameron Putter Studio for a little tune-up
between events. He also left with a new putter. Scotty made him a GSS Circa '62 No. 3 with his Xperimental Black Finish. It features the nickname "Steek," a moniker he got at the 2009 Walker Cup.
Click on the picture below to see some shots from his visit – and what "Steek" actually means.
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One of Titleist's three Performance Golf Ball Fitting vans sat parked Wednesday behind the 11th tee at Wollaston Golf Club, a private club in the Boston suburb of Milton, Mass., pointing down a cart path that led to both the club's driving range – and a free education.Just a couple weeks after hitting the road, three members of the East Coast Performance Golf Ball Fitting team – John, Patty and Mike – were busy on the range helping Wollaston members identify the best Titleist golf balls for their games.As the Wollaston members learned, Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting is about lowering your score, not only about distance. (Read all about Titleist's Green to Tee approach here.)One member, Bill, had taken a friend's advice last year to switch to a competitor's ball, but admitted that "I still don't think I was getting the most bang for my buck."Hitting balls in front of a TrackMan launch monitor during his 15-minute Performance Ball Fitting appointment Wednesday, Bill, a 5-handicapper, took a strong liking to the Titleist Pro V1 because of the "feel, spin and control," especially from 100 yards and in. But Bill also found that the Pro V1x seemed to straighten out his long iron shots, which he said had a tendency to drift as the clubs got longer."The Pro V1x will tighten that dispersion," Ball Fitting team member John told him.John handed Bill two-ball sleeves of both the Pro V1 and Pro V1x, along with an On Course Evaluation Scorecard (you can download your own scorecard here) that will help him track which golf ball performs best for each type of shot before making a final selection."I just would have picked the Pro V1x without this fitting. I'm surprised, but I'm psyched to get out and try it," said Bill, who hopped in his cart and drove off to the first tee."He seemed like he was going to take advantage of the scorecard comparison," said John.Another member, Richard, had been playing the Pro V1 but admitted that he "wasn't sure he was playing the right one," especially after receiving some Titleist NXT Tour golf balls as a gift from a family member.Having lost some of his club head speed over the years, Richard found Wednesday that the Pro V1 was definitely the ball for him."That's very helpful to know, because I know which ball I should be playing," said Richard, who worked with Ball Fitting team member Patty. "When you have a positive feel about the situation, that helps a great deal."Also on the range Wednesday at Wollaston was former Boston Bruins player Tommy Songin, who stopped by the Performance Ball Fitting tent quickly before heading out to a hockey camp. While Songin didn't have enough time for the 15-minute fitting in front of the TrackMan, he was able to spare the three minutes needed for a walk-up fitting with Ball Fitting team member Mike. (TrackMan fittings are typically scheduled ahead of time through the pro shop.)Songin, who plays a Pro V1x, reconfirmed that he was already playing the best ball for his game.But are you? Be sure to be on the lookout for a Performance Golf Ball Fitting van at your club, or get fit online by clicking here.
Click the picture below to view images from the day Wollaston.
Posted: June 24, 2010
Photographer Greg Moore, a loyal Team Titleist member, stopped by the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship this week and was kind enough to share some of his photos from the practice rounds at TPC River Highlands.The Travelers kicked off Thursday with a field featuring seven Titleist golf ball and/or equipment players in the top 24 of the PGA Tour money list. (2007 Travelers champion and Titleist ProV1x loyalist Hunter Mahan discusses his keys to TPC River Highlands in this video.)Be sure to click on the image below to launch the gallery. Thanks Greg!
Posted: June 23, 2010
This week the PGA Tour is at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn. The event runs from June 21-27 and is being played at TPC River Highlands. The defending champion is Titleist Pro V1x player Kenny Perry. Team Titleist members M. Dunleavy, B. Moran, N. Dong, K. Ferguson, and M. Murawski won tickets to this event through Team Titleist and will be attending the event courtesy of the Travelers Championship. TV coverage of the tournament is as follows:
June 24 - 3:00-6:00 PM ET - Golf Channel
June 25 - 3:00-6:00 PM ET - Golf Channel
June 26 - 3:00-6:00 PM ET - CBS
June 27 - 3:00-6:00 PM ET - CBS
For more information about the tournament or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.travelerschampionship.com/