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Posted: July 21, 2010
Titleist Brand Ambassador and PGA Tour rookie Graham DeLaet is playing a home game this week at the RBC Canadian Open, where he is making his third appearance in his country's national championship – his first, of course, with the prototype Titleist 910 driver in the bag.DeLaet, originally of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, finished tied for 46th (6-under 73-66-72-71--282) at last year's event at Glen Abbey GC in Oakville, Ontario. (Four months later, DeLaet successfully navigated PGA Tour Q-School, tying for eighth to earn his card for this season.)He is one of 18 Canadians in this year's event, being played at St. George's Golf & Country Club in Toronto for the first time since 1968, all of them looking to become the first Canadian to find the winner's circle since 1954.DeLaet, currently 108th in the FedEx Cup Point Standings, has made two of his last three cuts, including last week at the Reno-Tahoe Open, where he tied a course-record at Montreux Golf & Country Club with a third-round 62.Playing his fourth event with the prototype Titleist 910 driver, DeLaet also ranks fourth in Driving Distance on the PGA Tour with an average of 305.3 yards.
Team Titleist caught up with DeLaet Tuesday at St. George's. Check out the videos below to see what DeLaet has to say about competing at home, and his new driver...
On playing in his third Canadian Open:
On the prototype Titleist 910 driver:
Posted: July 20, 2010
Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen might have flown home from St. Andrews in possession of the Claret Jug, but he didn't grab all the prizes last week at the Home of Golf.Earlier in the week, Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas topped the leaderboard at the Open Tri-Golf Challenge, an event created by The Golf Foundation, a British Isles charity dedicated to making the game more accessible for children from all backgrounds and abilities.
Seven Open participants, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Oosthuizen, Haas, Zach Johnson, Robert Karlsson, Tano Goya and Mark Haastrup, along with Pro V1x loyalist Ian Poulter, participated in the event while hanging out and signing autographs for lots of young golfers inside the "R&A Swingzone." Haas earned 101 points in the 30-second Tri-Golf speed and accuracy trial, hitting his final target with one second remaining to beat Goya by a point. Tri-Golf is a youngster-friendly version of golf created by The Golf Foundation, which is aiming to reach 1 million children by 2013 through its "Golf Roots" initiative."I can't believe it!" Haas said. "That was great fun, really enjoyed it."Poulter finished third with 92 points, Oosthuizen in fourth with 91."I certainly left some shots out there," the Champion Golfer of the Year said.
Mort Congleton walked away from a recent Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting event with the confidence he was playing the best golf ball for his game, a Titleist Pro V1.Turns out he was also playing the best golf ball for his driveway.Congleton, 62, was guided through Titleist's Golf Ball Education and Selection process before one of his rounds at a team event hosted by ClubCorp a couple weeks ago at The Homestead's Cascade course in Hot Springs, Va.
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Congleton's recommended ball ended up being the Titleist Pro V1, which he said "was already my preference," considering its performance from 150 yards and in, the best part of his game.On this day, however, Congleton would be most excited about its performance from 190.
He stepped to the 190-yard par-3 18th hole later that afternoon, teeing up one of the complimentary Titleist Pro V1's he received for going through the Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting experience.In the distance, up the hill and over water, a brand new 2010 Acura ZDX sat behind the green, taunting players with a seemingly impossible task – make one, get one.Congleton and his playing partners had joked about winning the car – "OK, guys, let's win that car!" – as most golfers do in that situation.
But the second Congleton's 2-hybrid sent his Pro V1 #3 sailing, everyone started staring, not snickering.Congleton described it "as a "beautiful shot, like a bullet through the air, directly toward the pin," but lost the Pro V1 #3 as it traveled out of his sight."I don't see very well," he said, "but I kind of felt like I might have hit it long."It didn't take long for the screams from his playing partners to begin: "Go in! Go in!"The son of one of Congleton's friend, putting out on the 17th green, looked up at the sound of all the commotion, just in time to see the Pro V1 land on the putting surface and bounce into the hole."It went in!"Congleton looked around and said, "You guys have to be kidding me!" A swarm of hi-fives ensued. Ivan Cueva, an assistant professional at Cozumel Country Club in Mexico playing in Congleton's group, started taking pictures. Having just made the fourth ace of his life, Congleton had been rewarded with four wheels."It was outstanding, awesome," said Congleton. "It was good enough to get a hole in one, but to get a car on top that… wow."Congleton said he doesn't lose many golf balls. He'll joke that if you hand him a dozen Titleist Pro V1s, he's good for another year. About 10 dozen used balls, including some old Titleist Tour Balatas, actually sit on a shelf in his house.As for that new Pro V1 #3?"I've been walking around with it in my pocket," Congleton said.Driving around with it, too.
– Photos courtesy Ivan Cueva
Be sure to check out the feature on Bob Vokey tonight at 9:00 p.m. (EDT) on Golf Channel's "Golf in America."
This in-depth interview covers Bob's childhood in Canada through his continued dedication to the Titleist brand and his latest Vokey Design wedge family.
Golf Channel cameras follow Bob to his workshop in Carlsbad, Calif., and speak to several of the PGA Tour players who trust their short games to his designs.
Click on the image below to view some pictures from throughout
Vokey's life, and click here for a more in-depth
look at his life and career.