Putting on another great Sunday charge, Hunter Mahan (Pro V1x) carded six birdies and overcame a four-shot deficit to capture the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Mahan played the last 29 holes of the tournament without a bogey, thanks to some key par saves, including one from the flower bed in front of the 16th green.  He closed with a 6-under 64, and finished at 12-under 268, two strokes clear of Ryan Palmer (Pro V1). It was Palmer's second top-3 finish in as many appearances at Firestone Country Club.

This pivotal win for Mahan, his second of the season and third in his career, has moved him into second place in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings, assuring him a spot on captain Corey Pavin’s team.

While Mahan was making his run up the leaderboard,
Pro V1x loyalist Bill Lunde fired a final round 6-under 66 to claim his first career PGA Tour title at the Turning Stone Resort Championship. Lunde, who finished the tournament at 17-under, led the field in birdies (22) and also became the 12th first-time winner on the PGA Tour this year.  In addition to earning a two-year exemption to the PGA Tour, Lunde earned a spot in next week’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, his second career major championship.

Not to be outdone,
David Frost (Pro V1x) rewrote the record books at the 3M Championship en route to his first career Champions tour victory. Frost’s final round 11-under 61 set a new single round record at the TPC Twin Cities, and his 25-under 191 broke the tournament scoring record by two strokes.

That score also matched the Champions Tour scoring record for all 54-hole events, shared by three Pro V1 players including Loren Roberts and Bernhard Langer.  Frost was the latest professional golfer to flirt with 59 this season when he was 9-under through 11 holes. However, he carded all pars until the finishing hole where he drained a 25-foot putt for an eagle.

The Final Count…

According to the Darrell Survey, Titleist was the golf ball of choice at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with 40 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 13. Titleist was also first in Iron Sets with 19; Hybrids, with 14; Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges with 56; and Putters with 20. The Titleist 910 prototype driver was also in the bag of 10 players in the field. 

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Turning Stone Resort Championship with 90 players, six times the nearest competitor with 15. Titleist was also first in Iron Sets with 40; Hybrids with 25; Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges with 117; and Putters with 69. The Titleist 910 prototype driver was also in the bag of 24 players in the field. 

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the 3M Championship with 55 players, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 8. Titleist was also first in Iron Sets with 28.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open with 103 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (47); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (140) and Putters (71). The Titleist 910 prototype driver was also in the bag of 23 players in the field.   

 

Photographer Greg Moore, a loyal Team Titleist member, hit the range earlier this week at Atunyote Golf Club, in Verona, N.Y., host of this week's Turning Stone Championship on the PGA Tour.

As usual, Greg was kind enough to snap some shots of the Titleist players in the week's field, along with close-ups of their equipment.

Be sure to click on the image below to launch the gallery
. Thanks Greg!

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Congratulations to F. Simental of Pico Rivera, Calif., who won the Grand Prize in Team Titleist's WedgeWorks Exclusives Sweepstakes and will be adding to his bag three custom WedgeWorks Exclusives wedges with the Tour Package option, which includes custom engraving of up to eight characters with choice of paintfill color, toe stamp and shaft band.

The following five runner-ups will each receive one WedgeWorks Exclusive wedge with the Tour Package option:

R. Chan, San Diego, Calif.
S. Suda, San Francisco, Calif.
W. Cronin, Fort Meyers, Fla.
E. Mendez, Alexandria, Va.
M. Fuerst, Sewickley, Pa.

Thanks to all of the Team Titleist members and Vokey enthusiasts that entered. While you may not have won, it doesn't mean you can't have your very own customized WedgeWorks Exclusives.

Click here to create your own wedge.

For those of you that have already ordered and received wedges, please share pictures of them with us in the Team Titleist forums!

So will someone shoot a 58 this week at the PGA Tour's Turning Stone Resort Championship? Given all the sub-60 scores flying around the sport lately, would you really be surprised?

Played at the par-72, 7,482-yard Atunyote Golf Club, in Verona, N.Y., Turning Stone appears on the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup Schedule this year for the first time since its inaugural staging in 2007 during the Tour's Fall Series, which means it's finally a shorts and T-shirts kind of week for golf fans in the area.

As for Atunyote's current course record of 9-under 63, shot last year in much cooler, uncomfortable conditions? Stay tuned.


Team Titleist members J. Sangster, A. Giachetti, M. Kalil, J. Flansburg, H. Whalen, and M. Graniero won tickets to this event through Team Titleist and will be attending the event courtesy of the Turning Stone Championship.

TV coverage of the tournament is as follows (all times ET):


• Thursday, Aug. 5: 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Golf Channel)
• Friday, Aug. 6: 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Golf Channel)
• Saturday, Aug. 7: 6:30-9 p.m. (Golf Channel)
• Sunday, Aug. 8: 7-9 p.m. (Golf Channel)



For more information about the tournament or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.turningstonechampionship.com.

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