Titleist Brand Ambassador Geoff Ogilvy captured the "jewel" of Australian golf Sunday in Sydney, using a Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, the new Titleist 910 driver and a bag full of Titleist equipment.
Ogilvy was the only player to post four rounds in the 60s (68-65-67-69) at The Lakes Golf Club, four gems that led to a 19-under 269 total, a comfortable four-shot victory and his first Australian Open title.
"My goal is to win every tournament I play – but this is the real special one in Australian golf, this is the jewel," said Ogilvy, one of four Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists last weekend to find winner's circles around the world.
Pro V1x loyalist and World No. 1 Lee Westwood cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Sunshine Tour's Nedbank Golf Challenge, while Maria Hjorth (LPGA Tour Championship) earned the first LPGA victory for the new Titleist Pro V1x prototype golf ball and fourth overall since the seeding of the new golf balls began across the worldwide professional tours in October. On the Japan Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Hiroyuki Fujita became the first player to win using the new Titleist Pro V1 prototype golf ball.
Ogilvy was also the 16th player across the worldwide professional tours to win using the new Titleist 910 driver, which he first put into play at the Open Championship at St. Andrews. Ogilvy plays a Titleist 910D3 8.5 model with an Aldila RIP 80 shaft and his SureFit Tour (SFT) hosel in the A•3 setting (+1.5 more loft, +1.5 upright).
For the week, Ogilvy totaled 20 birdies, two eagles and just five bogeys – and hit just under 82 percent of his greens in regulation, the statistic considered the most important by Team Titleist members in a recent poll. His second-round 7-under 65 included seven birdies and no bogeys, including five birdies over his final six holes.
"I came into a bit of form late but ran out of tournaments," said Ogilvy, winner of the PGA Tour's Tournament of Champions in January. He also tied for second at the Deutsche Bank Championship in September.
"(This win) definitely helped the year a lot," he said. "Any year you win a golf tournament is exciting (and) any year you win the Australian Open you're going to have to look back and think it's a pretty special year."
Starting the day with a five-shot lead, Ogilvy held off fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Matt Jones and Alistair Presnell, who finished joint runner-up at 15-under 273.
Ogilvy, Jones and Presnell were three of the 122 players in the field that trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than 13 times the nearest competitor with nine.
Nine of the 11 golfers who finished among the top 10 and ties trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.
Titleist was also the top choice in every other major equipment category including Drivers (58); Fairway Metals (65); Hybrids (48); Iron Sets (79); Sand, Lob & Approach Wedges (189); and Putters (47).
Also in Ogilvy's bag this week was a new Titleist 910F 15.0 fairway metal with an Aldila RIP 90 shaft and his SFT hosel in the C•3 position (+.75 more loft, +.75 upright).
Here's a closer look at the Titleist equipment Ogilvy used at the Australian Open:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D3 8.5, A•3 SFT Setting (Aldila RIP 80)
Fairway metal: Titleist 910F 15.0, C•3 SFT Setting (Aldila RIP 90)
Iron (2): Titleist CB (KBS Tour)
Irons (3-9): Titleist MB (KBS Tour)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 50, 54, TVD58 (Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 303 SSS Prototype
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In 2010, Titleist golf ball players have recorded 148 total victories across the worldwide professional tours, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 25:
• SUNSHINE TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Lee Westwood punctuated the 2010 season with an eight-shot victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City in South Africa.
The win guaranteed Westwood will enter 2011 as the No. 1 player in the world.
Westwood closed with a 4-under 68, including a chip-in from almost 40 yards for birdie on the final hole.
“To chip in on the last when you’ve got a seven-shot lead,” said Westwood, who posted rounds of 68-64-71-68 at the Gary Player Country Club for a 17-under 271 total. “That’s the stuff that dreams are made of, I guess.”
"(Being No. 1 is) still something I’m trying to come to terms with,” said Westwood.
“There’s expectation whenever you turn up at tournaments and you have to
fulfil that. But since I’ve become No. 1, I’ve finished second,
third and first. So I think I can cope with it.”
• LPGA TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Maria Hjorth became the first LPGA player to win using the new Pro V1 prototype golf ball, sinking a clutch putt on the 18th hole at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., for a one-shot victory over Pro V1 loyalist Amy Yang at the LPGA Tour Championship.
“I love the new Pro V1 because it fits my game very well," said Hjorth, who closed in even-par 72 for a 5-under 283 total, the second highest-winning score relative to par this season.
"It has a great ball flight and spins less for me, which I like. It is very durable and feels great around the greens,” she said.
Hjorth's victory was highlighted by several par-saving putts on Grand Cypress' firm and frustrating putting surfaces, including a 10-footer on the 16th and an eight-footer on No. 18, which broke slightly downhill.
It was Hjorth's fourth LPGA victory and first since giving birth to her 1-year-old daughter, Emily.
Also earning prizes at the LPGA's season finale were Pro V1x loyalists Na Yeon Choi and Yani Tseng.
Choi tied for fifth to wrap up the LPGA money title and also claim the Vare trophy for the year's lowest scoring average. Tseng, who had three wins in 2010 including a pair of major championships (Kraft Nabisco Championship and the Ricoh Women's British Open), clinched the LPGA Player of the Year award.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the LPGA Tour Championship with 87 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14. Of the 10 players who finished tied for seventh or better at the event, nine trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.
• JAPAN TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Hiroyuki Fujita earned the first victory across the worldwide professional tours for the new Titleist Pro V1 prototype golf ball, closing in 4-under 66 for a one-shot victory over Pro V1x loyalist Toru Taniguchi at the season-ending JT Cup 2010.
Fujita eagled the 17th hole to sneak past a hard-charging Taniguchi, who posted a final-round 9-under 61
The victory was Fujita's second this season (Tsuruya Open) and the 10th of his career. Fujita finished second on the money list behind Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyung-Tae Kim, who carded a closing 5-under 65 and shared fifth place.
The 24-year-old Kim became the Japan Tour's first South Korean money title winner.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the limited-field Golf Nippon Series JT Cup with 10 players, compared to 85 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also the top choice in Hybrids (9); and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (28).
• ASIAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the 2010 Hero Honda Indian Open in New Delhi, India with 85 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 10. Of the 12 players who finished in the top-10 at the Hero Honda Open, 8 trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.