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Posted: May 16, 2011
Pro V1 loyalist K.J. Choi turned The Players Championship into a showcase of shot-making control and determination, trusting his Titleist Pro V1 golf ball to the biggest win of his career to date while leading a 1-2-3-4-5 finish for Titleist golf ball players.On Sunday at TPC Sawgrass, one of the PGA Tour's toughest tests of skill and staying power, Choi put together a victory march that was equal parts consistent and clutch.With heavy rains having postponed most of Saturday's play, Choi woke up Sunday morning with 27 holes still ahead of him. He eventually celebrated his victory on hole No. 28, two-putting for par on the par-3 17th to win an all-Pro V1 playoff – the eighth victory of his PGA Tour career and 16th international victory overall.
So far in 2011, Titleist golf ball players have combined for 49 victories across the worldwide professional tours, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 10 and more than all competitors combined. A total of 6,256 players have played Titleist golf balls in competition this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,023 and more than all competitors combined.Choi, who turns 41 on May 19, played his 28-hole finale in 4 under par, rolling his Pro V1 golf ball in for two birdies over his final seven holes of regulation, including a 10-footer for birdie on the par-3 17th that got him into the playoff at 13-under 275 (70-68-67-70), guaranteeing him his fifth top-10 finish of the season."Yeah, this course, you know, the back nine is really difficult and puts a lot of pressure on me. But, you know, for some reason today I felt very comfortable out there. …," said Choi, who made only two bogeys on the back nine the entire week, playing those 36 holes in 10 under par."The swing that I have right now doesn't really break down under pressure situations. I was able to hit it precise and aggressive today, and I was able to keep my rhythm together. And I think that's what contributed to the performance."Nine of the 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success as well as the top five players on the leaderboard, including Pro V1 loyalist Paul Goydos (3rd, 11-under, 277) and Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald (T-4, 10-under 278).Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at The Players Championship with 90 players, six times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in Hybrids (35); Iron Sets (41); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (121); and Putters (48).
Choi's shot of the tournament came toward the end of regulation at the par-3 island-green 17th, a hole as famous as it is fickle. Tied for the lead, Choi sent his Pro V1 golf ball cutting over the lake toward the treacherous front-right pin. It hit the downslope, checked up slightly and rolled below the hole to 10 feet. Choi made the putt to a chorus of cheers from the gallery.Choi actually played the 17th hole three times Sunday. He got up-and-down for par the first time during Round 3, made birdie during Round 4 and two-putted for par in the playoff.No. 17, it gives you pressure, to anyone that plays that hole. … But that hole, the moment the ball leaves the club face, there's no -- you have to just -- you can't control it; it's gone.." said Choi.
"You know, it's very hard to land the ball in the exact area that you want to on that green. So, yes, there was a lot of pressure, but that hole is going to do that to you."• ASIAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Berry Henson earned his first Asian Tour crown with a hard-fought victory at the ICTSI Philippine Open.Henson closed with a 1-over 73 in grueling, windy conditions, rolling his Pro V1x golf ball in for par on the 18th hole at Wack Wack Golf & Country Club for a 5-under 283 total and one-shot victory over Pro V1x loyalist Jay Bayron. “I’m beat. I felt like I went through 72 rounds with Manny Pacquaio this week. I came into a hostile environment and it was really tough for me. It was a hard win,” Henson said.
A typhoon that struck the country at the beginning of the week resulted in difficult weather conditions the entire event.
“This is by far the biggest win in my career and it has pushed me way up on the rankings. My goal this year was to finish in the top-40 on the money list and I know this win sets me up nicely."Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 102 players (68%) in the field of 150, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 21. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (36); and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (107).• EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Iberdola Open with 97 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19, including runner-up and Pro V1x loyalist Chris Wood.• SUNSHINE TOUR: A total of 51 players at the Nashua Golf Challenge trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than twice the nearest competitor with 19, including runner-up and Titleist Brand Ambassador Trevor Fisher Jr.• JAPAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the at the Japan PGA Championship with 61 players. Titleist also was first in Hybrids (36); and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (98).
• KOREAN TOUR: Eight of the 11 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties at the Volvik Gunsan C.C. Open played Titleist golf balls, including runner-up and Pro V1 loyalist HoSung Choi. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 106 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined.
Posted: May 11, 2011
Hanging out on the range at The Players, it doesn't take long to realize the heightened focus from the world's best this week.
While TPC Sawgrass might seem fun from outside the ropes (i.e. the famous par-3 island green-17th), it's become one of the game's toughest exams, featuring many treacherous targets.
"I think the fans come out in full force this week, and they have a good
time," said Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott, the 2004 Players Champion. "They enjoy the golf and they enjoy the risk and reward. ... I think you can feed off that a
little bit, especially if you're playing well, so I enjoy that here."
Team Titleist was on the scene earlier this week in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., catching up with our Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists as they prepared for a demanding week.
Click on the image below to see pictures from Tuesday's practice round and check back later in the week for more pictures from TPC Sawgrass.
Posted: May 10, 2011
How do you win the Players Championship?
With precision, says Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark, the 2010 Players Champion.
TPC Sawgrass is an obstacle course guarded by Bermuda rough, small-target greens and fast, undulating putting surfaces.
"To be in contention, you know you've played really good golf," says Tim, who discusses in the above video his keys to success at one of the toughest tests on tour.
This week, Tim will begin his title defense by teeing up a new Pro V1 golf ball, which he used to post 68 or better in six of his first eight rounds of 2011 before an elbow injury forced him to miss most of the last few months.
Team Titleist recently caught up with Tim, one of our newest Titleist Brand Ambassadors, to talk about the performance of the Pro V1 golf ball and how much making the switch has helped his game "off the tee, all the way down to putting."
Check out all of Tim's observations in the video below.
Posted: May 9, 2011
Team Titleist would like to thank everyone that logged in for our latest Titleist Golf Ball R&D Webcast, which aired live May 4 here on Titleist.com.During the 30-minute broadcast, hosts Bill Morgan, Senior Vice President of Golf Ball R&D, and Mary Lou Bohn, Vice President of Golf Ball Marketing and Titleist Communications, discussed the facts about golf ball performance and fitting and answered some questions asked by Team Titleist members in our Golf Balls Discussions section.
• Titleist golf ball construction and technology; • Golf ball design and performance attributes;• Player testing and fitting (tour players and amateurs); and• Common misconceptions of golf ball performance and fitting.
You can watch the entire Webcast in the videos below:
PART 1 (Product development process; Elements of golf ball design; Tour player testing and fitting):
PART 2 (Benefits of golf ball fitting; Playing the same golf ball model; Science of swing speeds):
PART 3 (Player ability vs. golf ball selection; Performance attributes of all Titleist golf ball models; Effects of temperature, time on golf ball performance):
Thanks for watching! If you missed our New Pro V1 & Pro V1x Webcast earlier this year, you can watch it at this link.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players combined for five victories around the globe Sunday, including a record-breaking performance from 24-year-old Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyung-tae Kim (pictured above) that moved him to No. 35 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Titleist golf ball players have now earned 47 victories across the worldwide professional tours in 2011, more than four times the nearest competitor with 10 and more than all other golf balls combined.
In total, 5,967 players have played Titleist golf balls in competition across the worldwide professional tours this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 977 and more than all competitors combined.• ONEASIA TOUR: Kim's performance at the GS Caltrex Maekyung Open was the most dominant in the tournament's 30-year history: He fired four consecutive rounds in the 60s (67-68-66-66) for a 21-under 267 total at Namseoul Golf & Country Club in South Korea and won by eight shots.
Kim rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for 24 birdies and one eagle over the four days, making just two bogeys over his final 31 holes.Last season's Japan Tour money list winner, Kim birdied four of his first six holes after the turn Sunday to hold off a charge from Pro V1x loyalist Hyung-Sung Kim, who also closed the tournament with consecutive rounds of 6-under 66.“Last year I did not win, but before this season I set my goal to win in Korea and I am delighted to be able to win this event for the second time,” said Kim, also a winner at the 2007 Maekyung Open in just his second start on the Asian Tour.He won three times last year on the Japan Tour and has also finished T-48 or better in his last three major championship starts, including this year's Masters (T-44). “It was difficult at the start of the second round because the players behind me made some early birdies," he said, "but I was then able to start putting better and managed to make some birdies myself." Eight of the top 11 players on the final leaderboard were Titleist golf ball players. In total, 120 players in the field trusted Titleist golf balls, 10 times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined.Here's a closer look at Kim's Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 8.5 (Graphite Design Tour AD EV 6)Hybrid: Titleist 909H 17.0 (Fujikura Speeder 904)Irons (3-5): MB (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Irons (6-9): CB (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 48º, 52º and 58º (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
• EUROPEAN TOUR: After earning his first European Tour title Sunday at the Open de España, Pro V1x loyalist Thomas Aiken dedicated his victory to legendary golfer and Spaniard Seve Ballesteros, who passed away Saturday at the age of 54. Ballesteros was a three-time winner in the event.
"It's been a sad week with Seve passing away. I definitely want to dedicate this win to him with it being his home Open and what he gave to his home fans and to golf," said Aiken, a six-time winner on the South African Sunshine Tour.Players wore black ribbons during Sunday's round in honor of the five-time major champion.“He was everything to the game of golf and I am happy to have won for him - any of us would have won for him," Aiken said.Aiken closed with a 2-under 70 at the Real Club de Golf El Prat outside Barcelona, getting his Pro V1x golf ball up-and-down for par from a bunker on the par-4 17th. He also parred No. 18 to finish at 10-under 278, two shots ahead of fellow Pro V1x loyalist Anders Hansen."I don't think it's quite hit home yet," said Aiken. "I've been waiting for this for a long, long time and I've been knocking on the door. I'm ecstatic."Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Open de Espana with 100 players, five times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all competitors combined.• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Tom Lehman took home his second senior major championship trophy with a playoff victory over fellow Pro V1 loyalist Peter Senior at the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek.After tying Senior in regulation at 13-under 275, Lehman tapped his Pro V1 golf ball in for par on the second playoff hole to win for the third time in his last seven Champions Tour starts.
Lehman, 52, posted a bogey-free 3-under 69, his second bogey-free round of the week at Shoal Creek. Senior shot 4-under 68.Lehman made just four bogeys the entire week, finishing the week tied for second in Greens in Regulation (77.8 percent)."I just kind of kept the ball in play, moving it forward," said Lehman, who won the Senior PGA Championship last year in a playoff. "Hit a lot of greens. A lot of stress-free pars."Titleist Brand Ambassador Jay Haas equaled his best finish of the season, sharing fifth place with four players, including Pro V1x loyalists Mark Calcavecchia and Kenny Perry. Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Regions Tradition with 53 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 10. Titleist also was first in iron sets (22).• CANADIAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Jose de Jesus Rodriguez birdied the first hole of a sudden death playoff with Pro V1x loyalist Roger Sloan to win the Mexican PGA Championship at Estrella Del Mar.Rodriguez,
30, made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 to force the playoff,
shooting a final-round 5-under 67 to finish at 14-under 274. Sloan
closed in 2-under 70.On the playoff hole, No. 18, Rodriguez was
faced with almost the same 10-footer he had missed in regulation. This
time, his Pro V1x golf ball found the bottom of the cup.“I’m
really, really happy," Rodriguez said. "It feels good to finally get my
first win on the Canadian Tour and I’m especially happy to win here in
Mexico.”The win was the first of Rodriguez' Canadian Tour career.
• SUNSHINE TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Justin Walters captured his second South African Sunshine Tour title, shooting a final-round 5-under 67 to win the modified stableford scoring event and lead a top-5 sweep for Titleist Pro V1x players.
Walters, 30, edged Pro V1x loyalist Divan van den Heever by one point, tapping in his Pro V1x golf ball for par on the final hole.“I’ve always dreamed of having a short putt like that to win a tournament,” Walters said. “But first I had to stop my arms from shaking!”Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 54 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined.• PGA TOUR: Five out of the top eight finishers at the Wells Fargo Championship trusted Titleist golf balls, including Pro V1 loyalist Jonathan Byrd, who was runner-up in a playoff after finishing regulation at 15-under 273 (66-68-67-72).Byrd was attempting to find the winner's circle on the PGA Tour for the third time in just seven months, and the second time this season following his season-opening victory at the Mercedes Championship.Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas finished third (13-under 275), while Titleist Brand Ambassador Kevin Na was fifth (12-under 276).Both Haas and Na notched their fourth top-10 finishes of the season.In total, 102 players trusted Titleist golf balls at the Wells Fargo Championship, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 15. Titleist also was first in iron sets (46); sand, lob and approach wedges (124); and putters (64).• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Stadion Athens Classic with 109 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 18. Titleist also was first in iron sets (44); sand, lob and approach wedges (140); and putters (67).