Posted: December 7, 2012
Albatross. Double-Eagle. No matter which name you prefer, it's no doubt one of the rarest scores in golf.
Add in a dash of excitement from The Masters, along with a pinch of the awe-inspiring surroundings found at Augusta National Golf Club, and you have the recipe for Louis Oosthuizen’s most memorable shot of 2012.
After driving his Titleist Pro V1x in the fairway on Augusta National's second hole, Louis looked down at his golf ball, situated on a downhill lie, 265 yards from the green.
Most golfers in that situation think about where to lay up. Louis' sights were set on the green. Make that the flagstick.
He pulled his 4-iron, took aim, and the rest is history.
“The ball did exactly what I wanted it to do. It came out (with) a nice strong flight. And pitched front edge which we were playing for,” said Louis. “Then the green did all the work from there.”
Did we mention it was Masters Sunday?
The exact odds of making a double-eagle (or albatross) are a little unclear. Some say it's as high as 6 million-to-1. More modest estimates come in around 1 million-to-1.
One thing we can all agree on: Louie’s shot is definitely a highlight of 2012.
Watch the video above to hear what he had to say and stay tuned for our next installment of the 2012 Team Titleist Shots of the Year.
Posted: December 6, 2012
First contested in 1904, the Australian Open is one of the oldest and most prestigious events across the worldwide professional tours. The list of winners on the Stonehaven Cup is a who's who of some of the most prolific names in the history of golf.
The tournament is also near and dear to a contingent of Australian golfers who are now members of the PGA and European Tours, but annually return to their roots to compete for their national championship.
Team Titleist caught up with six former champions who are participating this week, including each of the last three winners - Greg Chalmers (2011, 1998), Geoff Ogilvy (2010) and Adam Scott (2009) - all of whom just happen to be full product line Titleist Brand Ambassadors.
Check out the video above to see what they all had to say. Enjoy mate!
Posted: December 4, 2012
When it comes to memorable shots, sticking an approach shot during a sudden-death playoff that ultimately leads to your first PGA Tour win would definitely fit the bill for most of us.
And for Pro V1x loyalist Rickie Fowler, it certainly stands out as his shot of 2012.
After making par on the final hole of regulation at the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship, Rickie secured a spot in a three-way playoff, stepped back up to the 18th tee at Quail Hollow, split the fairway with his Titleist Pro V1x and put himself into position to close out the tournament.
What happened next?
"I had a good number, and I was aiming right of the hole with the wind coming out of the right, and if I hit a perfect shot, it comes down right on the stick," Rickie said. "I hit a perfect shot at the right time."
After sticking it close – inside of 5 feet on a hole that only gave up four birdies during the final round – Rickie only needed one putt to win the playoff and secure his first career PGA Tour victory.
Check out the video above to hear what Rickie had to say about this shot and stay tuned to Team Titleist as we’ll be sharing more 2012 highlights from Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists in the coming days.
In the meantime, feel free to share your best or most memorable shot you’ve hit this year in the comments below or on the discussion boards.
Posted: December 3, 2012
We've entered the final month of 2012 and while the season may be winding down for some golfers, there is still plenty of action going on around the worldwide professional tours as players look to move into 2013 with some winning momentum. This past weekend featured three wins for Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists across two different continents.
The wins included a breakthrough performance from Titleist Brand Ambassador Arnond "Bank" Vongvanij, who trusted his Pro V1x and bag full of Titleist equipment to capture his first career win on the Asian Tour. The weekend also featured a stellar victory for Hiroyuki Fujita (pictured above) who carded a five-stroke victory at the Japan Series JT Cup trusting the new Titleist Pro V1 prototype golf ball and a playoff win by Pro V1x loyalist Sebastian Fernandez at the Colombian Coffee Classic on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 186 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 25 and more than all competitors combined.
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ASIAN: With four top 10 finishes in 2012, Titleist Brand Ambassador Arnond "Bank" Vongvanij relied on his Pro V1x golf ball to capture the King's Cup in his native Thailand for his first career Asian Tour title. The 23-year-old rookie began Sunday three shots back, but closed with a bogey-free eight-under 64 to finish with a 22-under par 266 victory total.
"This win means a lot to me as I now have a two-year winner's exemption and I can focus on playing well at every tournament I take part in," said Vongvanij in an interview.
Vongvanij won by two shots over Thaworn Wiratchant (Pro V1x), and Mardan Mamat (Pro V1x), giving Titleist golf ball players the top three positions on the leaderboard and seven of the top 10. Wiratchant's second place finish places him atop the Order of Merit with two more events remaining on the 2012 Asian Tour schedule.
What’s in Arnond Vongvanij’s Titleist Bag?: Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: Titleist 913D3 8.5º (Graphite Design Tour AD GT X) Fairway Metal: Titleist 913Fd 13.5º (Aldila RIP x), Titleist 910F 17º (Grafalloy Pro Launch Red x) Utility: Titleist 909H 21º (Aldila NV Hybrid s) Irons: Titleist CB 4-9 (TrueTemper Dynamic Gold SL s300) Wedge: Vokey Design Spin Milled CC 48º, Vokey Design SM4 54º & 60º Putter: Scotty Cameron Red X
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the 144-player event with 91 players, more than three times the nearest competitor. Titleist was also the top choice in iron sets with 34 and sand, lob and approach wedges with 90.
JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Trusting the new Titleist Pro V1 prototype golf ball, Hiroyuki Fujita never looked back on Sunday en-route to capturing the season-ending, limited-field Japan Series JT Cup. It was just the second event in which Fujita played the new golf ball in competition. He posted an 18-under par victory total, five shots clear of two players, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Toshinori Muto (Pro V1x). It marked the fourth victory of the year for Fujita, and the 15th of his 20-year JGTO career. The win also vaults Fujita to the top of the JGTO season-long money list.
Titleist Brand Ambassador K.T. Kim and Titleist golf ball loyalist Toru Taniguchi (Pro V1x), finished fourth and fifth place, respectively, as four of the top five finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the limited-field event and was also the top choice in sand, lob and approach wedges.
AUSTRALASIAN: After a final round 69, Titleist Brand Ambassador Daniel Nisbet finished in solo second place at 12-under in the the NSW PGA Championship. One stroke behind Nisbet at 11-under was Nick Cullen who posted a final round 67.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 95 players trusting a Titleist golf ball.
PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA: The winner of the Colombian Coffee Classic trusted his Pro V1x golf ball and made a birdie on the first playoff hole at Club Campestre de Cali, after both players finished regulation at nine-under 275.