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Posted: July 16, 2013
Team Titleist is on the grounds of Muirfield and ready to provide inside the ropes coverage of the The Open Championship.
The sun is out and the wind is up as the participants prepare for the year's third major. Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists alike have been visiting our European Tour Support Van (which is parked right behind the practice range) securing their golf balls, tweaking their equipment and trying on outerwear in case the weather turns for the worse at some point this week.
Among the first to stop by this week was Titleist Brand Ambassador Graham DeLaet. This will mark DeLaet's first appearance at the Open Championship, but not the first time he has played Muirfield. He shared with Team Titleist that he stuck around after playing the Dunhill Links last year and enjoyed a memorable father-son golf trip that included Muirfield on the itinerary. DeLaet loves the links style layout and after knocking on the door several times this year, hopes to make this his first victory since joining the PGA Tour.
Another early visitor included reigning Masters Champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott as he popped in for a quick visit with the Titleist Leadership Team. Adam also spent some time signing Masters memorabilia before heading out to the practice facility to work on his game.
Check out the slideshow above for a quick tour of Day 1 and we'll check back in tomorrow with more updates from Muirfield.
Posted: July 15, 2013
Open Championship week is always one of our favorites here at Team Titleist. It marks the season’s third major, features a rota of historical courses overseas and the winner takes home one of the most iconic trophies in sports – the Claret Jug.
It is also the time of year we get to celebrate the birthday of Master Craftsman Bob Vokey.
And to help celebrate, “The Voke” has a special gift for two lucky Team Titleist members… He is going to get behind the grinding wheel to create two custom Vokey WedgeWorks Hand Ground wedges – one for each lucky winner.
But before Bob starts work on these custom masterpieces, each winner will be contacted by the WedgeWorks team to get his or her complete specifications dialed-in. This includes reviewing all available grinds and custom tweaks available through WedgeWorks (get more info on Vokey WedgeWorks Hand Ground Wedges here...).
Bob will then hand grind the one of a kind wedge, the same as he does for top touring pros around the world. To top it off, each winner will receive a Hand Ground specifications certificate, signed by Bob, as proof of authenticity. The retail value of each wedge is $350.
So how do you enter the sweeps? Just send “The Voke” a happy birthday message by adding a comment to this post and we’ll randomly select two winners from all of the comments.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: To enter the contest, log in to your Team Titleist account and then send your birthday wishes to Bob by adding a comment (see below) to this blog post by Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.*
Example Comment: Happy Birthday, Voke!
PLEASE NOTE: You must be a Team Titleist member to enter. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to U.S. residents. Sweepstakes offered from July 15, 2013 to July 21, 2013. Complete official rules available at Sweepstakes Rules and Community Policy.
A few more important details... Only one entry per a person. If you send in multiple replies, you'll be disqualified from the contest. Don't forget to follow the instructions or your entry will not be considered eligible.
Keep in mind, all comments are moderated and it may take some time for your reply to appear. We'll do our best to approve comments quickly but if you enter more than one reply, we have to disqualify you from the drawing (sorry to repeat this but we want to make sure it's clear).
(Sorry U.S. only. Here's some more info: Why are Titleist sweepstakes U.S. only?)
Good luck and check out some images of the Vokey WedgeWorks Hand Ground Wedges in the gallery below!
Bob at the grinding wheel...
The Voke with Tour Rep Aaron Dill take a closer look as they work on another hand ground creation.
A lot goes into a finished product, so let's take a look at this special process.
Master Craftsman Bob Vokey welcomes you into the Vokey Hand Ground program.
...hand grinding another custom wedge.
WedgeWorks Hand Ground offers four different character stamping styles -- straight, freestyle, snow, and the new staircase option -- in up to eight letters and/or numbers.
The Tour-level treatment carries over to personalization, with a number of exclusive stamping, engraving and paintfill options.
"Hand Ground" is engraved on each hosel to designate the special nature of the wedge.
There are four toe stamp options... Prototype 2013, Hand Ground, Special Grind and Spin Milled.
Golfers also have the choice to get the club's loft (i.e. 58) stamped on the toe.
All character and toe stamping options are available in one of 12 different paintfill colors.
Another Vokey Hand Ground wedge is ready to ship!
Vokey 59 T grind with weight porting to lower the SW to D3. BVHG toe stamping with snow dots and Titleist in Freestyle.
Vokey 58V Prototype at 58.5* with square toe, pre-worn leading edge and staircase stamping.
Vokey 58M with beveled topline, extra heel relief and PD snow stamping.
Vokey 58E with extra heel relief and BV Hand Ground toe stamping.
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Of the 107 players in the 156-player field who relied upon Titleist golf balls at the John Deere Classic, a trio qualified for an all-Titleist Pro V1x playoff. After five holes of sudden death play, Jordan Spieth triumphed over Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson and David Hearn to capture his first career PGA TOUR victory. Spieth also became the first teenager to win a PGA TOUR event in over 80 years and subsequently punched his ticket for this week's Open Championship at Muirfield.
And while 93 players out of the 144-player field at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic relied on a Titleist golf ball, it was Pro V1 loyalist Hee Young Park who entered the winner’s circle. In an all Pro V1 playoff, Park birdied the third hole of sudden death to defeat Pro V1 loyalist Angela Stanford.
On the Champions TOUR, Titleist Pro V1 loyalist Kenny Perry fired a final round 7-under par 63 and won his second consecutive senior major championship at the U.S. Senior Open. Of the 156-player field, Perry was one of the 117 who trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.
With three more wins, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 80 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 28 and more than all other competitors combined.
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PGA TOUR: John Deere Classic
- Three players tied for 4th, one shot out of the playoff, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Martin Flores (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 712U 2-iron, CB/MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching, gap, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS putter) and Titleist golf ball loyalist Daniel Summerhays (Pro V1x).
- Flores fired the best final round of the tournament with a sizzling 8-under 63 to put himself in contention, while Summerhays had the best single round performance with a 9-under 62 on Saturday.
- Nine of the 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
- Spieth needed a win to become a regular member of the PGA TOUR in order to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs. With the win, his 614 Non-Member points become retroactive and are added to the 500 he earns for the win, giving him 1,114 points. With that, Spieth is projected to move inside the top 20 in FedExCup standings, safely securing his spot in the FedExCup Playoffs.
- Spieth earns a spot into these additional 2013 and 2014 PGA TOUR events: 2013 World Golf Championships-bstone Invitational, 2013 PGA Championship, 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions, 2014 Masters Tournament.
LPGA TOUR: Manulife Financial LPGA Classic
- Park and Stanford each birdied the final hole of regulation to set the sudden death playoff stage with 26-under 258 totals after regulation.
- The pair finished three shots clear of third place finisher Catriona Matthew (Pro V1x), giving Titleist golf ball loyalists a 1-2-3 finish.
- Park fired a tournament-best 10-under par 61 on Saturday to put herself in contention.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: U.S. Senior Open
- Perry completed his comeback from 10 shots down after the second round to win by five shots with a 13-under 267 victory total. His 64-63 finish set a tournament record for the final 36 holes.
- Perry's 63 matched third round leader and fellow Pro V1x loyalist Michael Allen’s Friday score for best round of the tournament. Perry trailed Allen by two shots entering the final round.
Posted: July 12, 2013
It’s a home game this week for Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson as he looks to defend his title at the John Deere Classic. And joining him in the hunt for another victory at TPC Deere Run is another local favorite and three-time winner of the event, Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker.
Zach and Steve will be among the 107 players in the field of 156 trusting a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their campaigns this week – that’s nearly six times the nearest competitor with 18 players and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist is also the top choice in the sand, lob and approach wedge (151) and putter (64) categories.
With low numbers already being posted across the leaderboard, we’re sure to be in for some excitement this weekend as players look to make some birdies and build some momentum heading into the Open Championship next week.
Many of the game’s champions from the past few decades have assembled this week in Omaha, Nebraska for another shot to take home a major trophy at the U.S. Senior Open Championship.
Omaha Country Club plays host to this year’s championship and the field of 156 players will no doubt face a challenging test. And when facing this challenge, 117 players will be trusting Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls – more than 7 times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist is also the top choice in the iron sets (46), sand, lob and approach wedges (131), and putter (36) categories.
This is also a special week for a number of Titleist Staff Members and PGA Professionals who qualified for this National Championship. Congratulations to the following staff members on this significant accomplishment and career milestone.
>> David Carich of Noblesville, IN (The Bridgewater Club)
>> Dennis Dolci of Sharon, PA
>> Lee Houtteman of Glen Arbor, MI
>> Bill Loeffler of Castle Rock, CO (The Links)
>> Ken McDonald of Friendswood, TX (BraeBurn Country Club)
>> Doug Rohrbaugh of Carbondale, CO (Ironbridge Club)
>> Craig Stevens of Dallas, GA (Brookstone Golf & Country Club)
>> David Ladd of Palm Beach Gardens, FL (Champions Club at Summerfield)
Congratulations and best of luck to all of Team Titleist this week.