It was a fresh start to the new PGA Tour season at the Frys.com Open and we’re excited to celebrate the first win of the year with Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker.

Jimmy put on a stellar weekend performance that featured a course-tying record 62 on Saturday and a final-round 66 to win by two shots and secure his first career PGA Tour win.

Additionally, as most of the worldwide professional tours hit the final stretch of their 2013 campaigns, Titleist golf ball loyalists claimed five titles this past weekend including: Russ Cochran’s win at the SAS Championship (Pro V1 / Champions Tour); SungHoon Kang‘s win at  the CJ Invitational hosted by K.J. Choi (Pro V1x / Asian Tour); JJ Senekal’s win at the Origin of Golf Final: (Pro V1x / Sunshine Tour); Josh Geary's win at the Western Australian Open (Pro V1x / Australasian): and Ryan Sullivan’s win at the Puerto Rico Classic (Pro V1x / PGA Tour Latinoamerica).

Titleist golf ball players have now earned 133 victories across the Worldwide Professional Tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 35 and more than all golf balls combined.

In total, 19,192 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2013 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,852 and more than all competitors combined.

Let's take a trip around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.

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PGA TOUR: Jimmy Walker finished at 17-under 267 in the season opener of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR schedule to claim the first title of the year along with his first career victory.

What’s in Jimmy Walker’s Bag?: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, 913D2 driver (9.5º), 913F fairway metal (15º), 913H.d hybrid (18º), New Titleist MB irons (714 Series: 3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48º), sand (54º) and lob (60º) wedges, Scotty Cameron Tour Rat prototype putter.

Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Brooks Koepka (Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 driver, 913F.d low spin fairway metal, 913H.d hybrid, New Titleist CB irons (714 Series: 4-P), Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport2 SLT T10 putter) and Kevin Na (Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, New Titleist AP2 irons(714 Series), Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron Super Rat prototype putter) were among four players who tied for 3rd place, three shots back.

Brooks, playing on a sponsor exemption, is a four-time winner on the European Tour’s Challenge Tour and earned a promotion to the European Tour for winning three times this season. With his top 10 finish, he is now exempt into this week’s Shriners Hospitals Open for Children in Las Vegas.

He will be joined by Max Homa, another Titleist Brand Ambassador who was also playing on a sponsor exemption and finished tied for 9th. Max turned professional after participating in the Walker Cup.

Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 83 of the 132 players in the field of 132, more than five times the nearest competitor with 16 .

Titleist was also the top choice in iron sets (33), sand, lob and approach wedges (131) and putters (42).

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CHAMPIONS TOUR: Russ Cochran (Pro V1) converted a 5-foot putt on the final hole Sunday for his fourth consecutive birdie and a one-stroke win over fellow Pro V1 golf ball loyalist David Frost at the SAS Championship.

Russ closed with a 5-under par 67 to finish at 17-under 199 to secure his second  victory of the season, having captured the Principal Charity Classic in June. This marks his fifth career Champions Tour victory.

Titleist was the top golf ball choice for 63 players in the field of 81, more than 12 times the nearest competitor with 5.

Nine of the top 10 finishers, including each of the top seven, all relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

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ASIAN TOUR: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist SungHoon Kang of Korea fired a final round 2-under par 70 to cruise to a five-shot victory at the CJ Invitational hosted by K.J. Choi. Kang posted a 12-under par 276 victory total en route to his second win at this event.

The top three finishers all relied upon Titleist for their success, as Kang topped Titleist Brand Ambassador TaeHoon Kim (ProV1x, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, New Titleist MB irons(714 Series), Vokey Design SM4 gap and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport putter) and Jyoti Randhawa (ProV1x), who tied for 2nd at 281

Titleist was the overwhelming favorite golf ball in the field of 120 with 78 players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 16.

Titleist was also the top choice in hybrids (49), utility irons (20), iron sets (38) and sand, lob and approach wedges (147).

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SUNSHINE TOUR: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist JJ Senekal converted a par on the second hole of a sudden death playoff to earn his first career Sunshine Tour title. Senekal carded a final round level par 72 en route to a 4-under par, 212 victory total.

Titleist Brand Ambassadors Charl Coetzee (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, AP2 2-iron, New Titleist CB irons (714 Series), Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Notchback putter), Jean Hugo (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges) and Riekus Nortje (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, New Titleist AP2 irons (714 Series), Vokey Design wedges) finished three shots out of the playoff in a tie for 4th position.

Titleist was the choice of 55 players in the field of 72, more than four times the nearest competitor with 12.

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AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: Titleist golf ball loyalist Josh Geary (Pro V1x) recorded a five-shot win at the WA Open after closing with a 7-under par 65 en route to a 15-under par victory total.

Kris Mueck (Pro V1, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges) finished solo 2nd, while fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Nathan Holman (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, New Titleist MB irons (714 Series), Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) finished alone in third place in his second professional start.

Geary topped a leaderboard that included eight Titleist golf ball loyalists among the top 10 finishers.

For Australian golf, Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott’'s historic Masters victory was the triumph of a lifetime but it was also in a class of its own for more than one reason.

Adam and Titleist golf ball loyalist Angel Cabrera earned world-wide acclaim for the sportsmanship and respect they displayed for each other during and after the tension-packed playoff at The Masters in April. 

And in Melbourne last night, Adam's performance and sportsmanship were honored as he received the Sport Australia Hall of Fame’s most prestigious award, "The Don".



Named after Sir Donald Bradman, the award acknowledges not just superior performance but other qualities the legendary cricketer held in high regard, including the capacity to inspire the nation.

Adam, who is in Bermuda preparing for next week's PGA Grand Slam, said by video message that he was "humbled and honored" to join the many great champions who had preceded him as the award recipient.

Congratulations, Adam from all us here at Team Titleist.


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The new PGA Tour 2013 - 2014 season is underway and Team Titleist is back on the scene to bring you all the action from inside the ropes this year. First stop, CordeValle Golf Club for the Frys.Com Open.

In 2012, Pro V1x loyalist Jonas Blixt entered the winner's circle here for the first time in his career. Looking back, that victory fueled a solid season that included his second career victory at the Greenbrier Classic and a deep run in the FedExCup playoffs.

With the new setup for the fall series, a win at CordeValle would mean a head start on the playoff race and the first invitation of the season to the 2014 Masters.

And for the 132 players looking to start the new season with a victory, 83 players will put their trust in a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than five times the nearest competitor with 16, and more than all other competitors combined.

Titleist is also the top choice in the irons (33), sand, lob and approach wedge (131) and putter (42) categories.

The Titleist Tour Trailer opened its doors early Monday and the team was ready to get back to business for the new season. Cameras in hand, the Team Titleist staff got an early start on the range among the scenic foothills of Northern California to capture the action as a number of Titleist golf ball loyalists and Brand Ambassadors kicked off their 2013 -2014 campaigns.

In the slideshow above, enjoy the photos of Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jimmy Walker, Brendan Steele, John Peterson, Chesson Hedley, Andrew Loupe, and Andrew Thomas (to name a few) taken before play began on Thursday.

Once you've taken a look, set your sights on posting some low scores of your own this weekend!

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Congratulations to Titleist Brand Ambassador Erik Compton for being awarded the inaugural PGA Tour Courage Award. The announcement was made on Wednesday by PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient begins his third season on the PGA Tour at this week's Frys.com Open.

According to the announcement, the PGA Tour Courage Award is presented "to a player who, through courage and perseverance, has overcome extraordinary adversity, such as personal tragedy or debilitating injury or illness, to make a significant and meaningful contribution to the game of golf."

The Courage Award includes a $25,000 charitable contribution to be distributed to a charity of the award recipient’s choice; this year’s contribution will be shared by the Cardiovascular Institute of Miami and the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation at Compton’s request.

“Erik’s story is a remarkable one in the fact he has overcome extraordinary odds to not only survive, but thrive,” said Finchem, speaking from the Frys.com Open.“ In recent years, he has started a family with wife Barbara and daughter Petra, won a Web.com Tour event and played two years on the PGA Tour. With Erik’s show of perseverance and courage, along with his charitable work to encourage organ donation, he is a very fitting recipient of the inaugural PGA Tour Courage Award.”

“Through the help of family, doctors and friends, I have gone from being someone lying on his back in recovery to someone walking the fairways of the PGA Tour,” said Compton.“ Not only has playing on Tour been a dream of mine, but it has also served greatly in the healing process. It has given me something to work toward, but also something to hope for. I’m incredibly grateful for this award and blessed to have the opportunity to be playing on the PGA Tour.”

"Erik is a wonderful player and ambassador for our brands, but more importantly, he is a person that transcends the game of golf," said Wally Uihlein, CEO of Acushnet Company, which is comprised of Titleist and FootJoy." As Erik has said, golf has been an important part of his healing process, but he has also parlayed his success on the course to providing hope off the course to the thousands of transplant patients he has touched through hospital visits and those who have heard his compelling story. Further, there is no doubt he has played an integral role in saving the lives of others through his passionate message regarding the importance of becoming an organ donor.  Erik is a deserving inaugural recipient of this award."

When Compton was 9 years old, he was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, a condition that has forced him to undergo two heart transplants, the first being in 1992 at the age of 12. The Miami native began playing golf as part of his rehabilitation, and Compton went on to become the 1998 American Junior Golf Association Co-Player of the Year, a 2001 second-team All-America selection at the University of Georgia and a member of the 2001 United States Walker Cup Team.

While playing on the Web.com Tour, Compton underwent a second transplant in 2008 after he suffered a heart attack and, with nobody around, was forced to drive himself to the hospital. Six months later, he played and made the cut at the PGA Tour’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic as a Sponsor Exemption. Compton won the 2011 Mexico Open on the Web.com Tour and later earned his PGA Tour card for 2012 after finishing 13th on the Web.com Tour's season-ending money list. In 2013, he earned his first career top-10 finish, a tie for fourth at The Honda Classic, and remained exempt for the 2013-14 PGA Tour season as he finished inside the top 100 in the FedExCup standings.

Compton is involved with the Transplant Foundation and Donate Life America. With nearly 120,000 individuals awaiting an organ transplant, Compton’s efforts with Donate Life America aim to help raise awareness of organ donation and transplantation.


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This year, Titleist and Acushnet Company partnered with the Folds of Honor Foundation in the "Play with a Patriot Sweepstakes", a Labor Day promotion which gave golfers the chance to experience the power of patriotism along with the explosive distance of the Titleist Velocity golf ball.

Robb Waller, an environmental engineer from Rochester, New York, won the Grand Prize, which included an all-expense-paid trip for Robb and two guests to play a round of golf at The Patriot Golf Club in Owasso, Oklahoma. Robb and his guests would be joined by Major Dan Rooney, PGA Professional and founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation. To round out the foursome, Robb, a Team Titleist member since 2012, invited his brother Mike and his father Mark, who is a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Kellie Costa, Senior Marketing Manager, Titleist Golf Balls, represented Titleist at the event. She was kind enough to share some great moments from the weekend in the slideshow gallery above.

Kellie also sent along the message she received from Robb shortly after Labor Day.  Thank you for joining us, Robb.

Kellie,

I'd like to thank Titleist for the Velocity sweepstakes. Labor Day weekend will be a trip that myself, my father and my brother will never forget. The weekend was so much more than the golf.

I was pleased, as was my brother, to watch my father open up and speak about his time in Vietnam. Although I may have won the sweepstakes, I believe my father was the true winner.

THANK YOU to Acushnet and to you, Kellie, for the experience of a lifetime.

Robert Waller

 

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