This week marked a special homecoming for Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott, who returned to his native Australia for the first time since his historic victory at this year’s Masters Tournament. Adam’s return served as a perfect subplot as Australia served host to the first of a trio of tournaments that are considered golfing majors down under. Scott came through with the perfect ending for Act One on Sunday, winning the Australian PGA Championship in commanding fashion and leading a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players on the worldwide professional golf tours.
In addition to Adam’s storybook win,Titleist Brand Ambassador Victor Dubuisson relied on a Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist clubs from tee to green as he captured his first European Tour victory at the Turkish Airlines Open.
With additional wins on the PGA Tour and LatinoAmerica Tour, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 148 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 38 and more than all other competitors combined.
In total, 20,725 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2013 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,026 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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AUSTRALIAN/ONEASIA TOURs: Australian PGA Championship
Of the 156-player field, 109 players relied upon Titleist golf balls at the Australian PGA Championship, more than four times the nearest competitor with 25. Titleist golf balls were the choice of the top 13 finishers and 21 of the top 22.
Adam Scott fired a 4-under par 67 to capture the storm-delayed Australian PGA at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast of Queensland. He secured the win with a 14-under par 270 victory total, four strokes clear of fellow Titleist golf ball loyalist Rickie Fowler (Pro V1x), who shot a final round 3-under 68.
Playing together in the final pairing on Sunday, Scott and Fowler marked their balls on the 12th fairway after a severe storm warning suspended play with Scott holding a one-shot lead. When play resumed, Scott’s approach shot from the fairway, a 4-iron from 266 yards, nearly holed out for an albatross and he made the 1-foot eagle putt.
Scott, the first Australian to win The Masters, now becomes the sixth Australian to win each of the Australian major championships in his career (Australian PGA, Australian Open and Australian Masters titles).
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jack Wilson (Pro V1, 913D2 driver, 913FD fairway metal, 712U 2-iron, MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Notchback putter), who is completing the third year of his traineeship at the Kingswood GC in Melbourne, finished a shot behind Fowler for solo third.
WHAT’S IN ADAM SCOTT’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, 913D3 driver (9.5°), 910FD fairway metal (15°), 712U 2-iron, 680 irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°) and sand (54°) wedges, Vokey Design TVD K-grind lob (60°) wedge, Scotty Cameron Futura X long putter.
"I came out and knew I had to do something great to win this,” said Scott after the victory. “It's been an incredible year since April, and so great to come home. I've had a great week.''
“This is the one I desperately wanted. It’s the icing on an incredible year. To come home and play in front of my Queensland family meant a lot. This one is for my family, especially my dad (Phil) who is a PGA member.”
Scott moves on to Royal Melbourne next week to defend his Australian Masters title. Then he will represent the Australian team at the World Cup, also at Royal Melbourne, and will follow up with the Australian Open at Royal Sydney a week later.
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EUROPEAN TOUR: Turkish Airlines Open
Of the 78-player field, 45 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 12.
Victor Dubuisson outlasted several of the world’s top-ranked players who were in close pursuit at the Turkish Airlines Open to earn his maiden European Tour victory.
The 29-year old Dubuisson took a five-shot lead into the final round and began his final round by parring nine consecutive holes. He ended up topping Titleist golf ball loyalist Jamie Donaldson by two shots, but there was plenty of back nine drama.
Donaldson aced the 16th hole following birdies on 11, 13 and 15 to tie Dubuisson at 21-under par with two holes remaining. Playing ahead of Dubuisson, Donaldson birdied the closing hole to post a Sunday-best 9-under par 63 en route to setting the clubhouse target at 22-under 266.
Dubuisson drained a 25-foot putt for birdie on 17 and then added insurance with a birdie on the final hole for the winning margin of 23-under 265.
WHAT’S IN VICTOR DUBUISSON’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 driver (9.5°), 913Fd fairway metal (15°), 712U 2-iron, new AP2 (714 series) irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°) and sand (52°) wedges and a Vokey Design prototype lob (58°) wedge, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter.
“I don't know how to describe it,” Dubuisson said after securing the title. “Holing this putt on 17 was like; it was incredible. It was incredible, and the birdie on 18, it's a bonus. But even on the last putt, I was feeling so much stress. After this day, it was the longest day on the course that I've ever had. I'm very proud of what I did.”
Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stenson remains atop the Race to Dubai standings and seeks to become the first player to win both the FedExCup Championship and Race to Dubai in the same season with one tournament remaining on the European Tour schedule.
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PGA TOUR: McGladrey Classic
Of the 132-player field, 83 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18. Nine of the 15 players who finished among the top 10 and ties trusted Titleist golf balls for their success.
The champion of the The McGladrey Classic trusted a Pro V1x golf ball to post a final round 4-under 66, good for a 14-under 266 total and a one-shot margin of victory over fellow Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Briny Baird and Tim Clark (913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 712U 4-iron, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges).
Clark closed with a Sunday-best 8-under par 62 to set the clubhouse lead at 13-under par 267.
The win marks the fourth win for Titleist golf ball loyalists through the first five events on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR.
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LATINOAMERICA TOUR: Lexus Peru Open
Argentina’s Julian Etulain (Pro V1x) closed with a final-round 2-under 70 to win his first career LatinoAmerica title at the Lexus Peru Open.
The 25-year-old Etulian posted a 13-under 275 total, good for a one shot margin of victory.
Titleist golf ball players have now won 7 events on the 2013 LatinoAmerica schedule, compared to 2 for the nearest competitor.