Team Titleist was fortunate to spend a few days early last week at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, S.C., where we were able to hang out with many of our Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists before the start to the PGA Tour's Heritage.

It was especially exciting catching up with Titleist Brand Ambassadors Brendan Steele and his extra-large smile just about 48 hours after earning his first PGA Tour victory at the Valero Texas Open. Brendan played his Tuesday practice round with friend and fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Rickie Fowler, as well as Pro V1 loyalist Paul Goydos.

Later on, we stopped by the Titleist Tour Van where Titleist Brand Ambassador Bobby Gates was getting his new Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges stamped by Vokey Tour Rep Aaron Dill.

(We also made sure to steer clear of the alligators.)

Check out all our pictures from last week in the slideshow below.

 

Pro V1x loyalist Lee Westwood's 38th birthday celebration was highlighted by a 3-under 69 and three-shot victory Sunday at the Asian Tour's inaugural Indonesian Masters.

It all added up to the 33rd international win of his career, not to mention a boisterous rendition of the "Happy Birthday" song from the gallery behind the 18th green at Royale Jakarta Golf Club.

“This will definitely be the most memorable birthday for me,” said Westwood, who finished at 19-under 269 and was the only player to shoot all four rounds in the 60s (68-66-66-69).

Westwood pulled away with three birdies on the back nine, including a 15-footer with three feet of break on the 11th green, "the hardest putt I had all day."

He rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in from 4 feet on 18 for the win, then spent the rest of the day watching the congratulatory Tweets (@WestwoodLee) roll in.

With the victory, Westwood also reclaimed his position atop the Official World Golf Rankings.

"It was quite a day, really. I knew it wasn't going to be easy with a five-shot lead," he told the Associated Press. "I'm experienced enough to know that patience is the key."

Westwood was one of 103 players at the Indonesian Masters that trusted a Titleist golf ball, including six of the top 8 finishers, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.

Westwood's win was also one of two on the weekend for Titleist golf ball players, as Pro V1x loyalist Nicolas Colsaerts cruised to a four-shot victory at the European Tour's Volvo China Open.

In total, Titleist golf ball players have won 38 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2011, nearly five times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all competitors combined.

• EUROPEAN TOUR: Colsaerts' victory at the Volvo China Open was nearly flawless, as he closed with a bogey-free 6-under 66 for a 24-under 264 total and four-shot victory, the first of his European Tour career and only second for Belgian-born players.

For the week, Colsaerts totaled 24 birdies, one eagle and just two bogeys at Luxehills International Country Club, showing off an impressive combination of both length and precision while setting the tournament scoring record by five shots.

Colsaerts, 28, led the field in Driving Distance (316.3 yards) and finished sixth in Greens in Regulation (86.1 percent).

“I’m enjoying every second of it,” said Colsaerts. “I’m dizzy – my head is going all over the place.

'I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time and I think I did it in the best of manners so I’m really delighted."

Colsaerts was one of 109 players that played a Titleist golf ball at the Volvo China Open that, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (55): and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (155).

• PGA TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at The Heritage with 83 players, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 14. Titleist also was first in iron sets (37): sand, lob and approach wedges (122); and putters (48).

• JAPAN TOUR: A total of 65 players at the Tsuruya Open trusted Titleist golf balls, more than double the nearest competitor with 30. Titleist also was first in Hybrids (41), including 25 new 910H models; and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (112).

• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf with 45 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 11. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (19).

Just in case you missed them, here are a couple of exciting hole-outs from the Valero Texas Open that earned "Shot of the Day" accolades from PGATour.com.

First up, Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendan Steele's chip-in for birdie on the par-9th hole at TPC San Antonio's AT&T Oaks Course during the first round of the Valero Texas Open. Steele, who carries three Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges (52º, TVD58º and 60º), went on to win the tournament three days later, getting up-and-down from behind the 18th green to close in 1-under 71 for a one-shot victory.

Next: A pitch-in from Titleist Brand Ambassador Charley Hoffman, who made one of Sunday's biggest charges to finish tied for second. Hoffman, who carries three Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges (248•06º, 255•13º and 60M), holed out for eagle on the par-5 8th hole on his way to a 4-under 68.

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Two days before his 18th birthday, Titleist Brand Ambassador Matteo Manassero captured his second European Tour victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open, leading a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist Brand Ambassadors at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

Manassero's win also set up a Sunday sweep of the weekend's biggest events for Titleist Brand Ambassadors and Pro V1x golf ball players, with Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendan Steele winning the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio later in the day for his first PGA Tour victory.

Titleist golf ball players have now won 36 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2011, more than four times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 4,575 players have played Titleist golf balls in competition across the worldwide professional tours this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 743 and more than all competitors combined.

Here's a closer look at the victories by Manassero and Steele:

• Officially, Manassero's Sunday victory at 17 years and 363 days old, just 175 days after he become the youngest champion in European Tour history at the Castello Masters last October.

• Said Manassero: “It feels amazing - it’s a great achievement. As I always say I could never have expected it all to have one win before I was 18 and now I’ve got two. … It’s great to be able to celebrate (my birthday and the victory) together. I’m just now concentrating on being in the top 50 now and getting into all the majors. I’m very happy about this achievement.”

• Manassero finished at 16-under 272 (66-71-67-68), tapping in his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball in for par on No. 18 for a one-shot victory over Titleist Brand Ambassador Gregory Bourdy (71-69-66-67--273). Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlory (69-64-72-69--274) finished alone in third.

• Manassero, Bourdy and McIlroy all trusted Pro V1x golf balls for their success, combining for 18 birdies and an eagle over the final 18 holes. In total, 96 players in the field played Titleist golf balls, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all competitors combined.

• All 42 clubs in the bags of Manassero, Bourdy and McIlroy were Titleist, including a total of three Titleist 910 drivers, four 910F fairway metals and three 910H hybrids.

• Manassero – who plays a Titleist 910D2 9.5º driver (Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7 shaft) with his SureFit Tour hosel set at D•1 (-.75º less loft, standard lie) – finished second for the week in Driving Accuracy (76.8 percent). He ranks sixth overall on the European Tour in that statistic at 70.4 percent (138 of 196 fairways).

• He also finished first for the week in Greens in Regulation (84.7 percent) and is currently third overall on the European Tour at 78.2 percent (197 of 252 greens).

Here's a closer look at Manassero's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D2 9.5, D•1 SureFit Tour Setting (Project X Graphite Tour Issue 6A4)
3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5, B•1 Setting (Project X Graphite Tour Issue 7A3)
Hybrid: Titleist 909H 17.0 (Project X Graphite Tour Issue HC1)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 20.0, A•1 Setting (Project X Graphite Tour Issue HC1)
Irons (4-P): AP2 (Project X Steel)
Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 52•08 (Project X Steel)
Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled TVD58 (Dynamic Gold Spinner)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport Timeless GSS Prototype



To win the Valero Texas Open, Steele overcame treacherous Texas winds and talented field at TPC San Antonio to win his first PGA Tour event in only his 12th-career start.

• Steele, who turned 28 on April 5, used his Vokey Design Spin Milled TVD58º wedge to get up-and-down from behind the 18th green, rolling in his Pro V1x golf ball from 8 feet for par on No. 18 to secure a one-shot victory. He finished at 8-under 280 (69-72-68-71), one shot ahead of two players including Titleist Brand Ambassador Charley Hoffman (68-73-72-68--281).

• Said Steele of his final putt: "Just an outrush of emotion there. I couldn't believe that I had actually done it. It was one of those kind of things. You thought about it as a kid and in high school and everything, this putt is to win a PGA Tour event, this putt is whatever, and you actually have a putt to do that and you actually make it. I mean there's so many times in this game when you don't do what you want or you don't make the putt that you need or you don't hit the shot that you need to hit. It's really something when you pull it off."

• Steele is only the fourth rookie to ever win the Valero Texas Open. He earned his 2011 PGA Tour card by winning last November's Nationwide Tour Championship, where he needed at least a fourth-place finish to qualify via the 2010 Nationwide Tour money list.

• For the week, Steele tied for second in Birdies (17) and Putts Per Round (26.0), best keeping his wits during an overwhelmingly-windswept week that resulted in the highest winning score in tournament history and so far this year on the PGA Tour.

• He was also one of 104 players in the field that played a Titleist golf ball at TPC San Antonio, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (41); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (130); and Putters (58).

Here's a closer look at Steele's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 909D2 9.5 (Oban Devotion 6 65) 
Hybrid: Titleist 909H 21.0 (Oban Devotion 8 85 Hybrid)
Irons (5-PW): 710 MB (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 52º, TVD58º, 60º (True Temper Dynamic Gold) 



NATIONWIDE TOUR:  Pro V1x loyalist Daniel Chopra's third-round 9-under 61 eventually landed him in the winner's circle at the Fresh Express Classic, as fog cancelled the final round Sunday at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif.

Chopra rolled his new Pro V1x golf ball in for six birdies and two eagles during Saturday's round to finish at 9-under 198 (68-69-61), one shot clear  of two players including Titleist Brand Ambassador Luke List (67-68-64--199). Titleist Brand Ambassador Erik Compton (67-71-64-202) and Pro V1x loyalists Doug LaBelle II (66-69-67--202) and Mathew Goggin (67-66-69--202) were among the group that shared fourth place.

A total of 111 players at TPC Stonebrae trusted Titleist golf balls, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (43): Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (148); and Putters (65).

CHAMPIONS TOUR:  Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am with 53 players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 11.

JAPAN TOUR:  Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Token Homemate Cup with 58 players, more than double the nearest competitor with 26. Titleist also was first in Hybrids (41), including 22 new 910H models; and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (110).

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