Posted: April 25, 2011
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).
Posted: April 19, 2011
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.