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Titleist is the #1 ball for more players and more champions across the worldwide professional tours. In fact, to date in 2011, Titleist golf ball players have recorded 54 victories around the world, compared to 11 for the nearest competitor. Since the introduction of the Pro V1 in 2000, the golf ball franchise has been the golf ball of choice for more than 1,500 champions worldwide.

Below is a listing of tournaments won by Titleist golf ball players on the major worldwide professional tours in 2011.

TOUR (wins)


PGA TOUR (16) Hyundai Tournament of Champions Jonathan Byrd Pro V1
  Sony Open in Hawaii Mark Wilson Pro V1x
Farmers Insurance Open Bubba Watson New Pro V1x
Waste Management Phoenix Open Mark Wilson Pro V1x
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am D.A. Points Pro V1x
Northern Trust Open Aaron Baddeley Pro V1x
WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship Luke Donald Pro V1x
Mayakoba Golf Classic Johnson Wagner Pro V1x
WGC - Cadillac Championship Nick Watney Pro V1x
Puerto Rico Open Michael Bradley Pro V1x
Transitions Championship Gary Woodland Pro V1
Arnold Palmer Invitational Martin Laird Pro V1x
Valero Texas Open Brendan Steele Pro V1x
Zurich Classic of New Orleans Bubba Watson New Pro V1x
The PLAYERS Championship K.J. Choi New Pro V1
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial David Toms Pro V1

EUROPEAN (10)  Africa Open Louis Oosthuizen Pro V1x
  Avantha Masters S S P Chowrasia Pro V1x
  Open de Andalucía Paul Lawrie Pro V1x
  Trophée Hassan II David Horsey New Pro V1x
  Maybank Malaysian Open Matteo Manassero Pro V1x
  Volvo China Open Nicolas Colsaerts Pro V1x
  Ballantine's Championship Lee Westwood Pro V1x
  Open de Espana Thomas Aiken Pro V1x
  Volvo World Match Play Championship Ian Poulter New Pro V1x
  Madeira Islands Open Michael Hoey New Pro V1x

LPGA (3) Honda LPGA Classic Yani Tseng Pro V1x
  Kraft Nabisco Championship Stacy Lewis Pro V1x
  Avnet LPGA Classic Maria Hjorth New Pro V1

CHAMPIONS (4) Allianz Championship Tom Lehman Pro V1
  Ace Group Classic Bernhard Langer Pro V1
  Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Tom Lehman Pro V1
  Regions Tradition Tom Lehman Pro V1

NATIONWIDE (5) Panama Claro Championship Matthew Goggin New Pro V1x
  Pacific Rubiales Bogotá Open Brendan Pappas New Pro V1
  Chitimacha Louisiana Open Brett Wetterich New Pro V1x
  Fresh Express Classic Daniel Chopra New Pro V1x
  South Georgia Classic Ted Potter, Jr. New Pro V1x

S.AFRICAN (3) Africom Zimbabwe Open Theunis Spangenberg Pro V1x
  Telkom PGA Championship George Coetzee Pro V1x
  Royal Swazi Sun Open Justin Walters Pro V1x

ASIAN (3) SAIL Open Kiradech Aphibarnrat New Pro V1x
  Indonesian Masters Lee Westwood Pro V1x
  ICTSI Phillipine Open Barry Henson New Pro V1x

ONEAsia (3) Indonesia PGA Championship Andre Stolz New Pro V1x
  GS Caltex Maekyung Open Kyung Tae Kim New Pro V1x
  SK Telecom Open Kurt Barnes New Pro V1x

JAPAN (1) Totoumi Hamamatsu Open Masanori Kobayashi New Pro V1x

AUSTRALASIAN (3) Victoria Open Paul Sheehan Pro V1x
  Cellarbrations Victorian PGA Championship James Nitties New Pro V1x
Queensland PGA Championship Gareth Paddison New Pro V1

CANADIAN (3) Pacific Colombia Tour Baranquilla Open Cody Slover Pro V1x
  Pacific Colombia Tour Championship Adam Hadwin Pro V1x
  Mexican PGA Championship Jose de Jesus Rodriguez New Pro V1x

Earlier today at Acushnet Company's world headquarters in Fairhaven, Mass., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Wally Uihlein made an important announcement concerning the future of Acushnet Company and our industry-leading Titleist and FootJoy brands.

We'd like to share all of the details now with Team Titleist.

It was about five months ago that we came to Team Titleist with the news that our parent company, Fortune Brands, Inc., had approved a plan for the sale or tax-free spin off of Acushnet Company.

This morning, Uihlein informed us that Fortune Brands has signed an agreement for the sale of the company to a group led by Fila Korea, Ltd., the owner of the Fila brand globally, and Mirae Asset Private Equity, the largest private equity firm in Korea.

Uihlein said Fila Korea and Mirae Asset will maintain Acushnet – one of the largest golf equipment companies in the world with annual sales of more than $1.2 billion in 2010 – as a standalone company, keeping the current management team in place and worldwide headquarters (pictured) in Fairhaven, Mass.

“The Acushnet Company has long been the trusted steward of two of golf’s most revered and iconic brands, and has perpetuated the longest running records of golf equipment success in the game,” said Uihlein.

“The Fila Korea and Mirae group understands and appreciates our golf industry leadership, passionate associates, and unique and enduring culture. Together, with our new owners, our team is looking forward to strengthening and building upon the global success of the Titleist and FootJoy brands.”

For more details on the acquistion, please see the press releases linked below from both Acushnet Company and Fortune Brands.

Acushnet Company Press Release (.pdf)
Fortune Brands Press Release (.pdf)

Bill Morgan, Senior Vice President of Titleist Golf Ball R&D, spoke in-depth about Titleist golf ball construction, technology and performance this morning on "Fairways of Life" with host Matt Adams on the PGA Tour Network on Sirius-XM radio.

You can listen to an audio replay by clicking the play button in the player below.

Morgan (pictured above) also took calls and answered questions from many listeners during the one-hour segment broadcast on Sirius 208 and XM 93.

Topics included:

• Performance characteristics of all Titleist golf balls;
• Design strategies and golf ball technology;
• Affects of swing speeds on golf ball selection; and
• Gaining distance vs. Lowering your score.

Earlier this month, Morgan joined Mary Lou Bohn, Vice President of Golf Ball Marketing and Titleist Communications, to discuss the facts about golf ball performance and fitting during a live Webcast on Team Titleist.

A replay of that broadcast is posted at this link.

Pro V1 loyalist K.J. Choi turned The Players Championship into a showcase of shot-making control and determination, trusting his Titleist Pro V1 golf ball to the biggest win of his career to date while leading a 1-2-3-4-5 finish for Titleist golf ball players.

On Sunday at TPC Sawgrass, one of the PGA Tour's toughest tests of skill and staying power, Choi put together a victory march that was equal parts consistent and clutch.

With heavy rains having postponed most of Saturday's play, Choi woke up Sunday morning with 27 holes still ahead of him. He eventually celebrated his victory on hole No. 28, two-putting for par on the par-3 17th to win an all-Pro V1 playoff – the eighth victory of his PGA Tour career and 16th international victory overall.

So far in 2011, Titleist golf ball players have combined for 49 victories across the worldwide professional tours, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 10 and more than all competitors combined. A total of 6,256 players have played Titleist golf balls in competition this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,023 and more than all competitors combined.

Choi, who turns 41 on May 19, played his 28-hole finale in 4 under par, rolling his Pro V1 golf ball in for two birdies over his final seven holes of regulation, including a 10-footer for birdie on the par-3 17th that got him into the playoff at 13-under 275 (70-68-67-70), guaranteeing him his fifth top-10 finish of the season.

"Yeah, this course, you know, the back nine is really difficult and puts a lot of pressure on me. But, you know, for some reason today I felt very comfortable out there. …," said Choi, who made only two bogeys on the back nine the entire week, playing those 36 holes in 10 under par.

"The swing that I have right now doesn't really break down under pressure situations. I was able to hit it precise and aggressive today, and I was able to keep my rhythm together. And I think that's what contributed to the performance."

Nine of the 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success as well as the top five players on the leaderboard, including Pro V1 loyalist Paul Goydos (3rd, 11-under, 277) and Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald and Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney (T-4, 10-under 278).

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at The Players Championship with 90 players, six times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in Hybrids (35); Iron Sets (41); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (121); and Putters (48).

Choi's shot of the tournament came toward the end of regulation at the par-3 island-green 17th, a hole as famous as it is fickle. Tied for the lead, Choi sent his Pro V1 golf ball cutting over the lake toward the treacherous front-right pin. It hit the downslope, checked up slightly and rolled below the hole to 10 feet. Choi made the putt to a chorus of cheers from the gallery.

Choi actually played the 17th hole three times Sunday. He got up-and-down for par the first time during Round 3, made birdie during Round 4 and two-putted for par in the playoff.

No. 17, it gives you pressure, to anyone that plays that hole. … But that hole, the moment the ball leaves the club face, there's no -- you have to just -- you can't control it; it's gone.." said Choi.

"You know, it's very hard to land the ball in the exact area that you want to on that green. So, yes, there was a lot of pressure, but that hole is going to do that to you."

ASIAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Berry Henson earned his first Asian Tour crown with a hard-fought victory at the ICTSI Philippine Open.

Henson closed with a 1-over 73 in grueling, windy conditions, rolling his Pro V1x golf ball in for par on the 18th hole at Wack Wack Golf & Country Club for a 5-under 283 total and one-shot victory over Pro V1x loyalist Jay Bayron.

“I’m beat. I felt like I went through 72 rounds with Manny Pacquaio this week. I came into a hostile environment and it was really tough for me. It was a hard win,” Henson said.

A typhoon that struck the country at the beginning of the week resulted in difficult weather conditions the entire event.

“This is by far the biggest win in my career and it has pushed me way up on the rankings. My goal this year was to finish in the top-40 on the money list and I know this win sets me up nicely."

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 102 players (68%) in the field of 150, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 21. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (36); and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (107).

EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Iberdola Open with 97 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19, including runner-up and Pro V1x loyalist Chris Wood.

SUNSHINE TOUR: A total of 51 players at the Nashua Golf Challenge trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than twice the nearest competitor with 19, including runner-up and Titleist Brand Ambassador Trevor Fisher Jr.

JAPAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the at the Japan PGA Championship with 61 players. Titleist also was first in Hybrids (36); and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (98).

KOREAN TOUR: Eight of the 11 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties at the Volvik Gunsan C.C. Open played Titleist golf balls, including runner-up and Pro V1 loyalist HoSung Choi. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 106 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined.

Team Titlest hit the range at TPC Sawgrass again Wednesday to find more of the same: Lots of hard work.

One notable range rat: Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney, who put in a long session with his instructor and Titleist Advisory Staff member Butch Harmon.

Click on the image below to check out all the pictures from the day and stay tuned to the Titleist Blog for more updates from The Players.

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