Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker's victory last weekend at The Memorial Tournament came with a lot of perks, including a big winner's check, a crystal trophy and a jump to No. 4 in the world ranking.

On Friday, he also happened to earn the No. 1 Top Play on "SportsCenter" – a feat that never goes unnoticed – with his hole-in-one at Muirfield Village's par-3 8th hole (his 17th hole of the day) during Round 2.

The yardage was 186 yards, with wind blowing a bit left to right. Steve pulled his AP2 6-iron and hit his normal draw, holding his Pro V1x golf ball up against the wind on line toward the flagstick.

The ball landed about 5 feet from the stick, bounced slightly and rolled into the hole for Steve's second-career PGA Tour ace.

"I didn't see how it went in, but it looked like it went in fairly nicely, like a putt," he told ESPN. "It's a shock when you see that go in, obviously, but in a good way, a great way to finish the round."

After the round, Steve signed the Pro V1x and gave it to his scorer for the round. (He had also birdied his final hole with the ball.)

You can watch a replay of the ace in the video below:



• But that wasn't Steve's only highlight reel-maker.

At the start of Round 3, officially just three holes later, Stricker stood 114 yards dorm the cup at the par-4 second hole. He pulled his Vokey Design Spin Milled 254•10º (bent to 53•09º) and sent his Pro V1x golf ball soaring to 3 feet behind the pin. The ball checked up and spun back into the hole for eagle.

"I had a pretty good feeling that this could be my week when you start doing these hole-outs from the fairways and things like that," Steve said.

Check out a replay of the shot in the video below:



• Sunday's "Wow!" came on the par-3 12th, where Steve was faced with a daunting 50-foot bunker shot from a downslope with a downhill lie, with little green to work and water looming.

Again, he pulled his Vokey Design Spin Milled 254•10º (bent to 53•09º). The Pro V1x popped into the air, landed on the edge of the rough then rolled to 11 inches for a tap-in par. .

"It was one of those shots that just came off perfect," he said. "You know, you think about it, what you want to do. You pick your spot, but for it to actually happen and bounce through the rough like it did is really a bonus."

*Videos courtesy of PGATour.com

Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker won The Memorial Tournament while putting on one of the most exciting shotmaking displays of the season.

Over the four rounds at Muirfield Village, Stricker made a hole-in-one, a total of three eagles and a pair of tricky sand-saves down the stretch, trusting his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and bag of Titleist equipment to a one-shot victory.

It marked Stricker's 10th win of his PGA Tour career as well as one of eight victories for Titleist golf ball players last weekend across the worldwide professional tours, including Pro V1x loyalist Britanny Lincicome's final hole triumph on the LPGA and Pro V1x loyalist Steve Wheatcroft's record-shattering performance on the Nationwide Tour.

 Titleist golf ball players have now combined for 66 victories across the worldwide professional tours in 2011, six times the nearest competitor with 11.

A total of 8,222 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,289 and more than all competitors combined.

At The Memorial, Stricker was the only player to post four rounds in the 60s, finishing with a 16-under 272 (68-67-69-68) total, one shot ahead of two players including Pro V1x loyalist Brandt Jobe (71-68-69-65).

On Sunday, Stricker carded six birdies over the first nine holes to make the turn in 6-under 30, before closing things out with a short-game clinic on Muirfield's back nine.

On the par-3 12th, he left himself with a treacherous 50-foot bunker shot, but hit his Vokey Design Spin Milled 254•10º (bent to 53•09º) wedge to 11 inches and tapped in for par.

On the par-3 16th, Stricker was faced with another tricky lie in the bunker and was forced to play his shot left of the pin, about 15 feet from hole. Again, Stricker rolled his Pro V1x golf ball into the center of the cup, shaking off the affects a two-hour rain delay midway through the back nine. He rolled in another 7-footer for par on the par-4 17th, giving him a comfortable two-shot cushion heading to No. 18.

"Those couple of key up-and-downs were huge for me on the back side today," Stricker said.

 Stricker owned the week's highlight reels. On Friday, he hit his AP2 6-iron on the 186-yard par-3 8th hole (his 17th hole of the day) on a direct line toward the pin; his Pro V1x golf ball dropped onto the putting surface, took two small hops and fell into the hole.

The next day, Stricker made two eagles in his first five holes. On the par-4 second, Stricker used his Vokey Design Spin Milled 254•10º to send his Pro V1x 114 yards and into the cup. At the par-5 fifth, he used his AP2 3-iron to hit his second shot to 7 feet for eagle.

"You look back at all these things that happened throughout the week, the hole-in-one and obviously the eagles and a couple up-and-downs at 12 and 16,"  said Stricker, 44, "and you really believe that it was your week to win when all those things happen like that."

For the week, Stricker finished T-2 in Fairways Hit (80.4) and fifth in Putts per Green in Regulation (1.633).

Stricker was one of 85 players at the Memorial that trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 10 and more than all competitors combined.

Of the 12 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties at the Memorial, 10 trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Rory McIlroy (5th, 11-under 277) and Gary Woodland (6th, 10-under 278).

Titleist also was first in iron sets (40);  sand, lob and approach wedges (106); and putters (50).

Stricker spoke to Golf Channel about his victory immediately. You can check out that interview in the video below:



Here's a closer look at Steve Stricker's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 909D3 8.5º, (UST Mamiya Proforce V2 86)
3-wood: Titleist 906F2 13º, (UST Mamiya Proforce V2 96)
Hybrid: Titleist 909H 19º (UST Mamiya Proforce V2 Hybrid 104)
Irons: AP2 3-P (KBS Prototype)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 253•09º, 259•11º (True Temper Dynamic Gold w/Sensicore)

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• LPGA: Pro V1x loyalist Brittany Lincicome led a 1-2-3-4 finish for Titleist golf ball players at the Shoprite LPGA Classic, getting-up-and down for birdie on No. 18 for a one-shot victory.

Tied for the lead on the par-5 18th at Seaview's Bay Course, Lincicome pitched her third shot from the tall grass left of the green to 5 feet. She then rolled her Pro V1x golf ball in for birdie, a 5-under 66 and the fourth victory of her LPGA career.

"Everything kind of fell my way," said Lincicome, 25.

Keys to Lincicome's victory? She she played the nine par-5s in 9-under for the week and didn't make anything worse than par over her final 38 holes.

She finished at 11-under 202 (72-64-66), one shot ahead of Pro V1 loyalists Jiyai Shin (66-71-66) and Cristie Kerr (69-65-69). Pro V1x loyalist Catriona Matthew (68-67-69) finished fourth, another shot back.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 112 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 13.

• NATIONWIDE TOUR:  Pro V1x loyalist Steve Wheatcroft finished off the most dominating performance in Nationwide Tour history in style, making eagle on the 18th hole at the University of Maryland Golf Course to win the Melwood Prince George's County Open by a Nationwide Tour-record 12 shots.

 "I'm absolutely over-the-top ecstatic. I've been out here for five years and never won," he said. "I wanted to make that next step and I wanted to do it in a big way."

Wheatcroft, 33, shot a final-round 7-under 64 to finish at 29-under 255 (66-60-65-64).

In total, he rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for 31 birdies, including 11 birdies in a bogey-free 11-under 60 in Round 2 in which he needed just 19 putts.

With the win, Wheatcroft also set records for both lowest 72-hole total (255) and largest margin of victory (12), as well as largest 36-hole lead (seven) and the largest 54-hole lead (eight). He also moved to No. 2 on the Nationwide Tour money list.


Wheatcroft was one of 109 players in the field that trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than six times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist also was first in iron sets (41);  sand, lob and approach wedges (147); and putters (73).

• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Bob Gilder rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to claim a one-stroke victory at the Principal Charity Classic.

Gilder, 60, finished the three rounds at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa, at 14-under 199 (68-66-65), finding the winner's circle for the first time since 2005. It was his 10th Champions Tour victory overall.

"It's just been a long time," Gilder told the Associated Press. "You put in a lot of work as you get older. You kind of wonder if you can do it again."

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 53 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 13. Titleist also was first in iron sets (22); and wedges (73).

• SUNSHINE TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Justin Harding earned his second-career South African Sunshine Tour, closing with a 2-under 70 at Royal Swazi Spa golf course for a one-shot victory at the Lombard Insurance Classic.

 Harding, who finished at 14-under 202 (64-68-70), took the lead for good with a birdie at the par-5 17th, rolling his Pro V1x golf ball in the hole from 6 feet.

"It was hard work out there,” Harding said. “I had a bad start, but I managed to hang in there… I managed to make the one extra putt when I needed it.”

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 56 players, four times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined.

• KOREAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador SoonSang Hong captured the Subaru Classic for his third-career victory.

Hong finished the week at 8-under 276, two shots ahead of Pro V1 loyalist HyukJae Choi.

Of the 12 players who finished among the top 10 and ties, 8 relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including 4 of the the top 5.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 104 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined.

• JAPAN TOUR: It was a Titleist Pro V1x 1-2-3 finish at the Japan Golf Tour Championship, where Pro V1x loyalist J.B. Park fired a final-round 3-under 68 to earn his first-career win.

Park finished the tournament at 6-under 278 (77-68-65-68) at the West Course at Shishido Hills Country Club., edging fellow Pro V1x loyalist Daisuke Maruyama by one shot. Pro V1x loyalist Brad Kennedy finished third, another two shots back.

The Japan Golf Tour Championship is the second major championship of the year on the Japan Golf Tour. The victory also earned Park a spot in this summer's World Golf Championship event at Firestone.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 60 players. Titleist also was the top choice in hybrids (44); and sand, lob and approach wedges (103).

• CANADIAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Jose de Jesus Rodriguez won his second-consecutive Canadian Tour event at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open, closing with a bogey-free 4-under 66 for a two-shot victory.

Rodriguez, who won the Mexican PGA Championship last month in a playoff, posted a 13-under-par 267 total at at Uplands Golf Club in Victoria, B.C., playing his final 34 holes of the tournament without a bogey.

"I played extremely well today and it feels great to win this event," said Rodriguez, 30. "This win means so much to me and gets me closer to my dream of playing on the PGA Tour."

• EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 96 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 22 and more than all competitors combined.

NCAA MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 108 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 26. Titleist also was first in iron sets (49); sand, lob and approach wedges (153); and putters (58).

 

Faced with their toughest on-course tests of the season, an overwhelming majority of college-university golf's best players once again put their trust in Titleist.

At the 2011 Canadian College-University Golf Championship a total of 138 players chose to play Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls, more than eighteen times the nearest competitor with 7 and more than all competitors combined.

These high marks are just further proof that Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball of choice at every level of competitive golf and serious golfers everywhere.

This week at the 2011 Men's Canadian College-University Championships, 93 players in the field at Royal Ashburn Golf Club in Ashburn, Ontario, were relying on the the superior performance and consistency of Titleist golf balls, more fifteen times the nearest competitor with 6.

Titleist is also the No. 1 choice across the following major equipment categories: drivers (47); iron sets (39); fwy metals (45); utility metals (37); sand, lob and approach wedges  (158); and putters (46).

At last week's 2011 Women's Canadian College-University Championships, it was more of the same: Titleist golf ball players accounted for 87% percent of the field with 45 players, more than 11 times the nearest competitor with 4.

Titleist was also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (30).

The first half of the PGA Tour season flew by almost as fast as Titleist Brand Ambassador Rickie Fowler's ball speed. Believe it or not, this week's Memorial Tournament actually signals Week No. 22 (of 37) on the schedule, with major championship season peaking (three in the next 10 weeks).

A year ago, Rickie finished runner-up at The Memorial, tying for his best career finish, a result that eventually helped earn him selection to the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

And he's off to another good start this week, opening with a 4-under 68 Thursday at Muirfield Village.

Photographer Greg Moore, a loyal Team Titleist member, was kind enough to send along some great pictures from the practice rounds at Memorial, including several of Rickie and his Titleist equipment.

(Have you seen his new Scotty Cameron putter?)

Check out the slideshow below for all the great pictures and have a great weekend. Thanks again, Greg!

Faced with their toughest on-course tests of the season, an overwhelming majority of college golf's best players once again put their trust in Titleist.

At the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Golf Championships, two of the most important amateur golf championships in the world, a total of 220 players chose to play Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 31 and more than all competitors combined.

 These high marks are just further proof that Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball of choice at every level of competitive golf and serious golfers everywhere.

This week at the 2011 Division I Men's Golf Championship, 108 players in the field at at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., are relying on the the superior performance and consistency of Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 26.

Titleist is also the No. 1 choice across the following major equipment categories: iron sets (49); metal woods (T-129); sand, lob and approach wedges (153); and putters (58).

At last week's 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship, it was more of the same: Titleist golf ball players accounted for over 90 percent of the field with 112 players, more than 22 times the nearest competitor with five.

Titleist was also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (128).

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