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Posted: October 31, 2011
Titleist Brand Ambassador Bo Van Pelt's decisive victory Sunday at the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic put the finishing touches on a banner year for Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players on the PGA Tour.Van Pelt's six-shot triumph in Malaysia marked the 33rd victory of the 2011 PGA Tour season for Titleist golf ball players – more than eight times the nearest competitor with four, and three times the total of all other golf balls combined (11).
It was also one of five official (and seven total) wins on the weekend for Titleist players around the world, upping Titleist's 2011 win total to 158.The final tally: Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball players combined to win 75 percent of PGA Tour events played this season.And it all ended with Van Pelt's seven-birdie, bogey-free 64, which runner-up and Pro V1x loyalist Jeff Overton called "one of the best rounds of golf I've ever seen."In the spirit of Halloween, it was scary good.Trusting a Pro V1 golf ball and bag of Titleist equipment, Van Pelt closed out the event by birdieing five of his final eight holes at The Mines Resort & Golf Club to finish the four rounds at 23-under 261 and shatter the tournament scoring record by five strokes.Accordingly, there was more than one exclamation point.Van Pelt used his Titleist CB irons to hit tee shots within tap-in range on the par-3 13th and par-3 14th. He left himself just 4 feet for birdie on the par-4 15th, and two-putted for birdie on the par-5 17th."I've watched other guys coming down 18 with a big lead and I thought, 'That would be fun some day if I could do that.' "Van Pelt said. "And it was. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world. I get to do what I love to do for a living."It marked the second career PGA Tour title for Van Pelt, who also won the 2009 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.Titleist Brand Ambassador Cameron Tringale (Pro V1x) matched Van Pelt's closing 64 to share low round of the day, and finished in a three-way tie for fourth-place that also included Pro V1x loyalist Mark Wilson.Pro V1 loyalist Ryan Palmer, who tied for seventh, put himself in contention with an ace on the par-3 199-yard seventh hole, jarring his Pro V1 golf ball with a 6-iron. It was Palmer's third hole-in-one on the PGA Tour.Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the limited-field event with 28 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist also was first in drivers (15); iron sets (16); sand, lob and approach wedges (47); and putters (T-15).Here's a closer look at Bo Van Pelt's Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1Driver: Titleist 909D2 8.5º (Mitsubishi Fubuki 73)3-wood: Titleist 910Fd 13.5º (Mitsubishi Diamana Prototype 80)Hybrid: Titleist 910H 17º (UST Proforce V2 104)Irons: Titleist CB 4-iron; MB 5-P (Nippon NS Pro)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 252•12º (bent to 51º), 56•14º (bent to 55º), 60•07º (Nippon NS Pro)• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Ken Duke closed with a 4-under 68 to come from behind and win the Nationwide Tour Championship, leading a group of 15 Titleist golf ball players to the 2012 PGA Tour.Duke posted a 10-under 278 total for a two-shot victory at the Daniel Island Club, jumping safely inside the Nationwide Tour's Top 25 on the money list to No. 7.Also earning their PGA Tour cards for next season were Titleist Brand Ambassadors Kyle Thompson (Pro V1x), Erik Compton (Pro V1x), Mark Anderson (Pro V1x) and Martin Flores (Pro V1x), as well as Titleist golf ball loyalists Ted Potter Jr. (Pro V1x), Matt Goggin (Pro V1x), Jonas Blixt (Pro V1x), Miguel Carballo (Pro V1), Troy Kelly (Pro V1), John Mallinger (Pro V1x), Gavin Coles (Pro V1x), Daniel Chopra (Pro V1x), Roberto Castro (Pro V1x) and Steve Wheatcroft (Pro V1x).(Stay tuned for a closer look at these Nationwide Tour graduates and their Titleist equipment later this week here on Team Titleist.)Forty players in the field trust Titleist golf balls for their success, including eight of the top 10 finishers, more than four times the nearest competitor with nine and more than all competitors combined.Titleist also was first in sand, lob and approach wedges (45); and putters (20). Titleist was second in drivers (14); fairway metals (15); and iron sets (14).• CHINA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy got up-and-down from a bunker on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the Shanghai Masters.McIlroy closed with an even-par 72 to finish regulation at 18-under 270 at Lake Malaren's Masters course. On the playoff hole, he used his Vokey Design Spin Milled wedge to hit his Pro V1x to 2 feet for a tap-in par and the win."It's something that I feel like I can still get better at is winning and putting yourself in the position to win when you're not playing your best," McIlroy said.Titleist Brand Ambassador Seung-yul Noh (Pro V1x) and Pro V1x loyalist Hunter Mahan tied for third place.The first-year, invitation-only event consisting of 30 players offered $2 million first-place prize money, the richest in golf. (The tournament is not considered for world ranking points and is not sanctioned by a major tour.)Here's a closer look at Rory McIlroy's Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1x?Driver: Titleist 910D2 8.5º, C•2 SureFit Tour hosel setting (Fujikura Rombax 7V05)?Fairway metals: Titleist 906F2 13º & 18º (Fujikura Pro95)?Irons: Titleist 712 MB 3-9 (Project X Rifle 6.5)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 46•07º, 54•08º, 60•04º (Project X Rifle 6.5)?Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS prototype• AUSTRALASIAN: Pro V1x loyalist Rohan Blizard broke
through for his first professional victory at the Western Australian
Open, leading a 1-through-7 finish for Titleist golf ball players.Blizard closed in Sunday-best 5-under 67 for a 10-under 278, making birdie at the par-5 18th to help secure a two shot victory.“I
was watching the leaderboard all day, I got off to a good start on the
front nine so I knew I was in with a chance going into the back nine but
I thought I probably had to have one better which was lucky for me I
guess," Blizard said. “But I’m ecstatic. My first professional victory
is a big thing and I’ll always remember that.”Ashley Hall (Pro
V1x), David McKenzie (Pro V1x) and Matt Jager (Pro V1) tied for third at
8-under 280. Heath Reed (Pro V1x) finished a further shot back.
• SOUTH AFRICA: Pro V1x loyalist James Kamte captured the Sunshine Tour's BMG Classic in a sudden-death playoff for his fourth career Sunshine Tour title.Kamte, who forced the playoff with a final-round 8-under 64, rolled his Pro V1x in from 10 for birdie on the first playoff hole to earn the victory.“There was such a lot going through my head,” said Kamte.
“It’s hard to know you can win and not to be able to do so, so this was really a huge weight off my shoulders.”Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 101 players, more than two times the nearest competitor with 36 and more than all competitors combined.• JAPAN: Pro V1x loyalist Koichiro Kawano earned his first career JGTO title with a playoff victory at the Mynavi ABC Championship.Kawano sealed the win with a birdie on the sixth extra hole, rolling his Pro V1x in from 8 feet for birdie. He forced the playoff in dramatic fashion by making an eagle on the par-5 18th to close with a bogey-free 67 for a 15-under 273 total.Kawano was one of 40 players in the field that relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with nine and more than all competitors combined.Titleist also was first in sand, lob and approach wedges (45); and putters (20).• LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng won for the 11th time in 2011, capturing the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open by seven shots.Tseng closed with a 6-under 66 for a 16-under 200 total, winning for the third time in her last four starts.It marked Tseng's 20th victory in just four seasons as a professional, further solidifying her position atop the Rolex World Rankings.• KOREA: At the NH Open, 80 players played Titleist
golf balls, five times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all
other golf balls combined.• EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the Andalucia Masters with 53 players, more than all other golf balls combined.
Posted: October 26, 2011
In the above video, Luke talks Team Titleist about the importance of short game, tracking your statistics and making sure you have been fit for the best golf ball for your game.
After you watch the video, be sure to head over to Team Titleist's My Game
experience (which you can always access via the left hand navigation
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Posted: October 24, 2011
The No. 1 player in the world, Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald, put an exclamation point on the finest season of his career on Sunday, coming from five shots behind to win the Children's Miracle Network Classic. In the process, Donald also secured the PGA Tour money title, edging Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson, whom he trailed by over $300,000 coming into the final event of the 2011 season.
The season-ending win by Donald, the 32nd victory for Titleist golf ball players on the 2011 PGA Tour, marks his 4th career PGA Tour title and his second of the 2011 campaign (he also triumphed at the WGC- Accenture Match Play Championship).
Donald's charge to victory highlighted seven wins on the week for Titleist players across the worldwide professional tours – increasing Titleist's 2011 win count to 153, more than six times the nearest competitor with 23 and more than all competitors combined.
A total of 18,559 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in worldwide pro events this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,900 and more than all other golf balls combined.
Trusting a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, Donald ran off six straight birdies to begin the back nine of his final round. He holed four straight birdie putts inside 8 feet, took the lead with an 18-foot birdie on the par-5 14th hole, then capped off the comeback with a 45-foot birdie on the 15th hole. Donald finished with an 8-under 64, good for a 17-under 271 total at Disney, two strokes clear of his nearest competitor.
"Obviously I came here and I told you guys on Wednesday that the goal was to win," Donald said. "Nothing was really going to be good enough other than that. I think this is probably one of the most satisfying wins of my career just because of that. It was kind of do or die." He added, "Having this amount on the line this week and coming up and shooting 30 on the back nine on Sunday, finding the shots when I needed to, you know, really will mean a lot to me and to all the people that I work with."
The win at Disney is Donald's first stroke play title in more than five years. The victory also clinched the Vardon Trophy for the 33-year-old, who led the PGA Tour with the lowest adjusted scoring average of 68.86. Furthermore, Donald keeps alive his bid to become the first player to win the money title on the PGA Tour and European Tour in the same season. His lead in Europe is just over $1.8 million over Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy with five tournaments remaining.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Tom Pernice Jr. (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrids, 712 series AP2 prototype irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi putter) and Pro V1x loyalist Sung-Hoon Kang were among three players that tied for 3rd place. The performance earned Pernice, who also competes on the Champions Tour, enough to vault him to No. 121 on the official money list and earn back his PGA Tour card for the 2012 season.
Webb Simpson (pictured right) closed with a 3-under 69 to tie for 6th with four other players, including Billy Mayfair (Pro V1x) and Nick O'Hern (Pro V1). Simpson caps off a remarkable season on the PGA Tour, having won twice (Wyndham Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship), finishing second to Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas in the FedExCup race and finishing runner-up to Donald on the official money list with over $6 million in earnings in 2011.
"We both kind of had our moments playing great golf this week," said Simpson, who played alongside Luke Donald for each of the final three rounds, adding a measure of drama to their individual battle. "He did his at the end when it counts. We had a blast out there. Kind of a tiring week playing together every day and thinking about all that's going on. I'm glad it's over. He played great."
Here's a closer look at Webb Simpson's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 909D3 10.5° (UST AxivCore 69)
Fairway wood: Titleist 910F 13.5° (UST VTS 8X)
Fairway wood: Titleist 910F 17° (UST VTS 8X)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 21° (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105)
Irons: Titleist 680 MB 4-P (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design TVD 54°, 58° (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Titleist Brand Ambassador D.J. Trahan (Pro V1x, 909D3 driver, 909F2 fairway metal, MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi long putter) sank a 22-foot birdie putt on his final hole of the tournament (the 9th on the Magnolia Course). The putt allowed Trahan to climb to No. 125, the final exempt spot on the official money list, a mere $1,431 more than fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Bobby Gates (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, 712 series prototype MB irons, Vokey Design prototype SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi long putter).
BY THE STATS: Luke Donald led the field at Disney in Birdies (24) and Putts-Per-GIR (1.604). For the season, Donald led the Tour in scoring (68.86 average) and top-10 finishes with 14 top-10s in only 19 events played. Donald also finished first in the Tour's new Strokes Gained - Putting statistic with a mark of .844. Testament to his consistent performance in 2011, Webb Simpson finished 2nd to Donald in top-10s (12/26) and scoring average with a mark of 69.25.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Children's Miracle Network Classic with 91 players, seven times the nearest competitor with 13. Titleist also was first in iron sets (32); sand, lob and approach wedges (106); and putters (50).
• LPGA TOUR: It was a picture-perfect homecoming for World No. 1 Yani Tseng, who relied on a Pro V1x golf ball to capture the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship for her 10th worldwide victory of the year and the third in her native country. The 22-year-old Taiwanese star closed with a six-under 66 for a five-shot victory over Spain's Azahara Munoz (Pro V1) and South Korea's Amy Yang (Pro V1). After her victory, Tseng donated $100,000 to the Golf Association Republic of China to help promote junior golf in the region.
“I’m just really surprised how many people are here just supporting this tournament, supporting the golf because like I say, at first golf is not as popular like baseball, basketball here,” Tseng said, “but now seems like we're growing it a lot, and I'm really happy to see this. I wish in the future there will be more people and more people playing.”
Tseng finished at 16-under 272 at Sunrise Golf & Country Club for her seventh LPGA Tour victory of the season, which includes two major championships. She has 12 victories in four seasons on the tour. Earlier this season,at the age of 22 years, 6 months, 8 days, Tseng became the youngest player ever, male or female, to win 5 majors after claiming the RICOH Women's British Open.
- Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship with 61 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 8.
• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Gavin Coles (Pro V1x) birdied two of the final three holes on Sunday to capture the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open by one shot over Pro V1x loyalist Jonas Blixt. It marked the fifth career Nationwide Tour for Coles. It was Blixt's third runner-up finish this year.
Coles won with a six-under 274 total, the highest winning score on the Nationwide Tour since 2008. It also assured him a promotion to the 2012 PGA Tour, having started the week 45th on the money list and vaulting to 15th. Blixt improved to fifth on the money list with his seventh top-10 finish of the season.
The Nationwide season concludes next week with the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island. The top-25 money winners after next week's finale will earn PGA TOUR cards for the 2012 season.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open with 102 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16. Titleist also was first in iron sets (44); sand, lob and approach wedges (145); and putters (58).
• SUNSHINE TOUR: Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Darren Fichardt won the Sunshine Tour's Suncoast Classic by a six-shot margin. Fichardt fired a final round four-under par 68 en route to a 13-under, 203 victory total.
Ulrich van den Berg claimed solo 2nd place, while Alex Haindl, Allan Versfeld and Warren Abery shared 3rd position another shot back, as each of the top five finishers all relied upon the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball for their success.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Suncoast Classic with 89 players (76%), more than three times the nearest competitor with 23.
• ASIAN TOUR/KOREAN TOUR: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist K.J. Choi of South Korea captured the title at his own tournament this past weekend - the inaugural CJ Invitational Hosted by KJ Choi at Haesley Nine Bridges GC in Seoul, South Korea. The tournament host closed with a five-under 67 for a 17-under 271 victory total, overcoming a three-shot deficit at the start of the day.
- Titleist Brand Ambassador Seung-yul Noh of South Korea (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, new 712 series MB prototype irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron California Del Mar putter) closed with consecutive six-under par 66's to finish solo 2nd, two shots behind Choi. Overnight leader and Pro V1x loyalist Ki-sang Lee tied for 3rd place, two strokes further back.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the CJ Invitational with 76 players (63%), more than four times the nearest competitor with 17. In fact, 8 of the 12 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success. Titleist also was first in hybrids (35); iron sets (32); and sand, lob and approach wedges (107).
• JAPAN TOUR: Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball, Toru Taniguchi closed with a six-under 65 to win the Bridgestone Open by five shots over four players, including fellow Pro V1x loyalist Michio Matsumura. Taniguchi, who also won the event in 2004, finished at 15-under 169. The win is the first of the season for Taniguchi, and the 17th of his JGTO career.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Bridgestone Open with 42 players. Titleist also was first in hybrids (26); and sand, lob and approach wedges (82).
• EUROPEAN TOUR:
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Castelló Masters with 70 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 13.
Posted: October 21, 2011
We're finally here: The final event of the 2011 PGA Tour season, the Children's Miracle Network Classic.And as always, the pressure is high as players try to secure their 2012 PGA Tour cards by finishing inside the top 125 on the money list.On the flip side, Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson and Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald are also in Orlando, Fla., this week grappling for the No. 1 position. (Click here for your chance to win a Team Titleist prize pack featuring autographed items by both Webb and Luke.)In other words, game on...
As he has graciously done throughout the year, photographer and Team Titleist member Greg Moore sent along some pictures from the practice rounds at Walt Disney World Resort to share with Team Titleist, which you can view in the slideshow below. (A few pics from our friends at ScottyCameron.com are also mixed in.)
Thanks Greg for all your great photos!
Posted: October 20, 2011
One of the keys to playing your best golf is learning to keep your club face stable through the impact zone.
Here today with a drill to help you improve your consistency in that area is PGA Professional Mark Blackburn, Director of Golf for Blackburn Golf
and one of Team Titleist's newest contributors. Mark is also a TPI
Certified Golf Fitness Instructor as well as the swing coach for several
PGA Tour players including Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Karlsson and Pro V1x loyalist Heath Slocum.
In the above video, Mark explains how placing a putter grip on an iron (aligned so the flat part of the putter grip is parallel to the leading edge of the club) can teach you to rely more on the rotation of your torso to square the club face at impact. (Note: This is for practice use only!)Stay tuned for more video tips from Mark coming soon right here on Team Titleist.
For more on Mark and his teaching philosophy, please visit his website at www.blackburngolf.com.