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Posted: November 1, 2011
The Nationwide Tour's race for 2012 PGA Tour cards began in late February in Panama City and ended Sunday afternoon in Charleston, S.C., 26 events and thousands of miles later.On the podium Sunday night at the Daniel Island Club stood 25 Nationwide Tour graduates, including Pro V1x loyalist Ken Duke, who earlier in the day had posted a 10-under 278 to win the Nationwide Tour Championship by two strokes. (Also there was Pro V1x loyalist Matthew Goggin, who won the season-opener in Panama.)With the victory, Duke jumped from No. 36 to seventh on the final Nationwide Tour money list, joining 24 others on their way to the 2012 PGA Tour.Duke was also one of 15 Nationwide graduates that trusted Titleist golf balls for their season-long and season-ending success, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Kyle Thompson (bag pictured, right), Mark Anderson, Martin Flores and Erik Compton, who for the first time in his career will play the PGA Tour full-time next year.
Compton (pictured above) shot a final-round 7-under 65 to win the Mexico Open in June, one of 16 Nationwide events won by Titleist players in 2011.Titleist golf balls were played a total of 2,707 times in Nationwide Tour events this season, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 394 and more than all other golf balls combined.Here's a closer look at the graduates' Titleist equipment (listed by finish on 2011 Nationwide Tour money list):
2. Ted Potter, Jr.
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
3. Matthew Goggin
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
5. Jonas Blixt
7. Ken Duke
10. Miguel Carballo
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
11. Troy Kelly
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 8.5ºFairway: Titleist 910F 15ºHybrid: Titleist 910H 17º & 21º Irons: Titleist CB 4-5, MB 6-PWedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 52º & 58ºPutter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS
14. John Mallinger
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 9.5ºFairway: Titleist 910F 15º & 17ºIrons: Titleist AP2 4-PWWedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 52º & 58ºPutter: Scotty Cameron Newport
17. Gavin Coles
19. Daniel Chopra
20. Steve Wheatcroft
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D2 7.5ºFairway: Titleist 910Fd 15ºHybrid: Titleist 910H 19ºIrons: Titleist AP2 (712 Series) 4-PWWedges: Vokey Design SM4 52º, 58º & 60ºPutter: Scotty Cameron Kombi Long
23. Roberto Castro
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 909D3 9.5ºFairway: Titleist 909F3 13ºIrons: Titleist AP2 (712 Series) 2-ironIrons: Titleist CB (712 Series) 4-6Irons: Titleist MB (712 Series) 7-9Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 52º, 56º & 60ºPutter: Scotty Cameron R&D Proto Concept 1
Posted: October 31, 2011
McILROY, VAN PELT CONTINUE TITLEIST BRAND AMBASSADOR MOMENTUM
Full Product Line Loyalists Lead Titleist to 6-Win Week
Fairhaven, MA (October 31, 2011) - Performance excellence by Titleist Brand Ambassadors was on display again this week, as Rory McIlroy and Bo Van Pelt registered impressive global victories against world-class fields. In China, McIlroy trusted the Pro V1x golf ball and 14 Titleist golf clubs to win on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff at the Shanghai Masters, while Van Pelt relied upon the Pro V1 and a bag full of Titleist equipment to shatter the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic scoring record by five shots en route to a six-stroke victory in Malaysia. Additional wins on the Nationwide, Japan, Australasian, and South African Tours advanced the Titleist golf ball win count across the2011 worldwide professional tours to 158, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 23. Proof, that all around the world, when it matters most, more of the world's best count on superior consistency and performance of Titleist.
TITLEIST HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 31, 2011
SHANGHAI MASTERS: McIlroy finished regulation at 18-under 270 to force the playoff. Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Seung-yul Noh (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, New MB/AP2 prototype irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Timeless putter) and Pro V1 loyalist Hunter Mahan (Pro V1x) tied for 3rd place at 13-under.
What's in Rory’s Bag?: Pro V1x golf ball, 910D2 driver (8.5), 906F2 fairway metals (13, 18), MB irons (3-9), Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching (48), sand (54) and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS putter.
CIMB ASIA PACIFIC CLASSIC: Van Pelt made birdies on five of the last eight holes to close with a 7-under 64 for the six-shot win. Playing partner Jeff Overton (Pro V1x), who finished 2nd after closing with a 69, described Van Pelt's final round as "one of the best rounds of golf I've ever seen." It marked the second career PGA TOUR title for Van Pelt who also won the 2009 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. The event was co-sanctioned by the U.S. PGA and Asian Tours.
Van Pelt's 23-under, 261 victory total shattered the scoring record for the second year tournament by five strokes. Last year's inaugural event was won by fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane.
What's in Bo Van Pelt's Bag?: Pro V1, 909D2 driver (8.5), 910Fd fairway metal (13.5), 910H hybrid (17), MB (5-P)/CB (4) irons, Vokey Design SM4 gap (52), sand (56) and lob (60) wedges.
Another Titleist Brand Ambassador, Cameron Tringale (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, New MB prototype irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron 009 putter), matched Van Pelt's closing 64 to share low round of the day, and finished in a three-way tie for 4th place that also included Mark Wilson (Pro V1x).
Ryan Palmer, who tied for 7th place, put himself in contention with an ace on the par-3 199-yard seventh hole, jarring his Pro V1 with an AP2 6-iron. It was Palmer's third hole-in-one on the PGA Tour.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 28 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 6. Titleist also was first in drivers (15); iron sets (16); sand, lob and approach wedges (47); and putters (T-15). Titleist was second in fairway metals (15).
NATIONWIDE: Pro V1 loyalist Ken Duke closed with a 4-under 68 to win the Nationwide Tour Championship. Duke posted a 10-under 278 total, two strokes clear of his nearest competitor. The win marks the second Nationwide Tour victory for Duke and his first since 2006. Duke, who entered the tournament in 36th place on the official Nationwide Tour money list, earned enough to vault inside the top 25 and earn a trip back to the PGA Tour in 2012.
Daniel Chopra closed with a one-under 71 to take a share of 3rd place with fellow Pro V1x loyalist David Lingmerth. Both players finished at 6-under 282. The strong performance by Chopra, a former winner on the PGA Tour, also ensured him a spot among the 25 players who earned a 2012 PGA Tour card.
Of the 25 Nationwide players who have earned PGA Tour cards for the 2012 season, 15 relied on Titleist golf equipment for their success, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors: Mark Anderson (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, 910F.d fairway metal, 910H hybrid, New AP2 prototype irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi Long putter); Erik Compton (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, CB and MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS Newport 2 putter); Martin Flores (Pro V1x, 909D3 driver, 909F3 fairway metal, New AP2, CB, MB prototype irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron RD Concept 1 putter); and Kyle Thompson (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metals, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport putter); as well as Titleist golf ball loyalists:
Jonas Blixt (Pro V1x); Miguel Carballo (Pro V1); Roberto Castro (Pro V1x); Daniel Chopra (Pro V1x); Gavin Coles (Pro V1x); Ken Duke (Pro V1); Matt Goggin (Pro V1x); Troy Kelly (Pro V1); John Mallinger (Pro V1x); Ted Potter, Jr. (Pro V1x); and Steve Wheatcroft (Pro V1x).
SOUTH AFRICA: Titleist golf ball loyalist James Kamte (Pro V1x) captured the BMG Classic in a sudden death playoff for his fourth career Sunshine Tour title. Both playoff participants ended regulation with a score of nine-under par 207. Titleist Brand Ambassador Shaun Norris (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, New CB prototype irons, Vokey Design wedges) finished solo 3rd, one shot out of the playoff, while Brandon Pieters (Pro V1x) placed solo 4th, another shot back. The top four finishers all relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success. Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 101 players (70%), compared to 36 for the nearest competitor.
JAPAN: Koichiro Kawano (Pro V1x) captured the Mynavi ABC Championship in a sudden-death playoff for his first career JGTO title. Kawano forced the playoff in dramatic fashion by posting an eagle 3 on the final hole of regulation. Kawano came from three strokes back with a bogey-free 67, finishing regulation at 15-under 273. Hiroyuki Fujita (Pro V1) shared 3rd place at 14-under 274, one shot out of the playoff.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 40 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 9. Titleist also was first in sand, lob and approach wedges (45); and putters (20).
AUSTRALASIAN: Rohan Blizard (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) captured the Western Australian Open with a score of 10-under par. He was two shots clear of Ashley Hall (Pro V1x), David McKenzie (Pro V1x) and Matt Jager (Pro V1), with Heath Reed (Pro V1x) a further shot back. Blizzard topped a leaderboard that included Titleist golf ball loyalists in the top seven positions.
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