Sunday morning at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, just four players remained out of the world-class 64-player bracket: Hunter Mahan, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Mark Wilson.

And each of them started the day the same way, by teeing up a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball.

In the end, it was Mahan who raised the championship trophy at Dove Mountain, highlighting a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the globe.

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 23 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, nearly eight times the nearest competitor with three and more than all other golf balls combined.

For Mahan, it marked his fourth-career PGA Tour victory and second World Golf Championships title.

"It feels good because you're going against the game's best. I played well from tee?to?green, putting to chipping to driving, irons, everything was there," said Mahan, who topped McIlroy in the finals, 2 and 1.

Mahan also defeated Wilson in the semis, 2 and 1. McIlroy advanced to the finals with a 3-and-1 victory over Westwood, at one stretch rolling his Pro V1x golf ball in for seven birdies in 10 holes.

The winning formula? Consistency and control.

Mahan trusted his Pro V1x to 35 birdies in the 96 holes he played over the five days and six matches, including a near hole-out for eagle from the sixth fairway during the final match. (Instead, his Pro V1x stopped 2 feet from the cup and the putt was conceded.)

Mahan's short game was just as precise, especially down the stretch, as he made up-and-down birdies on Nos. 13 and 15 to secure the victory.

Remarkably, he never trailed following the third hole of his second-round match on Thursday, a stretch of 74 holes.

"I needed everything to win," said Mahan. "It feels good. I'm very proud of how I played. It feels great. It really does."

Mahan was one of 38 Titleist golf ball players in the elite WGC field, more than four times the nearest competitor with 9 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in fairway metals (T-23); hybrids (17); iron sets (19); and sand, lob and approach wedges (64).

• PGA: It took 80 holes (72 holes of regulation, plus an 8-hole playoff) to crown a champion at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, but when the final putt dropped the winner emerged trusting his Titleist Pro V1. 

The winner was one of 87 players that teed up a Titleist golf ball at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (103); and putters (42).

 • LPGA: At the third stop on the LPGA's Asia-Pacific swing, Pro V1 loyalist Angela Stanford emerged from a four-way, all-Titleist golf ball playoff to capture the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore. Stanford sank a three-foot par putt on the third playoff hole to top Jenny Shin (Pro V1).

Shanshan Feng (Pro V1x) and Na Yeon Choi (Pro V1x) had been eliminated on the first and second holes of the playoff, respectively. The foursome finished regulation at 10-under 278.

Stanford shot a 1-under-par 71 to notch her fifth LPGA Tour victory, and her first since the 2009 SBS Open at Turtle Bay.

Through teary eyes, the 34-year-old admitted that it was an emotional victory.

“It’s a big deal,” Stanford said. “I’m just thinking about home and everybody there.”

Last week's winner and World No. 1 Yani Tseng (Pro V1x) came in solo 5th, one shot out of the playoff, as Titleist golf ball players occupied the top five positions on the leaderboard.

A total of 39 players in the limited field relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 7 and more than all other golf balls combined.


 • SOUTH AFRICAN:
Titleist golf ball loyalist Keith Horne (Pro V1x) captured the Telkom PGA Championship by three shots following a final round 3-under par 69 that gave him a 19-under, 269 victory total. This win was the fifth of Horne's Sunshine Tour career, and by far, the biggest.

“It has been a long time coming," said Horne. "I’m over the moon that I can tick this off. I would’ve been disappointed to have played in South Africa for so long and never won a big tournament. And this is a big one. It’s been going for many years with so many big names on the trophy. I really feel like I’m a big player in South Africa now.”

The 40-year-old Horne, nicknamed ATM by caddies on the Sunshine Tour in recognition of his consistent play, took a two-stroke lead into the final round. After birdies at two of his first three holes, and another at the 6th, Horne relied on his trademark steadiness, making only one bogey as the rest of the field struggled to gain ground. Horne capped the round by sinking a 5-foot putt for birdie at the last.

“I wasn’t feeling too much pressure because I was playing well. I really wanted to make that five-footer for birdie at the last to finish on a high. But I felt confident the whole week. It’s the first time I felt like I could win, was going to win and did win.”

Fellow Titleist golf ball loyalists Alex Haindl (Pro V1x) and Darren Fichardt (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges) were among three players who tied for 2nd place.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Telkom PGA Championship with 106 players, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 33 and more than all other golf balls combined.


• ASIAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the SAIL SBI Open with 108 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also No. 1 in iron sets (36); and sand, lob and approach wedges (146).

• AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Queensland PGA Championship with 97 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all other golf balls combined.

Alex Riggs - Identify Your Team

As serious golfers, I’m certain that you have goals to improve for this coming season. Having goals is excellent, but creating a game plan to reach your goals is just as important. A key component of a promising game plan is developing a support network around you.

It is time to take a serious approach to getting better. This starts with finding experts that have the expertise to help you overcome the hurdles preventing progress. In earlier posts, I have outlined how Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) has revolutionized the treatment and understanding of golfers as athletes. With experts in the fields of golf instruction, fitness, biomechanics, medicine, and junior performance, TPI is the ideal means to help create your team. Regardless of your ability, there are experts out there that can help you become a better golfer.

Consider yourself a finely tuned race car. Your pit crew chief is your local PGA of Canada golf professional and his role is to ensure you are always moving forward towards your goal. Based on the TPI framework, assisting the golf professional is the pit crew, made up of fitness professionals, medical experts, and biomechanists. Together, this part of the team ensures you are running smoothly and with purpose in order to help you achieve your goals. All parts of the crew communicate regularly to ensure that you remain on track.

The question you might ask is: “How can this help lower my scores?” All of us move and swing a golf club in a unique way and possess specific limitations and weaknesses. Whether we have had previous injuries or simply have lost range of motion, there is always room for improvement when it comes to athletic movement. TPI certified professionals are equipped with the knowledge to identify cause and effect within the golf swing. Having the understanding of your physical capabilities is crucial to ensuring you are avoiding injury and improving the efficiency of your swing.

As a TPI Certified Professional, I work with a team that has expertise in golf instruction, fitness, physiotherapy and active release therapy. All of the athletes I work with are evaluated by fitness and medical professionals who assess the physical attributes of the individual. This assessment is critical to determining the route I will take on the instructional side.

TPI has Certified Professionals all over the world. Connect with a TPI Professional who is passionate about your game and can help you work towards your goals. To find TPI Certified Professionals in your area go to mytpi.com and select the ‘find an expert’ link. Contact them to book an assessment and get this process rolling. If you have any questions about the Titleist Performance Institute or how to create your team, feel free to contact me. 

Best,
Alex Riggs
Canadian PGA Professionals
TPI Golf Instructor Level III & Junior Coach Level III

Video: 'How Much Do You Practice?'



We recently asked Team Titleist members to send in their questions for the Titleist players and Tour Reps gathered this week at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

We received a lot of great questions on various topics, including Titleist equipment, current equipment trends, playing on the PGA Tour and tips on shooting lower scores.

One of the many questions that peaked our interest came from Brent W. He wanted to know: "How much do you guys really practice?"

We tracked down Titleist players Steve Stricker, Greg Chalmers and Rickie Fowler to hear what they had to say. Check out their answers in the above video.

And stay tuned as we will continue to share more answers to your questions here on the Team Titleist blog.

Team Titleist members were asked recently to submit any questions they had about the new Titleist AP1, AP2, CB and MB (712 Series) irons, which were released last November.

Last week, Dan Stone, Vice President of Titleist Golf Club R&D, and Chris McGinley, Vice President of Titleist Golf Club Marketing, sat down with Team Titleist to provide answers to many of those questions.

Part 1 (which you can watch in the above video) topics include:

• R&D's end goal for each new iron model;
• Consistency of ball speed across the iron face;
• Forgiveness vs. workability; and
• The major differences between the AP1 and AP2 irons.


We'll post Part 2 later this week.

The #1 Ball in Golf - Wins in 2012

 

Titleist is the #1 ball for more players and more champions across the worldwide professional tours. In fact, to date in 2012, Titleist golf ball players have recorded 19 victories around the world, compared to 3 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 1,700 champions worldwide.

Below is a listing of tournaments won by Titleist golf ball players on the major worldwide professional tours in 2012.

TOUR (wins)
TOURNAMENT PLAYER BALL MODEL
 

 

PGA TOUR (5) Hyundai Tournament of Champions Steve Stricker Pro V1x
  Sony Open in Hawaii Johnson Wagner Pro V1x
  Humana Challenge Mark Wilson Pro V1x
  Waste Management Phoenix Open Kyle Stanley Pro V1x
  Northern Trust Open Bill Haas Pro V1x
       

EUROPEAN (5)  Africa Open Louis Oosthuizen Pro V1x
  Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Robert Rock Pro V1x
  Commercialbank Qatar Masters Paul Lawrie Pro V1x
  Omega Dubai Desert Classic Rafael Cabrera-Bello Pro V1x
  Avantha Masters Jbe' Kruger Pro V1x
       

LPGA (1) Honda LPGA Thailand Yani Tseng Pro V1x
       

CHAMPIONS (3) Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai Dan Forsman Pro V1x
  Allianz Championship Corey Pavin Pro V1
  ACE Group Classic Kenny Perry Pro V1x
       

NATIONWIDE (0)      
       

SOUTH AFRICAN (1) Data Dimension Pro-Am Oliver Bekker Pro V1x
       

ASIAN (2) Zaykabar Myanmar Open Kieran Pratt Pro V1x
  ISPS Philippine Open Mardan Mamat Pro V1x
       

ONEASIA (0)      
       

JAPAN (0)      
       

AUSTRALASIAN (2) Victorian Open Scott Arnold Pro V1
  Adroit Insurance Group Victorian PGA Championship Garreth Paddison Pro V1
       

KOREAN (0)      
       

CANADIAN (0)      
       

CHINA (0)      
       
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