Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner closed out his first PGA Tour victory with four confident and courageous swings, trusting a Pro V1 golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment to the 2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans winner's circle. Dufner, 35, won with a tap-in birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff at TPC Louisiana to lead a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the world – including another breakthrough victory by Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger (Pro V1x) at the European Tour's Ballantine's Championship.

Titleist golf ball players have now combined for 52 victories across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than seven times the nearest competitor with seven and more than all other golf balls combined.

For Dufner, it was a 20-hole Sunday in New Orleans. To get into the playoff, he posted a final-round 2-under 72 featuring two eye-opening par saves (Nos. 16 and 17). On the 16th, he rolled his Pro V1 in for par from 44 feet. On the second playoff hole, the par-5 18th, Dufner hit his Titleist 910D2 9.5º driver down the right side fairway, leaving him 263 yards to a flagstick guarded by water front and right of the green. He pulled his 910F 13.5º 3-wood and calmly sent his Pro V1 golf ball over the hazard, landing safely on the front of the putting surface. Dufner closed out the victory with a tougher-than-it-looked two-putt for birdie from 58 feet.

"Your mind is in a lot of different places when you win your first Tour event," said Dufner, who is getting married next weekend in Alabama. "It's hard for me to get a handle on all of it.  I'm really, really excited."

Dufner's week was really, really steady. He made just four bogeys over the 74 holes, only one on Sunday and two for the entire weekend, leading to his course-record tying 19-under 269 total. On the greens, he was resolute. Gaming a Scotty Cameron prototype B-backputter, Dufner averaged just over 26 putts per round (T-2) and finished sixth in the Strokes Gained-Putting statistic (1.534).

He topped a leader board that featured nine Titleist golf ball players in the top 12 – including Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald, who closed in 5-under 67 to finish solo third at 17-under 271. The finish bumped Donald back into the No. 1 position in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Graham DeLaet (Pro V1x) and Ryan Palmer (Pro V1x) finished another shot back to share fourth. The T-4 finish was DeLaet's best on tour since returning from back surgery in 2011.

A total of 101 players teed up Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls at the Zurich Classic, more than five times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (127); and putters (62).

Here's a closer look at Jason Dufner's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Titleist 910D2 9.5º (Diamana 'ahina 60)
3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5º (Diamana 'ilima 80)
5-wood: Titleist 906F2 18º (Grafalloy Prolite)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 19º (Project X PXi Steel)
Irons: Titleist AP2 (712 Series) 4-PW (Project X PXi Steel)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 54º, 60º (Dynamic Gold Spinner)
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Circa 62 No. 2 Prototype

 • EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger captured his first European Tour victory with one of the season's most impressive performances. Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and 14 Titleist clubs, Wiesberger closed in 4-under 68 for an 18-under 270 total and five-shot win at the Ballantine's Championship. Wiesberger, 29, played his final 59 holes without dropping a shot at Blackstone Golf Club – a streak that included consecutive course-record 7-under 65s on Friday and Saturday.

“I just tried to enjoy it and I had the three best rounds of my life,” Wiesberger said. “I tried not to make bogeys and I did that pretty well, it was awesome. 

Wiesberger was one of 91 players in the field that relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all other golf balls combined.

What's in Wiesberger's bag? Pro V1x golf ball; 910D3 9.5º driver; 910F 15º fairway metal; AP2 (2) and CB (3-PW) irons; Vokey Design SM4 52º, 56º & 60º wedges; Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport Fastback putter.

 • LPGA TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis fired four rounds in the 60s (68-67-67-69) enroute to a one-shot victory at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. Lewis, who entered the final round with a two shot lead, posted a 17-under 271 total. Karine Icher (Pro V1) finished in solo 3rd, two shots off the mark set by Lewis. The win marks the second LPGA Tour title for the 27-year-old Lewis, who made her first LPGA crown a major at the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship, defeating fellow Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng by three shots.

A total of 99 players teed up Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.

Korea's I. J. Jang (Pro V1x) came from behind to capture the Crowns Tournament. Jang fired his second consecutive 4-under 66 to finish at 8-under 272, two shots clear of two players, including Steven Conran (Pro V1x) of Australia.

Among those players who finished in the Top 10 at The Crowns, six trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success, including 20-year-old Kyoung-Hoon Lee (Pro V1x), who posted a runner-up finish last week.

The PGA Tour this week is in the Big Easy, where New Orleans golf fans are hopeful for another big finish.

Last year, Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson outlasted Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (Pro V1x) in a sudden-death playoff at TPC Louisiana to earn his second PGA Tour victory. (Bubba's won two more since, including that recent major championship at Augusta National Golf Club.)

 This year, 101 players in the field are relying on Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist is also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (127); and putters (62).

Take a look at the slideshow below for a closer look at some of the Titleist equipment in play this week in New Orleans.

Team Titleist is gearing up for trip to Charlotte, N.C., next week for the Wells Fargo Championship, featuring one of the best non-major fields of the season.

Many of our Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists are in that group – Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and last week's Valero Texas Open winner Ben Curtis, just to name a few.

The Titleist Tour Van will also be on site and buzzing as usual, our Titleist Tour Reps busy making sure players are dialed in with all 14 clubs in their bags.

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It's our goal to bring the tournament to you – wherever you are – by giving you the chance to interact with our players and Tour Reps.

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Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Curtis’
win last week at the Valero Texas Open was the first on the PGA Tour by a player using a full set of Titleist AP1 irons. AP1 irons are the most forgiving model in the Titleist irons lineup, with key improvements in the latest generation (712 Series) adding forgiveness without sacrificing shot control.

 AP1 irons are more forgiving because of their efficient, high MOI design that utilizes a high density tungsten sole weight inside the lower cavity of the stainless steel body. The use of pure tungsten (17 g/cc) allows for a more optimum weight distribution, increasing MOI while maintaining the blade length. This translates to more consistent ball speed over a wider area of the clubface for improved distance control with the same workability as prior generation AP1 irons.

"For me it's all about performance, what are my misses like?" says Curtis, who ranked first in Greens in Regulation at the Valero Texas Open. "The AP1s are more forgiving so they give you a little more room for error."

Appearance improvements to the AP1 irons include a new beveled topline and smoother hosel blend for a traditional shape with a more precise address profile. The AP1 irons also feature progressive blade lengths throughout the set for a confidence-inspiring look in the longer irons and increased playability in the shorter irons.

For more information about the technology behind the AP1 irons, be sure to check out the above video.  And to advance your game with the new AP1 irons, please visit an authorized Titleist fitting partner.

Becomes first Player to Win on PGA TOUR Playing New Titleist AP1 Irons

Fairhaven, MA (April 23, 2012) – To achieve success at the game's highest level, you have to believe in yourself and your golf equipment.  Relying upon the Pro V1x golf ball and a complete bag of Titleist golf clubs for every shot, Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Curtis demonstrated confidence, control and determination to capture the Valero Texas Open for his fourth career PGA Tour title. Three additional wins for Titleist golf ball loyalists this week include Lee Westwood’s victory at the Indonesian Masters, providing continued proof that when it comes to superior performance when it matters most, more of the world’s best trust Titleist.

WHAT'S IN BEN'S BAG?:  Pro V1x golf ball, 910D3 (8.5) driver, 910Fd (13.5) fairway metal, 910H (18.0, 20.0) hybrids, AP1 (4-PW) irons, Vokey Design approach (52) and Vokey TVD sand (58) wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter.

JUST THE STATS: Trusting Titleist equipment from tee-through-green, Curtis was statistically No. 1 in Greens in Regulation (68.1%), No. 2 in Driving Accuracy (73.2%), and No. 3 in Strokes-Gained Putting (2.061).  He also finished among the top 20 in Putts Per GIR (1.694/15th) and Putts Per Round (27.3/T19th). 

FOUR THE WIN:  Curtis captured the Valero Texas Open by holding off two players, including a surging John Huh (Pro V1) for a two-stroke victory.  Curtis made a clutch save on the 17th, converting a 20-foot putt for par.  He then birdied the par-5 18th for a closing round of even par 72, and a 9-under 279 victory total.  The win is the fourth of Curtis’ PGA TOUR career, and first since 2006 (his previous victories came at the 2003 Open Championship, 2006 Booz Allen Classic and the 2006 84 LUMBER Classic).

Defending champion, Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendan Steele (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 909H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 approach wedge, Vokey TVD sand and lob wedges) closed with a bogey-free 5-under 67 to tie for 4th with Bob Estes (Pro V1), Brian Gay (Pro V1x) and Charlie Wi (Pro V1).

NINE OF 10:  Of the top 10- finishers at the event, nine trusted Titleist golf balls for their success.

NO. 1 FOR AP1:  The win marks the first PGA TOUR victory for a player using Titleist's new AP1 irons.  The AP1 is a complement to Titleist’s popular AP2, the choice among many players on the PGA TOUR.  The AP1 is designed to provide increased forgiveness, yet playable enough to win a PGA TOUR event.  To learn more about the new Titleist AP1, please visit:  http://www.titleist.com/golf-clubs/irons/AP1.aspx

WINNING:  Four more official wins across the worldwide professional tours by Titleist golf ball loyalists brings the year-to-date victory total to 48, eight times more than the nearest competitor with 6.  Ben Curtis’ victory advances Titleist’s win total to 12 on the PGA TOUR, compared to 2 for the nearest competitor.  In addition to golf balls, Titleist is tops in players and wins on the PGA TOUR in the iron (575 players/6 wins), wedge (1,924/7) and putter (861/5) categories.

CHAMPIONS TOUR:  The two-man team of Michael Allen (Pro V1x) and David Frost (Pro V1) captured the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, posting a 29-under 187 total, one shot better than four teams.  Their team performance included three nearly flawless rounds of 62-63-62 in the better-ball format.

ASIAN TOUR:  Pro V1x loyalist Lee Westwood successfully defended his title at the CIMB NIAGA Indonesian Masters.  Westwood finished at 16-under 272 after playing 32 holes on Sunday in the weather -delayed event.  Thaworn Wiratchant (Pro V1x) shot a final round 67 to take solo 2nd place, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Gaganjeet Bhullar of India (Pro V1x, 910 D2 driver, AP2 irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport putter) and fellow countryman Shiv Kapur (Pro V1x) tied for 3rd at 12-under 276, as Titleist golf ball loyalists secured the top four spots in the event.

Of the 13 players who finished among the top-10 at the Indonesian Masters, 8 trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.

JAPAN TOUR:  Hiroyuki Fujita (Pro V1, 909H hybrid, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) came from behind to win the Tsuruya Open by four shots following a final round 4-under par 67 en route to a 15-under 269 victory total.  The win was the 12th of Fujita's 18-year JGTO career, including his second Tsuruya Open title in three years.  Kyoung-Hoon Lee, a 20-year old from Korea (Pro V1x) who was medalist at the 2011 Q-School Final, finished solo 2nd.  Fellow "young gun", 18-year old full product line Titleist Brand Ambassador, Masahiro Kawamura, tied for 3rd, another shot back. 

SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR:  It was a 1-2 finish for Titleist Pro V1x players at the Golden Pilsner Zimbabwe Open, where Chris Swanepoel defeated Titleist Brand Ambassador Trevor Fisher, Jr. (Pro V1x) in a sudden death playoff.   Swanepoel, who started the final round five strokes off the lead, fired a 10 birdie, 8-under-par round of 64, good for a 15-under 273 victory total.  Fisher fired a final round 3-under 69 to match Swanepoel and force the extra holes.  On the second playoff hole, Swanepoel claimed the title with a tap-in for par. The win marks the third victory on the Sunshine Tour for Swanepoel and his first in playoff fashion.

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