Acushnet Company, which manufactures the Titleist and FootJoy brands, and Rory McIlroy, jointly announced today that McIlroy's relationship with Acushnet will not extend beyond December 31, 2012. McIlroy has trusted Titleist and FootJoy equipment throughout his professional career that commenced as an 18-year old in September 2007.

"Our goal has been to provide Rory with the best equipment and service that would help him be the best player he could possibly be," said Wally Uihlein, Chief Executive Officer, Acushnet Company. "He has been a great ambassador for the Titleist and FootJoy brands, and in turn, we are proud of how our equipment has contributed to his success. We wish Rory all the best, both personally and professionally, going forward."

"I would like to thank Wally Uihlein and all of the tour staff and employees at Titleist and FootJoy for everything they have done for me since I turned professional in 2007,” said McIlroy. "I have enjoyed five very exciting and successful years with the company and I will always appreciate the contribution Titleist has made in helping me become the player I am today.”

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This week at the Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch, players will be making their last attempt to finish inside the Top-25 and earn a spot on the PGA Tour for the 2013 Season. Team Titleist brings you the sights from the range in McKinney, Texas, where players shake off the nerves and get into birdie mode.

In total, 43 players in the 60-player field are trusting Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 6 and more than all other golf balls combined. This includes 9 players who will be teeing up the new Pro V1x prototype golf balls.

Titleist is also first in the irons (20), sand, lob and approach wedges (65) and putter (23) categories.

At the 2011 Nationwide Tour Championship, Pro V1 loyalist Ken Duke carded an eagle and a birdie at 6 and 7 to open up a lead which he never relinquished on his way to a two-stroke victory. This year Duke has made the most of his PGA Tour membership with six top-10 finishes.

Like Duke in last year's event, the field this week will be taking aim at pins in hopes their final score grants them the right to call themselves both a graduate and 2013 PGA Tour member.

Check out the slideshow above for a closer look at some action from around the course and on the range.

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The 2012 PGA Tour season may be winding down, but that doesn't mean the Titleist R&D team is taking a break from designing the best performing products for the world’s best players.

Meet the new prototype Titleist 712U utility iron, which has been designed to deliver consistency and control to high-ball speed players.

On the worldwide professional tours, some players prefer a utility iron over a hybrid club as an alternative to traditional long irons. The 712U delivers increased playability versus a traditional long iron while providing enhanced spin and trajectory control versus a hybrid.

The prototype 712U is being sent to players this week for performance validation and feedback. We will also be on the range at the season ending PGA Tour Fall Series event at Disney in early November working with Titleist staff players.

The 712U is currently a Tour-only product, but the feedback we receive during this validation period will influence the final design and specifications, as well as determine the product's place in the Titleist club line-up.

Before the new prototypes headed out, we grabbed some photos of them in our Tour workshop. Be sure to check out the slideshow to get a first look at the prototype Titleist 712U utility irons.

Well my year has all but come to an end.  I am enjoying some much needed rest at home the next few weeks.
Earlier this month I went over to Scotland to play in what has to be one of the greatest tournaments in the world, the Dunhill Links Championship on the European Tour.  It is played over 3 different courses, St. Andrews Old Course, Carnoustie, and Kingsbarns. There is a cut after 3 rounds and those who make the cut play Sunday again at the Old Course.  I was able to make the cut, however I had a rough round on Sunday shooting even par and moving from around 30th to 50th.  I was +4 through 8 holes that day, so I was able to fight back a little bit, but it was a disappointing day.  
After the tournament, myself, a friend, and my Dad stayed an extra four days and played some great golf.  We played Muirfield, Prestwick, Turnberry, and the Old Course.  It was awesome to spend a day on the Old Course with my Dad.  It was a really special Father-Son day that we will both remember for the rest of our lives.  

For the rest of the year my plan is to spend some time in the gym, getting stronger and more flexible.  I will start playing and practicing on a regular basis again probably around mid November - early December.   
Thank you all for reading my blogs this year.  I appreciate the continued support.  Also, a big thank you to the guys at Titleist for all the support.  I have been on staff with Titleist now since 2006, and I really feel like I am part of the Titleist family.
See you in Hawaii,

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The 2012 Fall Series rolls on as the PGA Tour cruises into St. Simons Island, Ga., for the 2012 McGladrey Classic. This week, players will be treated to some southern hospitality and beautiful views along the Seaside Course at Sea Island.

In total, 88 players in the 132-player field are trusting Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all other golf balls combined. This includes 27 players who will be teeing up the new Pro V1 (3) and Pro V1x (24) prototype golf balls.

Titleist is also first in the sand, lob and approach wedges (93) and putter (50) categories.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane will be looking to defend his title after winning the tournament last year in stellar fashion. In 2011, Crane started the final round five shots back and went on to card a 7-under 63 to force a playoff with fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson.

Crane went on to win the playoff and less than 24 hours later, welcomed his third child to the world. Check out this great video Ben sent us last year recapping those exciting days. Watch here.

In the meantime, check out the slideshow above for a closer look at some action from around the course and on the range.