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Posted: November 26, 2012
With a flair for the dramatic that has become a hallmark for the the No. 1 player in the world, Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy put an exclamation point on an historic season on Sunday, closing with five consecutive birdies to capture the European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship. At the same time, momentum continued to swell for Titleist's seeding and tour validation process for the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x prototype golf balls, as Luke Donald and Louis Oosthuizen each posted top-5 finishes in Dubai playing the new Pro V1x prototype golf ball.
McIlroy fired a final round 6-under 66 in Dubai, good for a 23-under 265 total and a 2-shot margin of victory. The performance also gave him the solo spotlight at the closing award ceremony, where McIlroy hoisted two trophies - one for the DP World Championship victory and one to commemorate his triumph in the season-long Race to Dubai, a title he wrapped up two weeks ago.
"I said I wanted to win both trophies this week and that is exactly what I’ve managed to do," McIlroy said after the win. "I knew I needed to do something special over the closing few holes. I really couldn’t have wished for a better ending.”
McIlroy's fireworks in the desert highlighted three wins on the week for Titleist players across the worldwide professional tours, including a victory by Pro V1x loyalist Jake Roos, who won the inaugural Cape Town Open on the South African Sunshine Tour.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 183 times in 2012, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 24 and more than all competitors combined.
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EUROPEAN: McIlroy entered the final round tied for the lead with World No. 2 Luke Donald, who won the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan last week playing the new Titleist Pro V1x prototype golf ball for the first time in competition. Donald tied for third place after closing with a one under 71, posting his second consecutive top three finish with the new golf ball. Louis Oosthuizen, playing the new Titleist Pro V1x prototype golf ball this week for the first time, finished solo fifth, another shot back.
The victory was the fifth of the year for McIlroy and the 10th of his professional career. Among his victories this season was his second major in as many years - the PGA Championship – which he won by eight shots. He also became just the second player to capture the money title on both the U.S. PGA and European Tours, a feat first achieved by Luke Donald last year. McIlroy is the first player since Pro V1x loyalist Lee Westwood in 2009 to win The Race to Dubai and the DP World Tour Championship in the same year.
"I could not have wished for any better," said McIlroy. "To back up 2011 with another major and to be part of an unbelievable story at the Ryder Cup has made it an incredible year."
What's In Rory McIlroy's Titleist Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: Titleist 913D3 8.5º (Mitsubishi Diamana Prototype 70X), C•2 SureFit Tour setting Fairway Metals: Titleist 913 Fd 13.5º (Fujikura ZCom Pro 95) and 18.0º (Fujikura Rombax Pro 95) Irons: Titleist MB 3-9 (True Temper Project X 7.0) Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 46º, 54º, 60º (True Temper Project X 6.5) Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport GSS prototype
McIlroy's win marked the 23rd on the 2012 European Tour by a player trusting a Titleist golf ball for his success, nearly three times the nearest competitor with eight. A total of 3,334 players teed up a Titleist on the European Tour this year, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 696.
At the DP World Tour Championship, Titleist was the most played golf ball with 30 players in the field of 56, more than three times the nearest competitor with nine.
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SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Jake Roos captured the inaugural Cape Town Open with a birdie on the second hole of a four man sudden death playoff that included Titleist Brand Ambassador Tyrone van Aswegen. All four players completed regulation play with a 9-under par, 279 total.
The victory is the fifth of Roos' career, all of which he has won in playoff fashion. Titleist Brand Ambassador Colin Nel (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges) and golf ball loyalist Keenan Davidse (Pro V1x) tied for fifth place, two shots out of the playoff.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 114 players in the field of 156, more than three times the nearest competitor with 36.
AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: For the first time since 1956, an amateur captured the New Zealand Open in Christchurch. The winner, a Golf Australia national team member, trusted a Pro V1x golf ball to post a 7-under par total to finish one shot clear of Titleist Brand Ambassadors Peter Wilson (Pro V1, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) and Jason Norris (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter).
Titleist was the most played ball at the New Zealand Open with 105 players (74%) in the field of 141, more than four times the nearest competitor with 25. The top three finishers and 12 of the 15 players that placed among the top 10 and ties relied upon a Titleist golf ball for their success.
JAPAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyung-Tae Kim and Pro V1x loyalist Kenichi Kuboya shared third place at the Casio World Open. Kuboya posted a final-round 3-under 69 while Kim shot 2-under 70 to finish with matching 14-under 274 totals.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Casio World Open with 48 players, twice the nearest competitor with 24.
Posted: November 19, 2012
It was another action-packed weekend across the worldwide professional tours with many of the world's best players determined to end their 2012 campaigns on a high note. It was also another noteworthy weekend for Titleist's seeding and tour validation process for the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x prototype golf balls.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott’s final-round charge Sunday at the Australian Masters not only took home top honors, it also marked the first win for the new Pro V1 prototype golf ball across the worldwide professional tours. On the same day in Japan, Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald put on a solid display of golf en route to victory at the Dunlop Phoenix – marking the first win for the new Pro V1x prototype golf ball.
Joining Scott and Donald in the winner’s circle were Pro V1x loyalists Henrik Stenson (SA Open Championship), Na Yeon Choi (CME Group Titleholders), Jeung Hun Wang (China PGA Champions Tour Chongqing) and Sebastian Vasquez (Puerto Rico Classic), resulting in a six-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the globe.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 180 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 24 and more than all competitors combined.
AUSTRALASIAN: Adam Scott trusted his new Titleist Pro V1 prototype golf ball in firing a final round 5-under 67 to secure his first Australian Masters title.
“I’ve grown up watching the (Australian) Masters since I was a kid, so this has been somewhat a long time coming,” Scott said during the trophy ceremony.
“This is a pretty sweet today to be in the gold jacket and to hold this trophy which I’ve been admiring since I was just a kid.”
Scott’s final-round rally capped off a 17-under par 271 total that was good enough to top Pro V1x loyalist and Australian Masters defending champion Ian Poulter, who finished in second place.
This was the third tournament that Scott played the new Pro V1 prototype and he shared some of his feedback with the team earlier in the week.
"I put the new Pro V1 in play starting at HSBC and the Singapore Open. I've found it a very easy fit into my game and I've been very happy with the results," Scott said. “I've played well."
What’s in Adam Scott’s Titleist Bag?:Ball: New Titleist Pro V1 prototype golf ballDriver: Titleist 910D3 9.5º (Graphite Design Tour AD DI8 X with SureFit Tour setting A•1)Fairway Metal: Titleist 910F 15º (SureFit Tour setting D•3)Hybrids: Prototype 712U utility iron 19ºIrons: Titleist MB (4-9) and Titleist MB (8-PW)Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 48º, 54º, 60ºPutter: Scotty Cameron Kombi Long
Titleist Brand Ambassador Gareth Paddison tied for third, another four shots back, and Pro V1x loyalist Adam Crawford closed with the best round of the day (7-under 65) to finish solo fifth, as Titleist golf ball loyalists occupied four of the top five positions on the leader board. Nine of the 12 player who finished among the top 10 and ties at Kingston Heath were Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players.
Titleist was the most played golf ball with 87 players in the field of 120, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 22 and more than all other golf balls combined.
JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Brimming with confidence heading into the final round with a four-shot lead, Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald relied on more steady golf to extend his lead on the final day and secure victory at the Dunlop Phoenix.
This was Donald’s first event playing the new Pro V1x prototype golf ball, and he found instant success with opening rounds of 64-65. He finished at 16-under 268, closing in 3-under 68 to win by five shots.
The win was the third of the season for Donald, who also captured the Transitions Championship on the PGA Tour in March and the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour in May. The victory, the 12th of his career, also vaulted him to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 34 players trusting Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls for their success. Titleist was also the top choice in sand, lob and approach wedges with 62.
EUROPEAN TOUR: It was a 1-2 finish for Pro V1x loyalists at the SA Open Championship, where Henrik Stenson secured a three-shot victory over George Coetzee.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 110 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 23. Titleist was also the top choice in irons with 42, and sand, lob and approach wedges with 125, more than twice the nearest competitor with 51.
LPGA: Pro V1x loyalist Na Yeon Choi captured the season-ending CME Group Titleholders, edging Pro V1 loayalist So Yeon Ryu by two shots. Paired with her 2012 U.S. Women’s Open victory, this is Choi’s second of the season and seventh of her LPGA career.
Three consecutive rounds in the 60s preceded her final-round 2-under 70, giving her a championship total 14-under 274.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 49 players in the field of 73, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 6.
CHINA: Seventeen-year-old Jeung Hun Wang (Pro V1x) of Korea captured the China PGA Champions Tour Chongqing event for his first-career win on the China Tour. Wang closed with two consecutive rounds of 5-under 67 to finish at 14-under and a four-shot margin of victory. Ha Yuan (Pro V1x) fired a final-round five under 67 to finish a tie for third, six shots back.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 90 players in the field of 124, six times the nearest competitor with 15. Eight of the 12 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA: Sebastian Vazquez carded a final-round 71 to capture the inaugural Puerto Rico Classic in just his second professional start. Vazquez finished at 14-under 274, two strokes clear of Jorge Fernandez-Valdes, who also closed with a 71. Julio Zapata recorded a 71 as well to take third place at 11 under. All three players relied on the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball for their success.
Vazquez, a 22-year-old from Mexico City, was in the field just six weeks after finishing atop the World Amateur in Turkey.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 107 players in the field of 128, nearly nine times the nearest competitor with 12.
Posted: November 14, 2012
Coming into the Barclays Singapore Open, Titleist Brand Ambassador Matteo Manassero was looking to add some distance off the tee to his game. Through a combination of some swing adjustments and a fitting session focused on optimizing his new Titleist 913D2 driver, Matteo certainly found his groove last week.
The results? More distance, a win at the Barlcays Singapore Open and a new trophy for his collection. We’d say this is definitely a “Win, Win” scenario.
Team Titleist caught up with Titleist European Tour Rep. Phil Dimmock to bring you the exclusive, inside scoop on Matteo’s fitting session and the new set up.
“Matteo came to me on Tuesday morning and was keen to do some driver work. I had already bumped into his caddie, Dave McNeilly, earlier in the day who had told me how Matteo was looking to make some changes,” said Dimmock.
The team went right to work starting with a quick look at Matteo’s original 9.5º gamer and then a brief chat to talk about the flight characteristics that he was looking to achieve.
The initial assessment was that Matteo’s gamer was very accurate and he was hitting a lot of fairways but the spin was a little high. While he was hitting his driver solid and seeing good performance, the team agreed that he wasn’t getting the max out of the current configuration.
From there, it was time to send some Pro V1x golf balls flying on the range.
“Matteo asked me to bring over something I thought would help produce a stronger, lower spinning flight. I went straight in with 913D2 8.5º with a Graphite Design DI6 X with the SureFit Tour hosel setting in B•1,” explained Dimmock.
A few swings later, it was clear that this combination was looking like a winner. Bringing down the loft helped drop the spin off the driver and the shaft change helped to maintain a good strong launch.
“Matteo liked the stable feeling that the shaft gave him but he also said it felt like it had a little more kick in it. It was clear to see it was longer in the air and releasing more on the ground.”
After a practice round on Tuesday afternoon, the new driver quickly found its way into the bag.
“I saw Matteo on Wednesday morning and he told me it was in the bag. He loved it. He said it was a lot longer and he hadn't lost any of his accuracy which has been key to his success on Tour,” added Dimmock.
Fast forward to Sunday afternoon and after 75-holes at the Barclays Singapore Open, Matteo’s average driving distance for the tournament was over 300 yards (up from his season average of 273.72) and he was hoisting the winner’s trophy over his head.
"I needed to gain a little bit of yardage there and I changed the club this week and it gave me a little bit less spin. That helped give me a few more yards," Matteo told the European Tour team during the awards ceremony.
Phil caught up with Matteo in Hong Kong at the UBS Hong Kong Open to congratulate him on the win and he was still happy to talk about the added distance.
“Did you see my driving stats last week? Over 300 all week!"
His caddie concurred, “We couldn't have won last week without that driver."
And what did Phil have to say, “Let's just say it was a good week's work.”
We definitely agree.
What’s in Matteo’s Bag?Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 913D2 8.5º (Graphite Design Tour AD DI6 X @ 45" tipped 1.5" with SureFit Tour setting B•1)Fairway Metal: Titleist 913F.d Low Spin 13.5º (SureFit Tour setting C•1)Hybrids: Titleist 913H 17.0ºIrons: Titleist AP2 (3-7) and Titleist MB (8-PW)Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 52º, 58ºPutter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo