Posted: November 12, 2012
With the first two rounds of the Barclays Singapore Open marked as much by weather delays than golf, players knew there were going to be extra holes played Sunday. Titleist Brand Ambassador Matteo Manassero was up to the 36-hole marathon – and then some.
After carding a 13-under par 271 total, Manassero found himself in a tie with Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen. On the third hole of the sudden-death playoff, Manassero dropped a 12-foot eagle putt to claim victory and earn his third-career victory.
On the LPGA Tour, Pro V1 loyalist Cristie Kerr earned her 15th-career title after shooting four rounds in the 60's (67-69-67-69) at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Capping off the three-win week, Titleist Brand Ambassador Trevor Fisher Jr. played steady golf during the final round to finish one shot clear of the field and earn his third victory of this season at the Nedbank Affinity Cup.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 174 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 23 and more than all competitors combined.
EUROPEAN TOUR: After a grueling 39 holes on Sunday (36 holes of regulation and three playoff holes), Manassero (who became the European Tour's youngest ever winner two years ago) is now the first teenager to win three times on the European Tour. He also becomes the youngest champion in the Singapore Open's 51-year history.
“It’s been an extremely long day,” said Manassero. “The adrenaline kept me going and the key was starting really well this morning. Starting with some birdies gave me a lot of adrenaline to go forward."
What's in Manassero's Bag?
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 913D2 8.5º (RIP a 70, SureFit Tour setting D•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
Rounding out the 1-2-3 finish for Pro V1x golf ball players, Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy played to a solid finish in solo third and secured his spot atop the European Tour's money list. McIlroy is only the second player to win the merit race on both the European and PGA Tours in the same year, following fellow Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald, who achieved the feat last year.
Three-time Singapore Open champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott tied for fifth place, five shots out of the playoff. He posted his second consecutive top-10 finish after putting the new Titleist Pro V1 prototype golf ball into play. Last week, he finished eighth at the WGC-HSBC Champions, the first time he played the new golf ball in competition. Titleist was the most played golf ball with 89 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21. 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: Cristie Kerr parred the final three holes to hold off two players, including fellow Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Angela Stanford, for a one shot win at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Kerr finished at 16-under 272 for her 15th-career LPGA Tour title and her first since winning the LPGA Championship in June 2010. Kerr closed with a three-under par 69, while Stanford shot a final-round 68.
Women's World No. 2 Stacy Lewis (Pro V1x) tied for fourth place to secure LPGA Player of the Year honors. Lewis, who was coming off her tour-leading fourth victory of the year last week in Japan, closed with a 68 to match Candie Kung (Pro V1) at 4 under, as four of the top five finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success. Titleist was the most played golf ball in the limited field of 36, with 20 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with six.
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SUNSHINE TOUR/SOUTH AFRICA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Trevor Fisher Jr. fired a final round 71 en route to a 9-under-par 207 victory total to claim his third victory of this season at the Nedbank Affinity Cup.
Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Desvonde Botes and Bradford Vaughan tied for second, one shot back. Three other Pro V1x golf ball loyalists - Matthew Carvell, Grant Veenstra and Grant Muller - tied for the fourth position, another shot behind, as the top six finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the most played golf ball in the field of 88 with 65 players.
PGA TOUR: Nine of the 14 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including Brian Gay (4th), Scott Stallings (T-5) and Charlie Wi (T-5) who all played a new Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x prototype golf ball.
Titleist was the most played golf ball in the field of 128 with 89 players, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 13. A total of 35 players relied upon a new Titleist Pro V1 (4) or Pro V1x (31) prototype golf ball.
Titleist was also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (99) and putters (53), more than twice the nearest competitor in each category.
PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA: The winner of the Dominican Republic Open trusted his Pro V1x golf ball to record a 10-under par 278 total, four shots clear of the runner-up.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Dominican Republic Open with 107 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16.
Posted: November 5, 2012
It was another action-packed weekend across the worldwide professional tours with the phrase "come-from-behind win" echoing across two tours and two countries. At the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, Pro V1x loyalist Ian Poulter birdied eight of his final 18 holes to overcome a four-shot deficit and earn his second-career World Golf Championships title. While on the LPGA Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis provided final-round heroics of her own, rallying from seven shots back to win the Mizuno Classic in Japan.
On the Champions Tour, Pro V1 loyalist Tom Lehman became the first player to win the season-long Charles Schwab Cup in consecutive years with a record-breaking performance. Pro V1x loyalist Doug McGuigan secured a 1-up victory in the ISPS Handa Match Play Championship on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa. And rounding out the weekend's successes, the 14-year-old winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur trusted a Pro V1x golf ball in earning a trip to the 2013 Masters.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 170 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all competitors combined.
WGC: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Ian Poulter closed with a 7-under-par 65 to rally from four strokes back to win the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shenzhen, China. Poulter carded eight birdies in the final round to finish with a 21-under 267 victory total, two shots clear of four players, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jason Dufner and Scott Piercy.
The win was Poulter's second World Golf Championship victory – he also captured the Accenture Match Play Championship in 2010 – and the 14th of his professional career.
Third round co-leaders and fellow Pro V1x loyalists, Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen, shot identical final-round scores of even-par 72 to finish in a tie for sixth place. Westwood put himself atop the leaderboard on Saturday with a third round 11-under 61. Oosthuizen was 16 under after two rounds, recording the lowest 36-hole score in a WGC event since they began in 1999.
Titleist Brand Ambassadors Adam Scott and Bill Haas finished solo eighth and 10th, respectively, as seven of the top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the most played golf ball with 46 players in the field of 78, more than four times the nearest competitor with 10. Titleist was also first in iron sets (22) and sand, lob and approach wedges (72).
LPGA: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Stacy Lewis fired a final round 8-under par 64 en route to a come-from-behind, one-shot win at the Mizuno Classic. Lewis, who was seven shots back to start the day, finished with an 11-under-par 205 victory total for her fourth win of the season and fifth of her career. The second-ranked women's player in the world, Lewis also won the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, ShopRite LPGA Classic and Navistar LPGA Classic this year.
Lewis edged second-round leader Bo-Mee Lee (Pro V1), who closed with an even-par 72, while women's world No. 1 Yani Tseng (Pro V1x) posted a final-round 68 to finish solo fourth at 7-under 209.
Titleist was the most played golf ball with 38 players, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 13.
CHAMPIONS: Titleist Pro V1 loyalist Tom Lehman captured the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to become the first player to win the season-long points title in back-to-back years. After taking a one-stroke lead into the final round, Lehman birdied four of the last five holes to close with a 5-under 65 for a six-stroke win. His 22-under 258 total broke the tournament mark for lowest score and tied the record in relation to par.
Lehman's win marks the 17th for Titleist golf ball players over the 23-event schedule on the 2012 Champions Tour, more than eight times the nearest competitor with two.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jay Haas, who closed with a 69 to shoot four consecutive rounds in the 60's, finished solo second. Haas matched the Champions Tour record with a second round 10-under par 60, which also broke the course record on Desert Mountain's Cochise layout.
Jay Don Blake (Pro V1x), the defending champion and first-round leader after opening with a 64, finished solo third, as Titleist golf ball loyalists posted a 1-2-3 finish in the season finale.
Of the 30 players in the exclusive field, 23 teed up a Titleist, more than seven times the nearest competitor with three. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (7), sand, lob and approach wedge (22) and putter (9) categories.
SUNSHINE TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Doug McGuigan earned his fifth-career win in South Africa, posting a 1-up victory in the 18-hole final of the ISPS Handa Match Play Championship. The event was the first utilizing the match-play format on the Sunshine Tour schedule in 25 years.
Of the 112 players who went head-to-head this week, 82 players in the field relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, more than three times the nearest competitor with 25.
ASIA-PACIFIC AMATEUR: In the field of 120 at the Asia-Pacific Amateur, 94 players, including the 14-year old winner (Pro V1x), relied upon a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success, more than nine times the nearest competitor with 10 and more than all competitors combined. The winner of the event earned an invitation to the 2013 Masters Tournament.
Titleist was also the top choice in iron sets (34), sand, lob and approach wedges (135) and putters (46).