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.
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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 ball
Driver: 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 19º
Irons: Titleist MB (4-9) and Titleist MB (8-PW)
Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 48º, 54º, 60º
Putter: 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.