Following on from last weekend's eight wins around the world's major professional tours, Titleist ambassadors and golf ball loyalists posted a further six wins this week! Headlining this week were Pro V1 loyalist Tom lewis on the European Tour and Titleist staffer Ben Crane on the PGA Tour.

In only his third start since turning professional, Lewis carded a flawless 7 under final round of 65 to win The Portugal Masters by two shots from Titleist Ambassador Rafa Cabrera Bello (Pro V1x, 910 D3 driver, 910Fd fairway, 910H hybrid, MB (712) irons, Vokey Design wedges and Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter). Following his accomplished displays at this year's Open Championship and The Walker Cup, Lewis' breakthrough was all the more impressive as he lay four shots off the lead after the third round and was in seventh spot with sevn to play. But five birdies in those last seven holes fired Lewis to the top and the title.

It also means that the 20 year old from Welwyn Garden City no longer has to face the nerve wracking trip to Q-School in December, as the victory gives him a two-year exemption on the European Tour. Five of the seven top 3 and ties were either full line Titleist staffers or Titleist golf ball loyalists. Titleist was the overwhelming ball of choice at the Portugal Masters with 74 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18.

On the PGA Tour, it was an all-Titleist Brand Ambassador play off at the McGladrey Classic, where Ben Crane (Pro V1x, 910 D2 driver, 910F fairway, 910H hybrid, AP2 irons and Vokey TVD wedges) also posted a 7 under final round before winning on the second extra hole from Webb Simpson (Pro V1x, 909 D3 driver, 910F fairway, 910H hybrid, Titleist irons and Vokey TVD wedges).

Crane and Simpson were followed home by Pro V1 loyalist Michael Thompson and Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuisen, who finished solo third and fourth respectively.

Titleist golf ball players claimed nine of the Top-10 spots at the event and Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 87 players - nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 13.

Elsewhere, Pro V1x loyalist Na Yeon Choi won at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia on the LPGA Tour, Pro V1x loyalist David Gleeson captured the Hero Indian Open on the Asian Tour and Pro V1x loyalist KyungNam Kang closed out the Meritz Solmoro Open to win on the Korean Tour.

Capping the six win weekend was Titleist Brand Ambassador Doug McGuigan (Pro V1x, 910 D3 driver, CB (712) irons, Vokey Design wedges and Scotty Cameron putter), who outlasted fellow Titleist staffer Jean Hugo (Pro V1x, 910 D3 driver, 910F fairway, MB (712) irons and Vokey Design wedges) in a five hole playoff to capture the KCM Zambia Open on the Sunshine Tour. Pro V1x loyalists Robert Wiederkehr, Bradford Vaughan and Allan Versfield finished third through fifth respectively as Titleist golf ball players secured the top five spots on the leaderboard.

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Titleist Pro V1 loyalist Tom Lewis acknowledges the crowds in Portugal

The Portugal Masters in pictures

The European Tour rolled into the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, Portugal for the Portugal Masters as part of a four week Iberian swing.

And last week's winner, Titleist Ambassador Lee Slattery is amongst those enjoying the fine weather and great golf course. At 7,231 yards, the course is relatively flat and open, making putting at a premium in order to post a good score - as well as avoiding the water that comes into play on seven holes!

Slatts joins defending champion and Pro V1 loyalist Richard Green in the chase for the title and, at the time of writing, Titleist staffers James Kingston, Bernd Wiesberger and Ross Fisher are all in the mix towards the top of the leaderboard.

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NEW LOOK TO FIVE-MODEL FAMILY OF SCOTTY CAMERON CALIFORNIA PUTTERS
New Finish, Line-up, Shape and Blend Refinements Highlight Updates to Popular Models

Notably prominent across the worldwide professional tours, with club professionals and competitive amateurs, and the undisputed choice of more players and more winners on the PGA TOUR for 14 consecutive years and counting, Scotty Cameron by Titleist putters inspire pure putting confidence.  Designed, developed and refined through product and player research conducted at the state-of-the-art Cameron Putter Studio and on practice greens across the world, Cameron putters are precision-milled instruments of uncompromised feel, looks and performance that have come to symbolize a profound blend of art, technology, form and function.  As a market leader in the premium putter category, Titleist further solidifies its high performance product offering by enhancing its successful California family of putters.

 

 

CAMERON CALIFORNIA PUTTERS – BACKGROUND:  Scotty Cameron California putters were born from timeless, tour-proven designs and the modern weighting technology used in the successful line of Scotty Cameron Studio Select putters.  Studio Select technology allows for precise balancing of putter head weight with shaft length.  This technology, also incorporated into the original generation of California putters, provides a broader range of choices for length and weight to optimize performance for a wide range of putting strokes. 

The first incarnation of California putters were inspired by several of Cameron’s favorite designs from among his early Classics and Handmade models.   These models appeal to players who prefer more fluid, less geometric lines and whose putting strokes might best be characterized as less “mechanical.”   With the California line, these players found that they no longer had to sacrifice performance for an aesthetically pleasing design.  With the wide range of weight and length options that the California line offered, these players could now get a perfect fit for their stroke as well as their eye.

NEW FOR 2011:  The 2011 California line builds on the form-meets-function achievements of the original California putters, accentuating an important Scotty Cameron design principle – visual flow.

“My main objective for the new California designs was to take the visual flow to a new level,” explained Master Putter Designer Scotty Cameron.  “When you look down at a great putter in the address position, it’s easy to imagine the putter head flowing naturally right into the ground.  The refinements we made to these five new models meet and exceed that ideal.  It might be a bit esoteric, but you get the sense that water won’t splash off these putters.  It looks like water will just roll off the contours of the putters and shed gently off the edges.”
Over thirty refinements were made in order to achieve the balanced shapes and blended surface and edge transitions found in the new California putters.  Angles in the face, sole and neck are precisely milled to ensure that each model presents a perfectly square set-up at address.   Incorporating a trend that has become popular among Cameron enthusiasts on Tour, the new California putters feature deeper milling in the face of the putter.  This modification results in a softer sound at impact, yielding a feel that many better putters prefer. 

Each California putter is equipped with a new Pistolero grip with a dancing Cameron logo for a secure hold and great feel in the hands.  Also new for 2011, the California putters feature a new Sea Mist finish and recessed red Tour dot graphics that call to mind the tail lights of vintage American automobiles.  Coupled with the clean uninterrupted appearance of the stepless shaft, the new California graphics create a modern but timeless look. 

Cameron California putters are precision milled from soft 303 stainless steel and fitted with circular weights in the heel and toe that allow each model to be offered at 33”, 34” and 35” lengths well as 34”H and 35”H heavier weight configurations.  In addition, California putters can be lie adjusted +/- 2 degrees off the standard 71 degrees for even greater fine-tuning.  The new line features five models – Del Mar, Fastback, Monterey, Monterey 1.5 and Sonoma - characterized by blade and mid-mallet style heads with five different neck styles.  In combination, all these different options make it easy for players to choose a Cameron California putter with the appearance they prefer, the length and weight they need, and a neck configuration that provides the proper amount of toe flow during the stroke.

Each Cameron California putter features a draft sole design that keeps the putter square in the playing position for proper alignment and a high toe set-up that reduces the tendency for players to raise the toe and aim left of target.  All five California models are also appointed with a new simulated carbon fiber headcover.

 

CAMERON CALIFORNIA MODEL DESCRIPTIONS


 Del Mar:
  A heel shafted mid mallet for maximum toe flow during the stroke.  Designed with a single sightline on the back flange and a flare neck hosel with a ¾ shaft offset.  Available in both right and left hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Fastback:  A modified Newport-style mid mallet design featuring a more compact head heel-to-toe with a rounded back flange, three sight lines and a single bend shaft with a full shaft of offset.  The Fastback is a near face-balanced putter with minimum toe flow.   Formerly offered in the Studio Select line, the Fastback replaces the Hollywood in the California line.  Available in right hand only.

 

 

 

 

 

 Monterey:  A blade body with smooth double-step flange with a back pocket and single site line, the Monterey features a plumbing neck hosel with a full shaft of offset for medium toe flow.  Available in both right and left hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Monterey 1.5:  A blade body with smooth double-step flange with a back pocket and single site line, the Monterey 1.5 features a medium flare neck hosel with a ¾ shaft offset for near-maximum toe flow.  The Monterey 1.5 replaces the Coronado model in the California line.  Available in right hand only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sonoma:  A compact mid-mallet with a D-shaped back flange and sight line.  The Sonoma features a round flow neck with ¾ shaft of offset for medium toe flow.  Available in right hand only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further customisation of any Cameron putter is available through Scotty’s Custom Shop at www.scottycameron.com.

AVAILABILITY: The new Scotty Cameron California putters will begin shipping in November.

ON TOUR: Every year since 1997, Scotty Cameron putters have been the choice of more players and more champions on the PGA Tour than any other brand.  This year is no different, as players have trusted a Scotty Cameron putter for a Tour-leading 17 victories on the 2011 PGA Tour.  The winners include first-time PGA Tour champions Chris Kirk, Scott Stallings, Scott Piercy and Kevin Na who trusted Cameron putters to win at the Viking Classic, Greenbrier Classic, Reno-Tahoe Open and, most recently, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children, respectively.  Nick Watney trusted his Scotty Cameron putter to win twice in 2011, at the WGC – Cadillac Championship and the AT&T National.  Rory McIlroy turned in a performance for the ages with his Cameron putter, lapping the field en route to his first major title at the U.S. Open.  With additional wins across seven different worldwide professional golf tours in 2011, including the 140th Open Championship, Scotty Cameron loyalists have accumulated 46 victories year-to-date.

Stunning eight win weekend for Titleist!

It was a phenomenal eight-win weekend across the worldwide professional tours for Titleist golf ball loyalists, with four players winning with new Titleist 712 Series irons - Lee Slattery (new CB irons), Bryce Molder (new CB irons), Rickie Fowler (new MB irons) and Brad Faxon (new CB irons)! This took worldwide wins in 2011 for Titleist golf balls to 140 - more than six times the nearest competitor!

Headlining the wins was Titleist staffer Lee Slattery at the Bankia Madrid Masters, recording his first European Tour title. Slatts, as he is known, lost his card in 2007 by a mere €77, but has now posted four top five finishes this season and moves to 49th in the Race To Dubai rankings. Southport based Lee trusted Titleist Pro V1x and the new CB (712) irons to steer him to a one shot victory and also sported a Scotty Cameron Concept 1 Tour Rat 1.5 putter (check out the pics in the slideshow)! Commenting on the win, Slatts said, "“I’ve never shaken so much in my life. I just stood over that putt and the hole looked tiny. I was strangling that putter because that one putt is a life changing putt."

What's in Lee's bag? Pro V1x, 910 D2 (8.5, Project X 7.0) driver, new 712 Series CB (2-PW, S400, +¼") irons, Vokey Design 200 Series gap (52.08) and lob (58.08) wedges, Scotty Cameron Concept 1 Tour Rat 1.5 putter.

Lee was joined at the top of the leaderboard by Titleist Pro V1x loyalists Cesar Monasterio, local favourite Eduardo De La Riva and Thomas Aiken, all of whom finished in the top five. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Bankia Madrid Masters with 73 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 20.

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Elsewhere around the world, Titleist Ambassador Bryce Molder (Pro V1x, 909 D3 driver, 909 F2 fairway, 910H hybrid, new CB (712) irons, Vokey Design wedge, Vokey TVD sand and lob wedge, Scotty Cameron Newport 2.7 putter) captured his first win on the PGA Tour, seeing off fellow Pro V1x loyalist Briny Baird in a six hole playoff for the Frys.com Open. Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Bud Cauley completed a Titleist golf ball 1-2-3 at CordeValle and, in doing so, is at the brink of joining a select band of players to get their Tour card without graduating from Q-school or the Nationwide Tour. Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Frys.com Open with 88 players, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 13.

At the Kolon Korea Open, a co-sanctioned OneAsia / Korea Tour event, two of golf's brightest young guns battled it out to record a 1-2 finish for Titleist staffers. Rickie Fowler (Pro V1x) went wire-to-wire to beat Rory McIlroy (Pro V1x) and record a six shot victory, despite Rors' final 7-under round of 64.

What's in Rickie's bag? Pro V1x, 910 D3 (8.5) driver, 909F (13.5) fairway, new MB (712) irons, Vokey Design pitching (48), gap (50), sand (55) and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron Crica 62 Deep Milled Putter.

What's in Rory's bag? Pro V1x, 910 D2 (8.5) driver, 906F2 (13, 18) fairways, new MB (712) irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching (46), sand (54) and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS putter.

On the Champions Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon (Pro V1) and Tommy Armour III (Pro V1x) completed a Titleist golf ball 1-2 at the rain-shortened Insperity Classic, while at the Hana Bank Championship on the LPGA Tour, Titleist golf ball players claimed 10 of the top-11 spots. Yani Tseng (Pro V1x) edged Na Yeon Choi (Pro V1x) by a single shot, with Brittany Lincicome (Pro V1x), Jimin Kang (Pro v1x) and Soo-Jin Yang (Pro V1x) tying for third.

The 8 win weekend for Titleist golf ball players was rounded out by Lu Wei-chih (Pro V1x) at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship on the Asian Tour and Kenichi Kuboya (Pro V1x) on the Japan Golf Tour.



It was no surprise that Titleist Brand Ambassador Kevin Na sealed last week's victory at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open with a long putt.

Na, who drained a 42-footer for birdie on TPC Summerlin's par-3 17th hole to help finish off a two-shot win, has consistently rolled his Pro V1x golf ball better than most.

He is currently No. 10 in the PGA Tour's new Strokes Gained statistic and ninth in Total Putting – not to mention seventh in Putts from Greater than 25 Feet.

In Las Vegas, Na used his Scotty Cameron Titleist R&D Concept 1 putter to finish first in Putts per Round (27) and fifth in Putter per Green in Regulation (1.611).

Team Titleist caught up with Kevin about a month ago at The Barclays to talk about what makes him such a consistent putter, which you can watch in the above video.

For a replay of Kevin's 42-foot birdie putt, check out the video below.

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