Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald underlined his headline season as he added the European Tour money list to the one he had secured on the US PGA Tour in November.

Mystery golfer and Pro V1x loyalist holds aloft the Race To Dubai trophy

For the first time in history, the same player topped the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic - as Donald finished third in the Dubai World Championship to win the Race To Dubai from closest rival, World #2 and Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy.

No surprises that the Pro V1x loyalist was World #1 Luke Donald!

Commenting on the title, the 34-year old Englishman said, "I got what I came for, and that was to win the Race To Dubai, do the double and create history."

Donald sends his Pro V1x greenward on his way to making history

As he was interviewed after the event, tears welled up in Donald's eyes as he was was asked what his father would have thought of his achievement, "He would have been very proud and he would just give me a big hug. My father hopped into my head quite a few times (over the closing stretch)."

McIlroy, who has been suffering from a virus, added "Luke deserves it! Basically, every time he's teed it up, he's had a chance or has finished in the top five or top ten. Mentally you have to be so good just to keep grinding out the scores when you need to."

2011 US Open Champion, World #2 and RTD runner up Rory McIlroy signs off on a landmark season

This has been a phenomenal year for European golfers as the top three in the Official World Golf Rankings are all Europeans and all Titleist golf ball players.

We'll be keeping tabs on golf around the world during the "off season" (if there is such a thing in golf these days) on Team Titleist, so stay tuned!

The Dubai World Championship in Pictures

All eyes in the golfing world turned to Dubai this week as the season finale Dubai World Championship got underway today. Played over the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, players will have to take on the 7,675 yard long par 72 course where large fairway bunkers can confuse the eye on depth perception.

Not only does the Dubai World Championship offer the biggest prize fund in the European Tour schedule, but it also has a significant impact on who walks away with the Race To Dubai title.

World #1 and Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald goes head-to-head with World #2 and Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy for the Championship and the Race To Dubai title. The permutations are simple - Luke just needs to finish 9th or better and he wins the Race To Dubai. For Rory to overtake him, he must win and hope Luke finishes 10th or worse!

At the time of writing, Luke has taken the early advantage as he is -3 through 13, playing with Rory who is one shot back! Thrilling stuff!

To view this week's slideshow, just click on the image below!

Any guesses where we are this week?

Team Titleist is delighted to announce the six winners of the Team Titleist Ultimate Short Game Tune Up. Each will join us at Brocket Hall next March for a morning's clinic with Titleist Ambassador and renowned short game coach Mark Roe, a golf ball fitting, a fitting for a set of Vokey Design SM4 wedges and a round of golf on the Melbourne Course.

The winners are:

Neil Addis of Edinburgh

John Burrows of Glasgow

Allan McEwing of Greenock

Jamie Wilson of Falkirk

Danny Roberts of Bangor

Anthony Burch of Hatfield

Congratulations to you all!! More details will be with you later this week, but we are looking forward to welcoming you to Brocket Hall!

There will be plenty of other competitions coming up on Team Titleist before and after Christmas, so keep your eyes peeled for the details either in the discussion boards or the blog!

Fascinating Finale Set up For Race To Dubai

Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy posted a bogey-free final round 5-under 65 at the UBS Hong Kong Open to set up a thrilling conclusion to the Race To Dubai. Rors chipped in from a bunker on the last to win by two strokes from fellow Pro V1x loyalist Gregory Havret, who also closed with a 65.

The win sees Rory close the gap on Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald as the pair prepare to go head-to-head at The Dubai World Championship to become European Number One. Luke is bidding to become the first player in history to claim the money titles on both the European Tour and US PGA Tour in the same season.

In his last four appearances at the event, Rory has finished 2nd, 2nd, 6th and now 1st! The win in Hong Kong marks his second of the season, having captured his first major title in June at the US Open held at Congressional.

Defending champion and Pro V1x loyalist Ian Poulter finished tied fourth, four shots back.

Titleist was the overwhelming ball of choice at the UBS Hong Kong Open with 83 players, compared to 21 for the nearest competitor.

What's In Rory's Bag? Pro V1x, 910 D2 driver (8.5), 906 F2 fairways (13.0 & 18.0), MB irons 3-9 (712 series), Vokey Design SM4 wedges (46, 54, 60) and Scotty Cameron GSS Newport Putter.

Meanwhile, at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, Pro V1x loyalist Lee Westwood successfully defended his title with a final round 1-over 73 - set up by his course record third round 10-under 62.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Karlsson (Pro V1x, 910 D3 driver, 910 Fd fairway, 910H hybrid, MB irons (712 series), Vokey Design wedges and Scotty Cameron GSS putter), was two strokes back in second place, while fellow Titleist staffer Jason Dufner (Pro V1, 910 D2 driver, 910F and 906F2 fairways, 910H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design SM4 sand wedge, Vokey Design lob wedge and Scotty Cameron California Fastback putter) finished tied for third.

In Japan, Titleist Pro V1 loyalist Hiroyuki Fujita held off fellow Pro V1x loyalist Toru Taniguchi in a playoff to win his second straight Golf Nippon Series JT Cup. The season ending tournament was shortened to 54 holes after bad weather on the Saturday, but Fujita carded a 6-under 64 on Sunday to force the playoff and secure victory.

At the New Zealand Open, Pro V1x loyalist Brad Kennedy also won out in a playoff after finishing at 7-under 281.

Ten of the top-11 finishers at the New Zealand Open trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success and Titleist was the ball of choice with 100 players compared to 33 for the nearest competitor.

Team Titleist was at a very windy London Club in Kent earlier this week as two lucky Golf Monthly competition winners received the full Titleist on Tour fitting experience.

Richard Cagigao and David Hopps had won a competition to be fitted for a set of Titleist irons - either AP1, AP2, CB or MB - and a set of Vokey Design wedges. But this custom fit was something a bit different from the norm - their fitting was being done by Titleist Tour Technicians Scott Morrison and Mattias Jelver (more usually custom fitting the likes of Rory McIlroy, Matteo Manassero or Robert Karlsson).

To see what happened, just click on the video below:


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