Posted: February 13, 2012
A stunning opening round of 63 was the foundation on which Rafa Cabrera-Bello's second career European Tour win was built, as he claimed a one shot victory at The Omega Dubai Desert Classic!
His nerveless and bogey free final round of 68, including three birdies on the back nine, secured the biggest win of his career-to-date and catapaulted him from 119 in the Official World Golf Rankings to 60!
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Fellow Pro V1x players Lee Westwood and Marcel Siem finished in a tie for the runner's up spot and fourth respectively - as all four of the top spots were occupied by players putting their trust in the performance of Pro V1x.
And just a further shot back at 14-under for the tournament, two Titleist ambassadors shared a tie for fifth place with two others - Rory McIlroy followed up his second place finish in Abu Dhabi and George Coetzee continued his run of form which has seen him rise from #82 in the world at the turn of the year to #66 now!
Titleist was the overwhelming ball of choice at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with 82 players, more than four times the nearest competitor.
On the PGA Tour, Pro V1 loyalist Charlie Wi matched the best PGA Tour finish of his career when he finished solo second in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, after leading through 54 holes. This was the fifth time Wi has finished runner up, including twice in 2011.
Titleist was also the overwhelming ball of choice at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AM, with 106 players trusting the matchless performance of Pro V1 and Pro V1x, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16.
Titleist claimed the top four spots at the Allianz Championship on the Champions Tour, as Pro V1 loyalist Corey Pavin edged out fellow Pro V1 player Peter Senior in the first hole of a playoff to capture the title.
Elsewhere, on the Asian Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Mardan Mamat coasted to a five shot victory in the Singapore Open - the only player to shoot four consecutive sub-par rounds!
Posted: February 10, 2012
The Desert Swing had already created some interesting headlines ahead of its arrival at the Emirates Golf Club for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Titleist Pro V1x loyalists Robert Rock and Paul Lawrie ran out victorious at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and the Qatar Masters respectively and there are a host of Titleist staffers and ball loyalists vying for the title in Dubai.
The course at The Emirates GC measures 7,301 yards for a par of 72 and at the halfway mark there has been some very aggressive scoring.
Titleist ambassador and world # 2 Rory McIlroy has a share of the lead at 13-under, with fellow staffer Rafa Cabrera-Bello just one shot back. Rafa's phenomenal opening 63 (-9) set the scene for low scoring at the event and he has follwed that up with another sub-par round to be in a very strong position for the weekend.
Rafa admires his handiwork on the range at the Emirates GC
Amongst the chasing pack are Titleist staffer Gregory Bourdy at 11-under, Pro V1x loyalists Lee Westwood and Marcel Siem at 10-under, staffer George Coetzee at 9-under, plus staffer Tano Goya and Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stenson at 8-under.
Titleist is the overwhelming ball of choice at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with 82 players, more than four times as many as the nearest competitor.
If the first two rounds are anything to go by, the weekend will be a thriller - and with snow on the ground over a lot of the UK, what better way to console yourself then to settle down in from of the TV and cheer on your favourite Titleist players?
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The stunning clubhouse at the Emirates GC
Posted: February 7, 2012
During a bit of down time at the end of last week, the Titleist Tour Team caught up with one of the hottest young prospects in golf, Adrian "Adri" Otaegui, at The Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.
For those of you who have not heard his name before, Adri will be the second youngest full member of the European Tour this year, following fellow Titleist Ambassador Matteo Manassero. Having won 11 titles in a glittering amateur career, including the 2010 Boys Amateur Championship, Adri secured his tour card - aged 19 years and 24 days - by finishing in 23rd place at Qualifying School Final Stage.
Adri has been in Dubai putting in some hard work on the range to prepare for the rigours of tour life, hoping to emulate the career of his mentor, Ryder Cup Captain, fellow Spaniard and Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Jose Maria Olazabal.
It was also a good opportunity for Adri to work with Titleist's Next Generation Relations Manager, Scott Morrison - so a quick drive to Abu Dhabi was in order. Using his previous experience as a Titleist Tour Technician, Scott set to work with Adri to try to reduce the spin on his driver and gain a little more distance.
"Adri was using a 9.5 deg 910 D3 driver with an Attas T2 shaft," explains Scott. "But he was getting a bit too much spin and therefore losing a little through the air.
"We tried some different combinations, but found that the shaft was still right and it was simply a case of switching to a lower lofted head. When Adri used the 8.5 deg 910 D3 he was getting much better numbers on the spin and gained an extra 16 yeards through the air."
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Introducing Adrian Otaegui!
And there are sure to be other changes as Adri develops - it's hard to remember that he's just 19 years old! Team Titleist will be keeping an eye on Adri's progress throughout the season, so look out for more updates during 2012!