It was another landmark weekend for Titleist golf ball players around the world's major tours, headlined by a 1-2-3 finish at The Open de Andalucia.

The 2012 Open de Andalucia champion Julien Quesne

Pro V1x loyalist Julien Quesne fired a final round 8-under 64 - matching the course record at Aloha GC - to record his first European Tour victory and capture the Open de Andalucia title.

Julien celebrates in traditional French style with Titleist staffer Thomas Levet and fellow Pro V1x loyalist Gregory Havret

Graduating from last season's Challenge Tour, the 31 year old from Le Mans in France birdied four of the last five holes to finish at 17-under for a two shot victory over Titleist brand ambassador Matteo Manassero.

A fist pump as another putt sinks for Matteo

Manny (Pro V1x, 910 D2 driver, 909H, AP2 irons, Vokey Spin Milled sand and lob wedges and Scotty Cameron Laguna 1.5 putter) finished a further shot ahead of fellow Pro V1x loyalist Eduardo De La Riva, who completed the 1-2-3 finish for Titleist ball players.

Pro V1x loyalist Eduardo De La Riva against a stunning backdrop at the Open de Andalucia

Titleist was the overwhelming ball of choice at the Open de Andalucia with 90 players, compared to 23 for the nearest competitor.

At the Transitions Championship on the PGA Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald moved back to #1 in the Official World Golf Rankings after capturing the title in Florida in a four-man playoff.

World #1 Luke Donald with the Transitions Championship trophy

Donald's 6-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole was enough to see of the other challengers including Pro V1 loaylist Robert Garrigus. It also brought him his fifth PGA Tour title evening up the number of wins he has had on the European Tour.

Pro V1x loyalist Luke celebrates the winning playoff putt

Elsewhere, at the RR Donnelley LPGGA Founders Cup, Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng made five birdies on the back nine en route to capturing her second title in four events. Yani's 18-under 270 total was enough for a one-shot victory over fellow Pro V1x loyalist Na Yeon Choi and one other.

Of the 13 players who tied for 10th place or better at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, 10 trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.

It also took a playoff to decide the Handa Faldo Cambodian Classic on the Asian Tour, as Pro V1x loyalists David Lipsky and Elmer Salvador both finished at 15-under for the tournament. And it was Lipsky, winner of the Asian Tour Q-School in January, who edged the playoff by chipping in for birdie at the first extra hole.

 

The European Tour has landed on European soil for the first time this season for the Open de Andalucia Costa del Sol at Aloha GC near Marbella.

Posting a good score this week will be down to accuracy off the tee and the ability to read the fast and rolling greens - expected to be measuring in excess of 10.6 on the Stimpmeter. One benefit to the players on the undulating tree-lined course is that, after a dry winter, the rough has stayed down - but get in amongst the trees and the only option could be a punch back out onto the fairway.

At 6,881 yards and par 72, the course isn't long by today's standards and should, therefore, give an opportunity for some low scores to be posted.

At the time of writing, Titleist staffer Matteo Manassero has posted a stunning opening round 8-under 64 with nine birdies! Also jostling for places near the top of the leaderboard are fellow staffers Phil Price and Michael Hoey, as well as Titleist ball loyalists Eduardo de la Riva, Robert Rock and Darren Fitchardt.

To view this week's slideshow, simply click on the image below:

This way to the office!

Walking The Course With Manny

For most golfers, a practice round usually just means a round without a scorecard. But for elite amateurs and professionals it really is an opportunity to map out their rounds from Thursday to Sunday.

Where is the optimum landing zone from the tee in order to attack the flag? How will their golf ball react from the fairway? How will it react from the rough? How course or deep is the sand in the bunkers? How hard are the greens for receiving shots and how quick are they for putting on? These are just a few of the questions those players are seeking to unveil answers to.

Team Titleist was lucky enough to be able to walk a few holes with Titleist brand ambassador Matteo Manassero recently in Abu Dhabi. To find out what he is looking to achieve from a practice round, just click on the video below:


The #1 Ball in Golf - Wins in 2012

 

Titleist is the #1 ball for more players and more champions across the worldwide professional tours. In fact, to date in 2012, Titleist golf ball players have recorded 25 victories around the world, compared to 3 for the nearest competitor. Since the introduction of the Pro V1 in 2000, the golf ball franchise has been the golf ball of choice for more than 1,700 champions worldwide.

Below is a listing of tournaments won by Titleist golf ball players on the major worldwide professional tours in 2012.

TOUR (wins)
TOURNAMENT PLAYER BALL MODEL
 

 

PGA TOUR (8) Hyundai Tournament of Champions Steve Stricker Pro V1x
  Sony Open in Hawaii Johnson Wagner Pro V1x
  Humana Challenge Mark Wilson Pro V1x
  Waste Management Phoenix Open Kyle Stanley Pro V1x
  Northern Trust Open Bill Haas Pro V1x
  WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship Hunter Mahan Pro V1x
  Mayakoba Classic John Huh Pro V1
  Honda Classic Rory McIlroy Pro V1x
       

EUROPEAN (5)  Africa Open Louis Oosthuizen Pro V1x
  Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Robert Rock Pro V1x
  Commercialbank Qatar Masters Paul Lawrie Pro V1x
  Omega Dubai Desert Classic Rafael Cabrera-Bello Pro V1x
  Avantha Masters Jbe' Kruger Pro V1x
       

LPGA (2) Honda LPGA Thailand Yani Tseng Pro V1x
  HSBC Women's Champions Angela Stanford Pro V1
       

CHAMPIONS (3) Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai Dan Forsman Pro V1x
  Allianz Championship Corey Pavin Pro V1
  ACE Group Classic Kenny Perry Pro V1x
       

NATIONWIDE (1) Panama Claro Championship Edward Loar Pro V1x
       

SOUTH AFRICAN (2) Data Dimension Pro-Am Oliver Bekker Pro V1x
  Telkom PGA Championship Keith Horne Pro V1x
       

ASIAN (2) Zaykabar Myanmar Open Kieran Pratt Pro V1x
  ISPS Philippine Open Mardan Mamat Pro V1x
       

ONEASIA (0)      
       

JAPAN (0)      
       

AUSTRALASIAN (2) Victorian Open Scott Arnold Pro V1
  Adroit Insurance Group Victorian PGA Championship Garreth Paddison Pro V1
       

KOREAN (0)      
       

CANADIAN (0)      
       

CHINA (0)      
       



Last week we brought you Part 1 of an interview with Dan Stone, Vice President of Titleist Golf Club R&D, and Chris McGinley, Vice President of Titleist Golf Club Marketing. Dan and Chris sat down with Team Titleist to answer questions about the new Titleist AP1, AP2, CB and MB (712 Series) irons and this is the second instalment. Last week, we posted Part 1, which you can view at this link.

Check out Part 2 in the above video. Topics include:

• Pure Tungsten construction of AP irons
• New features of AP1 (712 Series) irons
• Playability of AP2 (712 Series) irons; and
• Forged vs. Cast irons (Look, sound and feel).

Stay tuned for Part 3 soon.

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