Slamming in a putt for birdie on the last hole to seal victory at the Ballantine's Championship, Bernd Wiesberger demonstrated that he can practice what he preaches.

Team Titleist caught up with Bernd earlier in the season, ahead of his maiden European Tour victory in Korea, to capture a putting drill from the amiable Austrian.

And clearly the drill has paid dividends - Bernd averaged just 27.8 putts per round for the tournament! And that on fast greens!

To find out what Bernd has been focusing on, simply click on the image below:


Built on a foundation of not dropping a shot in the last 59 holes, Titleist ambassador Bernd Wiesberger secured his maiden European Tour victory at The Ballantine's Championship in Soeul, Korea.

The Ballantine's Championship 2012 Winner - Titleist Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger

And thrown in for good measure were a large number of gained shots as Bernd's putting was on fire thanks to his Scotty Cameron Select Fastback putter and a very silky putting stroke.

The winning putt goes in!

Back-to-back course record-equalling rounds of 65 meant that the amiable Austrian went into the final round with a five shot lead. And Bernd didn't allow that form to dip as he fired a 4-under 68 final round for an 18-under total of 270 and victory by five shots.

What's In Bernd's Bag? Pro V1x, 910 D3 driver, 910F fairway, CB irons (4-P), AP2 3-iron, Vokey Design SM4 approach, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Select Fastback putter.

Let the celebrations commence

“I just tried to enjoy it and I had the three best rounds of my life,” said Wiesberger. “I tried not to make bogeys and I did that pretty well, it was awesome."

“My game plan was to hit as many greens as possible and try to make putts, and they dropped in the end."

Fellow Titleist ambassador Victor Dubuisson (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, 910F fairway  metal, 910H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport putter) finished tied for third after a 6-under 66 final round, continuing his good form after returning from injury at the end of last season.

Continued good form for Victor Dubuisson

Titleist was the overwhelming ball of choice at The Ballantine's Championship with 91 players, compared to 19 for the nearest competitor.

On the PGA Tour it was also a first win for another Titleist ambassador Jason Dufner, as he won out in a sudden-death playoff at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with a birdie at the second extra hole.

Jason Dufner holds aloft the Zurich Classic of New Orleans trophy

Dufner (Pro V1 golf ball, 910D2 driver, 910F and 906F2 fairway metals, 910H hybrid, AP2 (4-PW) irons, Vokey Design SM4 sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron prototype putter) closed with a 2-under 70 at TPC Louisiana to get into the playoff and victory saw him go one better than his playoff performances at last year's Waste Management Pheonix Open and PGA Championship.

Of the 12 players who finished tied for 10th or better at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, nine trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success. Indeed, Titleist was also the overwhelming ball of choice at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with 101 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 20.

Elsewhere, on the LPGA Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis fired four rounds in the 60s (68-67-67-69) on her way to a one-shot victory at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. The win marks the second LPGA Tour title for Lewis, who made her first LPGA crown a major at the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Meanwhile, on the Japan Tour, it was another Pro V1x loyalist who ran out victorious, as Korea's I. J. Jang came from behind to capture the Crowns Tournament. Jang fired his second consecutive 4-under 66 to finish at 8-under 272, two shots clear of two players, including fellow Pro V1x loyalist Steven Conran of Australia.

Continuing it's Asian leg, the European Tour moved onto Korea this week for the Ballantine's Championship held at the Blackstone Golf Club in Seoul.

Opened in 2009, Blackstone Golf Club has tight tree-lined fairways with lots of water hazards over 7,302 yards against a par of 72.

And as has been the case at a number of European Tour events this year, the weather has come to the fore to make conditions even more challenging! Thick fog affected practice days, followed up immediately by heavy rain.

But conditions calmed down for the second round and Titleist staffer Bernd Wiesberger took full advantage, adding a second round 7-under 65 to his opening level par round to take a one shot lead.

Staffer Bernd Wiesberger plays an approach shot during his second round 65

And fellow Titleist ambassador Oscar Floren also fired a strong second round 67 to move to 5-under and into solo third place. Let's hope both continue that form over the weekend!

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Making sure you're kept on the right track at the Ballantines Championship



Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Curtis’
win last week at the Valero Texas Open was the first on the PGA Tour by a player using a full set of Titleist AP1 irons. AP1 irons are the most forgiving model in the Titleist irons lineup, with key improvements in the latest generation (712 Series) adding forgiveness without sacrificing shot control.

 AP1 irons are more forgiving because of their efficient, high MOI design that utilises a high density tungsten sole weight inside the lower cavity of the stainless steel body. The use of pure tungsten (17 g/cc) allows for a more optimum weight distribution, increasing MOI while maintaining the blade length. This translates to more consistent ball speed over a wider area of the clubface for improved distance control with the same workability as prior generation AP1 irons.

"For me it's all about performance, what are my misses like?" says Curtis, who ranked first in Greens in Regulation at the Valero Texas Open. "The AP1s are more forgiving so they give you a little more room for error."

Appearance improvements to the AP1 irons include a new beveled topline and smoother hosel blend for a traditional shape with a more precise address profile. The AP1 irons also feature progressive blade lengths throughout the set for a confidence-inspiring look in the longer irons and increased playability in the shorter irons.

For more information about the technology behind the AP1 irons, be sure to check out the above video.  And to advance your game with the new AP1 irons, please visit an authorised Titleist fitting partner.

Standing on the tee of a testing par 3, distance to the pin, distance to clear a hazard and strength of wind are all assessments that a touring pro's caddy has to be able to make in a heartbeat. Is it a six iron or a seven iron to get to the top tier.

We are giving Team Titleist members the chance to experience the role of a touring pro's caddy by offering one winner the opportunity to caddy for Titleist brand ambassador Rafa Cabrera-Bello in the Pro-Am at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on 23 May, 2012.

You will pick up Rafa's bag, make sure he has all of the balls, tees, gloves, drinks, snacks and other items he needs to be able to compete at the highest level (although his caddy will be on hand to give you some tips!).

Entry form closes at 11.59pm on 2 May 2012.

To enter, simply click on the image above!

Good luck!

Complete rules

THE FOLLOWING PROMOTION IS APPLICABLE TO THE UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND ONLY AND SHALL ONLY BE CONSTRUED AND EVALUATED ACCORDING TO ENGLISH LAW. DO NOT ENTER THIS PROMOTION IF YOU ARE NOT LEGALLY RESIDENT IN THESE COUNTRIES AT TIME OF ENTRY.

 

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