Fresh from his playoff drama at The Masters last weekend, Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen travelled to Malaysia for the Maybank Malaysia Open at the Kuala Lumpur G&CC and showed that he is focused on each and every round he plays - posting a 6-under 66 to be just two shots off the lead after the first round.

Also in the mix after round one are Titleist ambassadors Rafa Cabrera Bello, Romain Wattel and Prom Meesawat at 5-under, 4-under and 4-under respectively. As you'll see in the slideshow, Romain has overcome his jet lag from earlier in the week!!

Titleist golf ball loyalists Antonio Lascuna (Philippines), Ricardo Gonzalez (Argentina) and Gaurav Ghei (India) will be hoping for continued good form for the remaining three days after posting first round 67, 68 and 68 respectively.

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

Welcome to the Kuala Lumpur G&CC - venue of the Maybank Malaysian Open

Sunday evening at Augusta National, with the world watching and his Titleist Pro V1x surrounded by pine straw, leaves, patrons and trees to the right of the 10th fairway, Bubba Watson settled in to hit the shot of his life.

"Before I even got to my ball, I was already looking at the gap (in the trees)…," he said. "I saw how everybody was standing… And they gave me a perfect line for the draw."

He couldn't see the flag, but that didn't matter. As long as he made the proper swing, Watson knew exactly how his Pro V1x golf ball would perform.

And the execution was perfect: His Pro V1x launched through that gap, making a hard right curve around the trees. It hooked about 40 yards in all, landing softly on the putting surface, inside 15 feet from the hole.

 Fans everywhere reacted as if a magician had just pulled Amen Corner out of his hat. 

Two putts later, Watson was a major and Masters champion, officially winning with a par on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with former Open champ and fellow Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen

Watson closed with a 4-under 68, dropping in his Pro V1x for consecutive birdies on Nos. 13-16 to tie Oosthuizen at 10-under 278. Oosthuizen posted a final-round 69, which included the Masters' first double-eagle on the par-5 second hole, his Pro V1x #4 finding the hole from 260 yards.

"It feels – it's just – I've never had a dream go this far… so I can't really say it's a dream come true," Watson said of his fourth-career PGA Tour victory.

"I don't even know what happened on the back nine," he said, sitting in the Masters media center. "I know I made bogey on 12 and then I birdied four holes in a row.  Nervous on every shot, every putt. Went into a playoff.  I got in these trees and hit a crazy shot that I saw in my head and somehow I'm here talking to you with a green jacket on."

Watson's victory highlighted a three-win week for Titleist Pro V1x players around the world, including wins by Andres Gonzales (Nationwide Tour) and Scott Hend (Asian Tour). 

Titleist golf ball players have combined for 41 wins to date in 2012, more than six times the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined.

 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have also won 11 out of the PGA Tour's first 16 events to start the season.

In total, 4,600 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in events across the worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 707 and more than all other golf balls combined.

"You don't play the ball if you don't have confidence in it," Watson, who finished T-4 in Greens in Regulation (73.6 percent) for the week, has told Team Titleist.

"If it doesn't feel good to you then you're not going to perform well. For me it's been 20 years and it's still performing well."

The soft feel, higher trajectory and spin characteristics of the Pro V1x give Watson the confidence necessary to work the ball and execute his highly-creative, now world-famous shots, allowing him to land the ball softer and stop it quicker on the PGA Tour's firm greens.

"If the ball doesn't feel right in your hands it's going to be harder to spin," he said, "it's just not going to feel good and it's going to be harder to hit one close."

Watson was one of 53 players at Augusta National that relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (26); sand, lob and approach wedges (91); and putters (29).

Six out of the top 10 players on the final leader board were Titleist golf ball players, including including Lee Westwood (Pro V1x, T-3), Ian Poulter (Pro V1x, 7th), Padraig Harrington (Pro V1x, T-8) and Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott (Pro V1x, T-8). 

 

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 41 victories around the world, compared to 6 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 (11) 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
  Transitions Championship Luke Donald Pro V1x
  Shell Houston Open Hunter Mahan Pro V1x
  THE MASTERS Bubba Watson Pro V1x
       

EUROPEAN (7)  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
  Open de Andalucia Julien Quesne Pro V1x
  Trophée Hassan II Michael Hoey Pro V1x
       

LPGA (5) Honda LPGA Thailand Yani Tseng Pro V1x
  HSBC Women's Champions Angela Stanford Pro V1
  RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup Yani Tseng Pro V1x
  Kia Classic Yani Tseng Pro V1x
  Kraft Nabisco Championship Sun Young Yoo 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 (3) Panama Claro Championship Edward Loar Pro V1x
  Chile Classic Paul Haley II Pro V1x
  Soboba Classic Andres Gonzales Pro V1x
       

SOUTH AFRICAN (3) Data Dimension Pro-Am Oliver Bekker Pro V1x
  Telkom PGA Championship Keith Horne Pro V1x
  Platinum Classic Jake Roos Pro V1x
       

ASIAN (5) Zaykabar Myanmar Open Kieran Pratt Pro V1x
  ISPS Philippine Open Mardan Mamat Pro V1x
  Handa Faldo Cambodian Classic David Lipsky
Pro V1x
  Panasonic Indonesia Open Digvijay Singh Pro V1x
  ISPS Handa Singapore Open Scott Hend Pro V1x
       

ONEASIA (1) Indonesia Open Nick Cullen
Pro V1x
       
       

JAPAN (0)      
       

AUSTRALASIAN (3) Victorian Open Scott Arnold Pro V1
  Adroit Insurance Group Victorian PGA Championship Garreth Paddison Pro V1
  New Zealand Pro-Am Championship Mike Hendry Pro V1x
       

KOREAN (0)      
       

CANADIAN (0)      
       

CHINA (0)      
       

Question: What do Titleist Brand Ambassadors Webb Simpson, Kyle Stanley, Scott Stallings and Brendan Steele have in common – besides all of their last names beginning with the letter "S?"

Answer: They are all making their Masters debuts this week, each having won for the first time last year on the PGA Tour.

So, what's it like to find an invitation to the Masters in your mailbox?

Team Titleist caught up with Webb and Scott recently to talk about their tickets down Magnolia Lane and what they've learned from their early practice rounds at Augusta National.

See what they had to say in the above video.

This week marks the fifth anniversary of Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson's trip to Butler Cabin to accept the green jacket as 2007 Masters champion.

Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag of Titleist equipment, Zach birdied three of his final six holes that Sunday at a gusty Augusta National for a closing 3-under 69 and two-shot victory over some of golf's biggest names.

Later that evening in the Masters media center, Zach delivered what would become one of the Masters' more memorable lines: "I'm Zach Johnson from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. That's about it. I'm a normal guy."

Team Titleist recently caught up with the "normal guy" to talk about his extraordinary feat and the confidence he had in his golf ball and equipment coming down the stretch on golf's most pressure-packed day – especially on his second shot into No. 11, which players in a recent Sports Illustrated survey ranked as the "hardest shot' at Augusta National.

Check it out in the above video.

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