Amazing What You Find......

It's amazing what you find when you go for a nose around the warehouse at Titleist's European HQ in St Ives in Cambridgeshire - so Team Titleist did just that. And guess what we found.......

A pallet at the far end of the warehouse housed a number of large boxes with the names of Titleist tour ambassadors on them.

The likes of Soren Hansen, Brett "Rummy" Rumford, Lee "Slatts" Slattery, Phil Price, Tano Goya, recent winner Bernd Wiesberger........

.....Gregory Bourdy and Rafa Cabrera-Bello amongst others.

Making sure no-one was about, we opened one of the boxes and pulled out.....

....George Coetzee's new Titleist Staff Bag!

All of the new staff bags will be given to players for the first time at the BMW PGA Championships next week and we thought Team Titleist members would like a sneek peek!

The new bags will be available at retail from next month.

We had a phenomenal response to our recent Team Titleist sweepstakes to win the chance to caddy for Titelist ambassador Rafa Cabrera-Bello in the pro-am at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth next Wednesday.

And from all the entries, we are delighted to announce that Keith Belshaw of Northumberland was the lucky Team Titleist member drawn as our winner.

Keith and a guest will be given a tour of the Titleist Tour Truck on Tuesday afternoon, before being introduced to Rafa and his caddy Mike - Batty to his friends. And on Wednesday afternoon, it will be Team Titleist member Keith who picks up Rafa's new Titleist staff bag as they tee off in the shotgun start pro-am.

Team Titleist will be on hand to take plenty of pictures and some video, so that all members can share the experience.

If you have any questions for Keith about his round on Rafa's bag, just post them below and we will get as many answered as possible!

Keep your eyes peeled for more fantastic Team Titleist sweepstakes over the coming weeks!

We also had five runners up who won a dozen Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls. They were:

  • Steve Leahy - Epsom
  • Stephen Cotter - Bicester
  • Brian McKenna - Dublin
  • David Todd - Leicester
  • Colin Mavor - Kilrenny

Congratulations to our winner and runners ups!

 

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 57 victories around the world, compared to 7 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 (14) 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
  Valero Texas Open Ben Curtis Pro V1x
  Zurich Classic of New Orleans Jason Dufner Pro V1
  Wells Fargo Championship Rickie Fowler Pro V1x
       

EUROPEAN (10)  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
  Maybank Malaysian Open Louis Oosthuizen Pro V1x
  Ballantine's Championship Bernd Wiesberger Pro V1x
  Madeira Islands Open Ricardo Santos Pro V1x
       

LPGA (6) 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
  Mobile Bay LPGA Classic Stacy Lewis Pro V1x
       

CHAMPIONS (4) Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai Dan Forsman Pro V1x
  Allianz Championship Corey Pavin Pro V1
  ACE Group Classic Kenny Perry Pro V1x
  Encompass Insurance Pro-Am of Tampa Bay Michael Allen Pro V1x
       

NATIONWIDE (4) Panama Claro Championship Edward Loar Pro V1x
  Chile Classic Paul Haley II Pro V1x
  Soboba Classic Andres Gonzales Pro V1x
  TPC Stonebrae Championship Alex Aragon Pro V1x
       

SOUTH AFRICAN( 6) Data Dimension Pro-Am Oliver Bekker Pro V1x
  Telkom PGA Championship Keith Horne Pro V1x
  Platinum Classic Jake Roos Pro V1x
  Golden Pilsner Zimbabwe Open Chris Swanepoel Pro V1x
  Investec Royal Swazi Open Christiaan Basson Pro V1x
  Vodacom Origins of Golf - Simola Event Ryan Cairns Pro V1x
       

ASIAN (6) 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
  CIMB NIAGA Indonesian Masters Lee Westwood Pro V1x
       

ONEASIA (1) Indonesia Open Nick Cullen Pro V1x
       
       

JAPAN (3) Tsuruya Open Hiroyuki Fujita Pro V1
  The Crowns I. J. Jang Pro V1x
  JPGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup Toru Taniguchi Pro V1x
       
       

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)      
       

Santos Excels on Home Soil

Titleist ambassador Ricardo Santos clearly enjoyed being on (nearly) home soil as became the first Portuguese player to win a European Tour event in Portugal at the weekend at the Madeira Islands Open.

Santos, 29, is a graduate from the 2011 Challenge Tour and certainly made his mark on his first full season on the European Tour, as he cruised to victory with a tournament record of 22-under for a 266 victory total.

“To win my first European Tour event in my own country is very special. The putt on the 17th was unbelievable, and I knew then that victory was mine," said Santos.

“It was a sensational round – definitely the best of my career. It was amazing to have the crowds here supporting me. It would be difficult to imagine a better win than this."

Ricardo was four shots clear of runner-up Magnus Carlsson (Pro V1x), and another shot better than Andreas Hartø (Pro V1x), making it a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalists.  In fact, 9 of the top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

What's in Ricardo Santos' Bag?: Pro V1x golf ball, 910D3 driver (8.5), 910H hybrid (17), AP2 (3-5)/MB (6-P) irons, Vokey Design SM4 gap (52), sand (56) and lob (60) wedges.

Titleist was the overwhelming ball of choice at the Madeira Islands Open with 118 players, more than seven times more than the nearest competitor with 16.

On the Japan Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Toru Taniguchi went wire-to-wire en route to capturing the JPGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup.  Taniguchi finished the major championship with a 4-under 284 victory total, one of only two players to finish under par, and one shot clear of his nearest competitor.

And there was a third win of the weekend for Titleist ball players on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa, Pro V1x loyalist Ryan Cairns closed with a course-record-tying 10-under par 62 to set the clubhouse target in the final round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf. Cairns still had to produce a brilliant chip-in for eagle to top fellow Titleist golf ball loyalist Vaughn Groenewald (Pro V1) on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.

Elsewhere, on the PGA Tour, two Titleist ambassadors and two Pro V1x loyalists tied as runners up at the Players' Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

Ambassadors Zach Johnson (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, 910F fairway metal, 909F2 fairway metal, 909H hybrid, AP1/AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching, sand and lob wedges) and Ben Curtis (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, 910H hybrids, AP1 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled gap and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2) were joined by Rickie Fowler and Martin Laird, finishing at 11-under for a 277 total.

Eight of the 11 players who finished among the top 10 and tied relied upon Titleist for their success.

Titleist was the overwhelming ball of choice at the Players' Championship with 93 players, compared to 17 for the nearest competitor.

This week the European Tour has arrived on Madeira - one of the more remote stops on tour and certainly not one that the Titleist Tour Truck can get to.

The spectacular Clube do Golfe do Santo da Serra has some of the most breathtaking views of any of the venues that are visited on the European Tour. At 6,825 yards, it is not the longest track, but it does present a tricky par of 72 - made more difficult by the winds at sucj high altitude.

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

There are some stunning views across the course - just breath-taking!

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