Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Curtis
is off to an impressive start in 2012, having already earned four top-14 finishes including his victory a few weeks ago at the Valero Texas Open.

 It was in Texas that Ben also became the first player to find a PGA Tour winner's circle with a full set of new Titleist AP1 (712 Series) irons, the most forgiving model in the Titleist irons lineup. He led the field that week in Greens in Regulation (68.1 percent) at the always-demanding TPC San Antonio.

For the season, Ben has hit 71.53 percent of his greens in regulation (206/288), which ranks right among the PGA Tour's best.

Team Titleist members Mark M. and memphisunited recently sent in questions for Ben, looking to gain more insight into why he fits best into the Titleist AP1 model. We caught up with Ben last week at the Wells Fargo Championship to get his answer, which you can watch in the above video.

To learn more about the technology and R&D that goes in to the construction of the new AP1 irons, please click here.

Standing over his Titleist Pro V1x in the 18th fairway Sunday in a sudden-death playoff at the Wells Fargo Championship, Rickie Fowler took dead aim at the flagstick and his first PGA Tour victory.

 A confident swing sent his Pro V1x soaring from 133 yards toward a tricky pin position that had yielded only four birdies all day. The ball landed just below the hole, took two small hops, spun and stopped 4 feet, 3 inches from the cup.

Fowler sank the putt for birdie to emerge victorious in the all-Pro V1x playoff with Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points, leading a 1-through-8 finish for Titleist golf ball players on the final leader board: Webb Simpson (Pro V1x, 4th), Lee Westwood (Pro V1x, T-5), Ben Curtis (Pro V1x, T-5), Ryan Moore (Pro V1, T-5) and Nick Watney (Pro V1x, 8th).

"Playing against (Rory and D.A.), I know that they're going to make birdie at some point. And I don't want to sit there and try and make pars and stay in it. I had a good number, and I wanted to make birdie," said Fowler, who closed with a 3-under 69 to get into the playoff at 14-under 275.

"I had a good number, and I was aiming right of the hole with the wind coming out of the right, and if I hit a perfect shot, it comes down right on the stick … I hit a perfect shot at the right time."

Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now combined for 54 victories across the worldwide professional tours in 2012 – including Titleist Brand Ambassador Christiaan Basson's victory this weekend on the South African Sunshine Tour – more than seven times the nearest competitor with seven and more than all other golf balls combined.

A total of 6,585 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,062 and more than all competitors combined.

 Fowler's keys to success at Quail Hollow? Consistency and precision. He finished T-2 in Driving Accuracy (62.5 percent) and T-5 in Greens in Regulation (79.2 percent). As a results, Fowler rolled his Pro V1x in for 22 birdies over the 72 holes – not to mention his bonus birdie on the first playoff hole.

"Today I felt really good," Fowler said. "I think a lot of that comes from how well I struck the ball this week and how well I was swinging.  So I was able to go out and trust that I was making good swings and I knew that the ball was going to kind of take off in the right direction. That made it a lot easier for me today to sit back, relax and have some fun."

McIlroy, who returned to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking Sunday evening, also tied for fifth in Greens In Regulation (79.2 percent). He led the field in Driving Distance at 330.9 yards.

Points led the field in Greens in Regulation at 80.6 percent.

In total, 106 players in the field trusted Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than seven times the nearest competitor with seven and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (132); and putters (63).

• SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR: Five days after celebrating his 30th birthday, Titleist Brand Ambassador Christiaan Basson (Pro V1x) captured the Investec Royal Swazi Sun Open with a 50-point victory total in the Modified Stableford scoring event.

Basson edged fellow Pro V1x players Danie van Tonder and Desvonde Botes by one point at the Royal Swazi Golf Club to earn his third Sunshine Tour victory.

“This is great – I can’t tell you how much it means to me. I was so relieved when I sunk that last putt," said Basson. "My wedding is in just over a month, and I’m really looking forward to it. This does a fair amount for my stress levels."

Fifty of the 72 players in the field relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, more than two times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all other golf balls combined.

• EUROPEAN TOUR:  Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Reale Seguros Open de España with 92 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 24 and more than all competitors combined.

• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Runner-up Tom Lehman (Pro V1) was one of 55 players at the Insperity Championship relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, five times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (17); and sand lob and approach wedges (59).

• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist was the No. 1 golf ball of choice at the Stadion Classic at UGA with 108 players, more than six times the nearest competitor and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist also led the field in iron sets (45); sand, lob and approach wedges (159); and putters (56).

As the European Tour landed back in mainland Europe, it's been a mixed bag as far as the weather has been concerned - pouring rain earlier in the week, brightening up, before giving way to rain and high winds again on the first and second days of the tournament.

And when you add very fast greens, thick rough, soft fairways and a lot of water to the weather conditions, scoring is sure to be at a premium.

The Real Golf Club de Sevilla is a par 72, measuring 7,134 yards, opened in 1992 and designed by Pro V1x loyalist and European Ryder Cup Captain José Maria Olazábal.

At the time of writing, the cut is projected for +5, testament to the tough conditions. But Titleist ambassador Gregory Bourdy seems to have got a handle on conditions on the second day, carding a 66 to move to -5 and the solo lead. Fellow ambassador Matteo Manassero is in a share for second one shot back, with Titleist ball loyalists Robert Rock, Marcel Siem and Gary Orr right in the mix as well! It's sure to make interesting viewing over the weekend!

To view the slideshow, simply click on the image below:

The Titleist Tour Truck is back out in Seville after some changes

 

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 52 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 (13) 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
       

EUROPEAN (9)  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
       

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 (4) 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
       

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 (2) Tsuruya Open Hiroyuki Fujita Pro V1
  The Crowns I. J. Jang 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)      
       

 

Exciting news, Team Titleist: Golf's newest slapstick comedian is back with another knee-slapper.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane – a three-time PGA Tour winner and the star of recent smash Internet hits "Ben's Workout Routine" and "Ben On Pre Round" – premiered his latest episode Tuesday night on Golf Channel.

It's called "On Slow Play," and you can check it out now in the above video. (Just don't try any of it at your home course.)

And be sure to pay attention
, because Ben is going to quiz Team Titleist about the new video in an upcoming discussion board post.

Knowing the correct answer to his question could win you a cool prize. So check back with us soon…

For all of Ben's videos, head over to his Web site: www.bencranegolf.com.

Enjoy!

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