It's been an action-packed few days for the Titleist Tour Van at AT&T National, where the new prototype Titleist 913 drivers were unveiled to the PGA Tour Monday morning.

All hands are on deck for the start to Titleist's seeding and tour validation process, as our Titleist Tour Reps and R&D experts work with players to show, explain, fit and test the new drivers.

Three of our experts – Chris McGinley, V.P. of Golf Club Marketing; Stephanie Bezilla, Director of Metalwood Development; and Chris Tuten, Director of Tour Promotions – checked in with Team Titleist earlier in the week to discuss the new prototype 913 drivers, the seeding and tour validation process and their goals for the week at Congressional.

Hear what they had to say in the above video.

On The Range at The Irish Open

The popularity of golf in Ireland has been underlined this week, as the Irish Open has become the first regular season event on the European Tour to completely sell out for all four days.

The world renowned Royal Portrush Golf Club, opened in 1888, is widely recognised as one of the finest links courses on the planet. At 7,143 yards and playing to a par of 72, the course will be a stiff test for the players - especially when you throw in forecasted rain and high winds!

And the passion for golf amongst the Irish fans was acutely illustrated when huge crowds lined the fairways from the start of the week, just to view the practice rounds.

Local favourites Rory McIlroy and Michael Hoey were big draws for the crowds and they are sure to enjoy raucous support during the event.

Rory had spent Monday with Titleist Tour Technician Mattias Jelver at his home testing the prototype Titleist 913 Drivers. According to Mattias' feedback, the results were very positive!!!

To see more of Rory with the Titleist 913 driver and more images from the range, simply click on the image below.

And this week we are at....

If you haven't heard, the tour seeding and performance validation process for the new prototype Titleist 913 drivers is now under way.

It began early yesterday morning on the range at the AT&T National with the sound of Titleist Brand Ambassador Bobby Gates hitting a new prototype Titleist 913 driver for the the first time, his Pro V1x golf ball launching far down the range at Congressional Country Club.

Several other Titleist players, including S.Y. Noh, Jimmy Walker and Brendan Steele, also took their first swings with the new prototype 913 drivers Monday, our Titleist Tour Reps there to help them get dialed-in with their optimal shaft and SureFit Tour hosel setting.

Meanwhile, Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy took advantage of a nice day in Ireland to test his new prototype 913 driver with Titleist Tour Tech Mattias Jelver before getting ready to play in this week's Irish Open.

The buzz will get even louder Tuesday, as many more Titleist players arrive at Congressional, each with a new prototype 913 driver built to their specifications waiting for them in the Titleist Tour Van.

Take a look at Team Titleist's pictures from Monday's testing sessions in the slideshow below, and stay tuned for more pics, video and updates from Congressional.


Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman trusted a Pro V1x golf ball and bag of Titleist equipment to one of the year's best rounds Sunday at the Travelers Championship, shooting a final-round 8-under 62 to leap from behind and earn his first PGA Tour victory.

Leishman's breakthrough performance highlighted a five-win week for Titleist golf ball and equipment players around the world, including Pro V1x loyalist Brittany Lang's first-career win on the LPGA tour.

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now combined to win 84 times this season across the worldwide professional tours, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all other golf balls combined.

A total of 10,141 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 1,662 and more than all competitors combined.

On Sunday, Leishman rolled his Pro V1x in for eight birdies, including five in the first eight holes en route to an opening-nine 30. He didn't make a bogey, either, posting the lowest final round by a champion on the PGA Tour this season.

"Unbelievable.  It definitely hasn't sunk in yet. …," said Leishman, 28, the 2009 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

"People say that they don't know how they feel… But I really don't know how I feel.  It's amazing."

Leishman started the day six shots behind the leaders and finished his final round two hours earlier. In between, he was dialed in.

Playing a Titleist 910D3 driver, Leishman found 86 percent of fairways Sunday at TPC River Highlands. Gaming a mixed set of Titleist AP2 and MB irons, he hit just under 80 percent of greens in regulation. He totaled just 24 putts with his Scotty Cameron Prototype putter.

"Didn't hit too many bad ones today," Leishman said.

He finished with a 14-under 266 victory total, one shot ahead of Bubba Watson (Pro V1x) and Charley Hoffman (Pro V1), to lead a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist golf ball players.

Titleist Brand Ambassadors Brian Davis (Pro V1x) and Tim Clark (Pro V1) finished in a four-way tie for fourth that also included Pro V1 loyalist Roland Thatcher. Pro V1x loyalist Hunter Mahan shot a career-low 61 on Sunday and tied for 11th.

A total of 107 players in the field trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (40); sand, lob and approach wedges (132); and putters (62).

Leishman also became the ninth full product line Titleist Brand Ambassador to find the winner's circle on the 2012 PGA Tour, following wins by Steve Stricker (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Kyle Stanley (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Bill Haas (Northern Trust Open), Rory McIlroy (Honda Classic), Ben Curtis (Valero Texas Open), Jason Dufner (Zurich Classic, Byron Nelson Championship), Zach Johnson (Crowne Plaza Invitational) and Webb Simpson (U.S. Open).

In total, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have won 18 of the PGA Tour's first 27 events of the year. The nearest competitor has three wins.

Here's a closer look at Marc Leishman's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D3 7.5º (UST Axiv Core 79)
3-wood: Titleist 910F13.5º (Mitsubishi Diamana i'lima 80)
Irons: Titleist AP2 3-4, MB 5-9 (Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 48º, TVD54º, 58º (Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 M/S T10 Select Prototype

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• LPGA: Pro V1x loyalist Brittany Lang won the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic for her first LPGA Tour title, birdieing the par-5 18th three straight times to win a four-player sudden death playoff.

On the final hole, Lang blasted her Pro V1x to 6 feet from a greenside bunker and made the birdie putt.

"I'm just ecstatic, I can't believe I finally won, and to do it here was good," said Lang, who shot weekend 67s to finish at 16-under 268, tied with Hee Kyung Seo (Pro V1x) and two others.

Stacy Lewis (Pro V1x) and So Yeon Ryu (Pro V1) closed with matching 64s to tie for fifth, one shot out of the playoff. 

A total of 99 players relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined.



• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Mark Calcavecchia captured the Montreal Championship for his second-career Champions Tour title.

Calcavecchia matched the course record on Richelieu Valley's Vercheres Course with a final round 8-under par 64 that included six birdies and an eagle.

He finished the three rounds at 16-under 200 for a four-shot victory, playing his final 40 holes without a bogey.

"I only made two bogeys all week so I thought that playing this golf course all weekend without a bogey was pretty good," he said.


Calcavecchia was one of 58 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players in the field, more than six times the nearest competitor with nine and more than all other golf balls combined.


Titleist was also the choice of more players in the iron sets (21) and sand, lob and approach wedge (87) categories

• ASIAN/KOREA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Lee In-Woo (Pro V1) won the inaugural Volvik Hildesheim Open J Golf Series in Seoul for his first victory on the Asian Tour.

Lee closed with a final round four-under-par 68 to finish with a 12-under par 276 victory total. One of six third-round co-leaders, Thaworn Wiratchant (Pro V1x), closed with a 3-under par 69 to finish one shot behind Lee.

Titleist was the No. 1 ball at the event with 98 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also the choice of more players in the utility club, irons and wedge categories.

The event was co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Korean Golf Tour.

• JAPAN TOUR: It was a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist golf ball loyalists at the Mizuno Open, where Brad Kennedy (Pro V1x) closed with a 6-under par 66 to win his first tournament in Japan.

Kennedy finished at 17-under 271, three strokes clear Toshinori Muto (Pro V1) and Toru Taniguchi (Pro V1x). The victory earned Kennedy a place at next month's Open Championship.

 

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 84 victories around the world, compared to 12 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 (18) 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
  HP Byron Nelson Championship Jason Dufner Pro V1
  Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Zach Johnson Pro V1x
  THE U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP Webb Simpson Pro V1x
  The Travelers Championship Marc Leishman Pro V1x
       

EUROPEAN (14)  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
  Volvo World Match Play Championship Nicolas Colsaerts Pro V1x
  BMW PGA Championship Luke Donald Pro V1x
  Nordea Masters Lee Westwood Pro V1x
  Saint-Omer Open Darren Fichardt Pro V1x
       

LPGA (10) 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
  Sybase Match Play Championship Azahara Munoz Pro V1
  ShopRite LPGA Classic Stacy Lewis Pro V1x
  Wegman's LPGA Championship Shanshan Feng Pro V1x
  Manulife Financial LPGA Brittany Lang Pro V1x
       

CHAMPIONS (8) 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
  Senior PGA Championship Roger Chapman Pro V1
  Principal Charity Classic Jay Haas Pro V1
  Regions Tradition Tom Lehman Pro V1
  Montreal Championship Mark Calcavecchia Pro V1x
       

NATIONWIDE (6) 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
  The Rex Hospital Open James Hahn Pro V1x
  Mexico Open Lee Williams Pro V1x
       

SOUTH AFRICAN( 8) 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
  Lombard Insurance Classic Jake Roos Pro V1x
  Indio Zambia Bank Zambia Open Justin Harding Pro V1x
       

ASIAN (8) 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
  Queen's Cup Thaworn Wiratchant Pro V1x
  Volvik Hildesheim Open LEE In Woo Pro V1x
       

ONEASIA (1) Indonesia Open Nick Cullen Pro V1x
       
       

JAPAN (6) Tsuruya Open Hiroyuki Fujita Pro V1
  The Crowns I. J. Jang Pro V1x
  JPGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup Toru Taniguchi Pro V1x
  Totoumi Hamamatsu Open Jay Choi Pro V1x
  Diamond Cup Golf 2012 Hiroyuki Fujita Pro V1
  Gateway to the Open Mizuno Open Brad Kennedy 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 (1) The 7th Meritz Solmoro Open Jin Ho Choi Pro V1x
       

CANADIAN (1) Times Colonist Island Savings Open Andrew Roque Pro V1x
       

CHINA (0)      
       
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