On The Range at The Scottish Open

It was another busy time for the Titleist Tour Team at the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness this week, as the process of seeding the new prototype Titleist 913 Driver continued.

And this was in addition to the usual weekly tasks of making sure that the majority of the field had their supplies of Titleist balls, FootJoy or Titleist gloves and access to the club workshop in the back of the Titleist Tour Truck.

The next round of fittings for the prototype Titleist 913 drivers carried out by Titleist Tour Technicians Phil Dimmock and Mattias Jelver included Titleist players Phil Price, Jamie Moul, Andrew Johnston, Lee Slattery, Matthew Southgate and Simon Thornton.

"We also did some work with Romain Wattel who wanted to look at some different shafts," explains Phil. "His gamer shaft is the Diamana Whiteboard 73X and this had been delivering good results when combined with the prototype 913D3 8.5 degree head.

"When we looked at four other options, it just gave us the reassurance that we had the optimum set up - when you are getting over 300 yards through the air, with the right flight and shape, you are in a great place!"

Seeding and tour validation of the new prototype Titleist 913 driver will continue around the world over the coming months and Team Titleist will keep you up to date with all the latest developments.

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

Welcome to the Scottish Open!

Momentum behind the tour seeding and validation process for the prototype Titleist 913 driver continued last week as Titleist players on the European Tour got their hands on product at the Alstom Open de France.

And as you will have seen on previous blog posts, 14 players stepped onto the first tee at Le Golf National on Thursday with the prototype Titleist 913 driver in the bag.

The list included George Coetzee, Matteo Manassero and Bernd Wiesberger. And the progress has continued this week as the Titleist Tour Team have worked with more players on the range at the Scottish Open (more to follow on that soon)!

Team Titleist was on hand to capture some of the initial reactions to the new prototype 913 drivers after some of the players had hit them for the first time. Hear what they had to say by clicking on the video below:



 

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 92 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 (19) 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
  Greenbrier Classic Ted Potter, Jr. Pro V1x
       

EUROPEAN (16)  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
  The Irish Open Jamie Donaldson Pro V1
  Alstom Open de France Marcel Siem Pro V1x
       

LPGA (11) 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
  U.S. WOMENS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP Na Yeon Choi Pro V1x
       

CHAMPIONS (9) 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
  Constellation Senior Players Championship Joe Daley Pro V1
       

WEB.COM (7) 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
  United Leasing Championship Peter Tomasullo 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 (7) 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
  Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup Kyoong-Hoon Lee 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 (2) Times Colonist Island Savings Open Andrew Roque Pro V1x
  Syncrude Boreal Open Corey Renfrew Pro V1x
       

CHINA (0)      
       

This weekend saw four winners on the world's major professional tours placing their trust in the unmatched performance of Titleist Pro V1x golf balls.

And it was major success for Pro V1x loyalist Na Yeon Choi of Korea, as she finished with a 7-under par 281 victory total to capture the U.S. Women's Open by four shots at Blackwolf Run.  The win marks the first major championship and sixth career LPGA Tour title for the 24-year-old South Korean star.  Fellow Pro V1x loyalist Amy Yang, also from South Korea, closed with a 1-under 71 to finish runner-up.  Choi and Yang were the only players to finish the tournament under par.


The 2012 US Women's Open Champion - Na Yeon Choi

Choi is the fourth South Korea player to win the event in the five years, following Inbee Park (2008), Eun-Hee Ji (2009) and So Yeon Ryu (2011).

Na Yeon Choi holds aloft her Pro V1x golf ball

Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 108 (69%) of the 156-player field, nine times the nearest competitor with 12.

And on the PGA Tour, a thrilling all-Titleist-Pro V1x playoff was required to separate Ted Potter Jr and Troy Kelly at the Greenbrier Classic. Potter overcame a four-stroke deficit with four holes to play, finishing with his second straight 6-under 64 to match Kelly at 16-under 264.  Potter made long putts for a birdie at No. 15 and an eagle at No. 17, and his 5-footer for birdie at No. 18 tied Kelly to force a playoff. And on the third extra hole Potter converted a four foot birdie putt to secure the win.

Ted Potter Jr after his playoff win at the Greenbrier Classic

Nine of the 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

Potter, Kelly and Travelers Championship winner and Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman qualified for the British Open based on their recent performances.

Potter holes out with his Pro V1x golf ball on the way to victory

Potter finished second on the Web.com Tour money list last year to advance to the PGA TOUR.  With the win he gets a two-year exemption.  Kelly underwent hip-replacement surgery in September 2010 after being diagnosed with arthritis. He resumed playing golf five months later and was 11th in Web.com Tour winnings last year.  

The seeding process of the new Titleist 913 drivers continued for the second week at the Greenbrier Classic with 13 players putting it in play, including five first-timers: Greg Chalmers (913D2), Harrison Frazar (913D2), Hunter Haas (913D2), Matt Jones (910D3) and club professional David Hutsell (913D2).  Martin Flores was the top 913 finisher this week, posting a solo 6th finish relying upon the 913D3 (9.5).

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Greenbrier Classic field of 156 in the golf ball category with 101, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 17.

Elsewhere, on the European Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Marcel Siem claimed his second career European Tour title, winning the Alstom Open de France by one shot following a final round 4-under par 67.  

The 2012 Open de France champion

Siem's previous win came at the 2004 Dunhill Championship. The victory at Le Golf National gains Marcel a place in next week's Open Championship with the win.  

Marcel Siem splashes his Pro V1x out of the bunker on his way to victory in France

Fellow Pro V1x loyalists Ian Poulter and David Howell were among three players who tied for 4th place, three shots behind the champion.

This was the first week of the new Titleist 913 driver seeding process on the European Tour where 14 players put it in the bag, including Titleist ambassadors George Coetzee and Matteo Manassero. To see more details on the seeding process, simply click here.

Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 95 (61%) of the 156-player field, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21.

Finally, a closing round 7-under 65 was enough to give Japan Tour rookie and Pro V1x loyalist Kyoung-Hoon Lee his first tour victory at the Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup 2012.  Lee birdied the final two holes to win by two strokes at 19-under 269.

As reported yesterday, the Tour seeding of Titleist’s new 913 drivers in Europe began Monday at the Open de France and Team Titleist was on hand to record the buzz and excitement from players and the Tour Team alike.

As Titleist ambassadors went through the process of seeding the prototype 913D2 and 913D3 drivers, generating data and providing feedback, the Titleist Tour Team made sure each player was properly dialled in to the optimum specifications.

The process continued into the afternoon on Tuesday and again from early on Wednesday morning - as the likes of Bernd Wiesberger, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Tjaart Van Der Walt, Romain Wattel, Gregory Bourdy, Brett Rumford and Ken Ferrie spent time with Titleist Tour Technicians Phil and Mattias.

All of this is an essential element in Titleist's performance validation process - ensuring that the best products are brought to market.

Take a look at Team Titleist's images from Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday's testing sessions in the slideshow below, and stay tuned for more pics, video and updates.

Click on the image below to start the slideshow:

Titleist ambassador Tjaart Van Der Walt eases into his shot with the prototype Titleist 913 driver

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