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Posted: July 30, 2012
Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Piercy led a five-win week for Titleist golf ball players, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment to capture the RBC Canadian Open for his second career PGA TOUR victory.
Joining Scott in the winners' circle, Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger topped the leaderboard at the European Tour's Lyoness Open and became the first player to win on golf’s worldwide professional tours using a Titleist 913 prototype driver.
And keeping the momentum going strong for the prototype 913 drivers, Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Kohles also relied on a Titleist 913D3 prototype driver to triumph in his very first professional start at the Web.com Tour's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational.
Additional wins on the South African and China PGA tours rounded out the successful weekend.
PGA TOUR: Scott Piercy shot four rounds in the 60s at Hamilton Golf and Country Club to edge two players by one shot, including Pro V1 loyalist Robert Garrigus. The 33-year-old Piercy, who fired a record-setting 8-under par 62 in the first round of the tournament, posted a 17-under 263, tying the 72-hole tournament scoring record. The long hitter followed his opening round 62 with three consecutive 67's, navigating his way strategically around the tight Hamilton Golf and Country Club track, hitting his AP2 4-iron off many tees.
In the final round Piercy made four consecutive birdies on hole Nos. 2-5. He bogeyed No. 8 as well as No. 14, but a bounce-back, chip-in for birdie at No. 15 ultimately provided the single shot margin he needed for the win.
Next week Piercy won't be able to defend his first career win, the Reno-Tahoe Open (which he won last year), because it is held opposite the World Golf Championships at Firestone Country Club, an event he qualified for with his win in Canada. With the win, Piercy also qualifies for the PGA Championship a week later.
Here's a closer look at Scott Piercy's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: Titleist 910D2 7.5º (Diamana Blue 63) Irons: Titleist AP2 (4) and 690 (5-9) (Dynamic Gold) Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 49º, 53º, 57º,60º (Dynamic Gold) Putter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo
Three players tied for 4th place, including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Bud Cauley and Chris Kirk, as well as Pro V1x loyalist Josh Teater. Cauley and Kirk each relied upon the Pro V1x golf ball and new 913 prototype drivers among their full bags of Titleist equipment. All three players posted top 10 performances at last week's True South Classic as well, with Cauley finishing 4th, Teater placing 9th and Kirk tying for 10th.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Canadian Open field of 156 in the golf ball category with 103 (66%), nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 15. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (39), wedge (141) and putter (60) categories.
A total of 33 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 16 new 913D3 (11) and 913D2 (5) models.
Statistically, Piercy finished among the top 10 in six different categories, including Eagles (1st/2), Birdies (T3/20), Strokes Gained Putting (4th/1.789), Putts Per Round (T7/27.8), Putts Per Greens in Regulation (T9/1.688) and Driving Distance (9th/311.3).
With his win at the RBC Canadian Open, Piercy joins fellow Titleist full product line ambassadors 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, John Deere Classic), Webb Simpson (U.S. Open), Marc Leishman (Travelers Championship) and Scott Stallings (True South Classic) in the Titleist Winners' Circle.
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EUROPEAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger called it "the best day of my life so far," after firing a final round 7-under par 65 to capture the Lyoness Open on home soil. The 26-year old Austrian converted a dramatic 30-foot putt for birdie on the final hole to post a 19-under par 269 victory total, topping two players by three shots, including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Thomas Levet.
Wiesberger, who closed with a 6-under par 30 over the final nine holes, is the second Austrian to win his national Open. It also marks his second career European Tour victory, which comes just three months after his first win at the Ballantine’s Championship.
With this win, Wiesberger also becomes the first player to win on the worldwide professional tours with the new Titleist 913 driver. In fact, it was a 1-2 finish for players relying upon the 913, as Levet tied for 2nd, also trusting the 913D3. It was just the second event that Weisberger and Levet played the new 913 drivers in competition. They both put it in their bags the first week it was available to European Tour players at the Scottish Open.
What's in Bernd Wiesberger's Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: Titleist 913D3 prototype 7.5º (Aldila RIP a 80) Fairway Metal: 910F 13.5º Irons: Titleist AP2 (2) and CB (3-P) (Project X Steel) Wedge: Vokey Design Spin Milled 54º(Dynamic Gold) Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 60º(Dynamic Gold) Putter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo
Titleist had a total of 34 drivers in play, including a combined 14 of the new 913D3 (12) and 913D2 (2) prototype models. Among the participants putting in play for the first time were Michael Jonzon (913D3/8.5) and Ricardo Santos (913D2/8.5).
Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 100 players (69%) in the 144-player Lyoness Open field, more than six times the nearest competitor with 15.
WEB.COM TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Kohles won the Web.com Tour's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in his first professional start, topping Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Luke Guthrie by converting a 22-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole. Kohles also birdied two of the final three holes of regulation to close with a 1-under 70, matching Guthrie's 12-under 272 total on Ohio State's Scarlet Course. Guthrie birdied three of the last five holes in regulation for a final round 66.
Kohles relied on the Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment for his success, including the new 913D3 prototype driver the first time he played it in competition.
What's in Ben Kohles Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: Titleist 913D3 prototype 9.5º Fairway Metal: Titleist 910F 13.5º Hybrid: Titleist 910H 17º Irons: Titleist CB (3-P) Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 52º, 58º Putter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo
One of 12 college All-Americans invited to the event, the 22-year old Kohles, who played at the University of Virginia, turned pro after finishing his amateur career last week in the Porter Cup. Guthrie was also an All-American at the University of Illinois.
"It's absolutely a dream come true," said Kohles, the first player to win an event on the tour in his pro debut. "What more can you ask for in your first pro event than to win? It's still a bit of shock and I'm not sure it's all sunk in yet."
Kohles moves into 13th place on the Web.com Tour money list. The final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational field of 144 in the golf ball category with 101 (70%), more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (49), wedge (169) and putter (54) categories.
A total of 41 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 25 who chose the new 913D3 (19) and 913D2 (6) models.
SOUTH AFRICA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Allan Versfeld (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) went from a three-shot deficit to a three-shot victory at the Vodacom Origins of Golf. Versfeld carded a final round 5-under par 67 en route to an 18-under par 198 victory total to claim his maiden victory on the Sunshine Tour. Ockie Strydom, who led the tournament through the first two rounds, posted a runner-up finish three shots behind Versfeld, followed by fellow Pro V1x loyalist Keith Horne.
Five players tied for fourth, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jbe Kruger and Shaun Norris, as seven of the top eight finishers relied upon a Pro V1x golf ball for their success.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 72 in the golf ball category with 50 (69%), more than twice the nearest competitor with 19.
CHINA: Pro V1 x Loyalist Xin Jun Zhang of China won the China PGA Champions Tour Shandong event by one shot after converting an eight-foot par putt on the 72nd hole. Zhang posted a final round 3-under 69 and 1-under par 287 victory total to secure his second career win on the China PGA Champions Tour, with his first coming in January at the Hainan event. Pro V1x loyalist Wei Hai Kong finished alone in 3rd, two shots behind Zhang, while Wei Huang Wu (Pro V1x) was among three players who tied for 4th place.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 130 in the golf ball category with 91 (70%), more than four times the nearest competitor with 20.
LPGA: Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Evian Masters field of 111 in the golf ball category with 75 (68%), more than seven times the nearest competitor with 10.
How many players have the new 2013 ball in play? Has the tour take up been good?
wrote on January 22, 2013
Hi Ian - last week in Abu Dhabi there were 32 of the 75 Titleist ball players that put either the 2013 Pro V1 or Pro V1x into play. That was the first week on the European Tour that the balls were issued, so a 42% conversion rate first week was a good validation of the performance of the 2013 Pro V1 / Pro V1x golf balls.
NeilJ, Team Titleist Manager
wrote on January 23, 2013
Wow, did most stay with there original flavour or did many change form v1x - v1 or vice versa?
wrote on January 23, 2013
Most stayed with the model they had used in the previous generation models as far as I am aware. Many of the others are testing currently, but looking to get feedback in a variety of conditions - early in the week in Abu Dhabi was very windy.
NeilJ, Team Titleist Manager
wrote on January 23, 2013