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Posted: October 22, 2012
Pro V1 loyalist Bo Van Pelt with the ISPS Handa Perth International trophy
This weekend's results were topped by a 1-2-3-4 finish for Titleist golf ball loyalists at the ISPS Handa Perth International Golf Championship, while Titleist ball players recorded a further four wins around the globe.
European Tour / Australasian Tour: At the co-sanctioned ISPS Handa Perth International, Titleist golf ball players finished in the top four spots, as Pro V1 loyalist Bo Van Pelt claimed a two shot victory with a 16-under 272 total.
Titleist Brand Ambassasdor Jason Dufner (Pro V1, 910D2 driver, 906F2 fairway metal, AP2 irons, Vokey wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) finished second at 14-under 274, while Pro V1x loyalist Alejandro Canizares finished third, a further three shots back.
Titleist ambassador Jason Dufner launches a drive down 15
Fellow Pro V1x loyalist Michael Hendry of New Zealand was fourth at 9-under 279, as Titleist golf ball players occupied seven of the top 10 places on the leaderboard.
Pro V1x loyalist Michael Hendry plays his way to fourth place
A total of 102 players in the field played Titleist golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19.
Asian Tour: A dramatic birdie on the final hole of regulation play was enough to put Pro V1x loyalist Thaworn Wiratchant into a playoff at the 2012 Hero Indian Open at KGA Golf Club in Bangalore, India. A final round 5-under 66, and a bogey at the first playoff hole, was enough to secure Wiratchant's third win on the Asian Tour in 2012.
Pro V1x lyalist Shiv Kapur finished fourth at 12-under 272, while Asian Tour rookie and Titleist brand ambassador Arnond Vongvanij (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 910F fairway metals, 909H hybrid, CB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled/SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron Red X Putter) closed with a final round 2-under 69 to finish in a tie for fifth place at 10-under 274 and secure his card for 2013.
Titleist was the overwhelming ball of choice in with 105 players, five times the nearest competitor with 21.
Japan Tour: Pro V1x loyalist Toru Taniguchi successfully defended his title at the Bridgestone Open in dramatic style, holing his 110-yard third shot on the par-5 18th for eagle!
Taniguchi closed with a 5-under 66 for a 12-under 272 total to claim his second win of the season and 19th-career JGTO title.
Titleist golf balls were the most played at the event held at Sodegaura Country Club.
Korean Tour / OneAsia Tour: Titleist Brand Ambassador DaeSub Kim (Pro V1, 913D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrids, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2 Mid) fired a final round 2-under 69 to win the Kolon Korea Open at WooJeong Hills Country Club for his second victory of the season.
Kim, only recently discharged from 20 months of military service, finished at 5-under 279 for a two-shot victory over fellow Brand Ambassador DaeHyun Kim (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 910FD fairway metal, MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges).
Pro V1 loyalist KyungNam Kang tied for third place, another shot back.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 77 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 10. Six of the 10 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Sunshine Tour: Pro V1x loyalist Teboho Sefatsa earned his maiden victory on the Sunshine Tour as Titleist golf ball players claimed four of the top five positions at the BMG Classic.
Sefatsa carded a final round of 4-under 68 for a 10-under 206 total for a one-shot victory. Fellow Pro V1x loyalists Matthew Carvell and Desvonde Botes tied for third at 8-under 208, while Pro V1 loyalist Jake Redman finished in solo-fifth, another shot back.
Titleist was the most played golf ball in the event with 112 players, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 40.
PGA Tour: The McGladrey Classic was the third week of of the seeding and tour validation process for the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x prototype golf balls on the PGA Tour. This week, 27 players (24 Pro V1x/3 Pro V1) put the new balls in play.
Titleist was the most played golf ball in the field with 88 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 15.
LPGA Tour: Titleist was the overwhelming ball of choice at the 2012 LPGA KEB·HanaBank Championship with 48 players (70%) in the field, six times the nearest competitor with eight. Nine of the top 14 finishers trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.
Web.com Tour: Seven of the top nine finishers at the Jacksonville Open played Titleist golf balls - as did a total of 88 players (61%) in the field (four times the nearest competitor with 22).
Posted: October 18, 2012
Last week we promised to bring you more on the seeding and tour validation process of 913 fairways and hybrids - following on from feedback from Titleist ambassadors Peter O'Malley, Martin Wiegele and Simon Thornton in our previous video.
We also caught up with fellow Titleist ambassador James Kingston to get his thoughts and with Titleist Tech Rep Phil Dimmock to get an update on progress to date on the seeding process.
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Posted: October 15, 2012
Some of you may have recently read that, on the 12th anniversary of the Titleist Pro V1 first being put into play, the seeding and tour validation of the latest prototype Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls began at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. And that process continued last week as Titleist Leadership and R&D staff were on hand at the Frys.com Open to work with players as they tried the prototype golf balls.
Just as many of the players at that event were surprised by the soaring temperatures, another surprise was also waiting for Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists in the field – white boxes filled with new Pro V1 and Pro V1x prototype golf balls.
And as many players have told us, when they see the white boxes show up on tour, they know something exciting is waiting for them inside.
Our Team Titleist colleagues in the US were in Vegas to cover the action as the Titleist Golf Ball R&D Staff started the tour seeding and performance validation process with the players.
They caught up with Michael Mahoney, Director of Golf Ball Product Management, and Fordie Pitts, Titleist Golf Ball Tour Rep, to talk about the seeding process and get a closer look at the road to a tour introduction. They also chatted with Jason Bohn and Charley Hoffman to get their take on what it's like working with the Titleist R&D team and hear some first impressions on the prototype Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.
Check out what they had to say in the video above.
Stay tuned to Team Titleist for more information and updates as the tour seeding and performance validation process continues.
The Frys.com Open Champion 2012 - Jonas Blixt
Sweden's Jonas Blixt recorded his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Frys.com Open and headlined a seven win week for Titleist golf ball loyalists around the world's professional tours.
PGA Tour: A four foot par putt on the final hole was enough to deliver a one shot victory in his rookie season on the PGA Tour and follows up on the third place finish that Blixt recorded at last week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
The Frys.com Open was also notable as it marked the second week of the tour seeding and validation process for the new prototype Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls on the PGA Tour.
And Jason Kokrak was clearly delighted with the performance of the new prototype Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, as he put it straight into play to record a second place finish at the event in California - and lead the field in GIR (81.8%)!
Jason Kokrak wills his new prototype Titleist Pro V1x into the hole
Third-round leader and Pro V1x loyalist John Mallinger was among four players who tied for fourth at 14-under, along with Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker (New Pro V1 prototype golf ball, 913D2 driver, 913Fd fairway metals, MB irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges, Newport 2 Tour putter).
Last week, 18 players put the new golf balls into play in Las Vegas, the 12th anniversary of the seeding process for the original Pro V1. This week, 21 players (3 Pro V1 / 18 Pro V1x) put the new golf balls to the ultimate test, including nine new players who put one into play for the first time. Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Frys.com Open with 89 players - more than seven times the nearest competitor with 12.
Web.com: On the Web.com Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Shawn Stefani followed up his win at the Midwest Classic in August by posting a 15-under 269 total for a five shot victory at the Miccosukee Championship in Florida.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Alistair Presnell (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges) finished solo second, after tying for third place last week.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 96 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 17.
Japan: Elsewhere, it was a Titleist Pro V1x 1-2 finish at the Japan Open, where Kenichi Kuboya closed with a one-under round of 70 to secure a one shot victory from Juvic Pagunsan.
Juvic Pagunsan in full swing
With 41 players, Titleist was the top choice golf ball of the field.
Asia: On the Asian Tour, Titleist brand ambassador Gaganjeet Bhullar of India (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 910Fd fairway, AP2 irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter) led from start-to-finish to secure victory at the Venetian Macau Open, closing with a three-under-par 68 to record his second Asian Tour title in five starts.
Fellow Titleist brand ambassador Jonathan Moore (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, 910H hybrids, AP2 irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter) finished in second place, while Titleist ambassador Thitiphun Chuayprakong (Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 909F2 fairway metals, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled gap and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter) and Pro V1x loyalist M. Siddikur tied for third.
Titleist was the overwhelming ball of choice at the event with 94 players placing their trust in the Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, compared to 21 for the nearest competitor.
OneAsia: Local favourite and Pro V1x loyalist Liang Wenchong holed a 12-foot birdie on the fifth hole of a sudden death playoff to capture the Nanshan China Masters.
Liang Wenchong - the Nanshan China Masters champion
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls were relied on by 97 players in the field, more than four times the nearest competitor with 19.
Australasia: At the WA PGA Championship, Titleist ambassador Peter Wilson (Pro V1, 913D3 driver, 910F fairway metals, MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) won his first career PGA Tour of Australasia tournament, finishing two shots clear of Pro V1x loyalist Glenn Joyner in second place. Fellow Pro V1x loyalist Andrew Kelly was a further shot back in third.
The top 5 finishers, and nine of the top 10, relied on a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x for their success. Titleist was the most played ball at the event with 77 players, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 13.
Korea: Meanwhile, at the ShinHan DongHae Open, Titleist ambassador MeenWhee Kim (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, 910H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport putter) emerged victorious on the first hole of a sudden death playoff with fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Kevin Na (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Tour Rat putter).
InChoon Hwang and Charlie Wi tied for third place, as Titleist golf ball loyalists secured the top four positions on the leaderboard. Nine of the eleven players who finished among the top ten and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 82 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 11.
European: Titleist was the overwhelming ball of choice at the Portugal Masters with 81 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18.
LPGA: At the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, Titleist was the most played golf ball with 45 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with seven.
Champions: Titleist was also the most played golf ball at the Greater Hickory Classic with 61 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 10.
Posted: October 11, 2012
This week we are are at The Portugal Masters
After the wind, rain, cold and hailstones in Scotland last week, the European Tour put it's short sleeved shirt back on as it pulled into Vilamoura this week for the Portugal Masters.
The event is played over the Victoria Course, measuring 7,157 yards and playing to a par of 71. The large undulating greens will put putting and approach play at a premium, as the low rough and open fairways will be less than penal.
For the Titleist Tour Team, the continuing seeding and testing of the prototype Titleist 913 fairways and hybrids was high on the list of priorities.
"This was a contrast in weather terms compared to last week for the players, which was quite good for getting a different perspective on the performance of the prototype 913 fairways and hybrids," explains Karl Arthur, Titleist's manager of leadership golf club promotion.
"In St Andrews we had very tight turf, and a following or off the left wind. This week, players were hitting from lusher lies and into a headwind, which provided a good contrast to last week."
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