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Posted: November 13, 2012
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 174 victories around the world, compared to 23 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 1,800 champions worldwide.
Below is a listing of tournaments won by Titleist golf ball players on the major worldwide professional tours in 2012.
Posted: November 12, 2012
Titleist brand ambassador Matteo Manassero kept his cool in the heat of Singapore, as he rolled in a 12-foot eagle putt on the third extra hole of a sudden death playoff to capture the Singapore Open title at Sentosa Golf Club.
European Tour: Manassero (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, AP2/MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 gap and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Select GoLo putter) went head-to-head with Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen, after both closed with regulation 13-under 271 totals. And it was the 19-year old who emerged victorious after the two had matched birdies on the first two extra holes - becoming the first teenager to win three times on the European Tour.
At the same event, fellow Titleist ambassador and World No. 1 Rory McIlroy captured the season's European money title when he finished solo third. McIlroy (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 913F fairway metal, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport putter) is only the second player to win the merit race on both the European and PGA Tours in the same year, following fellow Titleist golf ball loyalist Luke Donald, who achieved the double last year.
Three-time Singapore Open champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott (New Pro V1 prototype golf ball, 910D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, 712U prototype 2-iron, MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi Long putter) tied for fifth place, five shots out of the playoff.
Titleist was the overwhelming ball of choice at The Singapore Open with 89 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21.
LPGA: Cristie Kerr parred the final three holes to hold off two players, including fellow Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Angela Stanford for a one shot win at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Kerr finished at 16-under 272 for her 15th career LPGA Tour title and her first since winning the LPGA Championship in June 2010.
Women's World No. 2 and Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis tied for fourth place to secure LPGA Player of the Year honours. Lewis, who was coming off her tour-leading fourth victory of the year last week in Japan, closed with a 68 to match Pro V1 loyalist Candie Kung at four-under, as four of the top five finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the most played golf ball in the limited field of 36, with 20 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 6.
Sunshine Tour: It's been a landmark year in South Africa for Titleist ambassador Trevor Fisher Jr, highlighted as he secured his third win of the season at the Nedbank Affinity Cup.
Despite his resolve being tested on the back nine of the final round, Fisher posted a final round of 71 en route to a 9-under victory total of 207 for the three round event.
Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Desvonde Botes and Bradford Vaughan tied for second, one shot back. Three other Pro V1x golf ball loyalists - Matthew Carvell, Grant Veenstra and Grant Muller - tied for the fourth position, another shot behind, as the top six finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success. Titleist golf ball players accounted for 74% (65) of the field of 88.
PGA Tour: At the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, Pro V1 loyalist Robert Garrigus finished in a tie for second for his fifth runner-up finish of the year, while New Pro V1x prototype loyalist Brian Gay placed solo fourth, another shot back. Four players tied for fifth, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings, pictured below, (New Pro V1x prototype, 913D2 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled gap, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter) and Titleist golf ball loyalists Josh Teater (Pro V1x) and Charlie Wi (New Pro V1 prototype).
Six players tied for ninth, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Mark Anderson (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 913Hd hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design SM4 gap and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Mid putter) and Tom Gillis (Pro V1, 910D3 driver, CB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled gap and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter), as well as Pro V1x loyalists Joey Snyder III and Tim Herron. Nine of the 14 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including Brian Gay (4th), Scott Stallings (T5) and Charlie Wi (T5) who played a new Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x prototype golf ball.
Titleist was the most played golf ball in the field of 128 with 89 (70%) players, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 13. A total of 35 players relied upon a new Titleist Pro V1 (4) or Pro V1x (31) prototype golf ball.
Japan: Titleist Brand Ambassador Michio Matsumura (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 913H hybrid, CB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled gap and lodge wedges) birdied his final two holes at the the Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters, finishing just one shot back from forcing a playoff.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 40 players, more than twice the nearest competitor with 19.
Titleist Brand Ambassador and two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton was awarded the 2012 Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award by the United States Sports Academy last Wednesday. Compton played in the PGA TOUR's season-ending Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Orlando last week.
The Courage Award is presented annually "to an individual who demonstrates courageous action in overcoming adversity to excel in sport. This individual should exhibit the qualities of courage, perseverance, grace, and strength in sport achievement."
Compton is the only professional golfer in the world to compete with a transplanted heart. The 33-year-old has had three different hearts in his life but that hasn’t stopped him from achieving his dream of earning his TOUR card and playing on the PGA TOUR. Zaharias, too, was a golfer, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1953, and one month after undergoing surgery, she won her 10th and final major with a U.S. Women’s Open Championship.
“I hope that by sharing my experience others can see the importance of finding out more about organ donation,” Compton said. “After my second transplant, I knew I wasn’t done with golf and consider when I made the cut in the 2008 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic less than six months later to start my comeback. That makes receiving this award at this tournament all that much more meaningful to me.”
The PGA TOUR honored Compton for coming back from heart surgery during The Masters in April 2009, awarding him the Ben Hogan Award.
Posted: November 9, 2012
A chance to dial in yardages or metreages (that's a new word) on the range!
Well, the best we can say is that it was nice earlier in the week!
The rain and lightning arrived on day two at Sentosa Golf Club, the venue for the Singapore Open - and boy, did they arrive! So much so that half of the field didn't swing a club in anger of day two.
When play was abandoned, Titleist ambaasdors Matteo Manassero and George Coetzee had played themselves into contention near the top of the leaderboard, as had Pro V1x loyalists Chris Wood and Chinnarat Phadungsil.
Let's hope the rain stays away over the weekend, as the tournament looks set for an exciting finish if it remains dry.
To view this week's slideshow, just click on the image above.
Recently we received a question from a young Titleist fan asking how they could become a caddie on tour.
We decided the best way to answer this was to speak directly to the caddies of Titleist ambassadors Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Phil Price and Romain Wattel.
To see what they had to say, just click on the video above.