Albatross. Double-Eagle. No matter which name you prefer, it's no doubt one of the rarest scores in golf.

Add in a dash of excitement from The Masters, along with a pinch of the awe-inspiring surroundings found at Augusta National Golf Club, and you have the recipe for Louis Oosthuizen’s most memorable shot of 2012.

After driving his Titleist Pro V1x in the fairway on Augusta National's second hole, Louis looked down at his golf ball, situated on a downhill lie, 265 yards from the green.

Most golfers in that situation think about where to lay up. Louis' sights were set on the green. Make that the flagstick.

He pulled his 4-iron, took aim, and the rest is history.

“The ball did exactly what I wanted it to do. It came out (with) a nice strong flight. And pitched front edge which we were playing for,” said Louis. “Then the green did all the work from there.”

Did we mention it was Masters Sunday?

The exact odds of making a double-eagle (or albatross) are a little unclear. Some say it's as high as 6 million-to-1. More modest estimates come in around 1 million-to-1.

One thing we can all agree on: Louie’s shot is definitely a highlight of 2012.

Watch the video above to hear what he had to say and stay tuned for our next installment of the 2012 Team Titleist Shots of the Year.

It was a two-win weekend for Titleist golf ball loyalists around the world's professional tours - headlined by a victory for the Seniors at the Australian Open!

Australaisan: With son Mitch on the bag, Titleist Pro V1 loyalist Peter Senior swept to his second Australian Open title this weekend - winning by one shot with a 4-under total of 284.

The 53-year old won the title last in 1989 and put this victory down to his short game performance: "The key to today's round was that I never put any pressure on myself with the putts," Senior explained to PGA.org.au. "The chips and bunker shots were pretty close and were just tap-ins."


Having battled the windy conditions and overcoming a three hour delay, the fact that he has won with his son on the bag was clearly a delight for the Queenslander, "We've had three years on the Champions Tour where Mitch has caddied for me for the last two years. We've lost three playoffs, so it feels unbelievable to win with him on the bag.''

Titleist was the overwhelming ball of choice for players at the Australian Open, with 116 placing their trust in the #1 ball in golf.

LatinoAmerica: Ariel Canete led a 1-2-3 finish for Pro V1x loyalists at the Olivos Golf Classic in Argentina, posting a pair of 4-under 67's en route to a 9-under total of 275 and a two-shot win.

Pro V1x loyalist Ariel Canete earlier this year

This was Canete's second win on the LatinoAmerica Tour and his seventh top-10 finish this year, as he topped fellow Pro V1x loyalists Clodomiro Carranza and Jose Coceres (both of whom were using the new Titleist Pro V1x prototype golf ball).

Titleist was the top choice of 121 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 16.

Titleist ambassador Thitiphun Chuayprakong wills a put in

Asian: At the Thailand Golf Championship, Titleist ambassador Thitiphun Chuayprakong (Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 909F2 fairway metals, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design gap and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter) and Titleist ball loyalist and 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson, finished in a tie as runners up.

Watson lines up the new Titleist Pro V1x prototype golf ball in Thailand

Watson relied upon the new Pro V1x prototype golf ball for his performance. In fact, seven of the top 10 players on the leaderboard trusted Titleist golf balls for their success. Titleist was the top choice in the golf ball category with 78 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 22.

European: Not only did the rain shorten the number of holes played at the Nelson Mandela Championship in South Africa, but it also shortened the length of the course, as the two rounds were played over a layout with a par of just 66.

Titleist was the top choice in the golf ball category of the 2013 season-opener with 111 players in the field of 156, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19.

Video: Winning the Australian Open

First contested in 1904, the Australian Open is one of the oldest and most prestigious events across the worldwide professional tours.  The list of winners on the Stonehaven Cup is a "Who's Who" of some of the most prolific names in the history of golf.

The tournament is also near and dear to a contingent of Australian golfers who are now members of the PGA and European Tours, but annually return to their roots to compete for their national championship. 

Team Titleist caught up with six former champions who are participating this week, including each of the last three winners - Greg Chalmers (2011, 1998), Geoff Ogilvy (2010) and Adam Scott (2009) - all of whom just happen to be full product line Titleist Brand Ambassadors.

Check out the video above to see what they all had to say. Enjoy mate!

No sooner have we stopped than the next Race To Dubai begins - welcome to 2013!

Normally, it would be "On the range", but the weather in Durban this week has been terrible - so much so that the pro-am was cancelled yesterday and the first day of play has been delayed until tomorrow!

The Nelson Mandela Championship played at Royal Durban GC marks the start of the 2013 Race To Dubai - it seems only yesterday we finished the 2012 version!

The event is a great opportunity for players to get off to a strong start going into the 2013 season - especially those who graduated from the Challenge Tour Rankings or from Q-School Final Qualifying.

Two such players are Titleist ambassadors Espen Kofstad of Norway, who topped the Challenge Tour Rankings in 2012, and Morten Orum Madsen of Denmark, who came through Q-School Final Qualifying, both of whom starting off their first full seasons on the European Tour - we'll be looking out for their results over the next 12 months.

The event also marked the continuation of the seeding and performance evaluation process for the new Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x prototype golf balls. Many of the Titleist ambassadors and Titleist ball loyalists making their full debuts on the European Tour will be testing and evaluating the prototype golf balls for the first time this week - we'll keep you posted on the reaction.

To view this week's slideshow, just click on the image above.

When it comes to memorable shots, sticking an approach shot during a sudden-death playoff that ultimately leads to your first PGA Tour win would definitely fit the bill for most of us.

And for Pro V1x loyalist Rickie Fowler, it certainly stands out as his shot of 2012.

After making par on the final hole of regulation at the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship, Rickie secured a spot in a three-way playoff, stepped back up to the 18th tee at Quail Hollow, split the fairway with his Titleist Pro V1x and put himself into position to close out the tournament.

What happened next?

"I had a good number, and I was aiming right of the hole with the wind coming out of the right, and if I hit a perfect shot, it comes down right on the stick," Rickie said. "I hit a perfect shot at the right time."

After sticking it close – inside of 5 feet on a hole that only gave up four birdies during the final round – Rickie only needed one putt to win the playoff and secure his first career PGA Tour victory.

Check out the video above to hear what Rickie had to say about this shot and stay tuned to Team Titleist as we’ll be sharing more 2012 highlights from Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists in the coming days.

In the meantime, feel free to share your best or most memorable shot you’ve hit this year in the comments below or on the discussion boards.

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