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Posted: January 21, 2013
It was a three-win week for Titleist golf ball loyalists around the world's professional tours, including two wins for the new 2013 Titleist Prototype golf ball.
At the Humana Challenge on the PGA Tour, Brian Gay trusted the new Titleist Pro V1x Prototype golf ball to victory in an all-Titleist Pro V1x playoff with Charles Howell III and David Lingmerth - with Titleist ambassador Scott Stallings (new Titleist 2013 Pro V1x Prototype) and Pro V1x loyalist James Hahn tying for fourth place.
The new Titleist Pro V1x recorded a further win at the Victorian PGA Championship on the Australian PGA Tour, when Titleist golf ball loyalist David McKenzie recorded his first career title with a 13-under total of 275.
And completing the trio of wins was Pro V1 loyalist Jamie Donaldson, who captured the first leg of the European Tour's Desert Swing at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship for his second European Tour title.
EUROPEAN: The 37-year old Welshman closed out his final round at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship with a 4-under round of 68 for a 14-under total of 274 and victory by one shot.
Donaldson, who had recorded his first European Tour win at last year's Irish Open, said after his victory, "I played the pro-am on Wednesday and thought the course was too difficult and I had no chance.
"I thought if I could get a decent finish I would be chuffed. To be holding this trophy is just mad."
Titleist ambassador and European Tour Rookie of the Year, Ricardo Santos, recorded a fourth place finish relying on the new 2013 Pro V1x prototype golf ball and a new Titleist 913D2 (8.5) driver for his success. In addition to the new driver, which he put in play for the first time, Santos carried a Titleist 913Fd (13.5) fairway metal, 910H (17.0) hybrid, two new 712U prototype utility irons (3,4), MB irons (5-P) and Vokey Design SM4 sand (56) and lob (60) wedges.
Santos was joined in the top nine finishers and ties by fellow Titleist ambassadors Jason Dufner, George Coetzee, Anders Hansen and Jbe Kruger. Dufner, who closed with a 4-under par 68, put a new Scotty Cameron Select GoLo S5 putter in the bag this week. Dufner previewed some of the new Cameron Tour models on the practice putting green on Monday and immediately gravitated to the S5. After practicing with it, Dufner said he felt it was easier to make a consistent stroke and achieve a consistent center strike with the new center-shafted putter and put it into competitive play on Thursday.
Other top finishers included Titleist golf ball loyalists David Howell (Pro V1x) and Joost Luiten (New 2013 Pro V1 prototype), who finished tied with one other in 6th place.
Titleist was the overwhelming ball of choice at the AbuDhabi HSBC Golf Championship with 75 players (60% of the field), nearly four times the nearest competitor with 19.
PGA TOUR: When the three-way playoff got underway at the Humana Challenge, the winner was still in doubt - the winning ball, however, was not, as all three players featuring were Titleist golf ball loyalists.
And with a birdie on the second extra hole, Brian Gay became the first player to win with the new 2013 Pro V1x prototype golf ball on the PGA TOUR.
With Pro V1x loyalist David Lingmerth eliminated on the first extra hole, Gay emerged victorious over fellow Pro V1x loyalist Charles Howell III when he slotted a five and a half foot birdie putt on the par 4 10th hole.
In addition to becoming the first player on the PGA TOUR to win with the new 2013 Pro V1x golf ball, Gay is the seventh across the worldwide professional tours since seeding began, joining Luke Donald (Pro V1x/Dunlop Phoenix), Adam Scott (Pro V1/Australian Masters), Hiroyuki Fujita (Pro V1/Japan Series JT Cup), Angel Cabrera (107 Visa Open de Argentina), Louis Oosthuizen (Pro V1x/Volvo Golf Champions) and David McKenzie (Pro V1x), who had won the Victorian PGA Championship earlier in the day, in the new prototype victory circle.
Titleist was the overwhelmingly most played golf ball, with 106 (68%) of the 156 players in the field relying upon the #1 ball in golf - more than six times the nearest competitor with 16. A total of 62 players in the field this week have already transitioned into the new 2013 Pro V1 (11) or Pro V1x (51) prototype golf balls. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (42/27%), sand, lob and approach wedge (160/43%) and putter (57/37%) categories.
AUSTRALIAN: Despite getting off to a tough start with a bogey on the first, Titleist ball loyalist David McKenzie’s game came together when it counted to claim the first PGA Tour of Australasia tournament of the year and the first of his career - trusting the new 2013 Pro V1x Prototype ball for a two-shot win.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Stephen Dartnell (Pro V1, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) secured solo third place, another three shots back from second place, as eight of the top 10 finishers played Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the overwhelming most played ball at the event with 98 players (74%), nearly four times the nearest competitor with 25.
Posted: January 18, 2013
This week's event is.....
The Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship marks the start of the three event Desert Swing on the European Tour - and sees the Race To Dubai kick start in earnest!
But more importantly it marked the full issue of new Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls to players on the European Tour. Whilst most players had received some balls at the Dubai World Championships or over the off-season, this would be the first event that a full issue would take place.
Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship with 75 players of the field of 126 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 19. Titleist was also the favourite in the sand, lob and approach wedge category with 138, nearly twice the nearest competitor with 70.
And 32 Titleist ambassadors and ball loyalists were so pleased with the performance, that they put either the 2013 Pro V1 or Pro V1x into play. This included Titleist ambassadors Matteo Manassero, Bernd Wiesberger, Thomas Levet, Gregory Bourdy, Michael Hoey and Lee Slattery, as well as Titleist golf ball loyalists including major winners Michael Campbell and Todd Hamilton, plus Joost Luiten, Tom Lewis and Gregory Havret.
"I'm putting the new Pro V1x into play this week," explained Johan Edfors. "I find it gives me a little better launch and some better spin control in the wind, so I'm looking forward to playing it!"
And the wind was up early in the week for the practice rounds, so players have had a great opportunity to see the launch and spin control advantages. Players were also reporting narrow fairways and sit-down rough that will put control of the ball at an absolute premium. Add to that firmer greens than in previous years and a layout measuring 7,600 yards and it should be a great finish at the weekend!
Team Titleist caught up with a number of the players that have put the new 2013 Pro V1 or Pro V1x into play this week, so we'll have some video updates next week.
To view the slideshow of this week's events, just click on the image above.
Posted: January 14, 2013
There is still dew on the fairways of 2013, but Titleist golf ball loyalist Louis Oosthuizen is in mid-season form. Oosthuizen relied on his new 2013 Pro V1x prototype for a come-from-behind victory at the Volvo Golf Champions in his native South Africa on Sunday. Louis began his final round five shots back, but closed with a joint best of the day 6-under 66, to edge the overnight leader by one stroke.
In the land where palm trees sway, Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark trusted his New Pro V1 golf ball to a final round 9-under 63 and second place finish at the Sony Open in Oahu, Hawaii.
EUROPEAN: Playing in just his second official event with the new 2013 Pro V1x prototype, Titleist golf ball loyalist Louis Oosthuizen captured the Volvo Golf Champions. He posted a 16-under par 272 victory total which included six birdies in the first 11 holes on Sunday.
“After being five down, to make it up after 12 holes, I was really chuffed about that. I just played really well all day.”
The win marked Oosthuizen’s sixth career European Tour title and elevates him to the fourth spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. Oosthuizen has had seven top-ten finishes in his last eight starts.
He becomes the fifth player to win with a new 2013 Pro V1 or Pro V1x prototype golf ball since the seeding process began last fall, joining Luke Donald (Pro V1x/Dunlop Phoenix), Adam Scott (Pro V1/Australian Masters), Hiroyuki Fujita (Pro V1/Japan Series JT Cup) and Angel Cabrera (Pro V1x/107 Visa Open de Argentina) in the new prototype victory circle.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the winners-only event, with 17 of the 33 players relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than twice the nearest competitor with seven. Oosthuizen’s win is the first for Titleist on the 2013 worldwide professional tours.
PGA: The 2013 PGA TOUR’s first full-field event is in the books from Honolulu where 144 players teed it up at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls with 103 players relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than six times the nearest competitor with 15.
A total of 62 Titleist golf ball loyalists relied upon a new 2013 Pro V1 (12) or Pro V1x (50) prototypes, including runner-up and Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark (New Pro V1, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, CB irons, 712U 4-iron, Vokey Design SM4 pitching, sand and lob wedges) and third place finisher Scott Langley (New Pro V1x), who was playing in his first event as a PGA TOUR rookie. Langley tied for third with fellow Pro V1x loyalist Charles Howell III, as three of the top four finishers relied upon Titleist for their success. Titleist was also the field favorite in sand, lob and approach wedges with 135 and putters with 57.
In addition to the new golf ball, Clark put a new Titleist 913F fairway metal (15.0) and 712U prototype 4-iron in play this week for the first time. The last time TT saw Tim Clark was in Las Vegas in November, where he first put his New Pro V1 in play.
Posted: January 3, 2013
From Magnolia Lane and Amen Corner to Butler Cabin and the Green Jacket, the Masters is rich in tradition around every corner. And when it comes to winning the Masters, it usually comes down to some serious Sunday drama.
In 2012, Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson added his own brand of excitement on Sunday with an epic shot out of the pine straw that was vintage “Bubba-Golf.”
Now you might think this 160-yard hook shot was his most memorable shot of 2012, but Watson surprised Team Titleist when he shared his actual shot of the year.
"Everyone thinks the hook-shot was the shot of the year, but it was the six-incher going in," said Watson.
"I had a lot of relief, I started crying a lot.”
Even so, Watson admitted the hook-shot was pretty cool.
With his Pro V1x sitting right of the fairway, on a bed of trampled pine straw, Watson did not have a great angle or lie for the biggest approach shot of his life.
"We were looking to just get it on the front of the green," added Watson. "The first thing I looked at was to make sure the lie was clean, so I could do the shot I wanted to pull. Knowing that the ball was clean gave me the confidence that the ball was going to react the way I wanted it to."
You’ll have to watch the video above to hear the rest of Bubba's story of the now legendary hook-shot.
And don’t forget to check out the earlier installments below, like the Masters Sunday albatross from Watson's playoff contender Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen.
Team Titleist Shots of the Year: Zach Johnson Edition
Team Titleist Shots of the Year: Rickie Fowler Edition
Team Titleist Shots of the Year: Jason Dufner Edition
Posted: January 2, 2013
U.S. Open? Check.
Most important shot of your life? Check.
One of the worst lies you’ve ever seen? Unfortunately, double-check.
This sets the stage for Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson and his most memorable shot of 2012. As most Tour Players know, there is nothing like the pressure that comes along with playing in a major championship and when it’s the U.S. Open – they know the conditions are going to be extremely difficult on a good day.
In the penultimate group, Webb put on a show of skill, nerves and determination during the final 18 holes at the Olympic Club. After making birdies on holes 6, 7, 8 and 10, he moved into contention and came to the 72nd hole needing Par or better to finish with the clubhouse lead.
After a solid drive, his approach shot landed just off the green but when he made it greenside, he found his Pro V1x in a rather tricky lie that would set up a difficult up and down.
“I get up there and the lie is so unique. It’s an old drain but there is no drain cover under it. It’s just dead grass,” said Simpson. “The most important shot of my life I’m facing and it’s one of the worst lies I’ve ever seen.”
So what was Webb thinking? He just wanted to keep it simple.
“If I execute the technique right on my chip and I land it in this area, about a three foot area it’s going to be good.”
It was really good. One chip and a putt later, Webb was in the clubhouse with the lead and, with his wife by his side, watching the final group come in. After the last putt dropped, nobody was able to match Webb’s score and he was now able to add U.S. Open Champion to his resume.
Hear what Webb had to say in the video above and check out some more of our Team Titleist Shots of the Year below.
Team Titleist Shots of the Year: Louis Oosthuizen Edition