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Posted: March 25, 2013
Titleist ambassador Kiradech Aphibarnrat - the 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open Champion
Weather caused disruption on both the European and PGA Tours this weekend, with the Maybank Malaysian Open being reduced to 54 holes and the Arnold Palmer Invitational due to be completed later today.
Despite these interruptions, Titleist ball players still managed to secure four wins around the world's professional tours, headlined by Titleist ambassador Kiradech Aphibarnrat's maiden European Tour win and New 2013 Pro V1 loyalist Beatriz Recari's playoff win at the Kia Classic.
Let's take a closer look at the weekend's results.......
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EUROPEAN TOUR: It was a breakthrough win for Titleist ambassador Kiradech Aphibarnrat (New 2013 Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver, CB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges) at the rain-shortened Maybank Malaysian Open, as the 23-year old posted a 2-under final round 70 for a 54 hole total of 13-under 203 and victory by one shot.
Titleist ambassador Victor Dubuisson on his way to a tie for fourth place in Malaysia
Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Anders Hansen (Pro V1, 910D3 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 913Hd hybrid, CB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges) and Victor Dubuisson (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron Select putter) finished solo third and tied for fourth with one other respectively. Anders tied for the best round of the day with a closing 6-under 66.
Talking to Europeantour.com, Kiradech said after the win, “This means a lot to me - I have to thank my family, my Mum and my Dad, for all their support.”
Aphibarnrat's victory is the seventh for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2013 PGA European Tour, more than three times the nearest competitor, and more than all other golf balls combined through the first 12 events of the season.
Titleist was the overwhelming ball of choice at the Maybank Malaysian Open with 94 (60%) players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 22.
LPGA: While the winner may have been in doubt when Beatriz Recari and I.K. Kim advanced to a sudden death playoff at the Kia Classic, the winning golf ball was not, it would be a New 2013 Pro V1, the golf ball choice of both participants. Recari topped Kim for the victory when she putted from off the green for birdie on the second extra hole. Both players ended regulation at 9-under-par 279. The win was the second of Recari's LPGA Tour career.
Titleist golf ball loyalist Beatriz Recari holds aloft her Pro V1 after securing a playoff victory at the Kia Classic
Fellow New 2013 Pro V1 golf ball loyalists Cristie Kerr and Mo Martin were among three players who tied for third place, one shot out of the playoff. In fact, 10 of the the 12 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist accounted for a tournament-leading 94 golf ball players (65%) in the field of 144, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 11.
CHAMPIONS: Pro V1x loyalist Michael Allen rallied to win the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic for his fourth career Champions Tour title. Allen fired a final round 5-under 67 to vault over a leaderboard loaded with fellow Titleist golf ball loyalists. In fact, all 11 of the players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls in the field of 81 with 60 (74%) players, 12 times the nearest competitor with 5.
WEB.COM: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Edward Loar captured the Louisiana Open for his second career Web.com Tour title, closing with a 2-under par 69 en route to a 17-under 267 victory total. Loar, who won the Panama Claro Championship last year, finished two shots clear of Titleist Brand Ambassador Morgan Hoffmann (New 2013 Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 712U 2-iron, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport Tour putter). Hoffman fired a tournament-best 9-under par 62 on Saturday and closed with a 69 on Sunday. Pro V1x loyalist Brett Wetterich finished solo third another shot back following a closing 6-under 65, as the top three finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Pro V1x loyalist Edward Loar holds aloft the Louisiana Open trophy
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls in the field of 144 with 105 (73%) players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 13.
SOUTH AFRICA: Titleist golf ball loyalist Hennie Otto (New 2013 Pro V1x) finished runner-up at the Investec Cup after a sudden death playoff. Fellow Titleist golf ball loyalist Justin Walters (New 2013 Pro V1x) finished alone in third position, two shots out of the playoff. The field was limited to the top 30 players on season-ending Investec Bonus Pool ranking, with 21 (70%) of them relying upon Titleist golf balls, three times more than the nearest competitor with seven.
LATINOAMERICA: Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Jose De Jesus Rodriguez also captured the runner's up spot at the TransAmerican Power Products CRV Open in Mexico, firing 67-66 on the weekend to finish one shot back from the winner. Titleist was the top choice in golf balls in the field of 144 with 111 (77%) players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 20.
PGA TOUR: While we can't report on the result of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, due to the final round being held over until today because of rain on Sunday, we can report that Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the select field of 132 with 79 (60%) players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 16.
Posted: March 22, 2013
As weather forecasters suggest that the weather could deteriorate even further over the next few weeks in the UK and Ireland, the Titleist Tech Reps showed they're fit for anything when it comes to putting the best clubs in the hands of golfers.
Whether it's wind, rain, hail or snow, the team of Titleist tech reps on the road or at the Titleist National Fitting Centres have seen some extremes this week - here's just a couple of examples!
When he arrived at Edenmore Golf & Country Club, near Belfast in Northern Ireland, earlier this week, Titleist tech rep Pete McClelland was greeted by torrential rain and high winds - hardly weather conducive to standing on the range with a laptop, launch monitor and a vast array of shafts and club heads in his SureFit system.
Not to be deterred, or to disappoint the full schedule of golfers due to be fit, Pete worked with Edenmore owner Kenny Logan and head pro Andrew Manson to clear space in the greenkeeper's shed and rig up an impromptu fitting bay.
The fitting bay was formed by using a tractor with a telescopic arm to hold up the net, with floodlights fixed to the walls and a couple of heaters to stave off hypothermia!!
"The guys also brought out regular supplies of tea and coffee to keep the customers and me warm during the fits," explains Pete. "We were all determined to make sure that the 10 fittings we had booked in went ahead - it really was a case of where there's a will, there's a way!"
And whilst the Heath Robinson approach wasn't needed at the Titleist National Fitting Centre at Kings Acre near Edinburgh earlier in the week, there was a requirement for some thick socks!
Titleist tech rep Graeme Noblett and his customers had to endure freezing temperatures and several inches of snow during fittings.
"Unlike Pete, we did have the benefit of already being undercover, but it was cold," explains Graeme. "And if Titleist loyalists are determined enough to come for their fittings in this weather, we're determined to provide them with a better fit for a better game!"
That really is a commitment to Team Titleist!
Posted: March 21, 2013
Hot and humid weather greeted us as we arrived in Kuala Lumpur for the Maybank Malaysian Open this week - with temperatures in excess of 35 deg C and humidity upwards of 85%, it's definitely a bit different!
Playing to 6,967 yards and a par of 72, the Kuala Lumpur G&CC features water on 13 of its holes and since last year's event, run-offs have been added to several of the green complexes.
Staying hydrated is critical to being able to endure these conditions and stay focused on the golf - the range bins were being emptied of drained bottles every few minutes as players took on as much water as possible. During the first round we've noted that several players have had to withdraw because of the conditions.
At the time of writing, rain has suspended play with about half of the field still to complete their first round. One of the players to have completed their first round, however, was Titleist ambassador Kiradech Aphibarnrat who posted a 7-under round of 65 to be clubhouse leader. Two other Titleist ambassadors, Anders Hansen and Gregory Bourdy, share second place with two others just one shot back at -6.
If the thunderstorms aren't too disruptive, we should be in for some low scoring come Sunday.
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