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Posted: April 29, 2013
There are many exciting ways to achieve victory. And this weekend, five champions trusting a Titleist golf ball displayed a few that were particularly thrilling: a pair of breakthrough championship performances, a team effort, and a playoff-ending eagle.
At the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Pro V1x loyalist Billy Horschel outlasted the weather and outperformed the field with a final round 8-under 64 for his first career PGA Tour victory. Titleist Brand Ambassador Brett Rumford (Pro V1x) made a dramatic eagle on the first hole of a three-way sudden death playoff to win the Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea, for his fourth European Tour title. On the Champions Tour, the duo of Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon (Pro V1x) and Pro V1 loyalist Jeff Sluman captured the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf following a final-round 7-under 65 and 23-under total. Finally, Jose de Jesus Rodriguez entered the winner’s circle for the first time in his career when his Pro V1x golf ball dropped for a birdie on the second hole of a three-way, sudden death playoff at the Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC.
With three more official victories, players trusting a Titleist golf ball have now won 46 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than four times the nearest competitor with eleven and more than all other competitors combined.
This is Team Titleist, let’s wrap-up the week…
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PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Winner: Pro V1x loyalist Billy Horschel
Horschel sealed his win at the Zurich with a 27-foot birdie putt on 18, edging playing partner D.A. Points (Pro V1x), who also birdied the hole, by one shot.
"27 feet in the hole, first victory. You can't ask for anything else," said Horschel. "It's still pretty unbelievable."
Although the win marked Horschel's first PGA Tour title, he had been knocking on the door with three top 10 finishes in his past three tournaments — tying for second in Houston, tying for third in San Antonio and tying for ninth at the RBC Heritage a week ago. He has also made a PGA Tour-leading 23 straight cuts.
Horschel made a string of six straight birdies that ran from the seventh through 12th holes, moving him to 7-under on the round and 19-under for the tournament. Points birdied the 10th through 13th holes to stay on Horschel's heels.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 156 with 104 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 17. Titleist also was the overwhelming top choice in the sand, lob, and approach wedge (147) and putter (56) categories.
EUROPEAN/ASIA: Ballantine’s Championship
Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador Brett Rumford
The win marked the fourth European Tour title for Rumford and his first in six years. He closed with a 4-under 68 to finish regulation tied with two fellow competitors at 11-under par. The threesome returned to the 18th hole, a par 5, and after Rumford saw his opponents fail to reach the green in two, he fired a brilliant approach to four feet and converted the eagle putt for the win.
“It was an absolute roller coaster ride of emotions out there this afternoon," said Rumford following the win. "Obviously my last five holes yesterday and front nine today got me in a great position to take this tournament.” Rumford, who finished his third round with five consecutive birdies, took that run to seven when he converted a 20-foot putt on the first green and then fired his approach to five feet at the next. He then had three pars, but a bunker shot to three feet at the sixth sparked a run of four straight birdies. Titleist Brand Ambassador Romain Wattel (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron 009 prototype putter) finished fourth at 9-under par, with World No. 7 Louis Oosthuizen (Pro V1x) a shot further back.
What's in Brett Rumford's Bag: Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 (8.5) driver, 913Fd (15) fairway metal, 712U 2,3 and 4 utility irons, CB (5-9) irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48) and sand (54) wedges, Vokey Design Spin Milled lob (60) wedge.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 156 with 94 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 22. Titleist also was the overwhelming top choice in the utility club (76), iron (50) and sand, lob, and approach wedge (170) categories.
CHAMPIONS: Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf
Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon and Pro V1 Loyalist Jeff Sluman
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 66 (33 teams) with 50 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 6. Titleist also was the top choice in the irons (17), sand, lob, and approach wedge (50) and putter (16) categories.
LATINOAMERICA: Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC
Winner: Pro V1x loyalist Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
After making par on the first extra hole, the 18th at Club de Golf Uruguay, all three playoff participants advanced to the short par-4 eighth, the second extra hole. Rodriguez drove the green and two-putted for birdie and his first career win on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica.
Another great tip from The Ballantines Championship winner Brett Rumford.
In this video Brett helps you master the downhill sloping lie.
This past weekend saw a fantastic win for Titleist ambassador Brett Rumford at The Ballantines Championship over in South Korea. He majestically bounced back from troubles over the remaining few holes to Eagle the first play-off hole and capture his 4th European Tour Title.
Team Titleist caught up with Brett only a few weeks ago and he gave us a few great tips. See the first instalment above where Brett demonstrates to all Team Titleist members a great drill to help your bunker play.
Many congratulations to Brett for his outstanding performance at the 2013 Ballantines Championship. An eagle at the first playoff hole really is winning in style!
Posted: April 26, 2013
Most players don't like to make too many equipment changes before a major, but after working closely with the team on the Titleist Tour Van, Adam put a new driver in his bag - the new Titleist 913D3.
To get the scoop, Team Titleist checked in with Titleist Tour Representative Chris Tuten.
"We were on the range at the Tampa Bay Championship a few weeks ago with Adam and working through a number of different options to help optimise launch, flight and distance with the driver," said Tuten.
"At the end of the session, we built Adam a new 913D3 9.5º driver with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8, X flex graphite shaft at 44.75" and dialed it in with the A•1 (neutral) SureFit Tour Hosel setting."
With the new driver in-hand, Adam set off to work on putting the club through its paces.
Following several practice rounds leading up to the Masters, Adam was full of confidence in his new driver.
"Adam was really happy with the performance of the 913D3. He was getting a higher ball flight without increased spin and seeing longer carry distance - which would be beneficial to him at Augusta National and going forward," added Tuten.
The new 913D3 made its tournament debut in Adam's bag at the Masters, and it routinely set him up for birdie chances throughout the week.
His solid driving was crucial in shooting a back-nine 33 to get him into the playoff, which he won in dramatic fashion.
Here is another quick look at the specs on Adam's new driver...
Model: Titleist 913D3Loft: 9.5º Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8Flex: X flex Length: 44.75" SureFit Tour Hosel Setting: A•1 (neutral)
Posted: April 25, 2013
The European Tour heads to the far east this week, to Blackstone Golf Club in South Korea for the Ballantine's Championship.
As has been the case for most Ballantine's Championships in recent memory, the weather will again play a role this week. Thick fog and heavy rain halted play in the first round, and also prevented the completion of today's second round.
Two Titleist Brand Ambassadors currently share the early lead. Wade Ormsby (Pro V1x), who earlier this month won the Asian Tour's Pansonic Open India, posted a 7-under 137 through the halfway mark to match the total of fellow Pro V1x loyalist Arnond "Bank" Vongvanij. Both players sit at 7-under 137.
Also playing well in defense of the title he captured last year is Titleist and FootJoy ambassador Bernd Wiesberger (Pro V1x). The Ballantine's Championship was one of two European Tour titles earned by the skilled Austrian in 2012 (his other win came at the Lyoness Open). Bernd comes into the event in fine form, having posted a T-5 finish at his last event, the Trophée Hassan II. He's giving no signs of surrendering the Ballantine's title easily, shooting 1-under 71 in his opening round and moving to minu-2 through 13 holes of his second round.
World No. 7 and Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen is playing in his first Ballantine's Championship this week and the Blackstone layout apparently suits him. Louis currently sits at minus-4 with two holes in his first round left to complete on Friday.
Great news thus far for a number of Pro V1x loyalists.
To view a slideshow of images from the Ballantines Championship, just click on the image above: