This weekend two players stepped into the winners circle for the first time, each relying on the unbeatable performance of a Titleist golf ball.

On the European Tour, it was a top-10 sweep for Titleist golf ball players at the Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open, where Pro V1x loyalist Simon Thornton defeated Pro V1 loyalist Tjaart Van der Walt on the first hole of a playoff to capture his first career victory. And at the Air Capital Classic, Pro V1x loyalist Scott Parel charged home with a final round 7-under-par 64, breaking through for his first Web.com Tour title in 161 starts.


With two more wins, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 69 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 22 and more than all other competitors combined.

This is Team Titleist, let’s wrap-up the week…

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EUROPEAN: Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open
Winner: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Simon Thornton

The 36-year-old Thornton holed several clutch putts in his final round, none more demanding than the testy 10-footer he faced on the final hole of regulation. Thornton converted the putt to tie Van der Walt at 5-under 279 and force a playoff. On the first extra hole, with Van der Walt bunkered short right, Thornton calmly lagged a 25-footer from the fringe that burned the left side of the cup. When Van der Walt was unable to get up and down for par, Thornton tapped in for his first European Tour title.

It was an emotional Father's Day win, one that Thornton would dedicate to his late father.

“It’s so big for me,” Thornton said. “On father’s day too, he passed away three years ago and it still hurts, but they are happy tears today. This is dedicated to him."

Thornton rose steadily through the Irish professional ranks, and then through the European Challenge Tour en route to his first victory.

“Hopefully this is a stepping stone for me,” Thornton said. “I’ll go home this week now and celebrate, take a week off, and then play in the Irish Open.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Seve Benson turned in the best performance of his European Tour career, finishing alone in 3rd after a 1-under-par 70 on Sunday left him one shot out of the playoff. Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Dinwiddie (Pro V1) finished at 2-under 282, good for solo 4th.

Of the remaining players who secured top-10 positions on the leaderboard, every one trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success. They included: Titleist Brand Ambassador Chris Lloyd (Pro V1x) and Pro V1x loyalsit Pellie Edberg (T-5/ 1-under 283), Pro V1x loyalists Augustin Domingo, Jeppe Huldahl and Victor Riu (T-7/ Even 284) and Jamie Elson (Pro V1x), Daniel Gaunt (Pro V1x), Max Glauert (Pro V1), Brooks Koepka (Pro V1x), who all tied for 10th at 1-over 285.

Of the 156 players who competed at the Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open, 122 trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 17, and more than all other competitors combined.

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WEB.COM: Air Capital Classic
Winner: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Scott Parel

In Wichita, Kansas, Parel's sizzling final round 64 was highlighted by a birdie-eagle-bidie stretch on holes 13-15. His 18-under 266 total at Crestview CC gave him a 3-stroke margin of victory over nearest rival Alex Aragon (Pro V1x), who closed with a 6-under 65. Pro V1x loyalist Alex Prugh finished two shots further back, good for 3rd place.

Parel, who worked as a computer programmer for ten years before pursuing his dream in professional golf, now has his sights set on the Web.com Tour's top-25. At the conclusion of the Cox Classic event in late August, the top 25 players on the Web.com Tour money list will earn PGA Tour cards. With the win, Parel now moves from 153rd to number 14.

“Obviously I’m playing well now,” he said. “My goal now is to climb up there as high as I can and a win is a good start toward it.”

At 48 years, 1 month, and 2 days, Parel becomes the oldest winner of the event well as the fourth oldest winner of a Web.com Tour event.

At the Air Capital Classic, Titleist was the most played golf ball with 107 players in the field of 156, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all other competitors combined.

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PGA: United States Open Championship

For the 65th consecutive year, Titleist was the golf ball of choice at the U.S. Open. Of the 156-player field, 64% (97) relied upon Titleist golf balls, over four times the nearest competitor with 23.

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ASIAN: Queen's Cup

At the 2013 Queen's Cup, Titleist was the most played golf ball with 82 players in the field of 142, more than all other competitors combined.

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SOUTH AFRICAN: Polokwane Classic

At the 2013 Polokwane Classic, Titleist was the most played golf ball with 88 players in the field of 142, more three times the nearest competitor with 25 and morethan all other competitors combined.

 

Whether you're teeing up a Titleist with family today, or enjoying the U.S. Open together....Titleist wish all the golfing fathers out there a happy Father's Day.

Watch Adam Scott, Bill Haas, Bubba Watson, Steve Stricker, Webb Simpson and Zach Johnson talking about their fathers in the video above.....


Click on the image above to view slideshow.

The Titleist Tour Support Team have made our way to Aucuin-Westbecourt in France, about two and a half hours outside of Paris. We're here at AA Saint Omer Golf Club for the Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open. The event, co-sponsored by the European Tour and the European Challenge Tour, gives lesser-known players a wonderful opportunity to play a premiere tournament whilst the rest of the golf world turns its attention to the goings-on at this week's U.S. Open.

The week began with heavy winds that impacted first round play considerably. Pro V1 loyalist Tjaart Van der Walt was one of only five players to break par in the difficult conditions. Tjaart fired a four-under-par 67 to take the early lead. At the time of this writing, the South African had picked up right where he left off. Mid-way through the second round, he remains in the lead at 6-under, two shots clear of Titleist Brand Ambassadors Robert Dinwiddie and Daniel Brooks.

At this week's Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open, 122 players in the field of 156 are relying on a Titleist golf ball, more than 7 times the nearest competitor and more than all other competitors combined.

Cheers for now. The TTSV is off to Germany, for next week's BMW International Open.

Click the photo above to view some images that we captured earlier this week from inside the ropes at Saint Omer.

What does it take to win the U.S. Open?

Each year a new script is written and each host course typically makes it mark among the history books as the twist and turns unfold.

Last year at the Olympic Club, it came down to a clutch par save on the 72nd hole for Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson, as he secured the victory and added the title of U.S. Open Champion to his resume.

So what was the winning recipe for Webb?

“In the U.S. Open, more importantly than anything, is the mental side of it. You’ve got to be tough. You’ve got to be patient. You’ve got to let things come to you,” said Webb.

Hear what else Webb had to say in the video above as he prepares to defend his title at Merion and see a special moment that we captured earlier in the year that features some pretty exclusive Pro V1x golf balls.

We all know there is a lot of hard work and preparation that goes into a player’s game as they get ready to tee it up at the U.S. Open.

To help provide an insider’s perspective, Team Titleist asked one of its resident experts, Dave Phillips (Co-Founder of the Titleist Performance Institute and Top 100 Instructor) to shed some light on the key shots that players will need to have in their bag this week.

And it just so happens that Merion is one of Dave’s favorite courses, so he was happy to share a few tips on how to manage tough lies out of the rough and how to find the short grass on narrow fairways.

Even though most of us won’t be teeing it up at the U.S. Open, we think these tips will translate well into our games and hopefully help save us all a few strokes the next time we find ourselves in a similar situation.

Watch the video above and make sure you stay tuned in to hear Dave’s pick for this week. Also, don’t forget to head over to the new MyTPI.com to check out their expansive library of drills and exercises to improve your game.

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