It was another weekend of strong play across the worldwide professional tours that culminated with a pair of wins for Pro V1 loyalists Mark Wiebe (The Senior Open Championship) and Michael Hoey (M2M Russian Open).

As the play came to a close and the final tallies were recorded this weekend, a combined 13,724 players have trusted their games to a Titleist golf ball on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 2,045 and more than all other competitors combined.

On the Champions Tour at Royal Birkdale, Wiebe closed with a 4-under 66 on Sunday to match fellow Pro V1 loyalist Bernhard Langer at 9-under 271 and force a playoff that concluded earlier this morning. On the fifth playoff hole, Wiebe was able to secure his first major title on the Champions Tour.

Meanwhile, Hoey carded a 7-under 65 on Saturday to cap off a moving-day charge that put him in prime position for the final round at the M2M Russian Open. With steady play on Sunday, Hoey earned a four shot victory to secure his fifth career European Tour title.

What’s in Michael Hoey’s Bag:  Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, 913D3 (8.5º) driver, 913F (13.5º) fairway metal, 712U 2, 3 and 4 irons, AP2 irons (5-PW), Vokey Design SM4 sand (54º) and lob (58º) wedges.

Don’t forget to check out the Titleist Golf Ball Leaderboards from across the tours…

PGA Tour: RBC Canadian Open Golf Ball Count
Titleist: 98
Nearest Competitor: 20

European Tour: M2M Russian Open Golf Ball Count
Titleist: 85
Nearest Competitor: 10

Champions Tour: The Senior Open Championship Golf Ball Count
Titleist: 107
Nearest Competitor: 12 Tour: Albertsons Boise Open Golf Ball Count
Titleist: 102
Nearest Competitor: 22

In five professional competitions around the world last week, 392 players trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success. Two of those players entered the winner's circle, as Pro V1x loyalist Woody Austin captured the Sanderson Farms Championship on the PGA TOUR and Pro V1 loyalist Beatriz Recari triumphed at the Marathon Classic on the LPGA TOUR.

With two more wins, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 82 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 28 and more than all other competitors combined.

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PGA TOUR:  Sanderson Farms Championship

  • Of the 130-player field, 85 relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 16.
  • Woody Austin topped Cameron Beckman and Daniel Summerhays with a birdie on the first hole of an all-Titleist Pro V1x playoff. The trio finished regulation at 20-under par 268.
  • Pro V1x loyalist Nicholas Thompson finished in sole possession of fourth place at 18-under par 270 for the week.
  • Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Bohn shot a final round 6-under par 66 to finish in a tie for 9th along with Pro V1x loyalists Billy Mayfair and Jim Herman.

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LPGA TOUR:  Marathon Classic

  • Of the 156-player field, 107 relied upon Titleist golf balls, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 18.
  • Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Beatriz Recari rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole to take the lead for good and win the Marathon Classic for her third LPGA Tour title.
  • Recari closed with a 5-under 66 to finish with a 17-under 267 victory total, one shot clear of her nearest competitor.

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EUROPEAN TOUR:  The Open Championship

  • At the 142nd Open Championship, 91 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21.
  • Four of the top five finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including runner-up Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stenson, who was three shots behind the champion. Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott, as well as Pro V1x loyalists Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, tied for 3rd place, another shot back.
  • Poulter and Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner each turned in final rounds of 4-under par 67, the second lowest score of the day.

There is a common thread that exists with the keys to success at the Open Championship - trust in your golf ball.

"It just breeds a lot of confidence to know that if I make the swing I'm supposed to make the ball is going to do what I'm used to it doing," said Pro V1x loyalist Bo Van Pelt.

And when you mix in the pressure of playing in a major, sometimes great shots can happen if you trust in your game and your golf ball. Just ask two-time winner of the Open Championship and Pro V1x loyalist Padraig Harrington...

"There is no doubt you can hit the best shot of your life when there is a little bit of adrenaline in your system."

Hear what else Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jason Dufner and Ben Curtis along with Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen had to say in the video above.

This week we've talked a lot about the short game. We've heard from Master Craftsman Bob Vokey on wedge setup for The Open Championship and TPI Co-Founder Dave Phillips shared some advice on how to escape the infamous pot bunkers that cascade across the Muirfield layout.

And with the many different short game scenarios that are found on a Scottish links course, we've also enlisted PGA Professional James Sieckmann (one of the leading short game instructors in the game) to share some of his thoughts on wedge play at The Open Championship.

Check out the video above to see what James had to say about what it will take to execute shots when facing tight-lies, gusting winds and firm greens. He shares some great advice that we will definitely be taking to the course the next time we tee it up.


Team Titleist was on course again today in the glorious Scottish sunshine.

With the conditions likely to continue all week, the tour team have been working frantically with the players to get the right wedge set-ups as well as long irons in the bag. Looking at how many 712U's have gone into play this week, it is hard to see the winner not having one of these in his bag.

Stay tuned to Team Titleist for further updates and player interviews.

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