Welcome to the ISPS Handa Wales Open


This week, the European Tour is being welcomed back the the home of the 2010 Ryder Cup.  Celtic Manor is again host to the ISPS HANDA Wales Open.  The course measures a gruelling 7352 yards and will definitely test our Staffers this week.

Day one showed that Titleist staffer Espen Kofstad was up for the challenge as he fired a tournament leading -7 (64).  Also starting the tournament well were fellow Titleist brand ambassadors Gregory Bourdy -4(67), and Peter Uihlein -3(69).

Will there be a spectacular finish to this event as there was at the 2010 Ryder Cup?  Stay tuned to Team Titleist to see how out guys got on.


We’ve all been there. Just a few paces off the green and looking to chip it close so we can salvage a par. And while it sounds easy, we know all of the questions that start to run through our collective minds as we step up to the ball…

What shot should I play? What club do I pull? What is the right strategy to get the ball up and in?

Well, we checked in with the 2012 U.S. Open Champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson for a little advice.

"What I see a lot of amateurs do wrong is they pull out a 60° wedge and they try to loft it, but we're not going to do that," Simpson explains. "The goal is to get the ball on the ground as quick and as short as possible, and let it roll out like a putt."

Take a look at the video above to hear the rest of what Webb has to say on how you can hit your chips closer and lower your scores.

To be at your competitive best means never counting yourself out, giving everything you have until the final shot, and having total confidence in your equipment. 

Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott proved this and more at The Barclays on Sunday by rallying to earn his first career FedExCup Playoffs victory. 

Relying upon the Pro V1 golf ball and a complete bag of Titleist equipment, the reigning Masters champion fired a final round bogey-free 66 for his second win of the season, vaulting him to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

In addition to Scott’s final round heroics on the PGA TOUR, Titleist golf ball loyalists were winning the world over, earning victories on the LPGA, Champions, Australasia, Japan and South African tours. Six more wins this week advances Titleist’s year-to-date victory count to 99, more than three times the nearest competitor with 31.

And with that, let's take a trip around the golfing world with the TeamTitleist Monday Recap.

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PGA TOUR: The Barclays

Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott closed with a bogey-free, 5-under 66 en route to an 11-under-par 273 victory total. He finished one shot clear of four players, including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Graham DeLaet. Other Titleist golf ball loyalists finishing among the top 10 and ties included D.A. Points (Pro V1x - T6), Rickie Fowler (Pro V1x - T9) and Jason Kokrak (Pro V1x - T9).

Among the 123-player field at The Barclays, 79 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 16.

What’s in Adam Scott’s Bag?: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, 913D3 driver (9.5), 910Fd fairway metal (13.5°), 712U utility iron (2), MB irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°) wedge, Spin Milled sand (54°) wedge and TVD K-grind lob (60°) wedge, Scotty Cameron by Titleist prototype Futura X long putter.

What’s in Graham DeLaet’s Bag?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver (7.5), 913F fairway metal (13.5°), prototype CB (2-5) and prototype MB (6-PW) irons, Vokey Design SM4 sand (54°) and lob (60°) wedges, Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport Tour putter.

DeLaet’s Sunday charge of 7-under-par 65, matched the low round of the day. The performance vaulted him to No. 9 in the Presidents Cup standings. With one week remaining for players to earn qualifying points, the Canadian is likely to make the International team along with Scott. The T2 finish at The Barclays was a career best for DeLaet, who led the field in Driving Accuracy, converting over 91% of his drives with his 913D3 driver and Pro V1x golf ball. DeLaet also put in a new set of Titleist prototype CB (2-5) and prototype MB (6-PW) irons in play for the first time at The Barclays.

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LPGA TOUR: CN Canadian Women’s Open

Titleist golf ball players swept the top six positions on the leaderboard, including the winner (Pro V1) who shot a final round 6-under 64 for a winning total of 15-under 265, five strokes clear of runner-up Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Karine Icher. Of the 156-player field, 108 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, nine times the nearest competitor (12).

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Boeing Classic 

Playing in his fifth start on the Champions Tour, Pro V1x loyalist John Riegger followed up an 8-under-par 64 on Saturday with a Sunday 68 to win by a two-stroke margin.  He posted a 15-under-par 201 victory total. Of the 81-player field, 66 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than 16 times the nearest competitor with 4. Six players who finished among the top 4 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success. 

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JAPAN TOUR: Kansai Open

Pro V1x loyalist Brad Kennedy captured the Kansai Open title when the final round was cancelled because of heavy rain on Sunday. Kennedy had posted a 10-under 206 total after three rounds, one stroke clear of fellow Pro V1x loyalist Sung-Joon Park. The victory marks the second Japan Tour title for Kennedy, who captured his maiden victory at last year.

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AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: Queensland Open

Titleist Brand Ambassador Nicholas Cullen shot a course record 7-under-par 65 on Saturday and captured the Queensland Open by five shots, with a 9-under-par 279 victory total. The runner-up finisher was fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Peter O’Malley.

What’s in Nicholas Cullen’s Bag?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5 putter.

Of the 120-player field, 87 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 24. In addition, 10 of the 12 players who placed among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls.

What’s in Peter O'Malley’s Bag?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo putter.

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SOUTH AFRICA TOUR: Voacom Originas of Golf Langebann Country Estate

Titleist Brand Ambassador Jean Hugo carded rounds of 72, a course record 63 and a final round 67 en route to a 14-under total and his 14th career Sunshine Tour title.

Of the 74-player field, 55 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 14. The top four finishers and 10 of the 12 players who placed among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

What’s in Jean Hugo’s Bag?: Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver (8.5°), 913F fairway metal (15°), 913H hybrid (17°), 712U 2-iron, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Jbe Kruger (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, AP2 prototype irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges) and Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Andrew Curlewis tied for second on 7-under, seven shots behind Hugo. Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Steven Ferreira finished another stroke back in third place.

On Monday, June 26 at Congressional Country Club, The Titleist Tour Trailer opened its doors to begin Tour seeding and validation for the new prototype AP1, AP2, CB and MB irons (714 series) on the PGA Tour. And many eager Titleist Brand Ambassadors arrived exactly at 8 o'clock that Monday of AT&T National week to unbox their new sets.

But for Jason Bohn, 8 a.m. wasn’t early enough. “I was the first one here, buddy, I was ready,” said Bohn. “The alarm went off at 5:30 this morning, I was excited to get my new irons.”

In the weeks since, over 20 players on the PGA Tour and more than 70 across the worldwide professional tours have put a set of the new prototype irons in play, capped off by the ball striking display of Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner (prototype AP2 - 714 series) during his victory at the PGA Championship. In addition to Jason's major victory, the new prototype irons have also been trusted in victories on the PGA Tour (AP2/John Deere Classic), the Web.com Tour (AP2/News Sentinel Open) and the Champions Tour (MB/Boeing Classic).

The week before his historic PGA Championship win at Oak Hill, Jason spent time on the range and in practice rounds with Titleist Tour Rep Chris Tuten dialing in his new AP2 prototype irons (714 series). Jason put the new set in play for the first time that week at Firestone, where he finished T4.

Between rain showers and practice sessions, Jason shared his feedback with Team Titleist.

“The new 714 irons, I play the AP2’s, are really nice. The sole seems to be a little bit better, the bounce is configured a little bit differently. They feel really solid all around, even if you catch one a little thin or a little heavy, it’s just going through the turf really nice.”

Team Titleist has continued to check in with other players throughout the summer and gather their feedback as the tour validation process moves forward.

So, check out the video above to hear more from Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jason Dufner, Jason Bohn, Ben Curtis, John Merrick, Brett Rumford, Erik Compton, Ben Kohles, Brendan Steele, Cameron Tringale and Jimmy Walker. Make sure you stay tuned to Team Titleist to get the latest news and info as the new family of Titleist irons make their journey from tour prototype to production.


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This week, the European Tour is in Scotland for the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, home of the 2014 Ryder Cup.  The Championship will be played over the PGA Centenary Course which measures 7,088 yards in length.  It is the longest inland course in Scotland and fittingly begins by playing south-east towards the famed glen of the eagles.

There are a lot of Titleist staffers in play this week, so as expected, the Titleist Tour Support Vehicle has been frantic with activity getting the players ready for the week.  An unexpected challenge was Titleist staffer Alexander Levy showing up with no golf clubs after they were lost in transit.  With no time to spare, the team sprung into action and built Alexander a new set, which obviously worked as he shot an impressive -2 in his first round.  

Other staffers in play this week and that have started the Championship well are Bernd Weisberger (-7), Brett Rumford (-6), Michael Hoey (-4), and Brooks Koepka (-4).  Will it be one of these that lift the great trophy come Sunday, or will it be another one of our staffers that comes through the pack?

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