Titleist Full Line Ambassador, Kiradech Aphibarnrat birdied the par 5 18th at Dehli Golf Club on Friday to win the second Asian Tour event of the season, The Sail Open. The win marks the Thai stars first on the Asian Tour and elevates him to 3rd on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.

 The 21-year-old Aphibarnrat (nicknamed Arm on Tour) shot a final round 4-under 68 to finish at 16-under par 272, overcoming a 2-shot deficit from Titleist Pro V1x Loyalist Siddikur of Bangladesh, who was the overnight leader.
 Siddikur, the first ever Bangladeshi to win on the Asian Tour, finished 2nd, although could have forced a playoff had he made birdie at 18, but a wayward tee shot into the rough meant he had to settle for a Par and second place.
Aphibarnrat had to sink a 3-foot birdie putt on the final green for victory and dropped to his knee’s when the putt fell. "The putt on the last was very near but my hand was shaking! I’m just happy I won. I’ve waited two years for this and I’m very proud of myself," said Aphibarnrat.   
 Aphibarnrat came in with a 35 before making birdies on 10, 12 and 14. A bogey on 16 however, saw him draw level with Siddikur again, meaning that the pair were level going down 18.   
"I learned a lot from my last two years on the Asian Tour. I felt nervous but I told myself to stick to my game plan and concentrate on my game. That worked for me," smiled the Thai, who’s final hole birdie ultimately proved the difference.
 Titleist golf ball players have now won both of the 2011 Asian Tour events that have been played - and 30 total events across the worldwide professional tours, five times the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined.. 4 of the top 5 players at the Sail Open relied on a Titleist golf ball including Siddikur (Pro V1x, 2nd), Ajeetesh Sandhu (Pro V1x, 3rd) and Manav Jaini (Pro V1x, 4th).
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at The Sail Open, with 112 players playing a Titleist Golf Ball, 7 times the nearest competitor, with 16. Titleist was also first in iron sets (34) and wedges (154).
 Here’s a closer look at Aphibarnrat’s equipment:
 BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 9.5 (UST Mamiya Attas)  
IRONS: Titleist AP2 (Project X 6.0)
WEDGES: Vokey Design Spin Milled 52 and 60

 

ONE ASIA TOUR:  Titleist Brand Ambassador Andre Stolz (Pro V1x, Vokey Design 52, 56 and 60 degree wedges) of Australia, who came out of retirement just two years ago after recovering from a wrist injury, recorded an emotional triumph at the Indonesian PGA Champioship.

Stolz birdied the final two holes to fire a final round 4-under 68 en route to 14-under 274 victory total, edging 22 year old Titleist golf ball loyalist Rory Hie (Pro V1x) by 1 shot.
Titleist Brand Ambassadors Gareth Paddison (Pro V1) and Park Eun-shin (Pro V1) finished joint 3rd, 1 shot back, meaning that all of the top 4 relied on Titleist Golf Balls.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Indonesia PGA Championship with 124 players trusting Titleist golf balls, more than 11 times the nearest competitor with 11. Titleist was also the top choice of players in fairway woods (55), hybrids (64), irons (62) and wedges (163).  
 
 USPGA TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Martin Laird's fight to the finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational was both trying and triumphant, a formula that only resulted in great fulfillment for the 28-year-old Scot.

"It was a battle out there, but you know, it makes it even sweeter at the end when I got this trophy," said Laird, who rallied from a three-shot deficit with four holes play Sunday at Bay Hill to capture his second PGA Tour title, one of six wins on the week for Pro V1x golf ball players.

 

 
Titleist golf ball players have now won 12 out of the first 14 PGA Tour events to begin 2011 – and 30 total events across the worldwide professional tours, five times the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined.
Laird birdied two of his final four holes and two-putted from 90 feet on Bay Hill's perilous 18th green, rolling in his Pro V1x golf ball from 3 1/2 feet for par to capture the one-shot victory over fellow Pro V1x loyalist Steve Marino.
Laird closed with a 3-over 75, but then again no one in the final three groups Sunday broke par on the treacherous Bay Hill layout.
"Obviously very, very happy," said Laird, who made back-to-back birdie on Nos. 15-16, including a tricky left-to-right 15-footer on the 16th. "That was a tough fight out there."
Laird finished at 8-under 280, becoming the first European to win at Bay Hill in the event's 33-year history.
He was also one of 75 players at the Arnold Palmer Championship that trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than five times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.
Six of the top seven players on the leaderboard trusted Titleist golf balls – including Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman who tied for third at 6-under 282.
Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (30): Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (94); and Putters (42).
 
EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Paul Lawrie won the Open de Andalucía for his sixth European Tour title, closing with an even-par 70 at Parador de Malaga Golf for a one-shot victory.
 
Like fellow Scot and Pro V1x loyalist Martin Laird, Lawrie recovered from a sluggish start to take hold of the tournament down the stretch. He made four birdies in the first five holes of his back nine, needing only a bogey in No. 18 to secure the victory.

"I played lovely and the putter behaved better. I got on a nice run at the right time," said Lawrie. "I started hitting beautiful shots on the back nine. I birdied ten, 11 and 12, and then did a great up and down on 14 for birdie just at the right moment.

“I must say that I felt under control even when I was above par at the start, and when you get into that attitude good things happen."

Lawrie finished at 12-under 268, one shot better than fellow Pro V1x loyalist Johan Edfors. Pro V1x loyalist Felibe Aguilar was another shot back in third.

A total of 86 players in the field trusted Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 19. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (35); and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (152).

 

 

 
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Brett Wetterich teed up a New Pro V1x golf ball for the first time in competition at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open and found himself in the winner's circle on Sunday, shooting a final-round 2-under 69 for a one-shot victory.

"I love this place. This course just fits me perfectly," Wetterich, who also won this event in 2003, told PGATour.com. "This is a great feeling. I can't be any happier."

It was the third Nationwide Tour title for Wetterich, who also has one win on the PGA Tour (2006 Byron Nelson Championship).

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open with 102 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (32): Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (148); and Putters (62).

 

CANADIAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Adam Hadwin cruised to victory at the Pacific Colombia Tour Championship, closing in 3-under 69 to win by six shots and earn his second Canadian Tour title.

Hadwin, 23, finished the Tour de las Americas/Canadian Tour co-sanctioned event at 25-under par 263, shooting all four rounds in the 60s.

 

LPGA: Eight of the top 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties at the KIA Classic relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 108 players, more than nine times the nearest competitor with 11. 

Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings stopped by Titleist's Oceanside Test Facility earlier this season to get dialed in with his new Titleist 910 driver.

Scott, a PGA Tour rookie who finished third at last week's Transitions Championship, headed to the range with Senior Club Fitting Analyst Dino Antenucci and Assistant Tour Tech Rep JJ Van Wezenbeeck to figure out the 910 setup that would allow him to gain better control over his ball flight.

After a couple hours of testing various combinations, Scott left the Oceanside Test Facility "with no question" that he had the best driver for his game: 910D2 7.5º with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana 'ahina 70X shaft and SureFit Tour (SFT) hosel set at B•1 (standard loft, -.75º flat).

For an in-depth look into Scott's fitting process, check out the above video. You can follow Scott on Twitter at @StallingsGolf.

• Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Transitions Championship with 93 players teeing up Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in Iron Sets (41); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (116); and Putters (56).


Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings swung by the Titleist Tour Van early in the week with his 910F 13.5º fairway metal with 'ahina 80X shaft (tipped 1” at 42.5”) and SFT hosel set at A•1 (standard loft, standard lie), which had been giving him an unfavorable trajectory (low launch, pronounced fade).

Several options were discussed and tested on both the range and course, including changing to a 910F 15º head with a B•2 SFT setting (standard loft, +.75 upright). Still none of them seemed to work for Scott's aggressive swing.

Next up: A 910F 15º head with an 'ahina 80X (tipped 2” at 43”) shaft and A•1 SFT setting. He liked the ball flight and was able to control the ball better, but felt the shaft was too stiff throughout the club and too long at 43''.

So they switched in a White Board 83X shaft (tipped 2” at 42.5”). Scott liked the feel of this setup right away, as it gave him the draw and penetrating ball flight he was looking for. A quick adjustment to the D•1 SFT setting (-.75 less loft, standard lie) also brought him back to a favorable spin rate.

Scott had his winner: 910F 15º with White Board 83X shaft (tipped 2” at 42.5”) and D•1 SFT setting.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman stopped by the TTV with his 910F 13.5º fairway metal, which had been launching lower than he preferred and not coming down soft enough. 

Titleist Tour Rep Dino Antenucci
suggested Marc switch from the B•2 setting (standard loft, +.75º upright) to C•3 (+.75º more loft, +.75º upright), which added .75º more loft. That change gave Marc a slightly higher ball flight and a softer landing, which he also found was  easier to control.

Marc had also noticed that the divots he was taking with his Titleist AP2 irons were too deep. Titleist Tour Technicians bent the irons slightly upright, which resulted in better divots and more control.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Turnesa added a Titleist AP1 3-iron with a Dynamic Gold X100 shaft to his bag  in place of a hybrid.

Marc felt this combination made it easier to hit the ball high without giving up some of the accuracy he was losing with a hybrid.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Kevin Na switched from a 910D3 8.5º driver with a Fubuki 63X shaft to a 910D3 9.5º with a Fubuki 63S shaft. Kevin felt the new combination provided him with a better chance of improving his driving accuracy.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Gary Woodland gutted out a one-shot victory Sunday at the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook's Copperhead Course for his first career PGA Tour title, showcasing his recent diligence in improving his all-around game.

Woodland closed out the tournament with his third 4-under 67 of the week, rolling in his Pro V1 golf ball from 10 feet for par on the par-4 18th to secure the one shot victory and lead a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist Brand Ambassadors.


Titleist golf ball players have now won 11 of the first 13 events of the 2011 PGA Tour season – and 24 total events across the worldwide professional tours.

In total, 93 players in the Transitions Championship field trusted Titleist golf balls – including eight of the top 10 players on the leaderboard – more than three times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined.

Woodland, 26, finished with a 15-under 269 total (67-68-67-67), one shot ahead of Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (67-67-67-69). Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings finished alone in third (66-70-66-70-272).

The result should not have come as a surprise. Woodland entered the event already with three top-6 finishes in 2011, including a runner-up finish at the Bob Hope Classic. He also tied for fifth at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and tied for sixth at last week's Honda Classic.

"We're just at the tip of the iceberg right now. I'm not anywhere near where I want to be. I've just got to keep building on it, just keep moving in the right direction," said Woodland, who played Division II basketball for a year before transferring to the University of Kansas to play golf. "These are signs that we're doing the right things."

After suffering a torn labium in his shoulder during his rookie season on the PGA Tour in August of 2009, the long-hitting Woodland sat down with his coach Randy Smith to map out a road back to rehabilitation and success.

"We attacked my stats, short game needed to improve, driving the golf ball needed to improve, and that's what we've worked on for the last year and a half.  We started seeing results this year once I got healthy...," said Woodland, who finished tied for 11th last December at PGA Tour Q-School to earn his card for this season. "I mean, we sat down right when I got hurt, and obviously that could be a big setback, but we turned it into a positive."

Yesterday was only further proof, as Woodland was able to control a roller-coaster back nine (four birdies, four bogeys, one par) with focus and putting stroke down the stretch.

On No. 17, Woodland hit his Titleist MB 5-iron from 220 yards to 15 feet then sank the birdie putt. "The putt really never left. It was always in," he said.

He rolled in a 10-footer for par on No. 18, becoming the seventh player to win on the PGA Tour this season with a Scotty Cameron putter.

"I didn't putt very well at the Bob Hope when I lost, and that's kind of what's held me back," he said. "I've had three top sixes coming into this week but didn't putt well on Sunday. Up to that point I putted well but not under the pressure, and today that's what won the tournament."

Woodland has also spent time working on his flatstick with Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon, one of golf's all-time greatest putters.

"The more I got out of Brad was mental stuff, preparation," Woodland said. "You know, he was talking about my stroke was a little slow, and maybe that's why I was coming up short at the Bob Hope. I kept coming up short right. He gave me a drill. He talked to Randy Smith about it. Randy gave me a drill to work on it. …. The last couple weeks we've really focused on the speed of the putter, and it's really taken off."

For the week, Woodland tied for first in Total Birdies (22) and tied for second in Putts Per Round (27.0).

Hear more about what Gary had to say about his victory in the Titleist Tour Report below:

Here's a closer look at Gary's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver
: 910D3 7.5º, B•2 SFT setting (Aldila RIP 90)
Fairway
: 909F3 15.0º (UST Mamiya Proforce V2 96)
Irons
(3-9): MB (Project X Steel)
Utility Iron (2): 503•I (Project X Steel)
Wedges
: Vokey Design Spin Milled 248•10, 254•12 (Project X Steel)
Wedge: Vokey Design Spin Milled 260•08 (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100)
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Prototype

Last Wednesday before the start to the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney took a break from his pre-tourney prep to hang out with Team Titleist and give us a tour of his Titleist equipment.

Four days later, Nick rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for birdie from 12 feet on TPC Blue Monster's menacing par-4 18th to lock up the biggest victory of his career to date. He'll try to make it back-to-back wins this week at the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook's Copperhead Course.

Check out the above video to hear the story behind Nick's winning setup.

Here are the details:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: 910D3 10.5º, B•2 SureFit Tour (SFT) setting (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White 83)
Fairway: 910F 15.0º, A•1 SFT setting (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Blue 93)
Hybrid: 910H 21.0º, A•1 SFT setting (Aldila VooDoo VS9)*
Irons (3-PW): AP2 (True Temper Dynamic Gold)**
Wedges
: Vokey Design Spin Milled 54º, TVD60º (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport Tour Prototype (350g)

*Due to the windy conditions last week in Miami, Nick added a Titleist AP2 3-iron to his bag temporarily in place of his new 910F 19º fairway metal. There are a few holes at Doral that call for lower, more penetrating 220-plus-yard shots and felt more comfortable hitting those shots with the 3-iron.

**All of Nick's AP2 irons (3-PW) are 1º weak from standard, as he is a lower launch/spinning player.

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