Happy 18th Birthday Titleist Full Line Ambassador Matteo Manassero. Matteo turned 18 yesterday, and has achieved so much in his short career so far.

On Sunday, Matteo employed a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment to win the Maybank Malaysia Open, his second European Tour event in just 11 months as a professional, adding a pair of trophies to a growing collection that also includes a British Amateur trophy (2009), Silver Medal (Low Amateur, 2009 Open Championship), Sterling Silver Cup (Low Amateur, 2010 Masters), and 2010 European Tour Rookie of the Year award, among other accolades.

To celebrate Manassero's Birthday, we thought we'd have a look at what Matteo has in his bag.

You can check out the pictures in the slideshow below:

 

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

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D2 9.5, D•1 SureFit Tour Setting (Project X Graphite Tour Issue 6A4)
3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5, B•1 Setting (Project X Graphite Tour Issue 7A3)
Hybrid: Titleist 909H 17.0 (Project X Graphite Tour Issue HC1)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 20.0, A•1 Setting ( Project X Graphite Tour Issue HC1)
Irons (4-P): AP2 (Project X Rifle), 1º flat
Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 52•08 (Project X Rifle)
Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled TVD58, M Grind (Dynamic Gold Spinner)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Timeless GSS

Two days before his 18th birthday, Titleist Brand Ambassador Matteo Manassero captured his second European Tour victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open, leading a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist Brand Ambassadors at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

Manassero's win also set up a Sunday sweep of the weekend's biggest events for Titleist Brand Ambassadors and Pro V1x golf ball players, with Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendan Steele winning the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio later in the day for his first PGA Tour victory.

Titleist golf ball players have now won 36 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2011, more than four times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 4,575 players have played Titleist golf balls in competition across the worldwide professional tours this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 743 and more than all competitors combined.

Here's a closer look at the victories by Manassero and Steele:

• Officially, Manassero's Sunday victory at 17 years and 363 days old, just 175 days after he become the youngest champion in European Tour history at the Castello Masters last October.

• Said Manassero: “It feels amazing - it’s a great achievement. As I always say I could never have expected it all to have one win before I was 18 and now I’ve got two. … It’s great to be able to celebrate (my birthday and the victory) together. I’m just now concentrating on being in the top 50 now and getting into all the majors. I’m very happy about this achievement.”

• Manassero finished at 16-under 272 (66-71-67-68), tapping in his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball in for par on No. 18 for a one-shot victory over Titleist Brand Ambassador Gregory Bourdy (71-69-66-67--273). Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlory (69-64-72-69--274) finished alone in third.

• Manassero, Bourdy and McIlroy all trusted Pro V1x golf balls for their success, combining for 18 birdies and an eagle over the final 18 holes. In total, 96 players in the field played Titleist golf balls, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all competitors combined.

• All 42 clubs in the bags of Manassero, Bourdy and McIlroy were Titleist, including a total of three Titleist 910 drivers, four 910F fairway metals and three 910H hybrids.

• Manassero – who plays a Titleist 910D2 9.5º driver (Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7 shaft) with his SureFit Tour hosel set at D•1 (-.75º less loft, standard lie) – finished second for the week in Driving Accuracy (76.8 percent). He ranks sixth overall on the European Tour in that statistic at 70.4 percent (138 of 196 fairways).

• He also finished first for the week in Greens in Regulation (84.7 percent) and is currently third overall on the European Tour at 78.2 percent (197 of 252 greens).

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

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D2 9.5, D•1 SureFit Tour Setting (Project X Graphite Tour Issue 6A4)
3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5, B•1 Setting (Project X Graphite Tour Issue 7A3)
Hybrid: Titleist 909H 17.0 (Project X Graphite Tour Issue HC1)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 20.0, A•1 Setting (Project X Graphite Tour Issue HC1)
Irons (4-P): AP2 (Project X Steel)
Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 50º (Project X Steel)
Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled TVD58 (Dynamic Gold Spinner)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport Timeless GSS Prototype



To win the Valero Texas Open, Steele overcame treacherous Texas winds and talented field at TPC San Antonio to win his first PGA Tour event in only his 12th-career start.

• Steele, who turned 28 on April 5, used his Vokey Design Spin Milled TVD58º wedge to get up-and-down from behind the 18th green, rolling in his Pro V1x golf ball from 8 feet for par on No. 18 to secure a one-shot victory. He finished at 8-under 280 (69-72-68-71), one shot ahead of two players including Titleist Brand Ambassador Charley Hoffman (68-73-72-68--281).

• Said Steele of his final putt: "Just an outrush of emotion there. I couldn't believe that I had actually done it. It was one of those kind of things. You thought about it as a kid and in high school and everything, this putt is to win a PGA Tour event, this putt is whatever, and you actually have a putt to do that and you actually make it. I mean there's so many times in this game when you don't do what you want or you don't make the putt that you need or you don't hit the shot that you need to hit. It's really something when you pull it off."

• Steele is only the fourth rookie to ever win the Valero Texas Open. He earned his 2011 PGA Tour card by winning last November's Nationwide Tour Championship, where he needed at least a fourth-place finish to qualify via the 2010 Nationwide Tour money list.

• For the week, Steele tied for second in Birdies (17) and Putts Per Round (26.0), best keeping his wits during an overwhelmingly-windswept week that resulted in the highest winning score in tournament history and so far this year on the PGA Tour.

• He was also one of 104 players in the field that played a Titleist golf ball at TPC San Antonio, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (41); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (130); and Putters (58).

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

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 909D2 9.5 (Oban Devotion 6 65) 
Hybrid: Titleist 909H 21.0 (Oban Devotion 8 85 Hybrid)
Irons (5-PW): 710 MB (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 52º, TVD58º, 60º (True Temper Dynamic Gold) 



NATIONWIDE TOUR:  Pro V1x loyalist Daniel Chopra's third-round 9-under 61 eventually landed him in the winner's circle at the Fresh Express Classic, as fog cancelled the final round Sunday at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif.

Chopra rolled his new Pro V1x golf ball in for six birdies and two eagles during Saturday's round to finish at 9-under 198 (68-69-61), one shot clear  of two players including Titleist Brand Ambassador Luke List (67-68-64--199). Titleist Brand Ambassador Erik Compton (67-71-64-202) and Pro V1x loyalists Doug LaBelle II (66-69-67--202) and Mathew Goggin (67-66-69--202) were among the group that shared fourth place.

A total of 111 players at TPC Stonebrae trusted Titleist golf balls, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (43): Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (148); and Putters (65).

CHAMPIONS TOUR:  Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am with 53 players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 11.

JAPAN TOUR:  Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Token Homemate Cup with 58 players, more than double the nearest competitor with 26. Titleist also was first in Hybrids (41), including 22 new 910H models; and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (110).

Team Titleist South East Asia has spent the week at the Maybank Malaysia Open, a co-sanctioned European and Asian Tour Event. Being a co-sanctioned event, there is a strong European Tour presence, with many players heading out here from Europe to take part.

Team Titleist caught up with some of our Full Line Ambassadors on the range to find out what the main differences are between playing in Asia and Europe, how they prepare pre round and what their favorite things about Malaysia are. Check out the video above to see what they said.

Titleist is the number one ball at the Maybank Malaysia Open with 96 of 156 players trusting Titleist golf balls this week. 

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Team Titleist South East Asia has spent the week so far at the Maybank Malaysia Open catching up with some of our Asian and European Tour Ambassadors as well as having some fun with our European and Asian Tour Leadership Teams.

Defending Champion and Titleist Full Line Ambassador Noh Seung-yul is back to try and defend his title, while Titleist Full Line Ambassador Rory McIlroy also makes the trip over to KLGCC. 

The European Leadership Team bought lots of 910 goodeis with them, and this first person to take full advantage of them was Titleist Full Line Ambassador Kiradech Aphibarnrat looking to change his driver shaft. Arm switched from a UST ATTAS shaft without tipping to a AXIV Core Black 69X shaft with a 1.5 tip which he will be using this week. 

Shortly after, Full Line Ambassador Gregory Bourdy approached the team looking at a shaft to help give a bit more distance. He changed from the Motore F3 (S flex) to the Motore F3 (X flex) and instantly found he was able to keep the ball in the air a bit longer and generate more roll. It goes to show how important the shaft is, even at this level.  

Be sure to check out Team Titleist's Slideshow from Tuesday at the Maybank Malaysia Open below.

Pro V1X Loyalists Mardan Mamat and Pablo Larrazabal receiving their weeks golf balls from the Titleist Leadership Team. 

 

• Seven of the top 10 players at the 2011 Masters Tournament relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success. Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 53 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined.

• So far in 2011, Titleist golf balls have been teed up in competition by 4,153 players across the worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 662 and more than all competitors combined.

• Eleven of the top 16 players and ties that earned automatic invitations to the 2012 Masters were Titleist golf ball players.

• Titleist was also first in Iron Sets (26); and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (74).

Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott (pictured above) shot consecutive 5-under 67s on the weekend to finish tied for second. He watched his new Pro V1 golf ball drop into the hole for birdie six times Sunday at August National, playing his final 12 holes in 5 under.

For the week, Adam finished tied for third in Putting Average (1.54), using the 49-inch Scotty Cameron Studio Select Stainless Kombi putter that he first put into play earlier this season at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Adam started practicing with the long putter at the suggestion of his coach Brad Malone while back home in Australia after the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Brad thought it might help Adam with his rhythm and short stroke.

"There's only positives for me to take (about this week). I don't think there's anything negative about it," Scott said of his best finish to date in a major championship. "And as far as the putting goes, you know, it was just so solid all week. You know, I expect to make those putts. That's how I feel out there and it feels like I was putting at my best."

• Fellow Australian and Titleist Brand Ambassador Geoff Ogilvy also closed in 5-under 67, rolling in his Pro V1 golf ball for five consecutive birdies from Nos. 12 to 16.

"It's nice to finish the week with my best nine holes," he said.

Geoff shared the clubhouse lead for almost an hour Sunday along with Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald, who chipped in for birdie on No. 18 to finish with a 3-under 69. Both players eventually tied for fourth at 10-under 278.

Geoff also tied for third (1.54) in Putting Average, using a Scotty Cameron 009 putter.

• Rounding out the top 5 was 2009 Masters champion and Pro V1x loyalist Angel Cabrera, who now has five top-5 finishes in 12 starts at Augusta National. He closed in 1-under 71 for a 9-under 279 total.

Angel's new Pro V1x golf ball hit 48 of 56 fairways for the week, which tied him for first in Driving Accuracy (85.71 percent).

• Five of the top 10 players in Driving Distance at the Masters relied upon Titleist 910 drivers, including three of the top four: Titleist Brand Ambassadors Rory McIlroy (303.1 yards), Robert Karlsson (298.8) and Gary Woodland (293.9):

Titleist Brand Ambassador Bo Van Pelt enjoyed his best finish at a major, shooting a final-round 2-under 70 to tie for eighth at 8-under 280.

Bo's Sunday charge included two eagles on the back nine on the par-5 13th and par-5 15th, set up by approach shots with his Titleist MB 5-iron and 6-iron, respectively.

"You know, I just felt like my long game had kind of been coming around and my putting stroke had gotten a little bit better," he said. "So I was pretty confident coming into the week that I would play well. I didn't know how well, but I felt like my game was in good enough shape that I could do something if I just stuck to my game plan, which I did."

• Also tying for eighth was Pro V1x loyalist K.J. Choi, who closed in even-par 72, his ninth consecutive par-or-better round at Augusta National.

Pro V1x loyalist Ryan Palmer played his final five holes in 4 under, rolling his new Pro V1x golf ball in for birdie on No. 18 to finish with a 2-under 70 and 6-under 282 total. He finished alone in 10th place.

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