The crowning glory for Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald's recent run of consistency and success came Sunday at the BMW PGA Championship, where the Englishman raised his second trophy of the season to rise to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Donald prevailed in an all-Titleist playoff with fellow Pro V1x loyalist Lee Westwood at the Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, contributing to a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the globe.

So far in 2011, Titleist golf ball players have combined for 58 victories across the worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with 11.

A total of 7,425 players have trusted Titleist golf balls in competition this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,187 and more than all competitors combined.

Through the first five months of this season, Donald has been nothing but dead-on, finishing in the top 10 in nine consecutive events, including last week's runner-up finish at the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

It's certainly a list worth noting: WGC-Accenture Match Play (1); Honda Classic (T-10); WGC-Cadillac Championship (T-6); Masters (T-4); The Heritage (2); Zurich Classic of New Orleans (T-8), The Players Championship (T-4); Volvo World Match Play (2); and BMW PGA Championship (1).

 In his past 15 starts dating back to last season, Donald has only finished outside the top 10 once.

"If the world No. 1 ranking is based on consistency, yes, I have been the most consistent this year. I have been giving myself opportunities every week… I've had a great run, and you know, it pays to be consistent," Donald said.

"I've always said, winning is always at the top of the list. It's always the top of the goals. I'm not going to lie, being No. 1 feels fantastic. It's a great honor, a great achievement. But you know, winning is what got me there."

To win on Sunday, Donald hit his approach on the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th, to 4 feet and rolled in his Pro V1x golf ball for birdie.

Donald (64-72-72-72-70) and Westwood (72-69-69-68) both finished regulation at 6-under 278, two shots clear of the field.

Donald and Westwood were two of 85 players in the field that trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than three times the nearest competitor with 24 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in iron sets (41); and sand, lob and approach wedges (154).

For the week, Donald ranked third in Greens in Regulation (70.8 percent) and fourth in Putts Per G.I.R. (1.69), once again showcasing the short-game and shot-making control for which he is renowned.

Donald currently leads the PGA Tour in Scoring Average (69.16).

"A big win back at the Match Play, and a big win here. It's obviously been a great year so far, and just because I'm at No. 1 doesn't mean that I'm done now," said Donald. "I've still got a lot of work to do, hopefully a lot of titles to pick up, and hopefully I can keep going from strength-to-strength."

Team Titleist recently caught up with Luke to talk about his short game and the importance of having confidence in his Pro V1x golf ball.

"My golf ball does what I tell it to do most of the time and I'm very fortunate about that," he said.

Check out the video below to hear what else Luke had to say…

 


• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Tom Watson birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla and lead a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist golf ball players.

Watson rolled his Pro V1 golf ball in from 3 feet on the playoff hole, the par-5 18th, to hold off fellow Pro V1 loyalist David Eger and earn his sixth-career major on the Champions Tour.

 Watson (70-70-68-70) and Eger (74-68-69-67) both finished regulation at 10-under 278, one shot ahead of Pro V1 loyalist Kiyoshi Murota (66-67-74-72).

"Obviously it never ceases to be enjoyable, winning a golf tournament," said Watson, 61, who became the oldest player to win a major since the senior tour was created in 1980.

"And I'll go back and think about this golf tournament as, it is a Major Championship for us out here, but I'll be thinking of this tournament as a, as I said out there, if this is the last tournament I ever win, it's not a bad one to win."

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 106 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18.

Titleist also was first in iron sets (44) and sand, lob and approach wedges (114).

• SUNSHINE TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Jean Hugo began his final round with a front-nine 30 at the the Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament in Pretoria and cruised to a three-shot victory.

Hugo also made a pair of eagles during that opening stretch, eventually closing in 5-under 67 for an 11-under 205 total.

"“It was a battle on the back nine, having such a good cushion...," said Hugo. "I had to work hard to keep it all together.”

It marked Hugo’s fifth career win in the Vodacom series on the Sunshine Tour.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 56 players, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 15.
 
 • KOREAN TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Ho-Sung Choi earned his second-career Korean Tour title with a four-shot victory at the Lake Hills Open.

Choi closed in even-par 72 for an 8-under 280 total, finishing as one of only three players under par.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 104 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined.

• LPGA: Pro V1x loyalist Mariajo Uribe posted a final-round bogey-free 6-under 66 to come back from two shots and capture the HSBC Brazil Cup at Itanhanga Golf Club in Rio de Janeiro.

Uribe's 9-under (69-66) 135 total earned her a one-shot victory over Pro V1 loyalist Lindsey Wright (68-68) in the unofficial two-day event.

Pro V1 loyalist Maria Hjorth (70-67) finished third, another shot back.

"I knew I had to go out there today and take advantage of the par-5s," said Uribe, who lost in a sudden-death playoff at the event in 2010. "I just went out and had a good start birding five of the first seven holes. I was really excited, I just tried to keep my mind in the present and tried to keep playing how I was playing."

• PGA TOUR:  At the HP Byron Nelson Championship, 107 players trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist also was first in iron sets (44);  sand, lob and approach wedges (142); and putters (65).

• JAPAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Diamond Cup with 65 players. Titleist also was first in hybrids (49); and sand, lob and approach wedges (113).

Determined and undaunted down the stretch, a pair of Titleist Pro V1x players swept the weekend's top honors on the European Tour to lead a five-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the world.

At the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain, Pro V1x loyalist Ian Poulter concluded a hard-fought, marathon week with a 2-and-1 victory over fellow Englishman and Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald.

At the Madeira Islands Open in Portugal, Titleist Brand Ambassador Michael Hoey made just two bogeys over his final 40 holes to earn his second European Tour title.

So far in 2011, Titleist golf ball players have combined for 54 victories across the worldwide professional tours, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined.

A total of 6,811 players have trusted Titleist golf balls in competition this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,094 and more than all competitors combined.

EUROPEAN TOUR (Volvo World Match Play Championship): Already regarded as one of the world's most daunting match-play opponents, Pro V1x loyalist Ian Poulter successfully navigated 108 holes at Spain's Finca Cortesin GC to earn his 15th career victory and move back into the top 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Five of Poulter's six matches went to the 18th hole or beyond, including his quarterfinal match against Pro V1x loyalist Lee Westwood (1 up) and semifinal match against Pro V1x loyalist Nicolas Colsaerts (19th hole).

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 13 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with four and more than all competitors combined.

In the 18-hole final, Poulter rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in from 40 feet for birdie on the par-3 12th hole, kicking off a three-birdie, five-hole stretch that would decide the match against fellow match-play stalwart and Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald, the 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play champ.

On the par-4 16th, Poulter slammed his approach to 2 feet for birdie to take a 2-up lead over his countryman. The match ended one hole later, Poulter making a 7-footer for par to halve the hole and win, 2 and 1.

"It's been incredible," said Poulter, also a winner at the 2009 WGC-Accenture Match Play Champion. "I think I've probably played more holes than anybody this week, getting down to 18 every day apart from today."

"I'm just very happy. I've hung in there very well. When I did look as if I was out, dead and buried, I managed to hole a putt and chip it pretty tight."
 

 

• EUROPEAN TOUR (Madeira Islands Open): Titleist Brand Ambassador Michael Hoey's final round in Portugal was both the steadiest and most successful. He made 15 pars, two birdies and just one bogey at the demanding Porto Santo Golf, rolling in his Pro V1x golf ball for several key mid-range putts to finish at 10-under 278 (72-68-67-71) and claim the two-shot victory.
 
"The main thing was my putting," said Hoey, 32. "I made virtually all the six to seven footers on the way in."

For the week, Hoey finished third in Greens in Regulation at 72.2 percent and 13th in Putts Per G.I.R. (1.728). He played his final 34 holes in 6 under.

Pro V1x loyalists Federico Colombo, Jose-Filipe Lima and Lloyd Saltman all finished tied for fourth place at 6-under 282.

A total of 111 players at the event trusted Titleist golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all competitors combined.

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

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D3 8.5, A•1 SureFit Tour Setting (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Kai'li 60)
3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5, A•1 Setting (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Kai'li 80)
Irons (3-P): AP2 (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 54º, 58º (True Temper Dynamic Gold)

• PGA TOUR:  The winner of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial trusted a Pro V1 golf ball for his success, leading a 1-2-3-4-5-6 finish for Titleist golf ball players.

Pro V1 loyalist Charlie Wi shot a final-round 1-under 69 to finish at 14-under 266, one shot back of the winner.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Bo Van Pelt finished alone in third (10-under, 270), while defending champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson was fourth (9-under, 271).



Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Karlsson and Pro V1x loyalist Chez Reavie tied for 5th at 8-under 272. 

Of the 15 players who finished in the top-10 at the event, 13 relied on a Titleist golf ball for their success.

A total of 84 players at the Crowne Plaza Invitational teed up Titleist golf balls, seven times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined.

• ONEASIA TOUR: Propelled by a course-record tying 8-under 64 in Round 2, Pro V1 loyalist Kurt Barnes won the SK Telecom Open by one shot over Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyung Tae Kim at Pinx Golf Club in South Korea.

Barnes, who turns 30 on Wednesday, posted a 14-under 202 total, good enough for a one-shot victory once the event was reduced to 54 holes due to weather. He shot a 5-under 67 in the third round.

Kim, a recent winner at the GS Caltrex Maekyung Open, shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 in Round 3. Nine of the top 11 players in the event played Titleist golf balls.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the SK Telecom Open with 113 players, more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined.

• JAPAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Masanori Kobayashi captured his first-career Japan Tour victory at the inaugural Totoumi Hamamatsu Open.

Kobyashi won on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff, tapping his Pro V1x golf ball in for birdie on the par-5 18th hole at Grandee Hamanako Golf Club in Shizuoka Prefecture.

After starting the final round three shots back, Kobayashi closed with a 7-under 65 to finish regulation at 20-under 268.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Totoumi Hamamatsu Open with 65 players. Titleist also was first in hybrids (49); and sand, lob and approach wedges (112).

• LPGA TOUR: At the Sybase Match Play Championship, runner-up and Pro V1 loyalist Cristie Kerr was one of 46 players that played a Titleist golf, more than seven times the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined.

• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Seven of the top 11 players at the BMW Charity Pro-Am were Titleist golf ball players, including runner-up and Pro V1x loyalist Sunghoon Kang.

In total, 123 players at the event trusted Titleist golf balls, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist also was first in iron sets (47); sand, lob and approach wedges (164); and putters (82).

On Friday the 20th May 2011 at Acushnet Company's world headquarters in Fairhaven, Mass., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Wally Uihlein made an important announcement concerning the future of Acushnet Company and our industry-leading Titleist and FootJoy brands.

We'd like to share all of the details now with Team Titleist.


It was about five months ago that we announced the news that our parent company, Fortune Brands, Inc., had approved a plan for the sale or tax-free spin off of Acushnet Company.

On Friday morning, Uihlein informed us that Fortune Brands has signed an agreement for the sale of the company to a group led by Fila Korea, Ltd., the owner of the Fila brand globally, and Mirae Asset Private Equity, the largest private equity firm in Korea.

Uihlein said Fila Korea and Mirae Asset will maintain Acushnet – one of the largest golf equipment companies in the world with annual sales of more than $1.2 billion in 2010 – as a standalone company, keeping the current management team in place and worldwide headquarters (pictured) in Fairhaven, Mass.

“The Acushnet Company has long been the trusted steward of two of golf’s most revered and iconic brands, and has perpetuated the longest running records of golf equipment success in the game,” said Uihlein.

“The Fila Korea and Mirae group understands and appreciates our golf industry leadership, passionate associates, and unique and enduring culture. Together, with our new owners, our team is looking forward to strengthening and building upon the global success of the Titleist and FootJoy brands.”

For more details on the acquistion, please see the press releases linked below from both Acushnet Company and Fortune Brands.

Acushnet Company Press Release (.pdf)
Fortune Brands Press Release (.pdf)

10 lucky Titleist fans from the Philippines were treated last week when Team Titleist invited them to a private clinic with Titleist Brand Ambassador and Asian Tour Member Lucas Lee at the ICTSI Philippine Open.

Participants entered a competition run by Team Titleist SEA's partner PinoyGolfer, and the lucky winners were invited to spend some time picking up pointers from Lee on the range after he had completed his 2nd round. Despite a rain delay on the first day meaning he finished his first round early on the Friday morning, Lee was able to get to the eagerly awaiting guests on time, and everyone had a great afternoon with him.

If you want to stand a chance to head to similar clinic's or other exclusive Titleist events in the future, be sure to join up to Team Titleist.

Titleist Brand Ambassador and Asian Tour Qualifying School 2011 winner Lucas Lee was on hand to give our lucky guests a few pointers at the Titleist Philippine Open Clinic.

 

Pro V1 loyalist K.J. Choi turned The Players Championship into a showcase of shot-making control and determination, trusting his Titleist Pro V1 golf ball to the biggest win of his career to date while leading a 1-2-3-4-5 finish for Titleist golf ball players.

On Sunday at TPC Sawgrass, one of the PGA Tour's toughest tests of skill and staying power, Choi put together a victory march that was equal parts consistent and clutch.

With heavy rains having postponed most of Saturday's play, Choi woke up Sunday morning with 27 holes still ahead of him. He eventually celebrated his victory on hole No. 28, two-putting for par on the par-3 17th to win an all-Pro V1 playoff – the eighth victory of his PGA Tour career and 16th international victory overall.

So far in 2011, Titleist golf ball players have combined for 49 victories across the worldwide professional tours, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 10 and more than all competitors combined. A total of 6,256 players have played Titleist golf balls in competition this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,023 and more than all competitors combined.

Choi, who turns 41 on May 19, played his 28-hole finale in 4 under par, rolling his Pro V1 golf ball in for two birdies over his final seven holes of regulation, including a 10-footer for birdie on the par-3 17th that got him into the playoff at 13-under 275 (70-68-67-70), guaranteeing him his fifth top-10 finish of the season.

"Yeah, this course, you know, the back nine is really difficult and puts a lot of pressure on me. But, you know, for some reason today I felt very comfortable out there. …," said Choi, who made only two bogeys on the back nine the entire week, playing those 36 holes in 10 under par.

"The swing that I have right now doesn't really break down under pressure situations. I was able to hit it precise and aggressive today, and I was able to keep my rhythm together. And I think that's what contributed to the performance."

Nine of the 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success as well as the top five players on the leaderboard, including Pro V1 loyalist Paul Goydos (3rd, 11-under, 277) and Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald and Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney (T-4, 10-under 278).

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at The Players Championship with 90 players, six times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in Hybrids (35); Iron Sets (41); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (121); and Putters (48).

Choi's shot of the tournament came toward the end of regulation at the par-3 island-green 17th, a hole as famous as it is fickle. Tied for the lead, Choi sent his Pro V1 golf ball cutting over the lake toward the treacherous front-right pin. It hit the downslope, checked up slightly and rolled below the hole to 10 feet. Choi made the putt to a chorus of cheers from the gallery.

Choi actually played the 17th hole three times Sunday. He got up-and-down for par the first time during Round 3, made birdie during Round 4 and two-putted for par in the playoff.

No. 17, it gives you pressure, to anyone that plays that hole. … But that hole, the moment the ball leaves the club face, there's no -- you have to just -- you can't control it; it's gone.." said Choi.

"You know, it's very hard to land the ball in the exact area that you want to on that green. So, yes, there was a lot of pressure, but that hole is going to do that to you."

 • ASIAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Berry Henson (left, thanks to Mike Besa and Pinoygolfer for the image) earned his first Asian Tour crown with a hard-fought victory at the ICTSI Philippine Open.

Henson closed with a 1-over 73 in grueling, windy conditions, rolling his Pro V1x golf ball in for par on the 18th hole at Wack Wack Golf & Country Club for a 5-under 283 total and one-shot victory over Pro V1x loyalist Jay Bayron.

“I’m beat. I felt like I went through 72 rounds with Manny Pacquaio this week. I came into a hostile environment and it was really tough for me. It was a hard win,” Henson said.

A typhoon that struck the country at the beginning of the week resulted in difficult weather conditions the entire event.

“This is by far the biggest win in my career and it has pushed me way up on the rankings. My goal this year was to finish in the top-40 on the money list and I know this win sets me up nicely."

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 102 players (68%) in the field of 150, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 21. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (36); and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (107).

EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Iberdola Open with 97 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19, including runner-up and Pro V1x loyalist Chris Wood.

SUNSHINE TOUR: A total of 51 players at the Nashua Golf Challenge trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than twice the nearest competitor with 19, including runner-up and Titleist Brand Ambassador Trevor Fisher Jr.

JAPAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the at the Japan PGA Championship with 61 players. Titleist also was first in Hybrids (36); and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (98).

KOREAN TOUR: Eight of the 11 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties at the Volvik Gunsan C.C. Open played Titleist golf balls, including runner-up and Pro V1 loyalist HoSung Choi. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 106 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined.

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