Slideshow: ICTSI Philippine Open

Last week the Asian Tour traveled to the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club in Manila for the ICTSI Philippine Open. Team Titleist was there to catch up with some of our players. Titleist Brand Ambassador Berry Henson emerged as the winner with a total score of 5 under par. Check out the following slideshow of images captured during the week:

 Titleist Brand Ambassador Chinnarat Phadungsil getting some chipping practice in before the tournament starts.

How do you win the Players Championship?

With precision, says Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark, the 2010 Players Champion.

TPC Sawgrass is an obstacle course guarded by Bermuda rough, small-target greens and fast, undulating putting surfaces. 

"To be in contention, you know you've played really good golf," says Tim, who discusses in the above video his keys to success at one of the toughest tests on tour.

This week, Tim will begin his title defense by teeing up a new Pro V1 golf ball, which he used to post 68 or better in six of his first eight rounds of 2011 before an elbow injury forced him to miss most of the last few months.

Team Titleist recently caught up with Tim, one of our newest Titleist Brand Ambassadors, to talk about the performance of the Pro V1 golf ball and how much making the switch has helped his game "off the tee, all the way down to putting."

Check out all of Tim's observations in the video below.

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players combined for five victories around the globe Sunday, including a record-breaking performance from 24-year-old Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyung-tae Kim (pictured above) that moved him to No. 35 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

 Titleist golf ball players have now earned 47 victories across the worldwide professional tours in 2011, more than four times the nearest competitor with 10 and more than all other golf balls combined.


In total, 5,967 players have played Titleist golf balls in competition across the worldwide professional tours this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 977 and more than all competitors combined.

ONEASIA TOUR: Kim's performance at the GS Caltex Maekyung Open was the most dominant in the tournament's 30-year history: He fired four consecutive rounds in the 60s (67-68-66-66) for a 21-under 267 total at Namseoul Golf & Country Club in South Korea and won by eight shots.


Kim rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for 24 birdies and one eagle over the four days, making just two bogeys over his final 31 holes.

Last season's Japan Tour money list winner, Kim birdied four of his first six holes after the turn Sunday to hold off a charge from Pro V1x loyalist Hyung-Sung Kim, who also closed the tournament with consecutive rounds of 6-under 66.

“Last year I did not win, but before this season I set my goal to win in Korea and I am delighted to be able to win this event for the second time,” said Kim, also a winner at the 2007 Maekyung Open in just his second start on the Asian Tour.

He won three times last year on the Japan Tour and has also finished T-48 or better in his last three major championship starts, including this year's Masters (T-44).

“It was difficult at the start of the second round because the players behind me made some early birdies," he said, "but I was then able to start putting better and managed to make some birdies myself."

Eight of the top 11 players on the final leaderboard were Titleist golf ball players. In total, 120 players in the field trusted Titleist golf balls, 10 times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined.

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

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D3 8.5 (Graphite Design Tour AD EV 6)
Hybrid: Titleist 909H 17.0 (Fujikura Speeder 904)
Irons (3-5): MB (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Irons (6-9): CB (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 48º, 52º and 58º (True Temper Dynamic Gold)


 • EUROPEAN TOUR:
After earning his first European Tour title Sunday at the Open de España, Pro V1x loyalist Thomas Aiken dedicated his victory to legendary golfer and Spaniard Seve Ballesteros, who passed away Saturday at the age of 54. Ballesteros was a three-time winner in the event.


"It's been a sad week with Seve passing away. I definitely want to dedicate this win to him with it being his home Open and what he gave to his home fans and to golf," said Aiken, a six-time winner on the South African Sunshine Tour.

Players wore black ribbons during Sunday's round in honor of the five-time major champion.

“He was everything to the game of golf and I am happy to have won for him - any of us would have won for him," Aiken said.

Aiken closed with a 2-under 70 at the Real Club de Golf El Prat outside Barcelona, getting his Pro V1x golf ball up-and-down for par from a bunker on the par-4 17th. He also parred No. 18 to finish at 10-under 278, two shots ahead of fellow Pro V1x loyalist Anders Hansen.

"I don't think it's quite hit home yet," said Aiken. "I've been waiting for this for a long, long time and I've been knocking on the door. I'm ecstatic."

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Open de Espana with 100 players, five times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all competitors combined.


• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Tom Lehman
took home his second senior major championship trophy with a playoff victory over fellow Pro V1 loyalist Peter Senior at the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek.

After tying Senior in regulation at 13-under 275, Lehman tapped his Pro V1 golf ball in for par on the second playoff hole to win for the third time in his last seven Champions Tour starts.


 Lehman, 52, posted a bogey-free 3-under 69, his second bogey-free round of the week at Shoal Creek. Senior shot 4-under 68.

Lehman made just four bogeys the entire week, finishing the week tied for second in Greens in Regulation (77.8 percent).

"I just kind of kept the ball in play, moving it forward," said Lehman, who won the Senior PGA Championship last year in a playoff. "Hit a lot of greens. A lot of stress-free pars."

Titleist Brand Ambassador Jay Haas equaled his best finish of the season, sharing fifth place with four players, including Pro V1x loyalists Mark Calcavecchia and Kenny Perry

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Regions Tradition with 53 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 10. Titleist also was first in iron sets (22).


• CANADIAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
birdied the first hole of a sudden death playoff with Pro V1x loyalist Roger Sloan to win the Mexican PGA Championship at Estrella Del Mar.

Rodriguez, 30, made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 to force the playoff, shooting a final-round 5-under 67 to finish at 14-under 274. Sloan closed in 2-under 70.

On the playoff hole, No. 18, Rodriguez was faced with almost the same 10-footer he had missed in regulation. This time, his Pro V1x golf ball found the bottom of the cup.

“I’m really, really happy," Rodriguez said. "It feels good to finally get my first win on the Canadian Tour and I’m especially happy to win here in Mexico.”

The win was the first of Rodriguez' Canadian Tour career.


• SUNSHINE TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Justin Walters
captured his second South African Sunshine Tour title, shooting a final-round 5-under 67 to win the modified stableford scoring event and lead a top-5 sweep for Titleist Pro V1x players.


Walters, 30, edged Pro V1x loyalist Divan van den Heever by one point, tapping in his Pro V1x golf ball for par on the final hole.

“I’ve always dreamed of having a short putt like that to win a tournament,” Walters said. “But first I had to stop my arms from shaking!”

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 54 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined.


• PGA TOUR:
Five out of the top eight finishers at the Wells Fargo Championship trusted Titleist golf balls, including Pro V1 loyalist Jonathan Byrd, who was runner-up in a playoff after finishing regulation at 15-under 273 (66-68-67-72).

Byrd was attempting to find the winner's circle on the PGA Tour for the third time in just seven months, and the second time this season following his season-opening victory at the Mercedes Championship.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas finished third (13-under 275), while Titleist Brand Ambassador Kevin Na was fifth (12-under 276).

Both Haas and Na notched their fourth top-10 finishes of the season.

In total, 102 players trusted Titleist golf balls at the Wells Fargo Championship, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 15. Titleist also was first in iron sets (46); sand, lob and approach wedges (124); and putters (64).


NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Stadion Athens Classic with 109 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 18.

Titleist also was first in iron sets (44); sand, lob and approach wedges (140); and putters (67).

Are you looking to try out the latest Titleist Metals, Irons and Wedges. If so, why not head down to one of our demo days. We hold Demo Days throughout the region at various locations every month. Below you will find a full list of the demo days we have in May 2011. For any questions regarding a Demo Day, or for any specific product requests, feel free to email us at asktitleistSEA@acushnetgolf.com.

 

Upcoming Titleist Demo Days:

Singapore

Date Time Location
Thursday, 12th May 2011 6.00pm - 9.00pm Bukit Batok Driving Range
Saturday, 21st May 2011 11.00am - 5.00pm Marina Bay Golf Course
Thursday 26th May 2011 6.00pm - 9.00pm Keppel Golf Club
     
Malaysia
Date Time Location
Wednesday 4th May 2011 5.00pm - 8.00pm Cinta Sayang Golf and Country Club
Thursday 5th May 2011 5.30pm - 8.30pm Royal Kedah Driving Range
Tuesday 10th May 2011 5.00pm - 8.00pm Bukit Jalil Driving Range
Thursday 12th May 2011 10.00am - 4.00pm Monterez Driving Range
Thursday 19th May 2011 10.00am - 5.00pm Royal Pahang Driving Range
     
Thailand
Date Time Location
Bangkok  
Wednesday 4th May 2011 4.00pm - 8.30pm Gasson
Sriracha  
Monday 9th May 2011 4.00pm - 8.30pm Palm Spring
Rayong  
Tuesday 10th May 2011 4.00pm - 8.30pm Rayong Driving Range
Wednesday 11th May 2011 4.00pm - 8.30pm Golden
Sriracha  
Thursday 12th May 2011 4.00pm - 8.30pm BSC
Bangkok  
Wednesday 18th May 2011 4.00pm - 8.30pm Top Drive
Thursday 19th to Friday 20th May 2011 4.00pm - 8.30pm All Star Golf Complex
Cheng Rai  
Tuesday 24th May 2011 4.00pm - 8.30pm Old Airport
Cheang Mai  
Wednesday 25th May 2011 4.00pm - 8.30pm Lanna
Thursday 26th to Friday 27th May 2011 4.00pm - 8.30pm Star Dom
Bangkok  
Monday 30th May 2011 4.00pm - 8.30pm Bangpee
Tuesday 31st May 2011 4.00pm - 8.30pm Rungsang
     
Philippines
Date Time Location
Thursday 5th May 2011 5.00pm - 8.00pm South Point Driving Range
Wednesday 11th may 2011 5.00pm - 8.00pm Army Golf Driving Range
Saturday 14th May 2011 8.00am - 4.00pm SunVally Golf Driving Range
Thursday 19t May 2011 5.00pm - 8.00pm Logcom Driving Range 
Saturday 21st May 2011 9.00am - 3.00pm Foresthill Golf Driving Range
Thursday 26th May 2011 2.00pm - 6.00pm Wack Wack Golf Driving Range
     
Vietnam
Date Time Location
Saturday 14th May 2011   Cau Lo Golf Course, Vinh City
Friday 27th and 28th May 2011   Ocean Dunes

 

Indonesia

Date Time Location
Saturday 6th to 7th May 2011 9.00am - 3.00pm Klub Golf Bogor Raya
Thursday 12th to Friday 13th May 2011 2.00pm - 7.00pm Cilandak Driving Range
Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd May
2011
9.00am - 3.00pm

Rancamaya Golf and Country Club

 

India

Date Time Location
Saturday 14th to Sunday 15th May 2011 7.00am - 6.00pm  Noida Golf Club 
Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd May 2011 TBC East Point Golf Club
Saturday 28th to Sunday 29th May 2011 TBC Qutab Golf Course

 

Two of the game's most consistent performers, Pro V1x loyalists Bubba Watson and Lee Westwood each celebrated momentum-building victories Sunday while contributing to a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the world.

Watson's victory was his second of the 2011 PGA Tour season (and third and 10 months); Westwood's victory was his second in the last two weeks.

Adding to the week's overwhelming theme of consistency: Pro V1 loyalist Maria Hjorth, who won the Avnet LPGA Classic to earn her second victory in her last six starts on the LPGA.


 Titleist golf ball players have now won 42 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2011, more than five times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 5,430 players have played Titleist golf balls in competition across the worldwide professional tours this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 894 and more than all competitors combined.

• ASIAN TOUR/EUROPEAN TOUR: Lee Westwood solidified his World No. 1 ranking by following up last week's winning performance at the Indonesian Open with another victory at the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea.

Westwood fired a final round 5-under 67 on a windy day at Blackstone GC Course to finish at 12-under 276, coming back from three shots behind at the start of the round to earn a one-shot victory.

“I'm delighted. Professional golf is all about winning and it’s great to do it back-to-back two weeks in a row," said Westwood, who now has 35 total victories worldwide.

"It was nice to come back from last week and get it all together.”

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 88 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 25.

Titleist also was first in Hybrids (40), including 24 new 910H models; Iron Sets (42): and Sand, Lob and Approach wedges (135).


PGA TOUR: Watson sealed his victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans by rolling his Pro V1x golf ball in for birdie from 3 feet on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson.

Watson and Simpson, who also played a Pro V1x golf ball, both shot 3-under 69s in the final round at TPC Louisiana to tie at 15-under 273 in regulation, two shots ahead of three players including Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner and Pro V1 loyalist K.J. Choi.


Watson made a 12-footer for birdie on the par-5 18th to force the second playoff hole; Simpson narrowly missed a birdie putt from a similar position the next time around that would have extended the playoff.

"A year ago I was a good player who never won, and now I've got three under my belt," said Watson. "So it's crazy."

For Watson it was again a story of length and precision, as he led the field in both Driving Distance (331.4 yards) and Greens in Regulation (80.6 percent), just as he did earlier in the season during his victory at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

For Simpson, it was just another showcase of consistency. Already this season, Simpson has recorded two runner-ups, three top-10s and seven top-25 finishes, already as many as he had last season.

"I think we've given ourselves this year three different chances to win," said Simpson, who was forced to take a penalty stroke during his final round after his ball moved as he was addressing a routine tap-in for par. "You try to improve, and the goal is to win. I'm certainly a lot closer now than I ever have been to winning."

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 104 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (44); and Putters (61).

For more on Watson's victory, check out the Titleist Tour Report in the video below:

• LPGA: Maria Hjorth rolled her Pro V1 golf ball in for 12 birdies and an eagle over the weekend at the Avnet LPGA Classic, shooting consecutive 5-under 67s to earn her fifth LPGA title.

Hjorth finished the four days at RTJ Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove's Crossings Course at 10-under 278, two strokes ahead of Pro V1 loyalist Song-Hee Kim. She donated $20,000 of her winnings toward the American Red Cross tornado relief efforts in Alabama.

"It's always great to be a winner – you work very hard for it," said Hjorth, also a winner at the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship in November. "When it happens, especially with a field like this where we have the best players in the world playing, teeing it up on Thursday, it's even a better feeling to know you can be out there and play and play against the best.


Pro V1x loyalist Na Yeon Choi tied for third (8-under 280), while Kraft Nabisco champion and Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis finished alone in fifth (6-under 282). 

Of the 12 players who finished tied for 9th place or better in Mobile, Ala., nine trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.

In total, 107 players in the field trusted Titleist golf balls, nearly nine times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined.

• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the South Georgia Classic with 106 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16.

The winner of the event played a New Pro V1x golf ball.

Of the 12 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties, 11 trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.

Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (45); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (138); and Putters (63).

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