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Posted: July 12, 2011
Titleist is the #1 ball for more players and more champions across the worldwide professional tours. In fact, to date in 2011, Titleist golf ball players have recorded 89 victories around the world, compared to 12 for the nearest competitor. Since the introduction of the Pro V1 in 2000, the golf ball franchise has been the golf ball of choice for more than 1,500 champions worldwide.
Below is a listing of tournaments won by Titleist golf ball players on the major worldwide professional tours in 2011.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker earned his second PGA Tour title in six weeks at the John Deere Classic, once again lighting up leader boards and highlight reels while leading a 1-through-11 finish for Titleist golf ball players.For the second time this season, Stricker shot four rounds in the 60s and hit a How-did-he-do-that? bunker shot down the stretch Sunday, trusting his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and bag of Titleist equipment to a one-shot victory.It marked Stricker's third-consecutive win at the John Deere Classic as well as one of four wins on the weekend for Titleist golf ball players around the globe – including Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald's victory at the Barclays Scottish Open and Pro V1 loyalist So Yeon Ryu's major triumph at the U.S. Women's Open.So far in 2011, Titleist golf ball players have combined for 89 victories across the worldwide professional tours, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined.
At the John Deere, Stricker led the field with 25 birdies over the four days at TPC Deere Run, including two consecutive birdies to close out the tournament.On the par-5 17th, Stricker chipped to 15 feet right of the pin, then rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in the middle of the cup for birdie, setting up one of the most exciting finishes of the year on the PGA Tour.Tied for the lead on the par-4 18th, Stricker stood over his approach shot on a downslope in the left fairway bunker, one foot in the sand and one foot in the grass.He pulled his Titleist AP2 6-iron and picked his Pro V1x golf ball clean, launching it over the left water hazard to the back fringe, 25 feet and 3 inches from the hole. (During his victory at The Memorial Tournament last month, Stricker also used his AP2 6-iron to make a hole-in-one in Round 2.)"The whole key there was just making sure that I clipped it and not fatted it or bladed it into the lip in front of me. But I felt pretty confident," said Stricker, who also made two treacherous sand saves on the back nine of his final round at Memorial. "My footing was pretty good, and I took an extra club thinking that I could get it all the way back to the pin."And then to make the putt, you know – I don't know what to say about that."You can watch video of Stricker's 18th hole below:Stricker posted rounds of 66-64-63-69 for a 22-under 262 total, one shot ahead of runner-up and fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyle Stanley (65-67-65-66--263), who recorded his best-career PGA Tour finish and earned an invitation to this week's Open Championship at Royal St. George's.For the week, Stanley made 24 birdies and led the field in driving accuracy, hitting 87.5 percent of his fairways with his Titleist 910D3 9.5º driver.At tournament's end, the top 11 spots on the John Deere leader board were occupied by Titleist golf ball players, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Zach Johnson (66-69-67-65) and Matt McQuillan (64-69-70-64), who tied for third at 17-under 267.In total, 111 players relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.Titleist also was first in iron sets (43), including 24 sets of the new Prototype Titleist AP1, AP2, MB and CB (712 Series) irons; sand, lob and approach wedges (138); and putters (69).
Stricker's victory, the 11th of his PGA Tour career, was the 21st of the year for Titleist golf ball players on the PGA Tour, seven times the nearest competitor with three and more than all competitors combined.
Stricker also became the fourth player to win twice on the PGA Tour in 2011, along with Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney and Pro V1x loyalists Mark Wilson and Bubba Watson. He is currently the only golfer to have multiple wins each of the last three years (2009, 2010 and 2011).Here's a closer look at Stricker's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 909D3 8.5º, (UST Mamiya Proforce V2 86)3-wood: Titleist 906F2 13º, (UST Mamiya Proforce V2 96) Hybrid: Titleist 909H 19º (UST Mamiya Proforce V2 Hybrid 104)Irons: AP2 3-P (KBS Prototype)Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 253•09º, 259•11º (True Temper Dynamic Gold w/Sensicore)
• LPGA: Pro V1 loyalist So Yeon Ryu captured the U.S. Women's Open with a sensational six-hole Monday finish at The Broadmoor.After a week of weather delays and roller-coaster conditions in Colorado, Ryu woke up Monday morning with three holes remaining in her final round, one shot back of fellow South Korean and Pro V1x loyalist Hee Kyung Seo.After making pars at Nos. 16 and 17, Ryu hit a 6-iron to 5 feet on No. 18 and rolled her Pro V1 golf ball in the hole for birdie to force the three-hole playoff at 3-under 281.Ryu, who shot rounds of 74-69-69-69, ran away in the extra session, making an 8-footer for birdie on No. 17 and sticking her approach to 4 feet on No. 18 for her third birdie of the day.At 21, Ryu became the third-youngest U.S. Women's Open champion.
"I've won on the KLPGA tournament six times, but no major," she said. "I won the U.S. Women's Open, so I can't believe it."Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the U.S. Women's Open with 112 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined.
• EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist and World No. 1 Luke Donald captured his third title of the season, closing with an error-free 9-under 63 to win the weather-shortened Barclays Scottish Open.Donald's nine-birdie, zero-bogey 63 marked the best round of his European Tour career, giving him a 19-under 197 total, four shots ahead of runner-up and fellow Pro V1x loyalist Fredrik Andersson Hed, who made a Sunday charge with a tournament-best 10-under 62.For Donald, it was another week of precision and control with his Pro V1x golf ball. He hit 90.7 percent of greens in regulation and 83.3 percent of the fairways over the three rounds at Castle Stuart Golf Links (Saturday's round was washed out and the tournament was reduced to 54 holes), a performance he would certainly love to repeat this week at the Open Championship."I'll be high on confidence," Donald said. "I'm obviously hitting the ball nicely and to do it on a links course is even better. That's why I decided to play in Scotland this year, because of the move here to Castle Stuart, and yeah, I'm looking forward to hopefully bringing this game to next week."Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball choice at the event with 92 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all competitors combined.• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Jeff Sluman closed with a 2-under 70 to win the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach for the third time in four years.Sluman finished with a 10-under 206 victory total for a two-shot victory, making him the tournament's only three-time winner.
"I've been very comfortable on this golf course for the last 20 years,"
Sluman told PGATour.com. "It's hard to explain. It doesn't mean you're going to play
well but I've had success here and I think that's because I am
Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jay Haas and David Eger were among three players that tied for second place, two shots behind Sluman.Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 52 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 12. Titleist also was first in iron sets (25).
• ONEASIA TOUR: KPGA and ONEAsia tour officials were forced to cancel the High 1 Resort Open following numerous delays due to heavy rain and low cloud cover. Only three players were able to complete their second rounds at the High 1 country club on Saturday.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 118 players (75.6%), more than eleven times the nearest competitor with 10. Titleist also was first in fairway metals (57); iron sets (64); and hybrids (90).
Posted: July 11, 2011
The seeding and tour validation process for the new Prototype Titleist AP1, AP2, CB and MB (712 Series) irons continued this week at TPC Deere Run, which kept our Titleist Tour Reps moving at tractor-speed (or probably faster) for the three practice days at the John Deere Classic.
Several Titleist Brand Ambassadors in the field saw the new prototype irons for the first time this week, and the team worked hard to make sure each player was dialed in to his custom specifications.
On Thursday, 24 players stepped to the first tee with the new prototype irons in their bags.|
Some of the Titleist players that put the irons in play for the first time this week included: Jason Bohn (CB), Matt Jones (MB), Ben Martin (CB), Matt McQuillan (CB), Aron Price (CB), Brad Faxon (AP2), Morgan Hoffmann (CB) and Chris Smith (MB).Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman also added new Prototype AP2 3-4 irons to the bag, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Chris Kirk put in an order for a new Prototype CB 2-iron.• Our Titleist Tour Reps also checked in with many of the players who gamed the new prototype irons last week at the AT&T National tournament at Aronimink Golf Club.Titleist Brand Ambassador Chris Kirk, who finished T-8 at Aronimink playing the new Prototype MB irons, called them "awesome." He liked the look and feel of the new Prototype MB's and said they felt "faster through the turf."Titleist Brand Ambassador Bobby Gates, who plays a mixed bag of new Prototype CB and MB irons, also said he liked how the clubs "glided" through the turf and didn't dig in the rough.Titleist Brand Ambassador Michael Connell also plays a mixed set of CB and MB irons. He remarked on the improved feel as well as the "softer looking lines." Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner had similar comments about the new Prototype AP2 irons.
• Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the John Deere
Classic with 111 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor
with 13 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist is also first in iron sets (43); sand, lob and approach wedges (138); and putters (69)
• Titleist Brand Ambassador Matt McQuillan, who has been working on swing changes recently, put in some driver work with Titleist Senior Club Fitting Analyst Dino Antenucci.Matt mentioned to Dino that he felt like his golf ball was falling out of the air with his current setup: Titleist 910D3 9.5º with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7X shaft at 44.5" and the SureFit Tour hosel set at D•4 (+.75º more loft, standard lie). A few swings on the Trackman launch monitor confirmed the issue: Matt was creating just 155 mph ball speed and 1,600-1,800 rpm of backspin. The ball carried 220 yards on good shots, about 190 on mishits. Immediately, Dino switched in a 910D3 10.5º head. Matt's backspin increased instantly to 2,100-2,400 rpm and he picked up 20-30 yards of carry distance. But the ball still had a lower vertical landing.Next, Dino tried a Graphite Design Tour AD DJ 7 X (1" tip) shaft at 45". Matt liked the feel of this setup, which added a few yards of carry distance and increased the backspin to 2,400-2,700 rpm.The third try was the charm, however. Deno switched in a Graphite Design Tour AD DJ 6 X (1" tip) shaft at 45". Matt liked the feel of this setup even more, and the results spoke for themselves: 158-159 mph ball speed with a carry distance close to 258 yards and a desirable vertical landing.
Matt's final specs: Titleist 910D3 10.5º with Graphite Design Tour AD DJ 6 X (1" tip) shaft at 45" and the SureFit Tour hosel on the D•4 setting.
Posted: July 5, 2011
Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney celebrated Fourth of July weekend with his fourth-career PGA Tour victory, relying on a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment, including a set of new Prototype Titleist AP2 (712 Series) irons that he touched for the first time Tuesday morning at Aronimink Golf Club.Watney, also a winner earlier this year at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, closed the tournament with an unblemished and unbelievable 27-hole stretch featuring a back-nine 8-under 27 and course-record 62 in Round 3.Over his final 27 holes, Watney made 10 birdies, one eagle and zero bogeys, posting a final-round 4-under 66 for a 13-under 267 total and two-shot victory.Eighty-five players have now trusted Titleist golf balls to worldwide victories in 2011, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Thomas Levet's one-shot victory Sunday at the European Tour's Alstom Open de France.Watney also led a 1-2-3-4-5 finish for Titleist golf ball players at Aronimink, one of the PGA Tour's statistically-toughest courses, including Pro V1 loyalist K.J. Choi, who shot four rounds in the 60s and finished runner-up at 11-under 269.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott, Pro V1 loyalist Charles Howell III and Pro V1x loyalist Jeff Overton tied for third at 9-under 271."Well, you know, with 27 holes to go in the tournament, I was really just trying to play my way back in, and then for some reason the hole just got bigger for me," said Watney, who became the PGA Tour's third second-time winner of the season, joining Pro V1 loyalists Bubba Watson and Mark Wilson.A total of 80 players in the field at AT&T National played Titleist golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all other golf balls combined.Titleist also was first in iron sets (40), including 19 sets of new Prototype Titleist (712 Series) irons; sand, lob and approach wedges (113); and putters (52)."I was very, very proud of the way I was able to finish," said Watney.It all started on Tuesday on the range Aronimink, where the seeding and tour validation process for the new Prototype Titleist AP1, AP2, CB and MB (712 series) irons had just begun.Watney set up shop on the right end of the range, where he was delivered a set of new Prototype AP2 (712 series) irons, custom built to his specifications: True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts; standard length, 1º upright; 2º weak in 3-5 and P; 1º weak in 6-9.About 24 hours later, Watney dropped by the Titleist Tour Van after his Wednesday Pro-Am to tell Titleist Tour Rep Brett Fleming that his previous set of irons could be shipped home.
"The news ones are in the bag," he said.
Also added to Watney's bag this week: A new Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback putter, which helped him finish third in putts per green in regulation (1.667).Stay tuned to the Titleist Tour Blog later this week for more on Watney's victory, his new Titleist equipment and the continuation of the seeding and testing process for Titleist's new prototype irons.Here's a closer look at Watney's Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: 910D3 10.5º, B•2 SureFit Tour (SFT) setting (Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7)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): Prototype AP2 (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 54º, TVD60º (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback
• EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Thomas Levet earned a hard-fought victory on home soil at the Alstom Open de France trusting a Pro V1 golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment.Levet closed with a 1-under 70 for a 7-under 277 total, rolling his Pro V1 golf ball in for par on 18 to finish one shot ahead of Pro V1 loyalist Mark Foster at the treacherous Le Golf National. He celebrated his sixth European Tour title by jumping into the pond surrounding the 18th green.Levet is just the second French winner of the tournament since the European Tour began in 1972.“All of my friends were here in the crowd. It's always nice to win in front of your home crowd. The way it went today was just like in a dream," Levet told EuropeanTour.com.For the week, Levet finished third in greens in regulation at 73.6 percent.Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball choice of the field with 95 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 23 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also the top choice in iron sets (40) and sand, lob and approach wedges (165).• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Montreal Championship with 57 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all competitors combined.Pro V1 loyalist Rod Spittle shot a course-record 10-under 62 during the final round at Club de Golf Fontainebleau in Montreal.Titleist also was first in iron sets (22).
Posted: July 4, 2011
A closer look at the new Prototype Titleist Irons (712 Series):
Inside Titleist's Seeding and Tour Validation Process:
The start to the seeding and tour validation process for the new Prototype Titleist AP1, AP2, CB and MB (712 series) irons got off to an earlier-than-expected start this week at Aronimink Golf Club outside Philadelphia.Not long after making an early arrival to AT&T National last Sunday, Titleist Brand Ambassadors Scott Stallings and Bobby Gates noticed a towering pile of cardboard boxes marked with the Titleist Script sitting on top of a pool table in the Aronimink locker room.They immediately texted Chris Tuten, Titleist Golf Clubs' Director of Tour Promotions, to see if they were allowed to open their new prototype irons and begin testing. Thirty-six holes and five hours later (they had a golf cart), Scott and Bobby were back in the locker room storing their previous sets in their locker."Getting some of those texts from those guys that the product is great before we had even arrived was pretty cool," Chris said.That was the beginning of an action-packed and educational week for our Titleist Tour Reps and Titleist Golf Club R&D team, working with our players to show, explain, fit and test the new irons.And on Thursday, 19 Titleist Brand Ambassadors stepped to the first tee at Aronimink Club with new Prototype Titleist irons in their bags, just days after seeing them for the first time: Nick Watney (AP2), Geoff Ogilvy (MB), Bill Haas (CB), Troy Matteson (CB), Hunter Haas (AP2), Kris Blanks (CB), Chris Kirk (CB), Brendan de Jonge (AP2), Brian Davis (CB), Jason Dufner (AP2), Ryuji Imada (CB), Michael Sim (AP2), Michael Connell (CB/MB), Ben Curtis (AP1), Greg Chalmers (CB), Jimmy Walker (MB), Marc Leishman (AP2/MB), Scott Stallings (AP2) and Bobby Gates (CB/MB).Check out the above videos, as Team Titleist caught up with Titleist's golf club experts at Aronimink to get a closer look at the new prototype Titleist irons and Titleist's seeding and tour validation process, which will continue over the coming weeks across the worldwide professional tours.The feedback we receive during this validation process influences the design and specifications of the Titleist products available in golf shops around the world.