In an impressive display of confidence and control, Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott won the World Golf Championships event at Firestone Sunday trusting a Titleist Pro V1 golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment.

Scott, 31, closed out the tournament with a bogey-free 6-under 65 that included a back-nine 31 and a birdie on No. 18 to capture his eighth PGA Tour victory and lead a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist golf ball players.

Scott was also one of four Titleist Brand Ambassadors to claim victories around the globe Sunday, including Scott Piercy's one-shot victory at the Reno-Tahoe Open, the 13th victory by a Titleist Brand Ambassador on the 2011 PGA Tour.

 In total, Titleist golf ball players have won 103 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2011, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined.

At Firestone, Scott took charge with an eight-birdie, zero-bogey 8-under 62 on Thursday and and never let up, especially on the back nine.

He played Firestone's final nine holes in 12 under for the week, making just one bogey over that stretch during the four days, hitting his Titleist MB irons close and rolling in his Pro V1 golf ball with his Scotty Cameron Kombi Long putter.

On Sunday, Scott chipped in for birdie from the side of the par-3 12th with his Vokey Design Spin Milled wedge then rolled his Pro V1 in from 30 feet for birdie on the par-4 14th to take a three-shot lead. He dropped in a 15-footer to save par on the par-3 15th and finished off his wire-to-wire victory with a 4-footer for birdie on 18.

"The way I closed it out, I was really happy," said Scott, who finished at 17-under 263, topping a leaderboard that featured eight Titleist golf ball players in the top 10, including the runner-ups, Titleist Brand Ambassador Rickie Fowler and Pro V1x Loyalist Luke Donald. Both Fowler and Donald finished in 4-under 66 for 13-under 267 totals.

"It was a great day on the golf course for me. I went to the range and had the best warm-up of the week. …  (My swing) felt great in the warm-up, so I was confident going to the course," Scott said. "I just had to kind of control myself a little bit and stay patient and not get ahead of myself. So went out there with a good strategy… and ended up playing a really solid round of golf."

For the week, Scott finished fourth in putts per greens in regulation (1.62) and T-9 in greens in regulation (70.8 percent).

Scott was one of 39 players in the event that relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, three times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in iron sets (20); and sand, lob and approach wedges (61).

Here's a closer look at Adam Scott's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Titleist 910D3 10.5º, A•1 SFT Setting (Proforce V2 86)
Fairway wood: Titleist 910Fd 15.0, C•2 SFT Setting (Rombax Pro95)
Hybrid: Titleist 909H 21.0 (Proforce V2 Hybrid 104)
Irons: Titleist MB 3-9 (KBS Tour)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 248•06º, 254•10º, 260•08º (KBS Tour)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Kombi Long

PGA TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Piercy earned his first-career PGA Tour title with a one-shot victory at the Reno-Tahoe Open, rolling his Pro V1 golf ball in from 7 feet for par on the 18th hole.

 Piercy vaulted to the top of the leaderboard after course-record 9-under 61 in Round 3 at at Montreux Golf & Country Club that included eight consecutive birdies on the front nine for a score of 28. He closed with a final-round 2-under 70 for a 15-under 273 total.

"I always thought I could do it and it was just a matter of doing it," Piercy told PGATour.com. "Now I did it."

Piercy was one of 92 players in the field that played a Titleist golf ball, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in iron sets (34);  sand, lob and approach wedges(115); and putters (56). 

For the week, Piercy finished T-5 in greens in regulation (72.2 percent).

Here's a closer look at Scott Piercy's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º (Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 63)
Irons: Titleist AP2 2, 4 (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Irons: Titleist MB 5-9 (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 48º, 52º, 56º, 60º (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2.7

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Jay Haas tapped his Pro V1 golf ball in for birdie on the final hole at TPC Twin Cities to win the 3M Championship and earn his 15th Champions Tour victory.

Haas, who started the day one shot behind the leaders, closed with a 4-under par 68 to finish at 15-under 201 total, one shot ahead of Titleist Brand Ambassador Peter Senior, Pro V1 loyalist Tom Lehman and Pro V1x loyalist Kenny Perry.

 He two-putted from 30 feet on the par-5 18th for the winning birdie.

"I don't think I've ever been not nervous on the final hole with a chance to win," Haas, who hit over 90 percent of his greens in regulation for the week, told PGATour.com. "I hope I continue to be that way."

Pro V1 loyalist Tom Watson and Pro V1x loyalist Mark O'Meara tied for sixth, as Titleist golf ball loyalists secured six of the top seven positions on the leaderboard.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the 3M Championship with 53 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 12.  Titleist also was first in iron sets (20); and sand, lob and approach wedges (48).

Here's a closer look at Jay Haas' Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Titleist 910D2 8.5º (Fujikura ZCom Six)
Fairway wood: Titleist 910Fd 15.0º (Fujikura Rombax 7X07)
Fairway wood: Titleist 910F 17.0º (Fujikura Rombax 7X07)
Hybrid: Titleist 909H 21º (Alidla NV Hybrid 105)
Irons: Titleist CB 4-9 (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 53•09º, 59•07º(True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Studio Design

KOREAN TOUR: Pro V1x Loyalist DoKyu Park captured his fifth-career crown, winning the weather-shortened KPGA Johnnie Walker Open and leading a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist golf ball players. The tournament at Ora Country Club was reduced to 54 holes after a typhoon hit the island of Jeju on Sunday.

Park finished with a 12-under 204 total, one shot ahead of Pro V1x loyalist SungYoon Kim. Pro V1x loyalist SoonSang Hong finished solo third, another two shots back.

Nine of the 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon a Titleist golf ball for their success.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 114 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in fairway metals (49); and hybrids (80).

NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Cox Classic with 112 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15.  

Titleist also was first in iron sets (49); sand, lob and approach wedges (148); and putters (69).

Earlier this season at Titleist's Oceanside Test Facility, Team Titleist got the chance to hang out with PGA Tour rookie and Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings, winner of last weekend's Greenbrier Classic, as he dialed in his Titleist 910 driver and fairway metals.

After finishing his work with the Oceanside team, Scott was excited to film his Team Titleist Rookie Q&A, in which we covered a range of topics, including his start in the game, his favorite sports team and his clutch performance at the 2010 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

Scott, 26, was born in Worcester, Mass., but moved to Oak Ridge, Tenn., at a young age. He played his college golf at Tennessee Tech, where he graduated in 2007, turned professional and started playing in events on both the NGA Hooters Tour and the Tarheel Tour.

Scott missed his PGA Tour card at 2009 Q-School by just one shot, and played the 2010 season on the Nationwide Tour.

At Q-School last October, Scott rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for birdies on his final two holes to secure his 2011 PGA Tour card – "Something I've dreamed about since I was a little kid," he said on Golf Channel not long after signing his card.

On Sunday at The Greenbrier, Scott again finished with consecutive birdies – one to get into the playoff, and one to win the playoff – to earn his first PGA Tour victory, a two-year Tour exemption and an invitation to the 2012 Masters Tournament.

Learn more about Scott in his Rookie Q&A in the video above.

 You can follow him on Twitter at @StallingsGolf.



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

Fairhaven, MA (July 29, 2011) – Acushnet Company announced that the transaction for its sale from Fortune Brands, Inc. to a consortium led by Fila Korea, Ltd. and Mirae Asset
Private Equity, was completed today. The sale was announced on May 20.

Acushnet Company is one of the largest golf equipment companies in the world with annual sales of more than $1.2 billion in 2010. Its premium brands include Titleist, the #1 ball in golf and a leader in high performance golf clubs, and FootJoy, the #1 shoe, glove and performance outerwear brand in golf.

“The Fila Korea and Mirae Asset Private Equity group understands and appreciates our golf industry leadership, passionate associates, and enduring culture,” said Wally Uihlein, Chairman and CEO, Acushnet Company. “Together, with our new owners, our team is looking forward to strengthening and building upon the global success of the Titleist and FootJoy brands.”

Acushnet will remain as a standalone company through separate operation from Fila Korea, with its worldwide headquarters remaining in Fairhaven, Mass. The transfer in ownership will be seamless to consumers and customers, enabling Titleist and FootJoy to continue their momentum in the marketplace.

The new ownership group includes: Fila Korea, Ltd., the owner of the Fila brand globally; Mirae Asset Private Equity, the largest private equity firm in Korea; and the National Pension Service of Korea, the fourth largest pension fund in the world. The Korea Development Bank, Korea’s largest government-owned bank, is also providing financing for the acquisition.

“We are excited and proud to be part of the storied history of successful growth and evolution of Titleist and FootJoy - two revered and world-class brands," said Gene Yoon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Fila Korea, Ltd. “We are impressed by the decades of accomplishments achieved by the management team at Acushnet, and fully support its continued focus on the core golf expertise at which they excel. We look forward to  growing the brands around the globe, especially with the emerging opportunities in the Asian-markets.”

 

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at last week's Warren Amateur Open at Warren Golf and Country Club in Singapore. 69 players (68%) trusted Titleist golf balls to compete in one of Singapore's top Amateur events,  5 times more than the nearest competitor with 14. 

Titleist was also the top choice in Wedges (116) and Putters (24). 

This was the 4th year of the Warren Amateur Open, with 101 participants from Singapore, Malaysia, U.K, Hong Kong, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Philippines, Myanmar and India competing. 

The eventual winner of the event played a Pro V1 golf ball.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings won The Greenbrier Classic with one of the year's most extraordinary finishes, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball, new Prototype Titleist AP2 irons and a bag full of Titleist equipment to his first PGA Tour victory.

 Stallings, 26, emerged from an all-Titleist playoff with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to cap off a three-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the world, including Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng, who won the the Ricoh Women's British Open to become the youngest player across all tours to win her fifth major championship.

Stalling's comeback victory featured eight birdies over his final 11 holes Sunday at The Old White TPC Course, as well as four storybook shots to close out the tournament.

On the tee at the 169-yard par-3 18th hole at the end of final round, Stallings stood over his Pro V1x golf ball with his new Prototype Titleist AP2 (712 Series) 9-iron in his hands, knowing he needed a birdie to get into a playoff with Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas and Pro V1x loyalist Bob Estes.

He sent his Pro V1x sailing just left of the flag, the ball landing 5 feet from the hole. Stallings dropped in the birdie putt for a 1-under 69 and 10-under 270 total, finishing at the top of a leader board that featured eight Titleist Brand Ambassadors and nine Titleist golf ball players in the top 10: Stallings (Pro V1x), Haas (Pro V1), Estes (Pro V1x), Brendon de Jonge (T-4, Pro V1x), Cameron Tringale (T-4, Pro V1x), Jimmy Walker (T-4, Pro V1), Gary Woodland (T-4, Pro V1), Webb Simpson (T-9, Pro V1x) and Kyle Stanley (T-4, Pro V1x).

About 20 minutes later, Stallings was back on the 18th tee, Pro V1x in hand.

"I actually put my ball on the same tee that I used in the same spot during regulation," he said.

And again, Stallings struck his new Prototype Titleist AP2 9-iron perfectly. His Pro V1x slammed down on the green, 7 feet left of the flag. (Earlier in the round, Stallings also used his 9-iron to set up short birdie putts on Nos. 11 and 14.)

 Stallings' caddie handed him his Scotty Cameron 009 putter, and he stood to the side of the 18th green watching birdie tries by both Haas and Estes miss just short.

"I just closed my eyes right before, when I was reading the putt, and just took a deep breath and visualized the ball going in the hole," said Stallings, who finished third earlier this season at the Transitions Championship.

"It was great. After the ball went in, I don't really know what happened. Everything is kind of a blur."

For the week, Stallings finished second in birdies (19) and tied for second in Green in Regulation (79.2 percent), becoming the third player to win on the PGA Tour trusting new Prototype Titleist (712 Series) irons since their launch five weeks ago at the AT&T National. That week, Stallings put the new prototype irons in the bag after just one practice round.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney won the AT&T National playing the new Prototype AP2 irons, and Titleist Brand Ambassador Chris Kirk won the Viking Classic using the new Prototype CB irons.


Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at The Greenbrier Classic with 109 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined.
 Titleist also was first in iron sets (49), including 27 sets of new Prototype Titleist 712 irons;  sand, lob and approach wedges(149); and putters (64).

With the win, Stallings earned an invitation to the 2012 Masters Tournament. He also moved to 26th in the FedExCup standings and earned a spot in this week's World Golf Championships event at Firestone Country Club.

Here's a closer look at Scott Stallings' Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º, B•1 SureFit Tour hosel setting (Mitsubishi Diamana Ahina 70 )
3-wood: Titleist 909F2 13.5º (Mitsubishi Diamana White 83)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 19º, B•2 Setting (Matrix Ozik Altus)
Irons: Prototype AP2, 712 Series 4-9 (True Temper Project X 6.5 )
Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 248.10º, 252.12º, 256.14º, 260.10º (True Temper Project X 6.5)
Putter: Scotty Cameron 009

Stalling's victory was one of three on the weekend for Titleist golf ball players across the worldwide professional tours.

So far in 2011, 99 players have trusted Titleist golf balls to worldwide victories, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined.

A total of 12,294 players have played Titleist golf balls in competition this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,874 and more than all other golf balls combined.

 LPGA: Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng continued her major championship dominance with a four-shot victory at the Ricoh Women's British Open.

Tseng, 22, closed with a 3-under 69 to finish the four rounds at Carnoustie at 16-under 272, rolling her Pro V1x golf ball in for three birdies over her final five holes, including Nos. 17 and 18.

Pro V1x loyalist Brittany Lang shot a final-round 5-under 67 to finish runner-up at 12-under 276.

"I wish to win more, but I am really happy. In my mind, I say, 'Wow, five majors.' I never think about that...," said Tseng, who last month captured the Wegman's LPGA Championship by 10 shots.

"I feel like this is just very special, and I'm very happy and very appreciative that I worked hard and finally all the hard work has paid off."

Tseng was one of 102 players at the Ricoh Women's British Open that relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than nine times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined.

SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Jean Hugo won the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Simola Golf Estate, converting an 8-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Pro V1 loyalist Peter Karmis.

 Hugo, who played his first nine hole in 7-under 29, closed with an 8-under 64, making birdie on the par-5 18th to force the playoff.

It marked Hugo's 12th career Sunshine Tour victory.


Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 54 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Irish Open with 95 players, including runner-up and Pro V1 loyalist Richard Green, more than four times the nearest competitor with 22 and more than all competitors combined.


• CHAMPIONS TOUR: At the U.S. Senior Open, 112 players trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, including runner-up and Pro V1x loyalist Mark O'Meara, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist also was first in iron sets (44); and sand, lob and approach wedges (132).  Titleist was second in drivers (49), including 34 910D2 or 910D3 models; hybrids (46); and putters (36). 




• NATIONWIDE TOUR: A total of 107 players at the Utah Championship teed up Titleist golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16 and moe than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in iron sets (42);  sand, lob and approach wedges (141); and putters (69).

JAPAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Sun Chlorella Classic with 62 players. Titleist also was first in hybrids (38); and sand, lob and approach wedges (108).

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