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Posted: October 27, 2011
Team Titleist South East Asia was lucky enough to catch up with defending champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane this week at the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic. Ben is a recent winner on the PGA Tour, and has just had his third child, and as such was in great spirits. Check out what he had to say above.
What's in Ben's Bag:
Ball Pro V1X
We wish Ben all the best this week and hope he can put in another great performance and defend his title.
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Team Titleist South East Asia spent some time on the range at the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic at Mines Resort and Golf Club in KL this week. Check out the following slideshow from the event:
Welcome to the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic at the Mines Resort and Golf Club. This is the second year this tournament has been staged, and with another great field, it should prove to be a great event once again.
Posted: October 25, 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 153 victories around the world, compared to 23 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 1,600 champions worldwide.
Below is a listing of tournaments won by Titleist golf ball players on the major worldwide professional tours in 2011.
The No. 1 player in the world, Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald, put an exclamation point on the finest season of his career on Sunday, coming from five shots behind to win the Children's Miracle Network Classic. In the process, Donald also secured the PGA Tour money title, edging Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson, whom he trailed by over $300,000 coming into the final event of the 2011 season.
The season-ending win by Donald, the 32nd victory for Titleist golf ball players on the 2011 PGA Tour, marks his 4th career PGA Tour title and his second of the 2011 campaign (he also triumphed at the WGC- Accenture Match Play Championship).
Donald's charge to victory highlighted seven wins on the week for Titleist players across the worldwide professional tours – increasing Titleist's 2011 win count to 153, more than six times the nearest competitor with 23 and more than all competitors combined.
A total of 18,559 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in worldwide pro events this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,900 and more than all other golf balls combined.
Trusting a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, Donald ran off six straight birdies to begin the back nine of his final round. He holed four straight birdie putts inside 8 feet, took the lead with an 18-foot birdie on the par-5 14th hole, then capped off the comeback with a 45-foot birdie on the 15th hole. Donald finished with an 8-under 64, good for a 17-under 271 total at Disney, two strokes clear of his nearest competitor.
"Obviously I came here and I told you guys on Wednesday that the goal was to win," Donald said. "Nothing was really going to be good enough other than that. I think this is probably one of the most satisfying wins of my career just because of that. It was kind of do or die." He added, "Having this amount on the line this week and coming up and shooting 30 on the back nine on Sunday, finding the shots when I needed to, you know, really will mean a lot to me and to all the people that I work with."
The win at Disney is Donald's first stroke play title in more than five years. The victory also clinched the Vardon Trophy for the 33-year-old, who led the PGA Tour with the lowest adjusted scoring average of 68.86. Furthermore, Donald keeps alive his bid to become the first player to win the money title on the PGA Tour and European Tour in the same season. His lead in Europe is just over $1.8 million over Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy with five tournaments remaining.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Tom Pernice Jr. (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrids, 712 series AP2 prototype irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi putter) and Pro V1x loyalist Sung-Hoon Kang were among three players that tied for 3rd place. The performance earned Pernice, who also competes on the Champions Tour, enough to vault him to No. 121 on the official money list and earn back his PGA Tour card for the 2012 season.
Webb Simpson (pictured right) closed with a 3-under 69 to tie for 6th with four other players, including Billy Mayfair (Pro V1x) and Nick O'Hern (Pro V1). Simpson caps off a remarkable season on the PGA Tour, having won twice (Wyndham Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship), finishing second to Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas in the FedExCup race and finishing runner-up to Donald on the official money list with over $6 million in earnings in 2011.
"We both kind of had our moments playing great golf this week," said Simpson, who played alongside Luke Donald for each of the final three rounds, adding a measure of drama to their individual battle. "He did his at the end when it counts. We had a blast out there. Kind of a tiring week playing together every day and thinking about all that's going on. I'm glad it's over. He played great."
Here's a closer look at Webb Simpson's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 909D3 10.5° (UST AxivCore 69)
Fairway wood: Titleist 910F 13.5° (UST VTS 8X)
Fairway wood: Titleist 910F 17° (UST VTS 8X)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 21° (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105)
Irons: Titleist 680 MB 4-P (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design TVD 54°, 58° (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Titleist Brand Ambassador D.J. Trahan (Pro V1x, 909D3 driver, 909F2 fairway metal, MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi long putter) sank a 22-foot birdie putt on his final hole of the tournament (the 9th on the Magnolia Course). The putt allowed Trahan to climb to No. 125, the final exempt spot on the official money list, a mere $1,431 more than fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Bobby Gates (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, 712 series prototype MB irons, Vokey Design prototype SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi long putter).
BY THE STATS: Luke Donald led the field at Disney in Birdies (24) and Putts-Per-GIR (1.604). For the season, Donald led the Tour in scoring (68.86 average) and top-10 finishes with 14 top-10s in only 19 events played. Donald also finished first in the Tour's new Strokes Gained - Putting statistic with a mark of .844. Testament to his consistent performance in 2011, Webb Simpson finished 2nd to Donald in top-10s (12/26) and scoring average with a mark of 69.25.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Children's Miracle Network Classic with 91 players, seven times the nearest competitor with 13. Titleist also was first in iron sets (32); sand, lob and approach wedges (106); and putters (50).
• LPGA TOUR: It was a picture-perfect homecoming for World No. 1 Yani Tseng, who relied on a Pro V1x golf ball to capture the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship for her 10th worldwide victory of the year and the third in her native country. The 22-year-old Taiwanese star closed with a six-under 66 for a five-shot victory over Spain's Azahara Munoz (Pro V1) and South Korea's Amy Yang (Pro V1). After her victory, Tseng donated $100,000 to the Golf Association Republic of China to help promote junior golf in the region.
“I’m just really surprised how many people are here just supporting this tournament, supporting the golf because like I say, at first golf is not as popular like baseball, basketball here,” Tseng said, “but now seems like we're growing it a lot, and I'm really happy to see this. I wish in the future there will be more people and more people playing.”
Tseng finished at 16-under 272 at Sunrise Golf & Country Club for her seventh LPGA Tour victory of the season, which includes two major championships. She has 12 victories in four seasons on the tour. Earlier this season,at the age of 22 years, 6 months, 8 days, Tseng became the youngest player ever, male or female, to win 5 majors after claiming the RICOH Women's British Open.
- Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship with 61 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 8.
• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Gavin Coles (Pro V1x) birdied two of the final three holes on Sunday to capture the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open by one shot over Pro V1x loyalist Jonas Blixt. It marked the fifth career Nationwide Tour for Coles. It was Blixt's third runner-up finish this year.
Coles won with a six-under 274 total, the highest winning score on the Nationwide Tour since 2008. It also assured him a promotion to the 2012 PGA Tour, having started the week 45th on the money list and vaulting to 15th. Blixt improved to fifth on the money list with his seventh top-10 finish of the season.
The Nationwide season concludes next week with the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island. The top-25 money winners after next week's finale will earn PGA TOUR cards for the 2012 season.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open with 102 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16. Titleist also was first in iron sets (44); sand, lob and approach wedges (145); and putters (58).
• SUNSHINE TOUR: Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Darren Fichardt won the Sunshine Tour's Suncoast Classic by a six-shot margin. Fichardt fired a final round four-under par 68 en route to a 13-under, 203 victory total.
Ulrich van den Berg claimed solo 2nd place, while Alex Haindl, Allan Versfeld and Warren Abery shared 3rd position another shot back, as each of the top five finishers all relied upon the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball for their success.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Suncoast Classic with 89 players (76%), more than three times the nearest competitor with 23.
• ASIAN TOUR/KOREAN TOUR: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist K.J. Choi of South Korea captured the title at his own tournament this past weekend - the inaugural CJ Invitational Hosted by KJ Choi at Haesley Nine Bridges GC in Seoul, South Korea. The tournament host closed with a five-under 67 for a 17-under 271 victory total, overcoming a three-shot deficit at the start of the day.
- Titleist Brand Ambassador Seung-yul Noh of South Korea (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, new 712 series MB prototype irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron California Del Mar putter) closed with consecutive six-under par 66's to finish solo 2nd, two shots behind Choi. Overnight leader and Pro V1x loyalist Ki-sang Lee tied for 3rd place, two strokes further back.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the CJ Invitational with 76 players (63%), more than four times the nearest competitor with 17. In fact, 8 of the 12 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success. Titleist also was first in hybrids (35); iron sets (32); and sand, lob and approach wedges (107).
• JAPAN TOUR: Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball, Toru Taniguchi closed with a six-under 65 to win the Bridgestone Open by five shots over four players, including fellow Pro V1x loyalist Michio Matsumura. Taniguchi, who also won the event in 2004, finished at 15-under 169. The win is the first of the season for Taniguchi, and the 17th of his JGTO career.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Bridgestone Open with 42 players. Titleist also was first in hybrids (26); and sand, lob and approach wedges (82).
• EUROPEAN TOUR:
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Castelló Masters with 70 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 13.
Posted: October 18, 2011
With the birth of his third child expected in less than 24 hours, Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane delivered one the best comeback victories of the season Sunday at the McGladrey Classic in an all-Titleist playoff.
After starting the final round five shots back, Crane birdied eight of his last 11 holes at Sea Island's Seaside Course to force extra time with fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (Pro V1x).Crane's par on the second playoff hole earned him his fourth-career PGA Tour victory, the 31st win for Titleist golf ball players on the 2011 PGA Tour.It was also one of six victories on the week for Titleist players across the worldwide professional tours – increasing Titleist's 2011 win count to 146, more than six times the nearest competitor with 23 and more than all competitors combined.A total of 17,933 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in worldwide pro events this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,774 and more than all other golf balls.Trusting a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and bag of Titleist equipment, Crane closed with a 7-under 63 that included a back-nine 30 and 20-foot birdie putts at Nos. 16 and 17 to finish at 15-under 265.Simpson (pictured right) shot a 4-under 66 to get into the playoff, guaranteeing him his 20th top-25 finish of the season and the No. 1 spot on the PGA Tour money list with one event remaining in 2011.After the playoff, Crane quickly hopped a plane back home to Dallas, where his wife was scheduled to deliver the couple's third child by C-section Monday at 1 p.m. (EST)."I'm in a little bit of shock, a lot of shock, disbelief. …," said Crane of his fourth PGA Tour victory. "I know I played just about as good as I can play."Crane led the field in birdies with 22, four of them coming in his last five holes.On the par-4 14th, he hit his Titleist AP2 7-iron approach to a foot. He two-putted for birdie on the par-5 15th, then rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for a pair of 20-foot birdies on the next two holes."I looked at the leader board on 16 green. I saw the guys were two ahead, and I had a 20- or 22-footer for birdie, and I just said, well, if I'm going to have a chance, I'm going to have to birdie two of the last three holes," said Crane, the 16th different full-product Titleist Brand Ambassador to win on the PGA Tour this season. "Newsflash: If you don't birdie the first one and you're dormie and you've got two holes to play and you've got to make two birdies, it gets harder."Titleist golf ball players claimed nine of the top-10 spots at the event, including third-place finisher and Pro V1 loyalist Michael Thompson, who wrapped up his PGA Tour playing privileges for next season.
Also earning his 2012 Tour card: Titleist Brand Ambassador Bud Cauley, who finished tied for 15th. Cauley made the cut in seven of his his eight PGA Tour starts this season, becoming only the sixth player to turn pro and earn his card without having to go to PGA Tour Q-School.Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 87 players, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 13. Titleist also was first in iron sets (36); sand, lob and approach wedges (114); and putters (50).Recently, Crane put a new Bassara W 50 for Titleist driver shaft in his 910D2, looking to regain ball speed he lost from recent back injuries. The change has increased his season average driving distance by nearly two yards.Here's a closer look at Ben Crane's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D2 7.5º (Mitusbishi Bassara W for Titleist)Hybrid: Titleist 910H 17º (Mitusbishi Diamana Blueboard 93)Hybrid: Titleist 910H 21º (UST Axiv Core 100)Irons: Titleist AP2 5-9 (True Temper Dynamic Gold S400)Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 252.12º (bent to 51º), SM56•15º (bent to 55º), 60º•E (bent to 59•) (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Here's a closer look at Webb Simpson's Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 909D3 10.5° (UST AxivCore 69)Fairway wood: Titleist 910F 13.5° (UST VTS 8X)Fairway wood: Titleist 910F 17° (UST VTS 8X)Hybrid: Titleist 910H 21° (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105)Irons: Titleist 680 MB 4-P (True Temper Dynamic Gold) Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design TVD 54°, 58° (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
• EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Tom Lewis birdied five of his final seven holes Sunday at the Portugal Masters to claim victory in just his third professional start.Lewis, formerly one of the world's top amateur golfers, posted a final-round 7-under 65 that included a back-nine 31 at Oceânico Victoria Golf Course.Lewis shot rounds of 70-64-68-65 for a 21-under 267 total, two clear of Titleist Brand Ambassador Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Pro V1x).For the week, Lewis rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for 25 birdies and just four bogeys. He played his final 35 holes bogey-free, going 10 under over that stretch.He hit 86.1 percent of his greens in regulation and averaged 309.5 yards off the tee.The victory earned Lewis a two-year exemption on the European Tour as well a spot in next month's World Golf Championships event in China. He also advanced into the top 60 in the season-ending The Race to Dubai. "To have two years on The European Tour, I would not have dreamt that at the beginning of the week, so I'm really pleased," he said. “I've got a long way to go. I'm nowhere near the player I want to be, so I'll put this win behind me at the end of the year and start fresh next year.”Lewis was one of 74 players in the field that relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all other golf ball combined.The 20-year old made headlines this summer when he shot a record-setting 65 for an amateur in the first round of the Open Championship, giving him a share of the lead. He also produced a top-10 finish in his first pro event in Austria. • LPGA TOUR: Na Yeon Choi watched her Pro V1x golf ball disappear into the cup for two birdies over her final four holes to claim a one-shot victory over fellow Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.Choi fired a final round 3-under 68 to finish at 15-under 269 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. The deciding birdie came at the par-3 17th, where she hit her tee shot to 5 feet and rolled in her Pro V1x for a one-shot advantage.Tseng, who started the final round four shots behind Choi, closed with a 6-under 65.It was the second consecutive week the pair finished 1-2.The win was the first of the year for Choi and the fifth of her three-year career.
It was also the 100th win by a player of Korean descent on the LPGA.“I won my fifth tournament and a hundred times for all of the Korean players,” said Choi, who has posted 10 top-10 finishes this season, including two runner-up performances. “So it’s very nice. Icing on the cake.”Tseng, the No. 1 player in the Rolex World Rankings, leads the LPGA with six victories and 12 top-10 finishes this season. She has nine victories worldwide in 2011.Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with 49 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined.• SUNSHINE TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Doug McGuigan trusted a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, new Titleist CB (712 series) irons and a bag full of TItleist equipment to his fifth-career Sunshine Tour title at the KCM Zambia Open.McGuigan, who recently won the first stage of European Tour Qualifying, outlasted fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jean Hugo (Pro V1x) in a five-hole playoff.All five playoff holes took place on Nchanga Golf Club's par-4 18th, where McGuigan made a couple clutch halves before clinching the victory.On the first playoff hole, McGuigan holed a 12-footer for birdie. On the third, he got up-and-down for par from behind the green.On the fifth, he hit his approach to 3 feet for birdie and the win."My new Titleist CB irons were really easy to adapt to and I'm hitting it well," said McGuigan, who tied Hugo in regulation at 16-under par 272.
"It’s really satisfying to come out on top," he said. "It feels sensational.”Titleist golf ball players occupied the top five positions on the final leader board. In total, 72 players relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than three times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.• ASIAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist David Gleeson's record-breaking performance at the Hero Indian Open en New Delhia earned him his third-career Asian Tour title.Gleeson was the only player to shoot all four rounds in the 60s at New Dehli Golf Club, posting scores of 68-66-66-68 to finish at 20-under 268, the lowest winning score in tournament history.His final round 68 included a hole-out eagle from 140 yards on the par-4 third hole"Once I made that eagle I started playing more conservatively," said Gleeson, who made 13 straight pars to close out the tournament. "It is unbelievable to win again."Gleeson was one of 104 players in the field that trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in iron sets and sand, lob and approach wedges. • KOREAN TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Kyung-Nam Kang closed with a 1-under 70 at the Meritz Solmoro Open to earn his second win of the season.Kang finished the four rounds at Solmoro Country Club in Yeoju-gun, South Korea, at 7-under 277, one shot ahead of Titleist Brand Ambassador MinKyu Han (Pro V1).Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 85 players, five times the nearest competitor with 17. Titleist also was first in fairway metals (45); hybrids (78); and sand, lob and approach wedges (108).• NATIONWIDE TOUR: At the Miccosukee Championship in Miami, 99 players teed up Titleist golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all other golf balls combined.Titleist Brand Ambassador Mark Anderson (Pro V1x) finished second, closing with a 3-under 68 for a 13-under 271 total at Miccosukee Golf & Country Club.Titleist also was first in iron sets (40); sand, lob and approach wedges (135); and putters (57). Titleist was second in drivers (43); and fairway metals (43). • CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Marc Calcavecchia was one of 55 players that played Titleist golf balls at the AT&T Championship, more than six times the nearest competitor with nine and more than all competitors combined.Calcavecchia finished runner-up after posting round of 68-66-66 for a 16-under 200 total at TPC San Antonio.Titleist also was first in iron sets (24); and sand, lob and approach wedges (50). • JAPAN TOUR: At the Japan Open, 48 players relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than any other golf ball.Pro V1x loyalist Kenichi Kuboya finished runner-up in a playoff after ending regulation at Takanodai Country Club at 2-under 282.Titleist also was first in hybrids (41); and sand, lob and approach wedges (76).