Posted: February 28, 2012
Sunday morning at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, just four players remained out of the world-class 64-player bracket: Hunter Mahan, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Mark Wilson.
And each of them started the day the same way, by teeing up a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball.
In the end, it was Mahan who raised the championship trophy at Dove Mountain, highlighting a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the globe.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 23 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, nearly eight times the nearest competitor with three and more than all other golf balls combined.
For Mahan, it marked his fourth-career PGA Tour victory and second World Golf Championships title.
"It feels good because you're going against the game's best. I played well from tee‑to‑green, putting to chipping to driving, irons, everything was there," said Mahan, who topped McIlroy in the finals, 2 and 1.
Mahan also defeated Wilson in the semis, 2 and 1. McIlroy advanced to the finals with a 3-and-1 victory over Westwood, at one stretch rolling his Pro V1x golf ball in for seven birdies in 10 holes.
The winning formula? Consistency and control.
Mahan trusted his Pro V1x to 35 birdies in the 96 holes he played over the five days and six matches, including a near hole-out for eagle from the sixth fairway during the final match. (Instead, his Pro V1x stopped 2 feet from the cup and the putt was conceded.)
Mahan's short game was just as precise, especially down the stretch, as he made up-and-down birdies on Nos. 13 and 15 to secure the victory.
Remarkably, he never trailed following the third hole of his second-round match on Thursday, a stretch of 74 holes.
"I needed everything to win," said Mahan. "It feels good. I'm very proud of how I played. It feels great. It really does."
Mahan was one of 38 Titleist golf ball players in the elite WGC field, more than four times the nearest competitor with 9 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in fairway metals (T-23); hybrids (17); iron sets (19); and sand, lob and approach wedges (64).
• PGA: It took 80 holes (72 holes of regulation, plus an 8-hole playoff) to crown a champion at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, but when the final putt dropped the winner emerged trusting his Titleist Pro V1.
The winner was one of 87 players that teed up a Titleist golf ball at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (103); and putters (42).
• LPGA: At the third stop on the LPGA's Asia-Pacific swing, Pro V1 loyalist Angela Stanford emerged from a four-way, all-Titleist golf ball playoff to capture the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore. Stanford sank a three-foot par putt on the third playoff hole to top Jenny Shin (Pro V1).
Shanshan Feng (Pro V1x) and Na Yeon Choi (Pro V1x) had been eliminated on the first and second holes of the playoff, respectively. The foursome finished regulation at 10-under 278.
Stanford shot a 1-under-par 71 to notch her fifth LPGA Tour victory, and her first since the 2009 SBS Open at Turtle Bay.
Through teary eyes, the 34-year-old admitted that it was an emotional victory.
“It’s a big deal,” Stanford said. “I’m just thinking about home and everybody there.”
Last week's winner and World No. 1 Yani Tseng (Pro V1x) came in solo 5th, one shot out of the playoff, as Titleist golf ball players occupied the top five positions on the leaderboard.
A total of 39 players in the limited field relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 7 and more than all other golf balls combined.
• SOUTH AFRICAN: Titleist golf ball loyalist Keith Horne (Pro V1x) captured the Telkom PGA Championship by three shots following a final round 3-under par 69 that gave him a 19-under, 269 victory total. This win was the fifth of Horne's Sunshine Tour career, and by far, the biggest.
“It has been a long time coming," said Horne. "I’m over the moon that I can tick this off. I would’ve been disappointed to have played in South Africa for so long and never won a big tournament. And this is a big one. It’s been going for many years with so many big names on the trophy. I really feel like I’m a big player in South Africa now.”
The 40-year-old Horne, nicknamed ATM by caddies on the Sunshine Tour in recognition of his consistent play, took a two-stroke lead into the final round. After birdies at two of his first three holes, and another at the 6th, Horne relied on his trademark steadiness, making only one bogey as the rest of the field struggled to gain ground. Horne capped the round by sinking a 5-foot putt for birdie at the last.
“I wasn’t feeling too much pressure because I was playing well. I really wanted to make that five-footer for birdie at the last to finish on a high. But I felt confident the whole week. It’s the first time I felt like I could win, was going to win and did win.”
Fellow Titleist golf ball loyalists Alex Haindl (Pro V1x) and Darren Fichardt (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges) were among three players who tied for 2nd place.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Telkom PGA Championship with 106 players, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 33 and more than all other golf balls combined.
• ASIAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the SAIL SBI Open with 108 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also No. 1 in iron sets (36); and sand, lob and approach wedges (146).
• AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Queensland PGA Championship with 97 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all other golf balls combined.
Posted: February 20, 2012
Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas stood on Riviera Country Club's 10th green Sunday evening, a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball in one hand and his Scotty Cameron Kombi Mid putter in the other. His ball marker sat on the putting surface, 43 feet from the hole for birdie.Minutes later, Haas walked toward the hole with his right fist the air, his Pro V1x golf ball now resting at the bottom of the cup.It would prove to be the final birdie of the 2012 Northern Trust Open, Haas winning the tournament on the second hole of sudden-death playoff to conclude a standout weekend for Titleist equipment players.Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists combined for six wins Sunday around the globe, including Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng's repeat victory at the Honda LPGA Thailand.Through the first 50 days of 2012, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have won 19 times across the worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with three and more than all other golf balls combined.For Haas, it was the second win in his last six official PGA Tour events, dating back to last September's double-victory in the Tour Championship/FedEx Cup Playoffs.Both wins came in playoffs. Both were highlighted by improbable up-and-downs, one from the edge of a water hazard (Tour Championship) and one from a patch of gnarly kikuyu rough (Northern Trust Open).Both times, Haas relied on his Vokey Design Spin Milled wedge to get his Pro V1x to the putting surface and keep him in the running."That's a hard putt," said Haas, the reigning FedEx Cup Champion. "In my opinion I hit a really good chip just to get it to (43 feet), so I was happy about that. I thought I put myself in the best position to give myself the best case to continue the playoff.
"It just happened that I won right there."Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment, Haas closed with a 2-under 69 to finish the four days at Riviera 7-under 277, tied with his two playoff partners.Haas was one of 94 Titleist golf ball players in the field, more than five times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (42); sand, lob and approach wedges (125); and putters (63).For the week, Haas tied for first in Putts per Round (25.8) and was third in the Strokes Gained (2.251) putting statistic. Here's a closer look at Bill Haas' Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D2 8.5º (Fujikura Speeder 757)3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5º (Fujikura Motore VC 8.1)Irons: Titleist CB 2-P (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 54•10º, 60º•E (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Putter: Scotty Cameron Kombi Mid
• LPGA: Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng birdied her final two holes Sunday to win the Honda LPGA Thailand for the second consecutive year.On the final hole, Tseng, who earned seven LPGA victories in 2011, nearly holed out her Pro V1x golf ball for eagle. Instead, she tapped in for the birdie and the one-shot victory."I didn't know my ball was that close," said Tseng, who finsihed with a 6-under 66 and 19-under 269 total."After I saw that, I was really happy. It wasn't like two feet and then I would be really nervous. That tap-in putt was great. It feels really good to win here again."Tseng topped a leader board the featured three Titleist golf ball players in the top four, including Pro V1 loyalists Jiyai Shin (3rd) and Amy Yang (4th).A total of 46 players in the field relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all other golf ball combined.• EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Jbe Kruger captured his first career European Tour title, shooting a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory at the Avantha Masters in New Delhi.Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment, Kruger finished with a 14-under 274 total at DLF Golf & Country Club. For the week, he totaled, 11 birdies, three eagles and just three bogeys.On the 72nd hole Sunday, he stuck his Pro V1x to 10 feet to seal the victory.“I’m very relieved to win for the first time,” said Kruger. “If you want to win you need to make putts on the final day and I did that today."Kruger was one 87 players in the field that played Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor and more than all other golf balls combined.• SOUTH AFRICAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Oliver Bekker won the Dimension Data Pro-Am at Fancourt, rolling his Pro V1x golf ball in for birdie from 10 feet on the final hole to secure his second Sunshine Tour victory. Bekker closed in 2-under 70 for a 13-under 276 total, two strokes clear of fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Tyrone Ferreira (Pro V1x) and Pro V1x loyalist Thomas Aiken.“It’s an awesome feeling to win the Di-Data (Pro-Am) – it’s one of the premier events on our tour – it’s what you dream about on the Sunshine Tour,” he said.A total of 107 players teed up Titleist golf balls in the event, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 37 and more than all competitors combined.AUSTRALASIAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Gareth Paddison (Pro V1) won the Victorian PGA Championship, leading a 1-through-6 finish for Titleist golf ball players.Paddison finished the four rounds at 7-under 277 for a one shot victory over Leighton Lyle (Pro V1x).Titleist golf ball players occupied nine of the top 10 positions on the final leader board.
• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Kenny Perry cruised to his second-career Champions Tour title at the ACE Group Classic.Perry rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for birdie on the 18th hole of TwinEagles GC's Talon Course Sunday to close with a 2-under 70 for a five-shot victory."I really wanted that (final) putt…" said Perry. "Ecstatic. It's a great win for me."After setting the tour's 36-hole scoring record (64-62), Perry finished at 20-under 196.Fifty-five players trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first iron sets (21).• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship with 99 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also No. 1 in iron sets (45); sand, lob and approach wedges (15); and putters (49).
Posted: February 14, 2012
TITLEIST LAUNCHES FOUR NEW GOLF BALLSNEW NXT TOUR, NXT TOUR S, VELOCITY AND DT SOLO MODELS.
Strengthens Performance and Expands Preference Options
Singapore (February 14, 2012) – Titleist, the undisputed golf ball technology leader, introduces four new golf balls to its line - NXT Tour, NXT Tour S, Velocity and DT SoLo. Each has been designed to deliver best in category quality and consistency, while providing a range of performance and preference options for golfers across every skill level of the game.
New NXT Tour and NXT Tour S deliver the best scoring performance available with a non-urethane cover. Trusted by golfers for over a decade, NXT Tour has been improved for 2012 to deliver even longer distance while retaining its commanding scoring shot performance. New NXT Tour S offers NXT Tour-like performance with a softer compression feel. The all-new Velocity provides explosive distance via the fastest solid core of any Titleist golf ball. Titleist delivers the Softest DT yet in the New DT SoLo. Both NXT Tour S and DT SoLo are offered in optic yellow. New Velocity is also available in double-digit play numbers.
“Our golf ball product development process is the same for all Titleist golf balls,” said Bill Morgan, Senior Vice President, Golf Ball Research and Development. “It always starts with golfer testing where we identify performance improvements that will help golfers score better and determine what their preference options are. New Titleist NXT Tour, NXT Tour S, Velocity and DT SoLo are the result of this process and deliver the best scoring performance and quality within their respective segment.”
The new offerings, all of which are manufactured in Titleist’s world-class ball plants, begin shipping to golf shops in February. They also will be included among Titleist’s industry-leading mobile, in-shop and on-line Golf Ball Education, Fitting and Selection initiatives.
“Before we introduce any new Titleist golf ball, it is performance validated with golfers. Thousands of Team Titleist members tested and validated the New NXT Tour, NXT Tour S, Velocity and DT SoLo,” said Mary Lou Bohn, Vice President Golf Ball Marketing and Titleist Communications. “Along with the Pro V1 and Pro V1x, the best scoring performance golf balls in the game, Titleist provides golfers with a range of superior performance and preference choices, all with our precision, quality and consistency. “
PERFORMANCE BENEFITS AND DESIGN FEATURES
NXT TOUR: First introduced in 2001, the Titleist NXT Tour begins its second decade as the established best-performing, non-urethane covered golf ball in the game. New NXT Tour has a large dual core, three-piece construction that features a slightly smaller, soft center and higher volume outer core layer, that is engineered for increased power and longer distance than the prior model. The soft, thin Fusablend cover features a new spherically tiled octahedral design with four axis of symmetry, and 302 dimples in five different sizes. The result is a combination of long, consistent distance, commanding short game spin and control, soft feel on all shots with excellent durability. Available - March 1st 2012
• Engineered for High Performance • Even Longer Distance• Commanding Short Game Spin and Control • Newly engineered dual-core with soft center, volume of high energyouter core increased over 4%• Soft, thin Fusablend cover• New spherically tiled Octahedron, 4 axis of symmetry, 302 dimpledesign
NXT TOUR S: New NXT Tour S is introduced as a preference option for golfers seeking NXT Tour-like performance with a softer compression feel. NXT Tour S features a new, proprietary low compression, highly resilient core, in combination with the same soft, thin Fusablend cover formulation and aerodynamics as the New NXT Tour. NXT Tour S offers a softer compression feel than its counterpart and, like NXT Tour, offers low driver and long iron spin for outstanding distance, a piercing trajectory and consistent ball flight, and commanding short game spin and control. As another preference option for golfers, the New NXT Tour S is offered in white and high optic yellow. Available - March 1st 2012
• Engineered for High Performance • Soft Compression Feel• Outstanding Distance • Commanding Short Game Spin and Control• Delivers Feel & Color Preferences• Proprietary soft compression, highly resilient core• Soft, thin Fusablend cover • New spherically tiled Octahedron 4 axis of symmetry, 302 dimple design• High optic yellow
VELOCITY: The all-new Titleist Velocity golf ball is powered for distance and the result of leading-edge design, proprietary technology, and the unparalleled precision of Titleist’s world-class manufacturing process. New Velocity features Titleist’s exclusive high-speed LSX core technology and is encased in a NAZ2 cover formulation that delivers high initial ball speed on all full swing shots and playable feel in the short game. The combination of the fastest solid core of any Titleist golf ball, cover formulation, and 332 icosahedral dimple design aerodynamics, delivers a soaring, tight, consistent ball flight and deep downrange peak trajectory. Velocity is available in single or double digit orange play numbers. Available - March 1st 2012
• Powered for Distance• Fast Ball Speed for Explosive Distance• Deep Downrange Peak Trajectory• Playable Short Game Feel• LSX core technology delivers FASTEST solid core of any Titleist ball • Speed enhancing NAZ2 cover blend • High surface coverage dimple design
DT SOLO: The “Red Box” Titleist has enjoyed a loyal following for decades and the newest generation was developed with one objective in mind: design the softest compression feel possible, while continuing to deliver the long distance and control that are the DT standard. The result is the softest DT yet. The new DT SoLo is comprised of an extremely soft and fast core formulation that provides a distinctly soft compression feel. The cover blend of two soft Surlyn ionomers, in combination with the soft, fast core and 392 icosahedral dimple design aerodynamic package, provides a penetrating ball flight with long roll out for excellent total distance. The New DT SoLo is available in white or optic yellow. Available - March 1st 2012
• The Softest DT Yet and Softest Compression Titleist• Responsive Short Game Performance• Low flight with long roll-out for excellent driver and iron distance• Trusted Titleist Quality and Consistency• Large and soft core with a soft cover
• High coverage, 392 icosahedral dimple design in fivedifferent sizes • Available in white or optic yellow