Acushnet Company, which manufactures the Titleist and FootJoy brands, and Rory McIlroy, jointly announced today that McIlroy's relationship with Acushnet will not extend beyond December 31, 2012. McIlroy has trusted Titleist and FootJoy equipment throughout his professional career that commenced as an 18-year old in September 2007.

"Our goal has been to provide Rory with the best equipment and service that would help him be the best player he could possibly be," said Wally Uihlein, Chief Executive Officer, Acushnet Company. "He has been a great ambassador for the Titleist and FootJoy brands, and in turn, we are proud of how our equipment has contributed to his success. We wish Rory all the best, both personally and professionally, going forward."

"I would like to thank Wally Uihlein and all of the tour staff and employees at Titleist and FootJoy for everything they have done for me since I turned professional in 2007,” said McIlroy. "I have enjoyed five very exciting and successful years with the company and I will always appreciate the contribution Titleist has made in helping me become the player I am today.”

Out on tour, Saturday is typically known as "moving day." Don't tell that to Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney, who made a final-round charge on Sunday to climb up the leader board and claim the title at the 2012 CIMB Classic. Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball, new Titleist 913D3 driver and a bag full of Titleist equipment, Watney registered one of the year's best finishes to lead a four-win week for Titleist players.

Joining Watney in winners’ circles around the world were Pro V1 loyalists Justin Bolli (Web.com Tour) and David Frost (Champions Tour) along with Pro Vx loyalist JooYeob Baek (Korean Tour). Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 166 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all competitors combined.

Watney's previous win this year came at The Barclays, the FedEx Cup opener and his fifth official PGA Tour title. This year's CIMB Classic, which was co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour, will become an official PGA Tour event next season.

Four shots off the lead heading into the final round, Watney birdied 11 of the final 18 holes to close with a 10-under 61. His 22-under 262 total made for a two-shot victory over Pro V1 loyalist Bo Van Pelt, winner of last week's European Tour ISPS HANDA Perth International.

"I didn't pay much attention until I got to 13, I saw I was tied for the lead walking to the 13th green," Watney said. "I was just trying to keep my head down and keep making birdies, and it worked out for me."

What's In Nick Watney's Bag?: 
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: 
Titleist 913D3 driver 10.5º (Diamana White 83) B•2 SureFit Tour setting
Fairway Metal:
Titleist 910F 15º (Diamana Blue 93) A•1 SureFit Tour setting
Fairway Metal: Titleist 910F 19º Motore Speeder VC 8.2 A•1 SureFit Tour setting
Irons:
Titleist AP2 3-PW (Dynamic Gold)
Wedge:
Vokey Design SM4 54º, 60º (Dynamic Gold)
Putter:
Scotty Cameron Newport GSS prototype

In addition to Watney, six other Titleist Brand Ambassadors finished among the top 10 and ties, including Brendon de Jonge and Chris Kirk (T4), Jbe Kruger (8th), and Kevin NaScott Piercy and Gaganjeet Bhullar (T10).  It was de Jonge's second consecutive top four finish.

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WEB.COM TOUR: The race for the "The 25" heated up this weekend at the Web.com Tour Championship in McKinney, Texas, as players made their final push toward securing a spot on the PGA Tour for the 2013 season.

One of the top movers in the field was the tournament winner and Pro V1 loyalist Justin Bolli. Bolli, who fired a final round 6-under 65 to finish with a 16-under 268 total to capture the Web.com Tour Championship, vaulted from No. 44 to ninth with the win and earned his 2013 PGA Tour card. 

Another player making an impressive Sunday charge was Titleist Brand Ambassador Morgan Hoffmann. Hoffman started the tournament in 31st place on the money list but after firing a final round 7-under par 64 to finish in a tie for third, he jumped up the list to No. 19 and secured his spot on the PGA Tour. 

When the tournament was complete, 22 of the the 25 players who earned a promotion to the 2013 PGA Tour were Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players. The top 60 on the regular season money list qualified for the season-ending event with the top 25 earning 2013 PGA Tour cards.

A total of 43 players in the field of 60 played Titleist golf balls, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 6. Titleist was also first in iron sets (20), sand, lob and approach wedges (65), and putters (23).

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CHAMPIONS TOUR: With a birdie on the second hole of an all-Titleist Pro V1 playoff, David Frost topped fellow Pro V1 loyalist Bernard Langer to capture the AT&T Championship. Frost and Langer overcame six-stroke deficits in the final round after they shot matching 6-under par 66's on Sunday for an 8-under 208 total in regulation. It was the third-career Champions Tour title for Frost.

Titleist accounted for a tournament-leading 62 golf ball players in the field of 81, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 9. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron sets (20), and sand, lob and approach wedges (73) categories.

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KOREAN TOUR: Joo-Yeob Baek relied upon his Pro V1x golf ball to earn his first career Korean Tour title at the weather-shortened the Windsor Classic. Baek vaulted to the top of the leader board after consecutive 66's in first two rounds. He closed with a final round even par 71 en route to a 10-under 203 victory total, topping Titleist Brand Ambassador Ki-Sang Lee (Pro V1x) by one shot and TaeHee Lee (Pro V1x) by two.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Windsor Classic with 85 players in the field of 120, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 12. Seven of the eight players who finished among the top 5 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.


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The 2012 PGA Tour season may be winding down, but that doesn't mean the Titleist R&D team is taking a break from designing the best performing products for the world’s best players.

Meet the new prototype Titleist 712U utility iron, which has been designed to deliver consistency and control to high-ball speed players.

On the worldwide professional tours, some players prefer a utility iron over a hybrid club as an alternative to traditional long irons. The 712U delivers increased playability versus a traditional long iron while providing enhanced spin and trajectory control versus a hybrid.

The prototype 712U is being sent to players this week for performance validation and feedback. We will also be on the range at the season ending PGA Tour Fall Series event at Disney in early November working with Titleist staff players.

The 712U is currently a Tour-only product, but the feedback we receive during this validation period will influence the final design and specifications, as well as determine the product's place in the Titleist club line-up.

Before the new prototypes headed out, we grabbed some photos of them in our Tour workshop. Be sure to check out the slideshow to get a first look at the prototype Titleist 712U utility irons.



A seven iron to one foot on his last regulation play hole, saw Pro V1x loyalist Thaworn Wiratchant birdie the hole and force a playoff at the Hero Indian Open at KGA Golf Club in Bangalore. It only took him 1 playoff hole to roll his Pro V1X in for his 3rd win of the season, a win that also see's him top the Asian Tour Money list. 

Joining Wiratchant in the winners' circle were Pro V1 loyalists Bo Van Pelt (European Tour) Dae-Sub Kim (Korean Tour) and Pro V1x loyalists Toru Taniguchi (Japan Tour) and Teboho Sefatsa (Sunshine Tour). With these five wins, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 162 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than nine times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.

“To be honest, I didn’t expect to win with the way I was driving the ball this week. It means a lot that I’ve won a second Hero Indian Open title and that I’m now leading the Asian Tour Order of Merit,” said Thaworn, who totalled 14-under-par 270

Shiv Kapur (Pro V1x) finished fourth at 12-under 272, while Asian Tour rookie and Titleist Brand Ambassador Arnond Vongvanij (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 910F fairway metals, 909H hybrid, CB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled/SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron Red X Putter) closed with a final round 2-under 69 to finish in a tie for fifth place at 10-under 274 and secure his card for 2013.

Titleist led the field with 105 golf ball players, five times the nearest competitor with 21. Titleist also was first in iron sets (38) and sand, lob and approach wedges (144).

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European Tour: Beginning the final day of competition with a one-shot lead, Bo Van Pelt relied on his Titleist Pro V1 golf ball to tally six final-round birdies on his way to a winning score of 16-under 272 at the European Tour’s ISPS HANDA Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Golf Club.

"It's a great feeling to come out on top," said Van Pelt. "You know, it was fun. That's why you practice is to give yourself a chance to win with nine holes to go."

Van Pelt finished two shots clear of Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner, who posted a final score of 14-under 274.

“It's good to get back out and compete and nice to be in the hunt after a couple weeks off and after The Ryder Cup.  So you know, nothing to be ashamed of.  Just got to tighten up a couple things,” said Dufner.

Three more shots back at 11-under 271, was third place finisher and Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Alejandro Canizares. Canizares held the share of the first round lead after a bogey-free, seven birdie 65 on Thursday.

Michael Hendry (Pro V1x) took solo fourth place with a 9-under 279, as Titleist golf ball players occupied the top four positions on the leaderboard and seven of the top 10.

A total of 102 players in the field played Titleist golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19.

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JAPAN TOUR: Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Toru Taniguchi did not need a clutch putt to win on Sunday. Taniguchi holed his 110-yard third shot on the par-5 18th for eagle to successfully defend his title at the Bridgestone Open.

Taniguchi closed with a 5-under 66 for a 12-under 272 total to claim his second win of the season and 19th-career JGTO title.

Hiroyuki Fujita (Pro V1) posted 68 to take second at 11-under 271. Dong-Hwan Lee (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 913H hybrids, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo Mid putter) closed with 69 to share third place at 10 under.

Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 43 players in the field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x for their success. Titleist was also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (88).

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KOREAN TOUR/ONEASIA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Dae-Sub Kim fired a final round 2-under 69 to win the Kolon Korea Open at WooJeong Hills Country Club for his second victory of the season.

What's In Dae-Sub Kim's Titleist Bag?:  

Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: 
913 D2 7.5º(Mitsubishi-Rayon Diamana Kai'li 60 X)
Fairway Metal: 
904F 13.0º
Hybrid: 910H 17.0º (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 85 X)
Hybrids: 910H 21.0º, 24.0º(Aldila NV 85 X)
Irons: 
Titleist MB (5-PW)
Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 52º, 58º
Putter: 
Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Select Mid

Kim, only recently discharged from 20 months of military service, finished at 5-under 279 for a two-shot victory over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador DaeHyun Kim (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 910FD fairway metal, MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges).

KyungNam Kang (Pro V1) tied for third place, another shot back.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 77 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 10. Six of 10 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

Titleist was also tops in iron sets (42); sand, lob and approach wedges (171); and putters (52).

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SUNSHINE TOUR: Teboho Sefatsa (Pro V1x) earned his first victory on the Sunshine Tour as Titleist golf ball players claimed four of the top five positions at the BMG Classic.

Sefasta carded a final round of 4-under 68 for a 10-under 206 total for a one-shot victory. Matthew Carvell (Pro V1x) and Desvonde Botes (Pro V1x) tied for third at 8-under 208. Jake Redman (Pro V1) finished in solo-fifth, another shot back.
Titleist was the most played golf ball in the event with 112 players trusting Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 40.

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PGA TOUR:  Six of the top 10 finishers trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success at the McGladrey Classic, including runner-up David Toms, who played a new Titleist Pro V1x prototype golf ball for the first time.

The McGladrey Classic was the third week of of the seeding and tour validation process for the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x prototype golf balls on the PGA Tour. This week, 27 players (24 Pro V1x and 3 Pro V1) put the new balls in play.

In total, 88 players in the 132-player field are trusting Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist is also first in the sand, lob and approach wedges (93) and putter (50) categories.


Winning on the PGA Tour fall series requires a lot of birdies, and a lot of confidence. Checking both of those items off the list, Pro V1x loyalist Jonas Blixt carded 21 birdies (T1) on his way to winning the Frys.com Open with a 16-under 268 (66-68-66-68) showing at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. This was Blixt's first career win on the PGA Tour and he becomes the third rookie to win in the 2012 season.

"I just told myself, just give it a good hit every time and see what happens," said Blixt. "Just focus. You can't do anything better than your best. That's what I did on every shot."

Also landing in the winners' circle were Titleist Brand Ambassadors Gaganjeet Bhullar (Asian Tour), Peter Wilson (Australasia Tour) and MeenWhee Kim (Korean Tour), Pro V1x loyalists Shawn Stefani (Web.com Tour), Liang Wenchong (One Asia Tour), Kenichi Kuboya (Japan Tour) and Alan Wagner (PGA Tour Latinoamerica). With these wins, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 157 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.

With a performance on the greens good enough for for first in both Putts Per Round (26.3) and Strokes Gained (2.468), Blixt captured his first PGA Tour victory and earned a PGA Tour exemption through the 2014 season.

Jason Kokrak, relying upon the new Titleist Pro V1x prototype golf ball, was among two players who tied for second place at the Frys.com Open.  Kokrak led the field in Greens in Regulation (81.8%) and was ninth in Driving Distance (300.4) playing the new Pro V1x prototype for the first time in competition.

Third-round leader John Mallinger (Pro V1x) was among four players who tied for fourth at 14 under, along with Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker (New Pro V1 prototype golf ball).  Walker closed with a Sunday-best and course record-tying nine-under 62. Walker also finished fourth in Driving Distance with a 304.8 average playing the new Pro V1 golf ball for the first time in competition.

In total, 89 players in the 132-player field trusted Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all other golf balls combined. This includes 21 players who teed up the new Pro V1 (3) and Pro V1x (18) prototype golf balls that were introduced on tour last week in Vegas.

Titleist was also first in the sand, lob and approach wedges (103) and putter (51) categories.

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WEB.COM: Pro V1x loyalist Shawn Stefani fired a final round 3-under-par 68 in an impressive a five-shot victory at the Miccosukee Championship.  Stefani, who captured the Midwest Classic in August, finished with a 15-under-par 269 victory total.  

Titleist Brand Ambassador Alistair Presnell (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges) finished solo second, after tying for third place last week.  Stefani advanced to fourth and Presnell to 19th on the 2012 Web.com Tour money list with just two events remaining on the season. The top 25 earn 2013 PGA Tour cards.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 96 players in the field of 144 trusting Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 17. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (47), sand, lob and approach wedge (160) and putter (66) categories.

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ASIAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Gaganjeet Bhullar of India trusted a Pro V1x golf ball and a new 913D2 driver to win the 2012 Venetian Macau Open in wire-to-wire fashion for his second title on the Asian Tour in 2012.

Bhullar led from the first round with an 8-under par 63 and closed with a 3-under 68 to finish with a 16-under par total of 268, two shots better than fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jonathan Moore (Pro V1x). The win marks a trend of great play from Bhullar in the last month, a pattern he hopes will continue.

"This victory, I can't explain it right now. It's going to take a long time to sink in. Two wins in one month, it means a lot. Everyone works hard. My first wire-to-wire Asian Tour title. It was difficult in the end."

What's In Gaganjeet Bhullar's Titleist Bag?:  

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: 
913D2 7.5º (Graphite Design Tour AD DI x)
Fairway Metal: 
910Fd 13.5º (Mitsubishi-Rayon Diamana Kai'li x)
Irons: 
Titleist AP2 3-9
Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 48º, 54º, 60º
Putter: 
Scotty Cameron Tour Newport 2

Pro V1x loyalists Thitiphun Chuayprakong and M. Siddikur tied for 3rd at 12-under, while Shiv Kapur finished in fifth place at 10 under to give Titleist balls users a sweep of the top five positions in the event.

Titleist was the top choice of the Venetian Macau Open field in the golf ball category with 94 players trusting Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21.

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JAPAN: It was a 1-2 finish for Titleist Pro V1x players at the Japan Open where Kenichi Kuboya came from behind to top Juvic Pagunsan by one shot. It marked the sixth-career JGTO win for Kuboya, who closed with a 1-under par 70 at Naha Golf Club en route to an 8-over 292 victory total.

Titleist was the top choice of the field in the golf ball category with 41 players trusting Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls. Titleist also led the field in sand, lob and approach wedges with 78.

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ONE ASIA: On the fifth hole of a sudden-death playoff, Liang Wen-chong rolled in his Pro V1x from 12 feet to capture the Nanshan China Masters. The exciting victory marked Wenchong's first OneAsia title since winning twice in 2010 and is the fourth of his career.

“I’m very happy,” said Liang after the playoff triumph. “I have never been involved in something like this."

Pro V1x loyalist Aaron Townsend narrowly missed the playoff, shooting 1-over 72 to finish alone in third. He was followed by Louis Oosthuizen (Pro V1x), who took solo fourth at 5-under 279.

Titleist was the golf ball of choice with 97 players in the 135-player field trusting Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 19. Titleist was also the top choice in iron sets (58), sand, lob and approach wedges (161) and putters (38).

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AUSTRALASIA: Peter Wilson (Pro V1) won his first PGA Tour of Australasia title on Sunday at the WA PGA Championship. The 34-year-old Wilson shot a final round 3-under 69 to post a winning score of 5-under 283, two shots clear of Glenn Joyner (Pro V1x) and three clear of Andrew Kelly (Pro V1x). Wilson built up a five-shot lead after 11 holes and then cruised home down the stretch, playing steadily under difficult, windy conditions at the challenging Kalgoorlie Golf Club.

“It’s just so good to win one finally,” he said after the maiden win. “I was 6-under after 11, I just had a hot start. I started to think about it for a while there, but I got it done in the end.”

The top five players at the WA PGA Championship used a Titleist golf ball, as did nine of the 10 players who finished among the top 10. Titleist was the top choice of the field in the golf ball category with 77 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 13.

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KOREA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Meen-Whee Kim captured the ShinHan DongHae Open on the first hole of a playoff with fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Kevin Na. The win marked the first-career Korea PGA Tour title for the 21-year-old Kim, who finished with an 4-under-par 284 total to force the playoff.

Three players tied for third at 2-under 286, including Charlie Wi (Pro V1) and In-Choon Hwang (Pro V1x).

Titleist was the golf ball of choice at the ShinHan DongHae Open where 82 players trusted Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than seven times the nearest competitor and more than all other golf balls combined.

What's In Meen-Whee Kim's Titleist Bag?:  

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver:
New 913D3
Fairway Metals:
910Fd 13.5º
Hybrids:
910H 18.0º
Irons: 
Titleist MB (3-PW)
Wedge: Vokey Design 54º, 60º

What's In Kevin Na's Titleist Bag?:  

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver:
910D3 9.5º (OZIK HD6, Setting: A-1)
Fairway Metals:
910F 17.0º (Diamana White 73)
Hybrids:
910H 21.0º (OZIK ALTUS HB)
Irons: 
Titleist AP2 3-PW (Dynamic Gold Tour Issue)
Wedge: Vokey Design 54º, 60º (Dynamic Gold Tour Issue)

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 19 players in the field of 32 trusting Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with five. Titleist was also the top choice in the wedge (128) and putter (60) categories.

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LATINOAMERICA TOUR:  Titleist rose to the top of the leader board at the Roberto De Vincenzo Invitational on Sunday, as nine out of 10 players in the top 10 trusted a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success, including the tournament champion of the inaugural event, Alan Wagner (Pro V1x). Wagner fired a 4-under 68 in the final round, good for a 15-under 273 total and a two-shot victory over fellow Pro V1x loyalists Oscar Fraustro and Ariel Canete.

Wagner closed with birdies on 17 and 18 to seal the win, his first on the Latino America Tour.

Daniel Stapff (Pro V1x) fired a 7-under 65 to claim a share of 4th place with, Julio Zapata (Pro V1x) and Armando Favela (Pro V1x).

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EUROPEAN: Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 81 players in the field of 132 trusting Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (33) and wedge (146) categories.

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CHAMPIONS: Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Greater Hickory Classic with 61 players in the field of 81 trusting Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with 10. Titleist was also the top choice of more players in the iron (21) and sand, lob and approach wedges (68) categories. Duffy Waldorf (Pro V1) was runner-up, one shot behind the winner, while Mark Wiebe (Pro V1) birdied the final hole to finish solo third.

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LPGA:Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with 45 players in the field of 71 trusting Titleist golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with 7. Pro V1x Loyalist Na Yeon Choi finished runner-up by by two shots. The Sime Darby Malaysia is the first stop on the LPGA Tour's four-event swing through Asia. The tour will be in South Korea, Taiwan and Japan the next three weeks.

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