There is still dew on the fairways of 2013, but Titleist golf ball loyalist Louis Oosthuizen is in mid-season form. Oosthuizen relied on his new 2013 Pro V1x prototype for a come-from-behind victory at the Volvo Golf Champions in his native South Africa on Sunday. Louis began his final round five shots back, but closed with a joint best of the day 6-under 66, to edge the overnight leader by one stroke.

In the land where palm trees sway, Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark trusted his new 2013 Pro V1 prototype to a final round 9-under 63 and second place finish at the Sony Open in Oahu, Hawaii.

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EUROPEAN: Playing in just his second official event with the new 2013 Pro V1x prototype, Titleist golf ball loyalist Louis Oosthuizen captured the Volvo Golf Champions. He posted a 16-under par 272 victory total which included six birdies in the first 11 holes Sunday.

“After being five down, to make it up after 12 holes, I was really chuffed about that. I just played really well all day.”

The win marked Oosthuizen’s sixth career European Tour title and elevates him to the fourth spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.  Oosthuizen has had seven top-ten finishes in his last eight starts.

He becomes the fifth player to win with a new 2013 Pro V1 or Pro V1x prototype golf ball since the seeding process began last fall, joining Luke Donald (Pro V1x/Dunlop Phoenix), Adam Scott (Pro V1/Australian Masters), Hiroyuki Fujita (Pro V1/Japan Series JT Cup) and Angel Cabrera (Pro V1x/107 Visa Open de Argentina) in the new prototype victory circle.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the winners-only event, with 17 of the 33 players relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than twice the nearest competitor with seven.  Oosthuizen’s win is the first for Titleist on the 2013 worldwide professional tours.

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PGA: The 2013 PGA TOUR’s first full-field event is in the books from Honolulu where 144 players teed it up at the Sony Open in Hawaii.  Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls with 103 players relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than six times the nearest competitor with 15. 

A total of 62 Titleist golf ball loyalists relied upon a new 2013 Pro V1 (12) or Pro V1x (50) prototypes, including runner-up and Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark (New Pro V1, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, CB irons, 712U 4-iron, Vokey Design SM4 pitching, sand and lob wedges) and third place finisher Scott Langley (New Pro V1x), who was playing in his first event as a PGA TOUR rookie.  Langley tied for third with fellow Pro V1x loyalist Charles Howell III, as three of the top four finishers relied upon Titleist for their success. Titleist was also the field favorite in sand, lob and approach wedges with 135 and putters with 57.

In addition to the new golf ball, Clark put a new Titleist 913F fairway metal (15.0) and 712U prototype 4-iron in play this week for the first time. The last time TT saw Tim Clark was in Las Vegas in November, where he first put his New Pro V1 in play.

 

 

This week's PGA Tour event has moved from the island of Maui to Oahu for the SONY Open in Hawaii, the first full-field event of the season.  A total of 144 players have traveled to Honolulu with hopes of getting their 2013 campaign off to a sunny start.

Titleist is the overwhelming top choice in golf balls again this week, with 102 players relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than six times the nearest competitor with 15.  A total of 61 Titleist golf ball loyalists are teeing up a new Pro V1 (12) or Pro V1x (49) prototype golf ball, as the transition to the new models continues to steadily increase.

Titleist was also the overwhelming field favorite in the sand, lob and approach wedge (135) and putter (57) categories with more players relying upon a Vokey Design wedge and/or Scotty Cameron putter for their success into and on the greens.  In fact, Bob Vokey and Scotty Cameron each made appearances on the practice range and putting greens at the Sony, working with players making final tweaks to their short game tools.

Check out the slideshow above for a closer look at some action from around the course and on the range.

Waialae Country Club is a shotmaker's paradise and a favorite among many of the veterans on tour, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Zach Johnson and Webb Simpson, who break down the keys to winning in the video below.

The counts are in and Titleist is the top choice across every major equipment category at the PGA Tour's season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions. 

From golf balls to drivers, fairways metals and hybrids, to irons, wedges and putters, Titleist equipment is the overwhelming favorite of the 30-player field that concluded its first two official rounds of the 2013 campaign yesterday.

The Titleist player counts are below, as are those of the nearest competitor in each category.

GOLF BALLS: 
Titleist: 20
Nearest Competitor: 3
 
     IRONS: 
     Titleist: 9
     Nearest Competitor:4
 
DRIVERS:
Titleist: 9  
Nearest Competitor: 6
 
     WEDGES: 
     Titleist: 30
     Nearest Competitor: 9
 
FAIRWAY METALS:
Titleist: 13
Nearest Competitor: 10
 
     PUTTERS:  
     Titleist: 11
     Nearest Competitor: 7
 
HYBRIDS:  
Titleist: 10
Nearest Competitor: 5
 

WEBB WEAVES IN NEW TITLEIST EQUIPMENT:  Current U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson is playing a new Pro V1x prototype golf ball and 13 new Titleist golf clubs to start the new season. Simpson is playing his first competitive rounds with the new gear after Titleist Tour Representatives Chris Tuten (clubs) and Fordie Pitts (golf balls) traveled to Charlotte in early December and worked with him for a day to dial in the proper specifications. Simpson’s new equipment specs are below:

GOLF BALL:  New Titleist Pro V1x prototype golf ball

DRIVER:  Titleist 913D3 (10.5º)

FAIRWAY METALS:  Titleist 913F.d Low Spin (15.0º/18.0º) 

HYBRID:  Titleist 913H.d (20.0º)

IRONS:  Titleist AP2 (4-P)

WEDGES:  Titleist Vokey Design SM4 sand (54º) and lob (58º)

ON THE BALL:  Of the 20 players teeing up a Titleist golf ball at the Tournament of Champions, 11 are relying upon a new Pro V1 or Pro V1x prototype golf ball. New Pro V1 prototype golf ball players include 2012 Rookie of the Year John Huh and Ryan Moore. New Pro V1x prototype golf ball players include: Ben Curtis, Rickie Fowler, J.J. Henry, Zach Johnson, Marc Leishman, Webb Simpson, Scott Stallings, Bubba Watson and Mark Wilson.

OTHER NOTABLES:  Simpson’s fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson visited the state-of-the art Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, Calif. the week after Thanksgiving to work on his new equipment. The result: he left with a new Titleist 913D2 driver with 9.5 degrees of loft which he put into play this week. Johnson was also fit for a new 913F.d Low Spin (15.0º) fairway metal and the new Pro V1x prototype golf ball that he is putting to the test under difficult conditions on Maui.

Marc Leishman, who qualified for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions after winning the Travelers Championship, has a new Titleist 712U prototype utility iron in the bag. The club, which he put in play for the first time at the Australian Masters in December, is being used in place of his 2-iron.

RBC Canadian Open champion Scott Piercy transitioned into a new Titleist 913F.d Low Spin fairway metal (13.5º) and returned to his Scotty Cameron Newport 2.7 putter from the GoLo he used at the end of 2012. Meanwhile two other players in the field put new Scotty Cameron GoLo putters into play.

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Aloha, Team Titleist! We're coming to you straight from the range at the Plantation Course at Kapalua as the 2013 PGA Tour Season kicks into gear with the season opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The field is stacked and the players are ready to get back to work. Here are some early notes as we look forward to the start of the season...

Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker is seeking to defend his 2012 Tournament of Champions title after firing four consecutive rounds in the 60's en route to a three shot win and 23-under par 269 victory total. Stricker leads a group 20 Titleist golf ball loyalists, including nine Brand Ambassadors who will be competing in the winners-only event. He was one of 23 players to win a combined 29 times on the 2012 PGA Tour with a Titleist golf ball, more than seven times the nearest competitor with four.  

The Plantation Course at Kapalua is a par 73, measuring 7,452 yards.  At 68.963, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions featured the lowest final round scoring average of 2012.

Jason Dufner and Titleist golf ball loyalist Rickie Fowler will be the first on the tee to start the 2013 PGA Tour season Friday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The duo is set to tee off in the season opener at 10:35 a.m. local time.  

Dufner, who secured his first two career wins in 2012 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the HP Byron Nelson Championship, is in a virtual tie for 8th place in the Official World Golf Rankings with Masters champion Bubba Watson. They are the highest world ranked players participating this week.

Dufner also enters the tournament owning the longest active consecutive cut streak at 21. That will be extended to 22 as the Hyundai Tournament of Champions is a no-cut event.

Fowler earned his first career PGA TOUR title and a trip to Kapalua after winning the Wells Fargo Championship in a three-way playoff.

Joining Dufner, Fowler, Watson and Stricker on the Titleist tee sheet this week are Brand Ambassadors Ben Curtis (Valero Texas Open), Bill Haas (Northern Trust Open), Zach Johnson (Crowne Plaza Invitational, John Deere Classic), Marc Leishman (Travelers Championship), Scott Piercy (RBC Canadian Open), Webb Simpson (U.S. Open) and Scott Stallings (True South Classic), as well as golf ball loyalists Jonas Blixt(Frys.com Open), J.J. Henry (Reno-Tahoe Open), John Huh (Mayakoba Golf Classic), Hunter Mahan (WGC-Accenture Match Play, Shell Houston Open), Ryan Moore (Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), Ian Poulter (HSBC Tournament of Champions), Ted Potter, Jr. (The Greenbrier Classic), Johnson Wagner (SONY Open in Hawaii) and Mark Wilson (Humana Challenge).

A total of 3,773 players teed up a Titleist on the 2012 PGA Tour, more than six times the nearest competitor with 602.

In addition to its winning golf ball (29) success, Titleist players also combined to lead the 2012 PGA TOUR in victories across every major equipment category for the second consecutive year, including drivers (17), fairway metals (17), hybrids (8), irons (18), wedges (23) and putters (17).

Having confidence in your golf ball and knowing it is going to perform as expected when the pressure is on, is key to success.

Just ask Angela Stanford.

"This year in Singapore we had to play the 18th hole multiple times in our playoff. And for me in the past it has always been a tough tee shot," said Stanford.

"Every time we went back there I knew the exact shot I wanted to hit and that gave me momentum... I knew I was going to hit the fairway. And I knew I was going to give myself an opportunity into the green."

It took three trips to the 18th but at the end of the day, Stanford's confidence in her Pro V1 helped her emerge as the champion.

Watch the video above and check out some other Team Titleist Shots of the Year by visiting the links below...

Team Titleist Shots of the Year: Louis Oosthuizen Edition

Team Titleist Shots of the Year: Zach Johnson Edition

Team Titleist Shots of the Year: Rickie Fowler Edition

Team Titleist Shots of the Year: Jason Dufner Edition

Team Titleist Shots of the Year: Scott Stallings Edition

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