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Posted: September 30, 2013
The PGA Tour took the weekend off after last week's exciting conclusion to the 2013 FedExCup race, but around the globe there was still a lot of great golf action to be found, headlined by the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship. After the dust had settled at the Web.com's new Tour Finals series Titleist Brand Ambassador Chesson Hadley hoisted the Tour Championship trophy and thirty players who relied on Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls had earned their way onto the 2014 PGA Tour.
Meanwhile on the European Tour, Pro V1x loyalist David Howell claimed his first European Tour title in seven years by topping Titleist Brand Ambassador Peter Uihlein with a birdie on the second hole of an all-Pro V1x sudden-death playoff at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
On the Champions Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Kirk Triplett closed with a 4-under-par 68 at Pebble Beach Golf Links to successfully defend his title at the Nature Valley First Tee Open.
In Japan, Titleist Brand Ambassador Masahiro Kawamura overcame a two shot deficitit to capture his first career victory at the Asia Pacific Panasonic Championship, an event co-sanctioned by the Japan and Asian Tours.
And in China, American Ronald Jacob Ellison trusted his Pro V1x golf ball to capture the China PGA Champions Tour Quingdao event.
Titleist golf ball players have now earned 124 victories across the Worldwide Professional Tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 33 and more than all golf balls combined.
In total, 18,373 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2013 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,733 and more than all competitors combined.
It's time to take a trip around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.
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WEB.COM TOUR: Web.com Tour Championship
Hadley closed with a 1-under 69 and won the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship by two strokes over four players. Hadley posted a 10-under 270 total to collect his second win of the year (his first came at the Rex Hospital Open).
In the new final event series format on the Web.com Tour, Hadley had finished No. 3 on the Regular Season money list and moved up from No. 14 to No. 3 on the Finals Priority Ranking with his win. The ranking determined a pecking order for the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season, which begins in two weeks with the Frys.com Open.
“This is something that we’ve been dreaming of since we were kids out there beating balls on the range with our parents,” said Hadley. “To see that come to fruition with a bunch of hard work and a bunch of people supporting us along the way, it’s pretty special.”
Brendon Todd’s 5-under 65 was the low round of the day and it gave him a share of second place with fellow Pro V1x loyalist Scott Gardiner and Titleist Brand Ambassadors Brad Fritsch and John Peterson. Peterson capped off a furious late-season surge that saw him finish in the top-5 in all four of the Finals events and earned the No. 1 spot on the Finals money list. The top spot gave Peterson full-exempt status in 2013-14 as well as a berth in THE PLAYERS Championship next May.
In addition to relying upon the Pro V1x golf ball, Hadley also trusted a full complement of Titleist golf clubs for his success, including the 913D3 driver (9.5º), 910F fairway metal (13.5º), 712U 3-iron, MB irons (4-PW) and Vokey Design SM4 TVD gap (52º), sand (56º) and lob (60º) wedges.
John Peterson also relied on a full bag of Titleist golf clubs for his success, including the 913D3 driver (8.5º), 913F fairway metal (13.5º), 712U 3-iron, CB 4-iron, MB irons (5-PW) and Vokey Design SM4 gap (52º) and sand (56º) wedges and TVD K-grind lob (60º) wedge.
Of the 125-player field, 88 relied upon Titleist golf balls, six times the nearest competitor with 13.
EUROPEAN TOUR: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
David Howell carded a final round of 67 to set the clubhouse mark of 23-under par 265 at the Old Course at St Andrews. Uihlein, the overnight leader and playing in the final pairing, closed with a 3-under 69 to match Howell's total and force a playoff. Both players narrowly missed long birdie attempts on the first extra hole but Howell, who had come up short in all four of his previous playoff opportunities, converted an eight foot putt for birdie on the famed 18th hole to secure the emotional victory.
"It's been a long, long road back from the depths of despair," said Howell after the win. "I have had a lot of support from people around me and this is as much for them as it is for me."
Uihlein, who threatened to become the first player to shoot a 59 on the European Tour on Friday (before settling for a 60 when his eagle attempt on the final hole missed by inches), vaulted into the all-important Top 10 in the Race to Dubai standing with his performance. Of the 168-player field, 110 relied upon Titleist golf balls, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 23. • • •
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Nature Valley First Tee Open
Triplett, who entered the final round three shots off the lead, posted an 11-under 205 total, good for a two shot margin of victory over fellow Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Dan Forsman and Doug Garwood. Triplett overcame a four-shot deficit to win this event last year.
Garwood, a Monday qualifier who was making his fourth career Champions Tour start, and Forsman both shot 69 in the final round.
Titleist was the most played ball in the field of 81 with 59 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 10.
JAPAN/ASIAN TOUR: Asia Pacific Panasonic Championship
20-year-old Masahiro Kawamura fired a final round 4-under par 67, en route to a 9-under par 275 victory total at the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open. It marked Kawamura’s first career victory since turning professional two years ago.
Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador and overnight leader S.J. Park of Korea finished solo 2nd, one shot behind Kawamura, as five of the six players who finished among the top 5 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
In addition to relying upon the Pro V1 golf ball, Kawamura also trusted Titleist golf clubs through the bag, including the 913D2 driver (7.5º), 913F fairway metal (13.5º), 913Hd hybrids (18.0º, 20.0º), CB irons (4-5), MB irons (6-PW), Vokey Design Spin Milled sand wedge (54º) and SM4 lob (60º) wedge and a Scotty Cameron Newport putter .
Of the 132-player field, 62 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 27.
CHINA PGA CHAMPIONS TOUR: Quingdao Event
Ellison, who entered the final round with a four shot lead, closed with a 1-over par 73 en route to a 14-under par 274 victory total . He was two shots clear of his nearest competitor.
Six of the top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
At the 129-player event, 92 relied upon Titleist golf balls, over four times the nearest competitor with 21.
Posted: September 23, 2013
Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stenson delivered a career-defining performance this weekend, winning in convincing fashion at the PGA Tour's grand finale, The Tour Championship. Stenson's win sealed his claim to season-long FedExCup honors and highlighted a 5-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the globe.
Joining Stenson in the winners' circle were Pro V1x loyalists Julien Quesne (70° Open d'Italia Lindt), Neil Schietekat (Platinum Classic) and Andre Stolz (South Pacific Open Championship) as well as Pro V1 loyalist Mark Wiebe (Pacific Links Hawai'i ). Five more victories on the worldwide professional golf tours confirms once again that Performance is Pro V1 and ProV1x .
Titleist golf ball players have now earned 119 victories across the Worldwide Professional Tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 33 and more than all golf balls combined.
In total, 17,875 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2013 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,651 and more than all competitors combined.
Let's take a trip around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.
EUROPEAN TOUR: 70° Open d'Italia Lindt
Julien Quesne (Pro V1x) began the final day at Golf Club Torino four shots off the lead, but he closed with a final round 5-under 67, which included a back nine 31, as he captured the 70° Open d’Italia Lindt for his second career European Tour title.
The Frenchman finished with a 12-under par 276 victory total, one shot clear of runners-up and fellow Pro V1x loyalists David Higgins and Steve Webster.
"I am very proud of this back nine," said Quesne, whose maiden victory came in the Open de Andalucía in 2012. "My attitude was very good this week and I think this is the key. To enjoy a second win on The European Tour is like a dream for me."
The win marks the 19th by Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2013 European Tour, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 4.
Of the 145-player field, 100 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, five times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all competitors combined.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pacific Links Hawai'i
It was an all-Titleist Pro V1 sudden death playoff at the Pacific Links Hawai'i, where Mark Wiebe defeated Corey Pavin with a par on the second extra hole. Both players finished at 11-under 205 in the second year of the tournament's staging, one shot ahead of fellow Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Bernhard Langer.
"I didn't play as well as I did the first two days," Wiebe said in a post-round interview. "But I played my butt off. I've never won twice in one year before."
The victory marks the 17th win for Titleist players on the 2013 Champions Tour, compared to one win for the nearest competitor.
Titleist was the most played ball in the field of 81 with 61 players, more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 6.
AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: South Pacific Open Championship
Trusting his Pro V1x golf ball, Andre Stolz won on the fifth hole of a sudden death playoff over Titleist Brand Ambassador Michael Wright (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter). Another Titleist Brand Ambassador, Matt Griffin (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 712U 3 and 4 utility irons, new CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter), finished solo third, two shots out of the playoff.
Stolz posted rounds of 67-66-69-66 en route to his first victory of the 2013 campaign.
Ten of the 12 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including each of the top 4.
At the 97-player event, 79 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 11.
SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR: Platinum Classic
Titleist Brand Ambassador Neil Schietekat (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 712U utility iron, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges) closed with a 4-under par 68 to clinch his maiden Sunshine Tour title. Schietekat finished with a 15-under 201 victory total, three shots clear of the next closest competitor.
Titleist Pro V1x loyalists James Kamte (Pro V1x) and Vaughn Groenewald finished solo third and fourth, respectively.
Schietekat credited his runner-up finish at the Origins of Golf tournament at Simola in July for the motivation he used in his breakthrough victory.
“Not winning never really bothered me until I came second at the Origins of Golf tournament at Simola,” Schietekat said. “I told myself I should have won that one, and I started to take steps to fix things. I’ve been working hard on the mental side of things, and that makes a big difference.”
Fifty-one players players in the 72-player Platinum Classic field relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 16.
In the twilight shadows of East Lake Golf Club, Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stenson stood at the winner's presentation with two trophies in hand-- one for the Tour Championship and one for the FedExCup Championship.
"It was a great day, great week, and it's been a great year," said Stenson following the ceremony.
In a consistent performance at East Lake, Stenson posted a 13-under par 267 victory total, three shots clear of Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker.
Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for more than half of the select 30-player field at the season-ending TOUR Championship with 16, including nine full product line Titleist Brand Ambassadors.
Stenson's win marked the 2,013th (2013) with a Pro V1 model golf ball across the worldwide professional tours since the Titleist Pro V1 was introduced to tour players in October 2000.
Titleist golf ball players have now earned 119 victories across the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 33 and more than all golf balls combined. In total, 17,875 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2013 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,651.
Triumphant against the best players on Tour, Stenson's late-season performance displayed an undeniable command of his entire game. And after this campaign, both his command and his determination have come to define the career of the big Swede.
Still, for Stenson, the victory is more than a defining moment of his career. "It shows that I never give up," said Stenson, who moves to No. 4 in the official world golf rankings.
PGA TOUR: Tour ChampionshipStenson closed with a 2-under par 68 to win the event and the season-long FedExCup which carries the largest prize in golf ($10 million). It was the second victory of the FedExCup Playoffs for Stenson, who also won the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists swept each of the four FedExCup Playoffs events, as Stenson (Pro V1x) won the TOUR Championship and the Deutsche Bank Championship, while Zach Johnson (Pro V1x) captured the BMW Championship and Adam Scott (Pro V1) started off the Playoffs by winning The Barclays.
Jordan Spieth closed with a 64, and Steve Stricker closed with a 65 at East Lake. Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson, finished another shot back as Titleist players secured the top four positions on the leaderboard.
After becoming the first European to win the FedExCup Playoffs, Henrik would love to become the first player to win both the FedExCup and the Race for Dubai. "It's going to take some good play. I'm going to try my hardest to accomplish that."
What’s in Steve Stricker's Bag?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver (8.5°), 910Fd fairway metal (13.5°), 913H hybrid (19.0°), AP2 irons (3-PW), Vokey Design Spin Milled sand wedge (54°) and SM4 lob wedge (60°).
What’s in Jordan Spieth's Bag?:Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 910D2 driver (8.5°), 913Hd hybrid (18.0°), AP2 irons (4-9°), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (46°), gap (52°), sand (56°) and lob (59°) wedges, Scotty Cameron SC-009 prototype putter.
What’s in Webb Simpson's Bag?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver (10.5°), 913F fairway metal (15.0°), 913Fd fairway metal (18.0°), 913Hd hybrid (20.0°), 680 irons (4-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°), sand (54°) and lob (58°) wedges.
Posted: September 18, 2013
It's always helpful to have an expert's advice when making a selection, especially when choosing the best golf ball for your game.
Insert expert: PGA Professional Michael Breed, host of the Golf Fix on the Golf Channel.
Breed, a member of the Titleist Leadership Advisory Staff, explains how and what to compare when selecting your golf ball in the video above.
"When I fit golf balls for my players, I always start around the green," says Breed.
Michael advises you compare the performance of two golf ball models around the green all the way back to the tee. "You have to make sure you pay attention to all facets of your game when choosing a golf ball."
Check out the rest of Michael's helpful tips in the video above and visit our Golf Ball Fitting section for even more great information on how to find the best golf ball for your game.
Posted: September 16, 2013
In a career defined by persistence, determination and patience, it seems fitting that only a weather delay Sunday could slow Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson and his charge up the leaderboard and into the winner's circle Monday at the BMW Championship.
Trusting his Pro V1x golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment, Johnson scorched Conway Farms Golf Club on Monday with a six-birdie, 6-under par 65 to overcome a 3-shot deficit and become the third player in as many events to win a FedExCup playoff event this year.
The victory is Johnson's tenth career victory in his decade on tour, and places him fourth in the current FedExCup standings, entering the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
"It's extremely difficult," Johnson told reporters, trying to explain what the 10 wins meant. "I'm not sure I fully grasp it."
Also joining Johnson in the winner's circle this weekend from the worldwide professional tours were Titleist Brand Ambassadors Joost Luiten (KLM Open) and Thaworn Wiratchant (Yeangder TPC), Pro V1 loyalist Chang Woo Lee (Dongbu Insurance Open) and Pro V1x loyalist Max Gilbert (Tour Championship of Canada).
PGA TOUR: BMW Championship
Following clutch birdie putts at 16 and 17 to separate himself from the field, Johnson took a 3-shot lead to 18. Zach calmly piped a tee shot and fairway metal to set up a wedge and two-putt to seal the win.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker was joined by Pro V1x loyalists Luke Donald and Hunter Mahan among players tied for fourth place to ensure them all with a place in the Tour Championship. 44 players in the field of 70 put their trust in a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball this week. That’s more than six times the nearest competitor with 7, and more than all other competitors combined.
ASIAN TOUR: Yeangder TPC
Titleist Brand Ambassador Thaworn Wiratchant trusted his Pro V1x golf ball to victory, earning his unprecedented 16th Asian Tour title. Wiratchant closed with a 4-under 68 to finish with a 13-under par 275 victory total. Overnight leader and fellow Pro V1x loyalist American Chan Kim, closed with a 2-under 70 to finish one shot behind the champion.
Of the 147-player field, 91 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 27. Seven of the 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
EUROPEAN TOUR: KLM Open
Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Joost Luiten, a native of The Netherlands, won in his home country following a par on the first hole of a sudden death playoff. It marked Luiten’s third career victory, including his second this season (Lyoness Open).
Of the 156-player KLM Open field, 108 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19. The win marks the 18th by Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2013 European Tour, more than four times the nearest competitor with 4.
In addition to relying upon the Pro V1 golf ball, Luiten also trusted a full complement of Titleist golf clubs for his success, including the 913D2 driver (7.5), 913Fd fairway metal (13.5), AP2 2-iron, CB irons (3-PW), Vokey Design SM4 sand (54) and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron R&D Concept 2 prototype putter.
KOREAN PGA TOUR: Dongbu Insurance Open
Of the 144-player field, 99 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 21. A Korean National Team player and 2013 Korea Amateur champion, fired a 13-under par 275 victory total for a one shot win. The amateur relies upon Titleist equipment for his tee-through-green success, including the Pro V1 golf ball, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, 712U utility iron, CB irons, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges and Scotty Cameron GoLo putter. 8 of the 11 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
PGA TOUR CANADA: Tour Championship of Canada
Pro V1x loyalist Max Gilbert, a 23-year old in his first professional season, posted a final round 6-under par 66 on the way to his first professional victory. Max drained a 20-footer on the 71st hole to take the outright lead, carded a par on the last for a score of 20-under par for the week at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club. Gilbert's win also earns him an exemption into the second stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.