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Posted: November 11, 2013
This week marked a special homecoming for Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott, who returned to his native Australia for the first time since his historic victory at this year’s Masters Tournament. Adam’s return served as a perfect subplot as Australia served host to the first of a trio of tournaments that are considered golfing majors down under. Scott came through with the perfect ending for Act One on Sunday, winning the Australian PGA Championship in commanding fashion and leading a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players on the worldwide professional golf tours.
In addition to Adam’s storybook win,Titleist Brand Ambassador Victor Dubuisson relied on a Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist clubs from tee to green as he captured his first European Tour victory at the Turkish Airlines Open.
With additional wins on the PGA Tour and LatinoAmerica Tour, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 148 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 38 and more than all other competitors combined.
In total, 20,725 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2013 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,026 and more than all competitors combined.
Let's take a trip around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.• • • AUSTRALIAN/ONEASIA TOURs: Australian PGA Championship
Of the 156-player field, 109 players relied upon Titleist golf balls at the Australian PGA Championship, more than four times the nearest competitor with 25. Titleist golf balls were the choice of the top 13 finishers and 21 of the top 22.
Adam Scott fired a 4-under par 67 to capture the storm-delayed Australian PGA at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast of Queensland. He secured the win with a 14-under par 270 victory total, four strokes clear of fellow Titleist golf ball loyalist Rickie Fowler (Pro V1x), who shot a final round 3-under 68.
Playing together in the final pairing on Sunday, Scott and Fowler marked their balls on the 12th fairway after a severe storm warning suspended play with Scott holding a one-shot lead. When play resumed, Scott’s approach shot from the fairway, a 4-iron from 266 yards, nearly holed out for an albatross and he made the 1-foot eagle putt.
Scott, the first Australian to win The Masters, now becomes the sixth Australian to win each of the Australian major championships in his career (Australian PGA, Australian Open and Australian Masters titles).
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jack Wilson (Pro V1, 913D2 driver, 913FD fairway metal, 712U 2-iron, MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Notchback putter), who is completing the third year of his traineeship at the Kingswood GC in Melbourne, finished a shot behind Fowler for solo third.
WHAT’S IN ADAM SCOTT’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, 913D3 driver (9.5°), 910FD fairway metal (15°), 712U 2-iron, 680 irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°) and sand (54°) wedges, Vokey Design TVD K-grind lob (60°) wedge, Scotty Cameron Futura X long putter.
"I came out and knew I had to do something great to win this,” said Scott after the victory. “It's been an incredible year since April, and so great to come home. I've had a great week.'' “This is the one I desperately wanted. It’s the icing on an incredible year. To come home and play in front of my Queensland family meant a lot. This one is for my family, especially my dad (Phil) who is a PGA member.”
Scott moves on to Royal Melbourne next week to defend his Australian Masters title. Then he will represent the Australian team at the World Cup, also at Royal Melbourne, and will follow up with the Australian Open at Royal Sydney a week later.
• • • EUROPEAN TOUR: Turkish Airlines Open Of the 78-player field, 45 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 12.
Victor Dubuisson outlasted several of the world’s top-ranked players who were in close pursuit at the Turkish Airlines Open to earn his maiden European Tour victory.
The 29-year old Dubuisson took a five-shot lead into the final round and began his final round by parring nine consecutive holes. He ended up topping Titleist golf ball loyalist Jamie Donaldson by two shots, but there was plenty of back nine drama.
Donaldson aced the 16th hole following birdies on 11, 13 and 15 to tie Dubuisson at 21-under par with two holes remaining. Playing ahead of Dubuisson, Donaldson birdied the closing hole to post a Sunday-best 9-under par 63 en route to setting the clubhouse target at 22-under 266.
Dubuisson drained a 25-foot putt for birdie on 17 and then added insurance with a birdie on the final hole for the winning margin of 23-under 265.
WHAT’S IN VICTOR DUBUISSON’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 driver (9.5°), 913Fd fairway metal (15°), 712U 2-iron, new AP2 (714 series) irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°) and sand (52°) wedges and a Vokey Design prototype lob (58°) wedge, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter.
“I don't know how to describe it,” Dubuisson said after securing the title. “Holing this putt on 17 was like; it was incredible. It was incredible, and the birdie on 18, it's a bonus. But even on the last putt, I was feeling so much stress. After this day, it was the longest day on the course that I've ever had. I'm very proud of what I did.”
Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stenson remains atop the Race to Dubai standings and seeks to become the first player to win both the FedExCup Championship and Race to Dubai in the same season with one tournament remaining on the European Tour schedule.
• • • PGA TOUR: McGladrey Classic
Of the 132-player field, 83 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18. Nine of the 15 players who finished among the top 10 and ties trusted Titleist golf balls for their success.
The champion of the The McGladrey Classic trusted a Pro V1x golf ball to post a final round 4-under 66, good for a 14-under 266 total and a one-shot margin of victory over fellow Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Briny Baird and Tim Clark (913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 712U 4-iron, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges).
Clark closed with a Sunday-best 8-under par 62 to set the clubhouse lead at 13-under par 267.
The win marks the fourth win for Titleist golf ball loyalists through the first five events on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR.• • • LATINOAMERICA TOUR: Lexus Peru Open Argentina’s Julian Etulain (Pro V1x) closed with a final-round 2-under 70 to win his first career LatinoAmerica title at the Lexus Peru Open.
The 25-year-old Etulian posted a 13-under 275 total, good for a one shot margin of victory.
Titleist golf ball players have now won 7 events on the 2013 LatinoAmerica schedule, compared to 2 for the nearest competitor.
Posted: November 6, 2013
As fans of the game, we’ve all marveled at how the pros can make the difficult act of driving a golf ball look so easy. The motion appears effortless, so graceful. And then, suddenly, the ball explodes off the club face and disappears into the ether. How do they pull off this athletic sleight-of-hand?
Well, at Team Titleist we’re fortunate to know just the right guy to ask. Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott owns what many experts consider to be the most technically sound and aesthetically pleasing swing in the game today. As Adam told us, the two go hand in hand.
“Swings only look good when you can check off all the boxes for fundamentals.”
When we asked Adam to provide a tip on driving the golf ball, he was quick to talk about the fundamentals of grip, width of stance, ball position, balance and posture.
“You have to set up correctly in order for your body to move correctly,” Adam explained.
In the video above, watch as Adam goes through his pre-shot checklist with the goal of producing what he describes as “a really athletic looking setup with nice posture and standing quite tall. This nice posture allows me to turn off the ball with a one-piece takeaway, allowing me to turn to the top of my backswing.”
As you’ll see, when Adam gets to the top of his backswing correctly, the rest is automatic. His downswing is a reaction, it just happens.
The next time you play, see if you can incorporate some setup keys from the reigning Masters champion and let us know if they help you to build a simpler action/reaction swing like Adam’s. Good luck!
Posted: November 4, 2013
Trusting Pro V1x golf balls on every shot, three more players from across the globe each turned in championship performances and entered the winner’s circle on Sunday.
In South Africa, veteran Tjaart Van Der Walt teed up a Pro V1x golf ball at the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open and ran away from the field, winning his first Sunshine Tour victory by six shots. On the Korean Tour, overnight leader In-Hoi Hur cruised to a four-shot win at the Herald KYJ Tour Championship. And in South America, Pro V1x loyalist Jose de Jesus Rodriguez prevailed in extra holes to capture the Arturo Calle Colombia Open.
Adding three more victories to the trophy count, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 145 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than four times the nearest competitor with 36 and more than all other competitors combined.
This is Team Titleist, let’s wrap-up the week…
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SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR: Lion of Africa Cape Town Open
Of the 156-player field, 117 relied upon a Titleist golf ball, more than four times the nearest competitor with 26.
Van Der Walt (Pro V1x) posted a 14-under 274 in securing his maiden Sunshine Tour title.
Hennie Otto (Pro V1x) claimed solo 3rd place at 7-under 281, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Trevor Fisher Jr. (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 714CB irons, Vokey Design wedges) and Pro V1x loyalist Doug McGuigan both signed for 5-under par, 283 totals to tie for 5th.
Four of the six players who finished among the top-5 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
KOREAN TOUR: Herald KYJ Tour Championship
Of the 102-player field, 73 relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with 12.
In-Hoi Hur (ProV1x) closed with a 1-under par 71 en route to a 12-under 276 victory total, four shots ahead of three players, including Titleist Ambassador Joon-Woo Choi (ProV1x, 913D2 driver, 913FD fairway metal, 913H hybrids, 714CB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges) and Titleist golf ball loyalists Hyung-Tae Kim (ProV1x) and Gi-Whan Kim (ProV1).
Nine of the top ten finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
LATINOAMERICA TOUR: Arturo Calle Colombia Classic
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez (Pro V1x), who birdied 7 of 9 holes in one mid-round stretch, erased a nine-shot deficit he faced at the start of his final round to grab a share of the lead at 14-under 270.
In the playoff, both competitors parred the first hole of sudden death. At the next, the difficult 233-yard par-3 No. 9th at San Andrés Golf Club, the 32-year-old Rodriguez hit the elusive green. With his opponent unable to get up and down from the rough, "Camarón”, as he is known on Tour, calmly two-putted to secure his second LatinoAmerica Tour victory of the season.
The victory vaults Rodriguez to No. 1 on the LatinoAmerica Tour Order of Merit with four events remaining on the 2013 schedule. 'Los Cinco’, the top five players on the Order of Merit at the conclusion of the season, will earn status to play on the 2014 Web.com Tour.
Posted: November 1, 2013
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner
A map of the course.
A look down the range.......
Old friends Rickie Fowler and Peter Uihlein catch up.
Big hitting South African, George Coetzee.
Brand Ambassador Mu Hu working with technician Phil Dimmock.
Brand Ambassador Graham DeLaet's bag.
Graham DeLaet in action.
Pro V1x loyalist, Ryan Moore on the range.
Pro V1x loyalist, Swede Jonas Blixt.
American Billy Horschel takes a moment to relax on the range.
And the Pro V1x loyalist shares a joke with his fellow players.
Perth International Champion, Jin Jeong's bag.......
Pro V1x loyalist Bo Van Pelt playing in the sand!
Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson on the putting green.
Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen grinding away.
Asian Tour Rep, George Shay chats with Titleist Brand Ambassador Gaganjeet Bhullar.
Pro V1x loyalist, Luke Donald working on his world renowned short game.
Brand Ambassador Peter Uihlein rips his 913D3 down the 1st.
And fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador, Gregory Bourdy follows him down there! Both safely in the fairway.
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Team Titleist is in Shanghai this week for the WGC - HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club. And while a host of PGA Tour members are here competing for FedEx points, many European Tour players are looking to go low and move up in the Race to Dubai rankings.
And with so much at stake, 46 players in the field of 78 will rely on a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than four times the nearest competitor with 11, and more than all other competitors combined.
Titleist is also the top choice this week in iron sets (22), and the sand, lob and approach wedge (64) category.
In the field this week from the European Tour are Titleist Brand Ambassadors Matteo Manassero (BMW Championship winner), Jin Jeong (ISPS HANDA Perth International winner), Gregory Bourdy (ISPS HANDA Wales Open winner), and Peter Uihlein (Madeira Islands Open winner). Along with this contingent of European Tour members, there is a group of Titleist Brand Ambassadors from the PGA Tour, including and not limited to Jordan Spieth, Graham DeLaet, and PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner.
The world-class field will tackle a course that measures 7,140 yards in length as it winds its way along Sheshan's existing canal, around man-made lakes or over the spectacular 50-meter deep quarry, a unique feature of Sheshan. The course also features many new and old trees including thousand year old Gingka trees. Take a look at the photo gallery above to see some of the sights and members of Team Titleist as they prepared for action this week in Shanghai.
Stay tuned for further information, and play well this weekend!