With the birth of his third child expected in less than 24 hours, Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane delivered one the best comeback victories of the season Sunday at the McGladrey Classic in an all-Titleist playoff. 

 After starting the final round five shots back, Crane birdied eight of his last 11 holes at Sea Island's Seaside Course to force extra time with fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (Pro V1x).

Crane's par on the second playoff hole earned him his fourth-career PGA Tour victory, the 31st win for Titleist golf ball players on the 2011 PGA Tour.

It was also one of six victories on the week for Titleist players across the worldwide professional tours – increasing Titleist's 2011 win count to 146, more than six times the nearest competitor with 23 and more than all competitors combined.

A total of 17,933 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in worldwide pro events this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,774 and more than all other golf balls.

Trusting a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and bag of Titleist equipment, Crane closed with a 7-under 63 that included a back-nine 30 and 20-foot birdie putts at Nos. 16 and 17 to finish at 15-under 265.

 Simpson (pictured right) shot a 4-under 66 to get into the playoff, guaranteeing him his 20th top-25 finish of the season and the No. 1 spot on the PGA Tour money list with one event remaining in 2011.

After the playoff, Crane quickly hopped a plane back home to Dallas, where his wife was scheduled to deliver the couple's third child by C-section Monday at 1 p.m. (EST).

"I'm in a little bit of shock, a lot of shock, disbelief. …," said Crane of his fourth PGA Tour victory. "I know I played just about as good as I can play."

Crane led the field in birdies with 22, four of them coming in his last five holes.

On the par-4 14th, he hit his Titleist AP2 7-iron approach to a foot. He two-putted for birdie on the par-5 15th, then rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for a pair of 20-foot birdies on the next two holes.

"I looked at the leader board on 16 green. I saw the guys were two ahead, and I had a 20- or 22-footer for birdie, and I just said, well, if I'm going to have a chance, I'm going to have to birdie two of the last three holes," said Crane, the 16th different full-product Titleist Brand Ambassador to win on the PGA Tour this season.

"Newsflash: If you don't birdie the first one and you're dormie and you've got two holes to play and you've got to make two birdies, it gets harder."

Titleist golf ball players claimed nine of the top-10 spots at the event, including third-place finisher and Pro V1 loyalist Michael Thompson, who wrapped up his PGA Tour playing privileges for next season.

Also earning his 2012 Tour card: Titleist Brand Ambassador Bud Cauley, who finished tied for 15th. Cauley made the cut in seven of his his eight PGA Tour starts this season, becoming only the sixth player to turn pro and earn his card without having to go to PGA Tour Q-School.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 87 players, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 13. Titleist also was first in iron sets (36);  sand, lob and approach wedges (114); and putters (50).

Recently, Crane put a new Bassara W 50 for Titleist driver shaft in his 910D2, looking to regain ball speed he lost from recent back injuries. The change has increased his season average driving distance by nearly two yards.

Here's a closer look at Ben Crane's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D2 7.5º (Mitusbishi Bassara W for Titleist)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 17º (Mitusbishi Diamana Blueboard 93)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 21º (UST Axiv Core 100)
Irons: Titleist AP2 5-9 (True Temper Dynamic Gold S400)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 252.12º (bent to 51º), SM56•15º (bent to 55º), 60º•E (bent to 59•) (True Temper Dynamic Gold)

Here's a closer look at Webb Simpson's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 909D3 10.5° (UST AxivCore 69)
Fairway wood: Titleist 910F 13.5° (UST VTS 8X)
Fairway wood: Titleist 910F 17° (UST VTS 8X)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 21° (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105)
Irons: Titleist 680 MB 4-P (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design TVD 54°, 58° (True Temper Dynamic Gold)

• EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Tom Lewis birdied five of his final seven holes Sunday at the Portugal Masters to claim victory in just his third professional start.

 Lewis, formerly one of the world's top amateur golfers, posted a final-round 7-under 65 that included a back-nine 31 at Oceânico Victoria Golf Course.

Lewis shot rounds of 70-64-68-65 for a 21-under 267 total, two clear of Titleist Brand Ambassador Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Pro V1x).

For the week, Lewis rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for 25 birdies and just four bogeys. He played his final 35 holes bogey-free, going 10 under over that stretch.

He hit 86.1 percent of his greens in regulation and averaged 309.5 yards off the tee.

The victory earned Lewis a two-year exemption on the European Tour as well a spot in next month's World Golf Championships event in China. He also advanced into the top 60 in the season-ending The Race to Dubai. 

"To have two years on The European Tour, I would not have dreamt that at the beginning of the week, so I'm really pleased," he said. “I've got a long way to go. I'm nowhere near the player I want to be, so I'll put this win behind me at the end of the year and start fresh next year.”

Lewis was one of 74 players in the field that relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all other golf ball combined.

The 20-year old made headlines this summer when he shot a record-setting 65 for an amateur in the first round of the Open Championship, giving him a share of the lead. He also produced a top-10 finish in his first pro event in Austria. 

LPGA TOUR: Na Yeon Choi watched her Pro V1x golf ball disappear into the cup for two birdies over her final four holes to claim a one-shot victory over fellow Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.

 Choi fired a final round 3-under 68 to finish at 15-under 269 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. The deciding birdie came at the par-3 17th, where she hit her tee shot to 5 feet and rolled in her Pro V1x for a one-shot advantage.

Tseng, who started the final round four shots behind Choi, closed with a 6-under 65.

It was the second consecutive week the pair finished 1-2.

The win was the first of the year for Choi and the fifth of her three-year career.

It was also the 100th win by a player of Korean descent on the LPGA.

“I won my fifth tournament and a hundred times for all of the Korean players,” said Choi, who has posted 10 top-10 finishes this season, including two runner-up performances.

“So it’s very nice. Icing on the cake.”

Tseng, the No. 1 player in the Rolex World Rankings, leads the LPGA with six victories and 12 top-10 finishes this season. She has nine victories worldwide in 2011.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with 49 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined.

• SUNSHINE TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Doug McGuigan trusted a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, new Titleist CB (712 series) irons and a bag full of TItleist equipment to his fifth-career Sunshine Tour title at the KCM Zambia Open.

McGuigan, who recently won the first stage of European Tour Qualifying, outlasted fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jean Hugo (Pro V1x) in a five-hole playoff.

 All five playoff holes took place on Nchanga Golf Club's par-4 18th, where McGuigan made a couple clutch halves before clinching the victory.

On the first playoff hole, McGuigan holed a 12-footer for birdie. On the third, he got up-and-down for par from behind the green.

On the fifth, he hit his approach to 3 feet for birdie and the win.

"My new Titleist CB irons were really easy to adapt to and I'm hitting it well," said McGuigan, who tied Hugo in regulation at 16-under par 272.

"It’s really satisfying to come out on top," he said. "It feels sensational.”

Titleist golf ball players occupied the top five positions on the final leader board. In total, 72 players relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than three times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.

• ASIAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist David Gleeson's record-breaking performance at the Hero Indian Open en New Delhia earned him his third-career Asian Tour title.

Gleeson was the only player to shoot all four rounds in the 60s at New Dehli Golf Club, posting scores of 68-66-66-68 to finish at 20-under 268, the lowest winning score in tournament history.

His final round 68 included a hole-out eagle from 140 yards on the par-4 third hole

"Once I made that eagle I started playing more conservatively," said Gleeson, who made 13 straight pars to close out the tournament. "It is unbelievable to win again."

Gleeson was one of 104 players in the field that trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist also was first in iron sets and sand, lob and approach wedges.   
 
 • KOREAN TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Kyung-Nam Kang closed with a 1-under 70 at the Meritz Solmoro Open to earn his second win of the season.

Kang finished the four rounds at Solmoro Country Club in Yeoju-gun, South Korea, at 7-under 277, one shot ahead of Titleist Brand Ambassador MinKyu Han (Pro V1).

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 85 players, five times the nearest competitor with 17. Titleist also was first in fairway metals (45); hybrids (78); and sand, lob and approach wedges (108).

• NATIONWIDE TOUR: At the Miccosukee Championship in Miami, 99 players teed up Titleist golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all other golf balls combined.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Mark Anderson (Pro V1x) finished second, closing with a 3-under 68 for a 13-under 271 total at Miccosukee Golf & Country Club.

Titleist also was first in iron sets (40); sand, lob and approach wedges (135); and putters (57).  Titleist was second in drivers (43); and fairway metals (43).

• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Marc Calcavecchia was one of 55 players that played Titleist golf balls at the AT&T Championship, more than six times the nearest competitor with nine and more than all competitors combined.

Calcavecchia finished runner-up after posting round of 68-66-66 for a 16-under 200 total at TPC San Antonio.

Titleist also was first in  iron sets (24); and sand, lob and approach wedges (50).

• JAPAN TOUR: At the Japan Open, 48 players relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than any other golf ball.

Pro V1x loyalist Kenichi Kuboya finished runner-up in a playoff after ending regulation at Takanodai Country Club at 2-under 282.

Titleist also was first in hybrids (41); and sand, lob and approach wedges (76).     



Four of the world's best golfers are hitting their Titleist Pro V1x golf balls around China this week as they compete in the seven-day, eight-course, 18-hole 2011 Shui On Land China Golf Challenge.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy has joined Pro V1x loyalists Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Liang Wen-chong in the made-for-television event that is being called golf's version of "The Amazing Race."

 The par-72 competition began Monday, Oct. 10, at Tomson Golf Club in Shanghai, where the foursome played the opening two holes before boarding jets en route to Jinsha Lake International Golf Club in Zhengzhou.

It will conclude Sunday, Oct. 16, at Ceasars Golf in Macau, seven cities and over 2,100 miles from where the opening tee shots were hit.

“It’s going to be a long week, especially looking at the number of flights and the mileage we’re going to cover," said Poulter, who rolled his Pro V1x in for birdie on the first hole Monday and took the Day 1 lead at 1 under par.

"The format of the event will make it difficult to get into a rhythm for each set of holes, but it’s interesting and challenging.”

For more information, please visit the tournament website at http://en.shuionlandchinagolfchallenge.com.

You can also follow along on Twitter at @chinagchallenge.

Eight tournaments were contested last weekend across the worldwide professional tours.

And all of them ended the same way, with Titleist at the top of the leader board.

 From California to Madrid to Japan, Titleist golf ball players combined for an eight-victory sweep around the globe, bringing Titleist's 2011 win total to 140, more than six times the nearest competitor with 22 and more than all competitors combined.

It was also a weekend for breakout wins, featuring Titleist Brand Ambassadors Rickie Fowler (OneAsia/Korean Tour), Bryce Molder (PGA Tour), Lee Slattery (European Tour) and Brad Faxon (Champions Tour).

Fowler, Molder, Faxon and Slattery each trusted Titleist from tee-to-green, including sets of new Titleist 712 Series irons, which will be begin shipping to golf shops next month. (See below for a closer look at each player's Titleist equipment.)

And then there was Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng, who won for the fifth time in her last 10 starts, further solidifying her position as the No. 1 player in women's golf.

In total, 17,436 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in events on the 2011 worldwide pro tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,690 and more than all competitors combined.

PGA TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Bryce Molder (Pro V1x) captured his first win on the PGA Tour, prevailing over fellow Pro V1x loyalist Briny Baird in a six-hole playoff at the Frys.com Open in Northern California.

 Molder, who closed in 7-under 64 to finish regulation tied with Baird at 17-under 267, claimed victory after rolling his Pro V1x golf ball in from 8 feet for birdie on the sixth playoff hole, CordeValle's par-4 18th.

It was the 30th win for Titleist golf ball players on the 2011 PGA Tour, more than seven times the nearest competitor with four and more than all competitors combined.

"It's such a strange dynamic, a playoff, because it's just the two of you now, and you've had nerves all day long, and there's only so long that your body can be nervous," said Molder, one of 15 Titleist Brand Ambassadors that have won at least once this season on the PGA Tour.

"And you almost kind of get through it. You still have the adrenaline and that's why a lot of times you see some great golf in playoffs."

Using his Scotty Cameron Newport 2.7 Putter, Molder led the field in Putts Per Round (26.8) and Putts Per Greens in Regulation (1.58)

Titleist Brand Ambassador Bud Cauley
(Pro V1)  had his best performance of the season, finishing alone in third at 15-under 269. He's now made five of six cuts in PGA Tour events since turning professional this summer and is on the brink of joining a select list of players to get a Tour card without graduating from Q-school or the Nationwide Tour.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Frys.com Open with 88 players, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist also was first in hybrids (30); iron sets (34), including 19 sets of new 712 prototype irons;  sand, lob and approach wedges(105); and putters (51).   

Here's a closer look at Bryce Molder's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 909D3 9.5º (Mitsubishi Diamana Prototype)
3-wood: Titleist 909F2 13.5º (Mitsubishi Diamana White 83)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 20º (Fujikura Speeder 904)
Irons: Titleist CB (712 Series) 3-9 (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Miled 48º, TVD54º, TVD60º (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2.7 SS

• ONEASIA/KOREA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Rickie Fowler went wire-to-wire at the OneAsia Tour's Korea Open to win his first professional title.

 Fowler, the 2010 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, closed with a 3-under par 68 en route to a six-stroke victory over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy.

Fowler finished at 16-under 268, which included an 8-under 63 on Saturday, while McIlroy fired a final-round 64 en route to his runner-up finish. 

"It was a lot of fun," said Fowler.

"I played well early on in the final round and then I was comfortable over the last few holes. Overall, I enjoyed the whole week. It feels great to have the first win. I played well all week ... I had good control of my ball, I drove well and I made some putts."

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Kolon Korea Open with 104 players, 13 times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all competitors combined.

Of the 12 players who finished among the top 10 and ties, 10 relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

Titleist also was first in fairway metals (57); hybrids (83); iron sets (58);  sand, lob and approach wedges (161); and putters (51).

Here's a closer look at Rickie Fowler's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º (Mitsubishi Diamana Whiteboard 73)
3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5º (Mitsubishi Diamana Ahina 80)
Irons: Titleist MB 712 4-9 (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 48•10º (bent to 47º), 50•08º (bent to 51º), 55•12º, 60L (bent to 59º) (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62(Deep Milled)

• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon (Pro V1) captured his first Champions Tour victory at the Insperity Classic, trusting a Pro V1 golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment including new Titleist CB (712 Series) irons.

 Faxon, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, shot a 7-under 65 in windy Texas conditions on Saturday, rolling his Pro V1 golf ball in from 4 feet on No. 18 at The Woodlands Country Club to take the 36-hole lead by one.

It would also end up being the winning birdie, as heavy rains washed out the final round of the event.

"I had passed all my goals this week, was hitting my irons a lot better and made a 4-footer on 18 on Saturday, which turned out to be the winning stroke," Faxon told PGATour.com.

Pro V1x loyalist Tommy Armour III finished alone in second at 9-under 135.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Insperity Championship with 51 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 12. Titleist also was first in iron sets (20).

Here's a closer look at Brad Faxon's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Titleist 910D2 9.5º (Fujikura Motore F3 60)
3-wood: Titleist 910F 15º (Fujikura Motore F3 70)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 17º (Aldila VS Proto Hybrid 95)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 21º (Aldila VS Proto Hybrid 95)
Irons: Titleist MB 712 Series 4-9 (Project X Rifle)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 54º, 60º (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Prototype

• EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Lee Slattery claimed his first European Tour title at the Bankia Madrid Masters.

 Slattery rolled his Pro V1x golf ball for three consecutive birdies on the back nine Sunday at El Encin Golf Hotel, posting a final-round 1-under 71 for a 15-under 273 total and one-shot victory.

Slattery has now posted four top-five finishes this season and moves to 49th in The Race to Dubai standings.

“It means absolutely everything to me. I remember when I got my Tour card for the first time and my Dad said to me ‘You haven’t made it yet, you’ve got to win an event’ and he’s kind of right," said Slattery.

“The belief I’ve got now after winning is tremendous and I want to win more.”

Pro V1x loyalists Cesar Monasterio and Eduardo De La Riva tied for third at 12-under 276.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Bankia Madrid Masters with 73 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all competitors combined.

Here's a closer look at Lee Slattery's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D2 8.5º (Project X 7A3)
Irons: Titleist CB 712 Series 2-PW (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 252•08º, 258•08º (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Scotty Cameron R&D Concept 1 Prototype

• LPGA TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng won for the fifth time in her last 10 starts Sunday at the Hana Bank Championship while leading a 1-through-6 finish for Titleist golf ball players.

 Tseng, the No. 1 player in the Rolex World Rankings and five-time major champion, closed in 5-under 67 for a 14-under 202 total, one shot ahead of fellow Pro V1x loyalist Na Yeon Choi.

It was Tseng's sixth victory of the season and 11th of her four-year career.

"I learned a lot from my mistakes and this is my fourth year on the Tour," said Tseng. "I really get a lot of experience and some experience from when I'm leading and winning a tournament.

"I feel like my mental game is getting mature and my skills are getting better."

Pro V1x loyalist Brittany Lincicome closed in 6-under 66 to finish at 11-under 205, tied for third with Pro V1x loyalist Jimin Kang and Pro V1 loyalist Soo-Jin Yang.

Ten of the top 11 players on the final leader board were Titleist golf ball players.

In total, 48 players in the field relied on Titleist golf ball for their success, six times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all competitors combined.  

• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Miguel Carballo dropped his Pro V1x golf ball in for three eagles Sunday to capture his second-career Nationwide Tour title and guarantee his 2012 PGA Tour card.

Carballo closed with a back-nine 32 that featured consecutive 30-foot eagle putts on the par-5 14th and par-4 15th holes at the Black Creek Club in Chattanooga, Tenn., to close in 8-under 64 and win by two shots.

"I can't describe this feeling," Carballo told PGATour.com via an interpreter. Two weeks ago, Carballa finished runner-up in a playoff at the Soboba Classic. "This is absolutely spectacular."

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 104 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 12.

Titleist also was first in iron sets (48); sand, lob and approach wedges (150); and putters (58).

• ASIAN TOUR: Lu Wei-chih rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in from 9 feet for birdie on the the 18th hole at Linkou International Golf Club Sunday to win the the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship.

Wei-chih posted a final-round 3-under 69 for a 5-under 283 total, one shot ahead of fellow Pro V1x loyalist Lu Wen-teh.

It marked Wei-chih's second-career Asian Tour title.

“The winning feeling is second to none and it’s even sweeter when you win at home,” said Wei-chih. “That birdie on the last hole was exceptionally crucial. I knew that it was not over as Wen-teh still had a chance to force a playoff with two more holes to play. But as he could only manage pars, I’m happy that I won."

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 95 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in iron sets (22); and sand, lob and approach wedges (90). 

 • JAPAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Kenichi Kuboya earned his fifth Japan Golf Tour title with a two-shot victory at the Canon Open.

Kuboya shot a final-round 3-under 69 for a 14-under 274 total at Totsuka Country Club. Fellow Pro V1x loyalists Brad Kennedy and Chawalit Plaphol tied for second at 16-under 276.

Kennedy's closing 7-under 65 was Sunday's best round.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Canon Open with 46 players. Titleist also was first in hybrids (30); and sand, lob and approach wedges (84). 

Perseverance paid off on Sunday as Titleist Brand Ambassador Kevin Na broke through for his first PGA Tour win at the opening event on the PGA Tour's Fall Series schedule, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. The consistent 28-year-old, who has posted 28 top-10 performances over the course of his 8-year Tour career, trusted his Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist clubs from tee to green to enter the winners circle in his 211th start.

In the final round at TPC Summerlin, Na birdied the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to pull away for a two-stroke victory over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Fastback putter). His birdie putt at the par-3 17th was the shot of the day, a 42-foot double breaker that he started on a perfect line with his Scotty Cameron prototype RD Concept 1 putter. His Pro V1x rolled smoothly to start, gently banking left as it approached the hole. As the putt began to lose speed, the ball swung right, as Na and his caddie had predicted, dropping into the heart of the cup at the last possible moment.

"I'm very excited about my first win," said Na. "It wasn't easy. Nick was coming right behind me and it looked like he was going to make a move. I tried as best as I could to stay one step ahead of him. You know I said to myself 'It seems like every time I get a chance to win these guys step it up.' And I said, 'I'm, going to take things into my own hands and try to make this putt.' When I made that putt on 17 I knew I had the tournament in the bag."

Na, who like Watney is a resident of Las Vegas, closed with a 6-under 65 for a 23-under 261 total. He posted four rounds in the 60s for the week, including an 8-under 63 in the second round, his low round for the season. Home cooking apears to appeal to Na, who also posted a backyard victory on the Nationwide Tour (the 2006 Mark Christopher Charity Classic) when he was living in California. He later joked, "Hopefullly I'll keep winning. Keep wining here, and if I want to win a tournament somewhere [else], I guess I'll have to move to maybe Augusta or something."

Titleist golf ball players have now won over 70 percent (29 of 40) of events played this season on the PGA Tour, with 14 different full product line Titleist Brand Ambassadors combining for 17 of those victories.

At the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, 11 of the 14 players who finished among the top 10 and ties trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success. Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 98 players, nearly nine times the nearest competitor with 11.  Na, who moves to No. 62 in the Official World Golf Ranking, led the field with 27 Birdies and Putts per Round (27.0).

Nick Watney closed with a 3-under 67 (like Na, shooting four rounds in the 60s) en route to his runner-up performance. He was followed by Pro V1 loyalist Paul Goydos, who shot 3-under 68 to finish at 18-under 266, one of two players who tied for third place. Four players tied for 5th, including Pro V1x loyalists Spencer Levin, David Hearn and Tim Herron.

Rounding out the top-10, six full product line Titleist Brand Ambassadors finished at 16-under 268 to tie for 10th place. The group included Scott Piercy, Ben Crane, Kyle Stanley, Hunter Haas, Bryce Molder and Kris Blanks.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 98 players, nearly nine times the nearest competitor with 11. Titleist also was first in iron sets (39), including 26 sets of new 712 prototype irons (7 AP2, 8 MB, 10 CB and 1 AP1 set in play);  sand, lob and approach wedges (130); and putters (56).  

Here's a closer look at Kevin Na's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º (with Matrix Ozik HD6)
3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5º (with Matrix Ozik Code 7)
5-wood: Titleist 910F 17.0º (Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 73)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 17.0º (Matrix Ozik Altus)
Irons: Titleist AP2 4-P (True Temper Dynamic Gold S400)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 254•10º, 60.08º (True Temper Dynamic Gold S400)
Putter: Scotty Cameron RD Concept 1 prototype

Kevin Na's victory was also one of three on the week for Titleist Pro V1x players, bringing the 2011 win total across the worldwide professional tours to 132, 110 more than the nearest competitor with 22 and more than all competitors combined.



 • EUROPEAN TOUR:  It was a Titleist Brand Ambassador 1-2 finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship where Michael Hoey carded a final round 68 at St. Andrews for a 22-under par 266 victory total, two shots clear of a charging Rory McIlroy (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, 906F2 fairway metal, New 712 MB irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS putter), who closed with a 7-under 65.  It was the second win of the season for Hoey, who won the Madeira Islands Open in May.

With the victory, Hoey moves from 83rd to 15th in the Race to Dubai standings, earning an exemption to the Dubai World Championship, the season-ending finale where only the top 60 players compete. The performance also gives Hoey a good chance of earning a share of the $7.5million end of season Bonus Pool.

“It’s just amazing what winning a big tournament can do for you,” said Hoey. “Winning the Dunhill Links will open a lot of doors for me and getting into huge tournaments like the Dubai World Championship is one of the biggest benefits. I’m ecstatic."

Among the full product line of Titleist equipment in the bags of the top finishers were the new prototype Titleist 712 series irons.  Hoey trusted the new AP2 model, while McIlroy opted for the new MB's.  The new irons begin shipping to golf shops worldwide in mid-November.

Pro V1x loyalist and World No. 1 Luke Donald tied for ninth, and owns a €1,300,000 lead over McIlroy in the season-long Race to Dubai.

Here's a closer look at Michael Hoey's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º
3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5º
Irons: Titleist AP2 (712 Series) 2-P
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 54º, 58º

- Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with 100 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 22.  

- Titleist also was first in hybrids (27); iron sets (45), including 30 sets of new 712 prototype irons (5 AP2, 15 MB, 9 CB and 1 AP1 set in play); and sand, lob and approach wedges (183).

 

 

 • CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Kenny Perry captured his first Champions Tour title, closing with a 2-under par 70 to edge two players, including Jeff Sluman (Pro V1) by one shot at the SAS Championship. Perry's final round was highlighted by a 30-foot putt that he converted for eagle on the par-5 17th hole. The 51-year-old Perry, a 14-time winner on the PGA Tour winner, had an 11-under 205 victory total. The win comes after Perry's 11th Champions Tour start.

- Of the 11 players who finished tied for 10th place or better at the SAS Championship, seven trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.

- Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the SAS Championship with 51  players, more than 4  times the nearest competitor with 12.  





• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Harris English posted a runner-up finish at the WNB Golf Classic on Sunday. After a round of 3-under 69, English finished the tournament at 18-under 270, tied with the eventual winner, who parred the first hole of a playoff to claim the title.

Three players including Titleist Brand Ambassador Bob Heintz (Pro V1, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrids, New AP1 prototype 712 series irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi putter) and Gavin Coles (Pro V1x) tied for 4th at 15-under 273.

- Of the 13 players who finished tied for 10th place or better at the WNB Golf Classic, 10 trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success. Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 100 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16.

- Titleist also was first in sand, lob and approach wedges (133); and putters (55).

 

• SOUTH AFRICA: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Platinum Classic with 50 players (69%), more than twice the nearest competitor with 18.  

• JAPAN:   Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Coca-Cola Tokai Classic with 48 players.  Titleist also was first in hybrids (30); and sand, lob and approach wedges (83).  Titleist was second in irons sets (14), including 7 sets of new 712 prototype irons (3 AP2 and 4 CB sets in play); and putters (12).  

• KOREA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyung-Tae Kim (ProV1x, 910D3 driver, 909H hybrid, 910H hybrid, CB/MB irons, Vokey Design pitching, gap and lob wedges) and SungHoon Kang (ProV1x, Vokey Design pitching, gap and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback Circle T putter) tied for second at the ShinHan Bank Championship, one shot behind the winner, who took the title with score of even-par 288.. Titleist Brand Ambassador S.Y. Noh (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, new 13.5, 712 AP2/MB irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Del Mar circle-T putter) finished solo fourth, two shots back.

Eight of the 11 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 91 players, six times the nearest competitor with 15. Titleist also was first in hybrids (79); and sand, lob and approach wedges (113).  

The second Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas saw he could get a club on the ball, he was already pulling one of his Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges from the bag.

His Pro V1x sat on edge of the water, two-thirds above the mucky surface and five feet below the elevated green.

Both the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup Playoffs titles were on the line.

 Faced with perhaps the most difficult up-and-down of the 2011 PGA Tour season, there was only one thing on Bill's mind: "Play it like a bunker shot."

"If there's a little bit of water, if you don't mind getting your feet dirty, then (just) blast it out of there," Bill said.

Without hesitation, Haas propelled the wedge into the water behind his Pro V1x and watched the golf ball pop into the air, land 3 feet past the hole, and spin to a stop.

Bill's wedge of choice to pull of this heroic shot: His Vokey Design Spin Milled 60º•E (E-grind), bent to 59º with 7º of bounce.

The 60º•E features the same grind and profile as the Vokey Design Spin Milled 60•07º wedge currently available through Titleist authorized retailers. The E-Grind features a medium sole with full bounce surface and straight relief along the trailing edge. Slight heel camber allows the blade to be easily opened for shot-making versatility.

"The full sole of the Vokey 60º•E helped Bill pull off the shot," Master Craftsman Bob Vokey explained. "He was able to open up the face and still have enough bounce to play it like a bunker shot. The grooves of the wedge along with a descending blow allowed him to spin the ball, even out of the shallow water.

"It was an amazing shot, one of the best I've seen in all my years of watching Tour players." 

Check out Bill's historic shot in the video below.

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