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Posted: March 20, 2012
Many of the world's best golfers are in Miami this week for the WGC-Cadillac Championship, the beginning of an unofficial five-week march to the Masters. That includes Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott (pictured below), who spent the practice days working on controlling his Pro V1 golf ball in Doral's blustery conditions.Adam is one of 41 Titleist golf balls players in the field this week, more than four times the nearest competitor with 10 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist is also first in iron sets (18); and sand, lob and approach wedges (62).
Check out all of Team Titleist's pics from the practice days, including a closer at some of the Titleist equipment being used to battle The Blue Monster this week, in the slideshow below.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy's journey to the winner's circle at The Honda Classic was less about four days of great golf than it was many, many months of it.Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and 14 Titleist clubs, McIlroy gutted out a two-shot victory Sunday evening at PGA National that brought into the spotlight his remarkable run of consistency.Only once in his last 12 starts around the world has McIlroy finished outside the top 5 on the leader board.It's a streak that started last September at the Omega European Masters. A couple weeks later at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, McIlroy was fit for his new Titleist MB (712 Series) irons and Vokey Design SM4 wedges and put them directly in the bag."I feel like I've always been a pretty confident guy. But I think I've got a lot more belief in myself now when I'm going down the stretch," said McIlroy, who closed with a 1-under 69 Sunday at PGA National for a 12-under 268 total.He finished two shots ahead of two players, including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Tom Gillis (Pro V1), who earned the best finish of his career.It marked McIlroy's fifth win as a professional and third PGA Tour title, including his historic eight-shot victory at last year's U.S. Open.In 2012, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have combined for 23 wins across the worldwide professional tours, more than eight times the nearest competitor with three and more than all competitors combined.All you need to know about McIlroy's week is in the statistics.He led the field in Scrambling at 83.3 percent (21 of 25), solidifying his victory with a trio of up-and-downs on the back nine, two of them on PGA National's infamous "Bear Trap" (Hole Nos. 15 through 17).All of them with a Vokey Design SM4 60•04º wedge in his hands.McIlroy faced his toughest lie of the week at the par-4 14th, his Pro V1x barely visible under the long rough, 65 yards from the hole. He powered his SM4 wedge through the grass and watched his Pro V1x hit and stop 4 feet from the cup."The up‑and‑down at 14 was probably the best one I had made all week," he said.On the par-13 15th, McIlroy was faced with a dangerous shot toward the water from the back bunker. He pulled his Vokey Design SM4 60•04º wedge, blasted his Pro V1x out to 6 feet and made par. He did it again from a bunker on the par-3 17th, his ball stopping 4 feet from the hole."My short game all week has been very good, and it's what you need on a tough golf course like this," said McIlroy, who one-putted for of his final six holes. "I was able to do that, especially on 15 and 17. I needed to make pars there."McIlroy finished among the top 10 in several other key statistical categories. He was eighth in Driving Distance (297.6 yards) and Sand Saves (77.8%), tied for 10th in Greens in Regulation (66.7%), tied for 6th in Putts Per Round (27.3), and was 5th in Strokes Gained-Putting (1.566).McIlroy was one of 91 players in the field that relied on a Titleist golf ball for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also No. 1 in iron sets (37); sand, lob and approach wedges (121); and putters (55).Here' a closer look at McIlroy's Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D2 8.5º (Fujikura Rombax 7V05 X)Fairways: Titleist 906F2 13º & 18º (Fujikura ZCom 95 X)Irons: Titleist MB (712 Series) 3-9 (Project X Rifle 7.0)Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 46•07º, 54•08º, 60•04º (Project X Rifle 6.5)Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Newport prototype (w/ Deep milled face)• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Edward Loar (Pro V1x) broke a five-way tie with a birdie on Sunday's 16th hole and parred in to win the Panama Claro Championship. Loar sealed the victory with a 6-foot par putt on Panama Golf Club's 18th green.It marked the first career Nationwide Tour title for Loar, who posted a 4-under par 276 victory total. He finished one shot clear of four players, including Cameron Percy (Pro V1) and Ryan Armour (Pro V1x).
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Panama Claro Championship with 90 players, more than six times the nearest competitor and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (36); sand, lob and approach wedges (120); and putters.
Posted: March 5, 2012
Sunday morning at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, just four players remained out of the world-class 64-player bracket: Hunter Mahan, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Mark Wilson.
And each of them started the day the same way, by teeing up a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball.
In the end, it was Mahan who raised the championship trophy at Dove Mountain, highlighting a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the globe.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 23 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, nearly eight times the nearest competitor with three and more than all other golf balls combined.
For Mahan, it marked his fourth-career PGA Tour victory and second World Golf Championships title.
"It feels good because you're going against the game's best. I played well from tee‑to‑green, putting to chipping to driving, irons, everything was there," said Mahan, who topped McIlroy in the finals, 2 and 1.
Mahan also defeated Wilson in the semis, 2 and 1. McIlroy advanced to the finals with a 3-and-1 victory over Westwood, at one stretch rolling his Pro V1x golf ball in for seven birdies in 10 holes.
The winning formula? Consistency and control.
Mahan trusted his Pro V1x to 35 birdies in the 96 holes he played over the five days and six matches, including a near hole-out for eagle from the sixth fairway during the final match. (Instead, his Pro V1x stopped 2 feet from the cup and the putt was conceded.)
Mahan's short game was just as precise, especially down the stretch, as he made up-and-down birdies on Nos. 13 and 15 to secure the victory.
Remarkably, he never trailed following the third hole of his second-round match on Thursday, a stretch of 74 holes.
"I needed everything to win," said Mahan. "It feels good. I'm very proud of how I played. It feels great. It really does."
Mahan was one of 38 Titleist golf ball players in the elite WGC field, more than four times the nearest competitor with 9 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in fairway metals (T-23); hybrids (17); iron sets (19); and sand, lob and approach wedges (64).
• PGA: It took 80 holes (72 holes of regulation, plus an 8-hole playoff) to crown a champion at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, but when the final putt dropped the winner emerged trusting his Titleist Pro V1.
The winner was one of 87 players that teed up a Titleist golf ball at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (103); and putters (42).
• LPGA: At the third stop on the LPGA's Asia-Pacific swing, Pro V1 loyalist Angela Stanford emerged from a four-way, all-Titleist golf ball playoff to capture the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore. Stanford sank a three-foot par putt on the third playoff hole to top Jenny Shin (Pro V1).
Shanshan Feng (Pro V1x) and Na Yeon Choi (Pro V1x) had been eliminated on the first and second holes of the playoff, respectively. The foursome finished regulation at 10-under 278.
Stanford shot a 1-under-par 71 to notch her fifth LPGA Tour victory, and her first since the 2009 SBS Open at Turtle Bay.
Through teary eyes, the 34-year-old admitted that it was an emotional victory.
“It’s a big deal,” Stanford said. “I’m just thinking about home and everybody there.”
Last week's winner and World No. 1 Yani Tseng (Pro V1x) came in solo 5th, one shot out of the playoff, as Titleist golf ball players occupied the top five positions on the leaderboard.
A total of 39 players in the limited field relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 7 and more than all other golf balls combined.
• SOUTH AFRICAN: Titleist golf ball loyalist Keith Horne (Pro V1x) captured the Telkom PGA Championship by three shots following a final round 3-under par 69 that gave him a 19-under, 269 victory total. This win was the fifth of Horne's Sunshine Tour career, and by far, the biggest.
“It has been a long time coming," said Horne. "I’m over the moon that I can tick this off. I would’ve been disappointed to have played in South Africa for so long and never won a big tournament. And this is a big one. It’s been going for many years with so many big names on the trophy. I really feel like I’m a big player in South Africa now.”
The 40-year-old Horne, nicknamed ATM by caddies on the Sunshine Tour in recognition of his consistent play, took a two-stroke lead into the final round. After birdies at two of his first three holes, and another at the 6th, Horne relied on his trademark steadiness, making only one bogey as the rest of the field struggled to gain ground. Horne capped the round by sinking a 5-foot putt for birdie at the last.
“I wasn’t feeling too much pressure because I was playing well. I really wanted to make that five-footer for birdie at the last to finish on a high. But I felt confident the whole week. It’s the first time I felt like I could win, was going to win and did win.”
Fellow Titleist golf ball loyalists Alex Haindl (Pro V1x) and Darren Fichardt (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges) were among three players who tied for 2nd place.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Telkom PGA Championship with 106 players, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 33 and more than all other golf balls combined. • ASIAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the SAIL SBI Open with 108 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also No. 1 in iron sets (36); and sand, lob and approach wedges (146).
• AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Queensland PGA Championship with 97 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all other golf balls combined.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas stood on Riviera Country Club's 10th green Sunday evening, a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball in one hand and his Scotty Cameron Kombi Mid putter in the other. His ball marker sat on the putting surface, 43 feet from the hole for birdie.Minutes later, Haas walked toward the hole with his right fist the air, his Pro V1x golf ball now resting at the bottom of the cup.It would prove to be the final birdie of the 2012 Northern Trust Open, Haas winning the tournament on the second hole of sudden-death playoff to conclude a standout weekend for Titleist equipment players.Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists combined for six wins Sunday around the globe, including Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng's repeat victory at the Honda LPGA Thailand.Through the first 50 days of 2012, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have won 19 times across the worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with three and more than all other golf balls combined.For Haas, it was the second win in his last six official PGA Tour events, dating back to last September's double-victory in the Tour Championship/FedEx Cup Playoffs.Both wins came in playoffs. Both were highlighted by improbable up-and-downs, one from the edge of a water hazard (Tour Championship) and one from a patch of gnarly kikuyu rough (Northern Trust Open).Both times, Haas relied on his Vokey Design Spin Milled wedge to get his Pro V1x to the putting surface and keep him in the running."That's a hard putt," said Haas, the reigning FedEx Cup Champion. "In my opinion I hit a really good chip just to get it to (43 feet), so I was happy about that. I thought I put myself in the best position to give myself the best case to continue the playoff.
"It just happened that I won right there."Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment, Haas closed with a 2-under 69 to finish the four days at Riviera 7-under 277, tied with his two playoff partners.Haas was one of 94 Titleist golf ball players in the field, more than five times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (42); sand, lob and approach wedges (125); and putters (63).For the week, Haas tied for first in Putts per Round (25.8) and was third in the Strokes Gained (2.251) putting statistic. Here's a closer look at Bill Haas' Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D2 8.5º (Fujikura Speeder 757)3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5º (Fujikura Motore VC 8.1)Irons: Titleist CB 2-P (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 54•10º, 60º•E (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Putter: Scotty Cameron Kombi Mid
• LPGA: Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng birdied her final two holes Sunday to win the Honda LPGA Thailand for the second consecutive year.On the final hole, Tseng, who earned seven LPGA victories in 2011, nearly holed out her Pro V1x golf ball for eagle. Instead, she tapped in for the birdie and the one-shot victory."I didn't know my ball was that close," said Tseng, who finsihed with a 6-under 66 and 19-under 269 total."After I saw that, I was really happy. It wasn't like two feet and then I would be really nervous. That tap-in putt was great. It feels really good to win here again."Tseng topped a leader board the featured three Titleist golf ball players in the top four, including Pro V1 loyalists Jiyai Shin (3rd) and Amy Yang (4th).A total of 46 players in the field relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all other golf ball combined.• EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Jbe Kruger captured his first career European Tour title, shooting a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory at the Avantha Masters in New Delhi.Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment, Kruger finished with a 14-under 274 total at DLF Golf & Country Club. For the week, he totaled, 11 birdies, three eagles and just three bogeys.On the 72nd hole Sunday, he stuck his Pro V1x to 10 feet to seal the victory.“I’m very relieved to win for the first time,” said Kruger. “If you want to win you need to make putts on the final day and I did that today."Kruger was one 87 players in the field that played Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor and more than all other golf balls combined.• SOUTH AFRICAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Oliver Bekker won the Dimension Data Pro-Am at Fancourt, rolling his Pro V1x golf ball in for birdie from 10 feet on the final hole to secure his second Sunshine Tour victory. Bekker closed in 2-under 70 for a 13-under 276 total, two strokes clear of fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Tyrone Ferreira (Pro V1x) and Pro V1x loyalist Thomas Aiken.“It’s an awesome feeling to win the Di-Data (Pro-Am) – it’s one of the premier events on our tour – it’s what you dream about on the Sunshine Tour,” he said.A total of 107 players teed up Titleist golf balls in the event, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 37 and more than all competitors combined.AUSTRALASIAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Gareth Paddison (Pro V1) won the Victorian PGA Championship, leading a 1-through-6 finish for Titleist golf ball players.Paddison finished the four rounds at 7-under 277 for a one shot victory over Leighton Lyle (Pro V1x).Titleist golf ball players occupied nine of the top 10 positions on the final leader board.
• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Kenny Perry cruised to his second-career Champions Tour title at the ACE Group Classic.Perry rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for birdie on the 18th hole of TwinEagles GC's Talon Course Sunday to close with a 2-under 70 for a five-shot victory."I really wanted that (final) putt…" said Perry. "Ecstatic. It's a great win for me."After setting the tour's 36-hole scoring record (64-62), Perry finished at 20-under 196.Fifty-five players trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first iron sets (21).• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship with 99 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also No. 1 in iron sets (45); sand, lob and approach wedges (15); and putters (49).