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Posted: July 31, 2012
Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Piercy led a five-win week for Titleist golf ball players, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment to capture the RBC Canadian Open for his second career PGA TOUR victory.
Joining Scott in the winners' circle, Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger topped the leaderboard at the European Tour's Lyoness Open and became the first player to win on golf’s worldwide professional tours using a Titleist 913 prototype driver.
And keeping the momentum going strong for the prototype 913 drivers, Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Kohles also relied on a Titleist 913D3 prototype driver to triumph in his very first professional start at the Web.com Tour's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational.
Additional wins on the South African and China PGA tours rounded out the successful weekend.
PGA TOUR: Scott Piercy shot four rounds in the 60s at Hamilton Golf and Country Club to edge two players by one shot, including Pro V1 loyalist Robert Garrigus. The 33-year-old Piercy, who fired a record-setting 8-under par 62 in the first round of the tournament, posted a 17-under 263, tying the 72-hole tournament scoring record. The long hitter followed his opening round 62 with three consecutive 67's, navigating his way strategically around the tight Hamilton Golf and Country Club track, hitting his AP2 4-iron off many tees.
In the final round Piercy made four consecutive birdies on hole Nos. 2-5. He bogeyed No. 8 as well as No. 14, but a bounce-back, chip-in for birdie at No. 15 ultimately provided the single shot margin he needed for the win.
Next week Piercy won't be able to defend his first career win, the Reno-Tahoe Open (which he won last year), because it is held opposite the World Golf Championships at Firestone Country Club, an event he qualified for with his win in Canada. With the win, Piercy also qualifies for the PGA Championship a week later.
Here's a closer look at Scott Piercy's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D2 7.5º (Diamana Blue 63)Irons: Titleist AP2 (4) and 690 (5-9) (Dynamic Gold)Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 49º, 53º, 57º,60º (Dynamic Gold)Putter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo
Three players tied for 4th place, including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Bud Cauley and Chris Kirk, as well as Pro V1x loyalist Josh Teater. Cauley and Kirk each relied upon the Pro V1x golf ball and new 913 prototype drivers among their full bags of Titleist equipment. All three players posted top 10 performances at last week's True South Classic as well, with Cauley finishing 4th, Teater placing 9th and Kirk tying for 10th.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Canadian Open field of 156 in the golf ball category with 103 (66%), nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 15. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (39), wedge (141) and putter (60) categories.
A total of 33 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 16 new 913D3 (11) and 913D2 (5) models.
Statistically, Piercy finished among the top 10 in six different categories, including Eagles (1st/2), Birdies (T3/20), Strokes Gained Putting (4th/1.789), Putts Per Round (T7/27.8), Putts Per Greens in Regulation (T9/1.688) and Driving Distance (9th/311.3).
With his win at the RBC Canadian Open, Piercy joins fellow Titleist full product line ambassadors Steve Stricker (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Kyle Stanley (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Bill Haas (Northern Trust Open), Rory McIlroy (Honda Classic), Ben Curtis (Valero Texas Open), Jason Dufner (Zurich Classic, Byron Nelson Championship), Zach Johnson (Crowne Plaza Invitational, John Deere Classic), Webb Simpson (U.S. Open), Marc Leishman (Travelers Championship) and Scott Stallings (True South Classic) in the Titleist Winners' Circle.
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EUROPEAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger called it "the best day of my life so far," after firing a final round 7-under par 65 to capture the Lyoness Open on home soil. The 26-year old Austrian converted a dramatic 30-foot putt for birdie on the final hole to post a 19-under par 269 victory total, topping two players by three shots, including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Thomas Levet.
Wiesberger, who closed with a 6-under par 30 over the final nine holes, is the second Austrian to win his national Open. It also marks his second career European Tour victory, which comes just three months after his first win at the Ballantine’s Championship.
With this win, Wiesberger also becomes the first player to win on the worldwide professional tours with the new Titleist 913 driver. In fact, it was a 1-2 finish for players relying upon the 913, as Levet tied for 2nd, also trusting the 913D3. It was just the second event that Weisberger and Levet played the new 913 drivers in competition. They both put it in their bags the first week it was available to European Tour players at the Scottish Open.
What's in Bernd Wiesberger's Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 913D3 prototype 7.5º (Aldila RIP a 80)Fairway Metal: 910F 13.5ºIrons: Titleist AP2 (2) and CB (3-P) (Project X Steel)Wedge: Vokey Design Spin Milled 54º(Dynamic Gold)Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 60º(Dynamic Gold)Putter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo
Titleist had a total of 34 drivers in play, including a combined 14 of the new 913D3 (12) and 913D2 (2) prototype models. Among the participants putting in play for the first time were Michael Jonzon (913D3/8.5) and Ricardo Santos (913D2/8.5).
Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 100 players (69%) in the 144-player Lyoness Open field, more than six times the nearest competitor with 15.
WEB.COM TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Kohles won the Web.com Tour's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in his first professional start, topping Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Luke Guthrie by converting a 22-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole. Kohles also birdied two of the final three holes of regulation to close with a 1-under 70, matching Guthrie's 12-under 272 total on Ohio State's Scarlet Course. Guthrie birdied three of the last five holes in regulation for a final round 66.
Kohles relied on the Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment for his success, including the new 913D3 prototype driver the first time he played it in competition.
What's in Ben Kohles Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 913D3 prototype 9.5ºFairway Metal: Titleist 910F 13.5ºHybrid: Titleist 910H 17ºIrons: Titleist CB (3-P) Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 52º, 58ºPutter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo
One of 12 college All-Americans invited to the event, the 22-year old Kohles, who played at the University of Virginia, turned pro after finishing his amateur career last week in the Porter Cup. Guthrie was also an All-American at the University of Illinois.
"It's absolutely a dream come true," said Kohles, the first player to win an event on the tour in his pro debut. "What more can you ask for in your first pro event than to win? It's still a bit of shock and I'm not sure it's all sunk in yet."
Kohles moves into 13th place on the Web.com Tour money list. The final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational field of 144 in the golf ball category with 101 (70%), more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (49), wedge (169) and putter (54) categories.
A total of 41 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 25 who chose the new 913D3 (19) and 913D2 (6) models.
SOUTH AFRICA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Allan Versfeld (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) went from a three-shot deficit to a three-shot victory at the Vodacom Origins of Golf. Versfeld carded a final round 5-under par 67 en route to an 18-under par 198 victory total to claim his maiden victory on the Sunshine Tour. Ockie Strydom, who led the tournament through the first two rounds, posted a runner-up finish three shots behind Versfeld, followed by fellow Pro V1x loyalist Keith Horne.
Five players tied for fourth, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jbe Kruger and Shaun Norris, as seven of the top eight finishers relied upon a Pro V1x golf ball for their success.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 72 in the golf ball category with 50 (69%), more than twice the nearest competitor with 19.
CHINA: Pro V1 x Loyalist Xin Jun Zhang of China won the China PGA Champions Tour Shandong event by one shot after converting an eight-foot par putt on the 72nd hole. Zhang posted a final round 3-under 69 and 1-under par 287 victory total to secure his second career win on the China PGA Champions Tour, with his first coming in January at the Hainan event. Pro V1x loyalist Wei Hai Kong finished alone in 3rd, two shots behind Zhang, while Wei Huang Wu (Pro V1x) was among three players who tied for 4th place.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 130 in the golf ball category with 91 (70%), more than four times the nearest competitor with 20.
LPGA: Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Evian Masters field of 111 in the golf ball category with 75 (68%), more than seven times the nearest competitor with 10.
Posted: July 25, 2012
Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings won the True South Classic Sunday, trusting a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, AP2 (712 Series) irons and a bag of Titleist equipment to shoot four consecutive rounds in the 60s and set a tournament record 24-under 264.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have combined for 97 victories to so far this season across the worldwide professional tours, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all other golf balls combined.
A total of 12,028 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, as compared to 1,911 for the nearest competitor.
In his first start ever at Annandale, Stallings held a share of the 54-hole lead, then made back-to-back birdies on the 70 and 71st holes to card a final round 68 and earn his second career victory in just his second season on tour, with his first coming just over a year ago at The Greenbrier Classic.
Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Bohn (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, 910H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching, gap, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron 350 putter) also shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s and captured second place.
Stallings topped a leaderboard loaded with Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists who occupied the top four positions and were among the 8 of 12 who finished in the top 10 and ties. Pro V1x loyalist Billy Horschel finished solo 3rd, four shots behind Stallings, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Bud Cauley (Pro V1x, 913D2, 910Fd fairway metal, 910H hybrid, MB irons/CB iron, Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport putter), was alone in 4th, another shot back.
Here's a closer look at Scott Stalling's Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º (Mitsubishi 1 graphite)3-wood: Titleist 909F2 13.5º (MItsubishi 3 graphite)Irons: Titleist AP2 (4-9) 712 Series (True Temper steel)Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 48º, 52º, 56º, 60º (True Temper steel)Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Studio SelectHalf of the 24 players who played a Titleist driver in the True South Classic field relied upon new 913 prototype models, including runner-up Jason Bohn (913D3), Bud Cauley (913D2/4th), and Chris Kirk (913D3/T10).Titleist was the top choice of more players in the True South field of 131 in the golf ball category with 84 (64%), six times the nearest competitor with 14. Titleist was also the field favorite in the wedge (104) and putter (54) categories.
Stallings becomes the tenth different Titleist Brand Ambassador to win on the 2012 PGA TOUR for a total of 12 full product line victories this year. The tee-through-green success of Titleist players translates into more wins across every major product category year-to-date, including: Golf Balls (21, Nearest Competitor 4), Drivers (12, Nearest Competitor 5), Fairway Metals (13, Nearest Competitor 8), Hybrids (9, Nearest Competitor 4), Irons (13, Nearest Competitor 5), Wedges (16, Nearest Competitor 5), and Putters (11, Nearest Competitor 6).
With his win at the True South Classic, Stallings joins fellow Titleist full product line ambassadors Steve Stricker (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Kyle Stanley (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Bill Haas (Northern Trust Open), Rory McIlroy (Honda Classic), Ben Curtis (Valero Texas Open), Jason Dufner (Zurich Classic, Byron Nelson Championship), Zach Johnson (Crowne Plaza Invitational, John Deere Classic), Webb Simpson (U.S. Open) and Marc Leishman (Travelers Championship) in the Titleist Winners' Circle.
EUROPEAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott posted a runner-up finish at the Open Championship, one shot shy of forcing a playoff. Titleist golf ball loyalist and World No. 1 Luke Donald tied for 5th place.
Believe it or not, there's a debate at this week's Open Championship over the amount of bunkers that guard Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club: Are there 205 or 206?
Whichever the correct number doesn't really matter. Lytham's sand traps are deep and dangerous, and they're also everywhere you look.
To help stay out of the sand and in the short grass, some players have opted to add another long iron to their set up.
According to Titleist Tour Representative Mattias Jelver, at least eight players will be carrying a new Titleist 2 or 3-iron to try and navigate their way off the tee.
Titleist Brand Ambassadors Adam Scott (AP2 2-iron), Jason Dufner (AP1 3-iron) and Greg Chalmers (CB 2-iron), among others, have the new stick in for this event. Rory McIlroy will also be playing his prototype Titleist utility iron (19*) that he switches in and out of his set composition depending upon the course and conditions.
"One of the keys to having success on this course is staying out of the bunkers and the hay," said Jelver. "It will most likely cost you at least one shot if you are in either, so the players coming to us want to have another option off the tee. Some of the players that didn't previously carry a 2 or a 3-iron are considering using it off the the tee to hit that low, boring shot or 'stinger' that will run out in the fairway and avoid the trouble."
"This is a course where you have to keep it in the fairway and play for position," said Scott. "If the proper decision means hitting 2-iron instead of driver or a fairway metal, I will. You can't lose focus on this course. If you do you'll get in trouble."
Posted: July 23, 2012
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The 2012 Open Championship is underway and players are not wasting anytime in making a run for the Claret Jug. Early round action has already featured a flurry of birdies and low scores, including Adam Scott's 6-under 64 (tying the record for the lowest score ever recorded in 11 Open Championships at Royal Lytham & St Annes).
Adam is one of 86 players in the field that are trusting Pro V1 or Pro V1x for their success at the Open Championship, more than four times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all other competitors combined. Titleist also leads the field in iron sets (33); and sand, lob and approach wedges.
The year's third major is already shaping up to be a classic and we're excited to see the story unfold.
Posted: July 17, 2012
Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson won the John Deere Classic with one of the best shots of his career Sunday, trusting a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, AP2 (712 Series) irons and a bag of Titleist equipment to victory in an event so often referred to as Johnson's "fifth major."Johnson, an Iowa native who also serves on the John Deere Classic's board of directors, triumphed in an all-Titleist golf ball playoff with Pro V1 loyalist Troy Matteson to earn his second PGA Tour victory of the season.It was one of four wins by Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players last weekend around the world, including Pro V1 loyalist Roger Chapman's history-making win at the U.S. Senior Open. Doug LaBelle II (Pro V1x) also found the winner's circle on the Web.com Tour and Chris Killmer (Pro V1x) broke through with his first Canadian Tour victory. Titleist golf ball players have won 96 times across the worldwide professional tours so far this season, eight times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all other golf balls combined. A total of 11,858 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, as compared to 1,885 for the nearest competitor.Sunday at the John Deere Classic, Johnson birdied three of his final six holes at TPC Deere Run to post a bogey-free 6-under 65 and finish regulation tied with Matteson at 20-under 264.On the second and deciding playoff hole, Johnson used a Titleist AP2 (712 Series) 6-iron to hit the game-winning shot from a fairway bunker on the left side of the fairway, 193 yards from the hole. Johnson's Titleist Pro V1x launched toward the right side of the green with a slight draw, disappearing from his view. He heard the crowd crescendo as it hit the green and ran toward the pin, stopping less than a foot from the cup. "Well, it's one of the best results of my career. When it comes to execution, it's up there," said Johnson, who tapped in for the birdie, and the win. "It's probably way up there."Johnson, also a winner at the Crowne Plaza Colonial in May, topped a leader board that featured 106 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also led the field in iron sets (38); sand, lob and approach wedges (136); and putters (64).Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Piercy (Pro V1x) finished alone in third at 18-under 266, with John Senden (Pro V1) another shot back in fourth place. Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker (Pro V1x) tied for fifth place, as each of the top six finishers all trusted Titleist golf balls for their success.
Here's a closer look at Zach Johnson's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D2 9.5º (Diamana Blue 73)3-wood: Titleist 910F 15º (Motore Speeder VC 7.0)5-wood: Titleist 909F2 18.5º (ZCOM Pro 95)Hybrid: Titleist 909H 21º (Speeder 904HB)Irons: Titleist AP1 (4) and AP2 (5-9) 712 Series (Dynamic Gold)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 48º, 54º, 60º (Dynamic Gold)• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Roger Chapman (Pro V1) completed a historic double with his victory at the U.S. Senior Open in Michigan. Chapman, also a winner of the Senior PGA Championship in May, is only the fourth player to win both events in the same year.He etched his name into the history books Sunday with a final-round 4-under 66 at Indianwood Golf & Country Club that included what he called the best shot of his career.Leading by one shot on the tee at the 195-yard par-3 17th, Chapman hit his Pro V1 golf ball to tap-in range."I hit my career shot," he said.Chapman finished the event at 10-under 270, two clear of four players, including Bernhard Langer (Pro V1), Tom Lehman (Pro V1,) and Corey Pavin (Pro V1), as four of the top five finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 113 of the 156-player field, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all other golf balls combined.
Titleist was also the choice of more players in the iron sets (41) and sand, lob and approach wedge (128) categories.• WEB.COM TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Doug LaBelle II rallied to win his second Web.com Tour title at the Utah Championship, rolling his Pro V1x in for par from 5 feet on the 18th hole to win by one shot.
LaBelle, who trailed by five shots at the beginning of the day, closed with a 3-under 68 for a 15-under 269 total, one shot clear of four players, including James Hahn (Pro V1x). Labelle was one of 108 players in the field that trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than than five times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all other golf ball combined. Titleist was also the choice of more players in the iron (47), wedge (165) and putter (64) categories.The Utah Championship also marked the first week of seeding for new prototype Titleist 913 drivers on the Web.com Tour. Of the 39 Titleist drivers in play, 24 were new 913 prototypes, with 17 913D3 models and seven 913D2 models.• CANADIAN TOUR: Chris Killmer (Pro V1x) won The Players Cup in a playoff to earn his first Canadian Tour title.
Killmer, who closed in 2-under 69 for a 15-under 269 total, made par on the fourth playoff hole to earn the victory.
"I'm on top of the world right now," Killmer said. "A lot of guys played really good golf, and to call yourself the best of that field is a great feeling."• EUROPEAN TOUR: A total of 94 players relied on Titleist golf balls for their success at The Scottish Open, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all competitors combined.It also marked the second week of the new prototype Titleist 913 driver seeding process on the European Tour, with 20 players putting the club in play.• U.S. PUBLIC LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP: Titleist was the top equipment choice among the 156 players at the 87th U.S. Public Links Championship field, and the only choice of the winner. Titleist players accounted for 121 golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with 19. Titleist was also tops in the iron (55), wedge (202) and putter (54) categories.The champion posted a 12-and-10 win in the scheduled 36-hole final, which included 10 birdies through 26 holes en route to the largest winning margin in the final match since 1985.In addition to relying upon the Pro V1x, the winner trusted Titleist from tee-to-green, including a 910D2 9.5 driver, 910F fairway metals (15, 19), MB irons (4-P), Vokey Design Spin Milled TVD gap (52) and sand (56) wedges and SM4 lob (60) wedge, and Scotty Cameron prototype putter.