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Posted: July 17, 2012
What better way to start Open Championship week than by celebrating another great event – the birthday of Master Craftsman Bob Vokey.
Ask anyone who has met "The Voke" and they will tell you he is one of the best guys out there. Quick with a story or sage advice, The Voke is always in pursuit of perfecting his craft and dedicated to the players who trust his wedges.
Bob's success has been fueled by a tireless commitment to working closely with his R&D team and tour professionals to better understand exactly what they need in terms of design and, most important, feel. As a result, Vokey Design wedges have been the favorite among PGA TOUR players since 2004, with close to 40 percent of all sand, lob and approach wedges in play each week.
Team Titleist put together a special birthday video for Bob with the help of some of our Titleist Brand Ambassadors, which you can check out in the above video.
And to continue the celebration, we're excited to bring you another exclusive sweepstakes.
This is your chance to win a Bob Vokey autographed Titleist Vokey Design Wedges staff bag that until recently made its home on the Titleist Tour Support Van – the same van that traverses the U.S. going from one PGA Tour stop to another.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: To enter the contest, log in to your Team Titleist account and then send The Voke a birthday greeting (i.e. Happy Birthday!) by adding a comment (see below) to this blog post by Sunday, July 22, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.*
Note: You must be a Team Titleist member to enter. Only one entry per person. We will randomly draw the winner from all approved entries.
(Sorry U.S. only. Here's some more info: Why are Titleist sweepstakes U.S. only?)
Happy Birthday Voke!
Posted: July 10, 2012
Na Yeon Choi trusted a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball to a dreamlike week at the U.S. Women's Open in Wisconsin, where in the end she raised her first major championship trophy."My dreams come true. It's an amazing day today," said Choi, 24, of South Korea.She finished with a 7-under 281 for a four-shot victory to highlight a four-win week for Titleist players around the world, including a breakthrough victory by Pro V1x loyalist Ted Potter Jr. at the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic.Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have combined for 92 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 11,210 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, as compared to 1,814 for the nearest competitor.Choi's historic week included a course-record 65 in Round 3 that was nearly 12 strokes better than the field average and helped her take control of the tournament.The winning formula was a mix of consistency and precision, with Choi hitting over 82 percent (46/56) of fairways and 79 percent (59/72) of greens in regulation. The result was 19 birdies over the four rounds, including two over her final four holes Sunday to put things out of reach."I haven't talked with my parents yet, but I don't know, maybe my mom was crying or my dad was crying. I don't know, but I'm pretty sure they really happy right now," Choi said. "And I'm going to Korea tomorrow... But I'm pretty sure they were watching on TV and they couldn't sleep last night, and they supported me a lot."Fellow Pro V1x loyalist Amy Yang, also from South Korea, closed with a 1-under 71 to finish runner-up. Choi and Yang were the only players to finish the tournament under par.In total, 108 players in the field relied on Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, nine times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also the top choice in wedges with 89.• PGA TOUR: Rookie Ted Potter Jr. made a 4-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff to top Troy Kelly in an all-Titleist Pro V1x playoff at the Greenbrier Classic.Potter, who posted a pair of weekend 6-under 64s, overcame a four-shot deficit with four holes to play Sunday at Greenbrier's Old White TPC to match Kelly at 16-under 264.Potter rolled his Pro V1x in from 49 feet for birdie on the par-3 15th. Two holes later, he dropped in a 27-footer for eagle on the par-5 17th. He closed out his final round with a 5-footer for birdie on the par-3 18th."I knew I had to make some birdies coming in, but at the same time I didn't want to play too aggressive where I'm making bogeys and dropping down spots because, I mean, a third-place finish or fourth-place finish (would) mean a lot to my year," Potter said.Potter turned it into a first-place finish with a birdie on the third playoff hole. Playing the par-3 18th for the third time Sunday, he sent his Pro V1x to about 15 feet in from the hole. It bounced twice, checked up and rolled to 4 feet in front the hole.With the win, Potter earned a two-year PGA Tour exemption along with an invitation to the Masters next April. He'll also now be on his way to the Open Championship in a couple weeks."It was just a big relief… Knowing that now I've got a couple years to try to improve on my game and win some more tournaments," he said.Potter topped a leader board that featured five Titleist golf ball players in the top six positions and nine in the top 11, including third-place finisher Charlie Wi (Pro V1).Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Greenbrier Classic field of 156 in the golf ball category with 101, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also tied for the lead in iron sets (38), and topped the wedge (132) and putter (64) categories.• EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Marcel Siem claimed his second-career European Tour title Sunday at the Alstom Open de France.Siem closed with a 4-under 67 at Le Golf National for an 8-under 276 total and one-shot victory. His final round featured five birdies, including consecutive birdies at Nos. 14 and 15. Siem's only bogey came on the par-4 18th with a two-shot lead."I'm so happy. This means a lot to me," said Siem, who earned a spot in next week's Open Championship with the win. “I love this golf course. I always loved it and I love it even more or even better now. I'm super happy.”Siem was one of 95 players in the field that relied on Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all other golf balls combined.Pro V1x loyalists Ian Poulter and David Howell were among three players who tied for fourth place, three shots behind the champion.• JAPAN TOUR: Rookie Kyoung-Hoon Lee (Pro V1x) closed in 7-under 65 to earn his first tour victory at the Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup 2012.Lee rolled his Pro V1x in for birdies on the final two holes to win by two strokes at 19-under 269. He led the field in birdies with 24.Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 61 players in the field. Titleist was also the top choice in wedges with 121.• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 54 of the 81 player field at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also the choice of more players in the iron (20) and wedge (52) categories.
Posted: July 9, 2012
Last week's start to the seeding and tour validation process for the the new prototype Titleist 913 drivers on the PGA Tour was quickly followed this week on the European Tour at the Open de France at Le Golf National.
After a busy three days of fitting and testing, 14 players stepped to the first tee at Le Golf National Thursday with a prototype Titleist 913 driver in the bag, including: Matteo Manassero, Bernd Wiesberger, George Coetzee, Jbe Kruger, Ricardo Santos, Tano Goya, Michael Jonzon, Thomas Levet, Brett Rumford, Ken Ferrie, Guillaume Cambis, Andrew Dodt, Edouard Dubois and Adrian Otaegui. (It was the same at last week's AT&T National at Congressional Country Club, where 14 players put the new prototype 913 driver in play for the first time.)
Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy is also gaming a new prototype Titleist 913 driver, following a comprehensive fitting session last week in Ireland.
Rory was visited at home, ahead of the Irish Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club, by Titleist Tour Technician Mattias Jelver. Amongst the goodies that Mattias bore were a number of prototype Titleist 913D2 and 913D3 driver heads, rolls of driver shafts and his trusty Trackman launch monitor.
After an initial chat about the specific characteristics of the two heads, Rory and Mattias headed out to the range and got down to some serious work, analyzing the results of the different head and shaft combinations.
"We started with Rory's 910D2 as a benchmark and moved on from there," explained Mattias. "As we subsequently tried different combinations of the prototype 913 heads and shafts, each brought something else to the table, but eventually there was one clear choice.
"The 913D3 8.5 degrees with a VC 7.2 X Tour Spec felt great from the outset and with JP (Rory's caddie) calling out different shots – high draw, low into the wind, cut and so on – Rory was able to execute them all comfortably and producing great numbers on Trackman."
The numbers were so good, in fact, that Rory immediately put the new prototype 913 driver into play during the Irish Open.
“I have been testing the new 913 and all the Trackman numbers suggested I was hitting the ball longer and further. I’m getting less spin which is great in the wind and it carries 15 yards further in calm conditions," Rory told the Associated Foreign Press last week last week.
“The Titleist guys had it ready for me when I got here on Monday and I put it straight in the bag. I had my previous driver for almost two years but this one just performs so much better. I feel like I am hitting the ball a lot better than I am with this new driver and I feel that’s going to make a huge difference, especially around Lytham."
Posted: July 3, 2012
Jamie Donaldson rolled his Titleist Pro V1 golf ball in for four birdies over the final five holes Sunday at the Irish Open to earn his first European Tour victory and lead a four-win week for Titleist players around the world.Donaldson, 36, was the only player in Northern Ireland to post all four rounds in the 60s (68-67-69-66), punctuating a comfortable four-shot win with a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole at Royal Portrush.Through the first half of 2012, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have combined for 88 victories 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 10,574 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, as compared to 1,704 for the nearest competitor.Donaldson's week began Monday at Sunningdale in England, where players gathered for Open Championship International Qualifying. He shot 62 to book his ticket to Royal Lytham & St. Annes.A few days later, Donaldson kicked off Round 1 at the Irish Open with a hole-in-one at the difficult, into-the-wind par-3 6th, his first ace as a pro.On Sunday, his name was at the top of the leader board with an 18-under 270 victory total.“To have a hole in one the first time in a tournament, and to win it, as well, is very special,” he said.Titleist Brand Ambassador Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Pro V1x) and Pro V1x loyalist Anthony Wall were among three players who tied for second place, as eight of the top nine finishers and 11 of the top 15 relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Titleist golf ball loyalist Joe Daley (Pro V1) won the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship for his first Champions Tour title.Daley closed with a 2-under 68 en route to a 14-under 266 total and a two-stroke victory over Tom Lehman (Pro V1), who won the Regions Tradition in his last start. Both players shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s.Daley, a two-time winner on the Web.com Tour, posted a tournament-high 24 birdies on the week.He was one of 53 players in the field that trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 10 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also the choice of more players in the iron sets (20) and sand, lob and approach wedge (56) categories.?• WEB.COM TOUR: Peter Tomasulo tapped his Pro V1x golf ball in for par on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff to top fellow Pro V1x loyalist David Lingmerth and win the United Leasing Championship, the first event on the newly-named Web.com Tour.It marked the third-career victory for Tomasulo, who had spent the last 21 months batting a variety of injuries, including a broken bone in his foot and stress fractures in his ribs."This is the first time in a long time that I've felt really healthy," said Tomasulo, who finished regulation at 11-under 277.
"It's a lot of fun being back out here. I miss being out here and playing. This feels great. It's a blast being out here and competing again. I really didn't expect to play well this early."Eight of the top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Richard Scott (Pro V1x), who finished solo third, one shot out of the playoff.A total of 108 players in the field teed up Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all golf balls combined. Titleist was also the choice of more players in the iron (42), wedge (153) and putter (56) categories.
• CANADIAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Cory Renfrew won the Syncrude Boreal Open, closing with a course-record 9-under 63 and then winning in a playoff at Fort McMurray Golf Club.Renfrew finished the four rounds at 17-under 271, birdieing his 72nd hole to force overtime. He won with a 5-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole."I knew birdie would have to win it," said Renfrew, who began his Sunday round with six birdies over the first seven holes. "I was fortunate to come out on top."• PGA TOUR: The seeding process of the new Titleist 913 drivers began at the AT&T National, with 14 players putting it in play the first week it was available. Among the players putting the new 913D2 prototype drivers into play were Bud Cauley (7.5º), Tom Gillis (9.5º) and John Merrick (8.5º). Eleven players gamed 913D3 drivers, including Seung-yul Noh (7.5º), Nick Watney (10.5º), Brendon de Jonge (9.5º), Mark Anderson (8.5º), Ben Curtis (8.5º), Martin Flores (9.5º), Hunter Haas (9.5º), K.T. Kim (8.5º), Tom Pernice Jr. (8.5º), D.J. Trahan (7.5º) and Gary Woodland (7.5º). Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy also put a 913D3 8.5º driver into play at the Irish Open, kicking off the European Tour seeding process that officially begins at this week's French Open.A total of 81 players at AT&T National trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (36); sand, lob and approach wedges (123); and putters (53).• LPGA: Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 99 of the 144-player field at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all golf balls combined.
Posted: July 2, 2012
That list included: Nick Watney (910D3 10.5º), Gary Woodland (910D3 7.5º), Bud Cauley (910D2 7.5º), Tom Gillis (910D2 9.5º), John Merrick (910D2 8.5º), Mark Anderson (910D3 8.5º), Ben Curtis (910D3 8.5º), Brendon de Jonge (910D3 9.5º, Martin Flores (910D3 9.5º), Hunter Haas (910D3 9.5º), Kyung-tae Kim (910D3 8.5º), Seung-yul Noh (910D3 7.5º), Tom Pernice Jr. (910D3 8.5º), D.J. Trahan (910D3 7.5º)Team Titleist caught up with Nick Watney, Gary Woodland and Ben Curtis earlier in the week to get their first impressions of the new prototype Titleist 913 drivers after hitting them for the first time on the AT&T National range. Here what they had to say in the above video.