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Posted: August 17, 2012
When Rory McIlroy arrived at the Ocean Course's 18th green Sunday to play his 72nd and final hole of the PGA Championship, he was two putts away from a bogey-free final round. He only needed one. Rory stepped up to his Pro V1x and rolled in the 25-foot birdie putt to put an exclamation mark on a record-setting performance and claim the Wanamaker Trophy.
“It's just been incredible," McIlroy said after his final-round 66. "I had a good feeling about it at the start. I never imagined to do this.”
Trusting his Pro V1x, new prototype 913D3 8.5 driver and a bag full of Titleist equipment, McIlroy filled his scorecard with pars (45) and birdies (20) en route to a 13-under 275 total and eight-shot victory – the largest margin of victory ever recorded at the PGA Championship. The previous record stood for 32 years.
The youngest ever to win the PGA Championship, Rory’s win also vaulted him back to the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.
“To win my second major and get to world number one all in the same day is very special,” added McIlroy.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 108 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, nine times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined.
McIlroy's win marks the third major championship for Titleist in 2012, as he follows Masters champion and Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson and U.S. Open winner and Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson.
With a PGA Championship to go along with his 2011 U.S. Open Championship, McIlroy becomes the sixth-youngest player ever with two majors.
'It's just great to be able to put my name on another major championship trophy, and looking forward to April next year and getting a crack at another one," he said.
What's In Rory McIlroy's Titleist Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Prototype 913D3 8.5º (Mitsubishi Diamana Prototype 70X), C•2 SureFit Tour settingFairway Metals: 906F2 & Titleist 910F 17º (Fujikura ZCom Pro 95)Irons: Titleist MB 3-9 (True Temper Project X 7.0)Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 46º, 54º, 60º (True Temper Project X 6.5)Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport GSS prototype
McIlroy led the field in Driving Distance with a 311.5 yard average off the tee, and his win marks the first major championship with the new Titleist 913 prototype driver and the first 913 win on the 2012 PGA Tour. Titleist began the seeding process of the 913D2 and 913D3 prototype drivers with PGA Tour players at the AT&T National in June, which was subsequently followed by player seeding on the European, Web.com and Asian Tours, and across all of the major worldwide professional tours.
In early July, Rory worked closely with the Titleist tour support team in advance of the Irish Open to get dialed-in with his new prototype 913 driver and immediately put it into the bag after the fitting session. Check out the full story here.
The new Titleist 913 drivers will begin shipping to golf shops in November.
In addition to solid driving, Rory had his Scotty Cameron putter dialed in and only needed 109 putts over four days averaging 1.51 putts per hole. In the final round, he tamed the greens on the Ocean Course with a stellar 23-putt performance (1.27 putts per hole average).
McIlroy becomes the third Titleist Brand Ambassador to earn multiple victories on the PGA Tour this year, joining Jason Dufner (Zurich Classic, Byron Nelson Championship) and Zach Johnson (Crowne Plaza Invitational, John Deere Classic). Additional full product line Titleist ambassadors to win in 2012 include: Steve Stricker (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Kyle Stanley (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Bill Haas (Northern Trust Open), Ben Curtis (Valero Texas Open), Webb Simpson (U.S. Open), Marc Leishman (Travelers Championship), Scott Stallings (True South Classic) and Scott Piercy (RBC Canadian Open).
Also finishing in the Top 10 at the PGA Championship, Pro V1x loyalist Ian Poulter took home a share of third and Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker along with Pro V1 loyalist Jamie Donaldson and Pro V1x loyalist Blake Adams all finished T7.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the PGA Championship field of 156 in the golf ball category with 92, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (48), wedge (151) and putter (52) categories. A total of 26 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 26 new 913D3 (18) and 913D2 (8) models.
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LPGA: Pro V1 loyalist So Yeon Ryu took home top honors at the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic this weekend by recording a seven-shot victory and earning her first win since capturing the 2011 U.S. Women's Open. Ryu’s final round was highlighted by a six-hole birdie streak on holes 9 through 14 that fueled her round of 9-under 62 en route to a 20-under par 264 victory total, the second lowest in tournament history.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 144 in the golf ball category with 99, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13.
WEB.COM: Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Price Cutter Charity Championship field of 156 in the golf ball category with 106, more than six times the nearest competitor with 17. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (44), wedge (162) and putter (65) categories. A total of 34 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 27 who chose the new 913D3 (21) and 913D2 (6) models.
ONE ASIA: Pro V1x loyalist Chris Wood of England earned his first professional victory at the OneAsia Thailand Open in Bangkok. Wood shot four rounds in the 60’s for a 23 under 265 total, good enough for a two-shot victory.
Three players tied for third including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Arnond "Bank" Vongvanij and Dong-Hwan Lee.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 168 in the golf ball category with 121, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 21. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (66) and wedge (179) categories.
U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR: Titleist was the favorite equipment brand among the field of 156 at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, with more players relying upon the #1 ball in golf by an overwhelming margin of 132 to 9 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also the top choice in irons (39), wedges (176) and putters (58).
Earlier this week Team Titleist made the journey to Kiawah Island, S.C. to catch up with the field at the season's final major, the 94th PGA Championship. A variety of challenging weather conditions and 7,700 yards will be a demanding test for a talented 156-player roster that includes the top 108 players in the current Official World Golf Ranking.
In total, 92 players in the field are trusting Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist is also first in iron sets (48), putters (52) and sand, lob and approach wedges (151).
Good luck to the field this weekend as they compete in "glory's last shot".
The 94th PGA Championship marks the second major appearance for the new prototype Titleist 913 drivers and the buzz on tour continues to grow. Now factor in a course that's playing around 7,700 yards, and it should be no surprise that distance and overall performance off the tee are a couple of elements that players will be focusing on while traversing the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
This week, 26 players in the field are gaming a new Prototype 913 driver (913D3 – 18 / 913D2 - 8) and Team Titleist recently checked in with Titleist Brand Ambassadors Geoff Ogilvy, JJimmy Walker, Bill Haas, Marc Leishman and Nick Watney to get their initial reactions on the new drivers.
"It looks really good and we noticed that off-center hits seem to still keep up the speed that an on-center-hit would have. It's nice to know that the ball's going to go the same distance with an off-center hit," said Walker.
Players continued to work with the Titleist Tour Support team to dial-in their SureFit Tour settings to optimize ball flight and launch conditions. This tour van in a hosel technology ensures a precision fit that also translates into more confidence.
"I use the B•2 setting which makes it a hair more upright," said Haas. "It looks good when you set up behind the ball. So, when you're comfortable, sometimes that's all you need."
A little over a month into the tour seeding and performance validation process, the 913 drivers have already recorded three wins on the worldwide professional tours and continue to build momentum with 913D3 and 913D2 models representing more than half of the Titleist drivers in play at the PGA Championship.
Hear what else the players had to say in the video above and take a closer look at their driver specs below.
Geoff OgilvyModel: 913D2 9.5ºShaft: Aldila RIP Phenom 70SureFit Tour setting: D•1
Jimmy WalkerModel: 913D2 8.5ºShaft: Aldila RIP'd NV 75SureFit Tour setting: A•1
Bill HaasModel: 913D2 8.5ºShaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 7.2SureFit Tour setting: B•2
Marc LeishmanModel: 913D2 7.5ºShaft: USTM Axiv XC 75SureFit Tour setting: B•2
Nick WatneyModel: 913D3 10.5ºShaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White 83SureFit Tour setting: A•1
Posted: August 10, 2012
Welcome to PGA Championship week! The final major of the 2012 PGA Tour season is here and players are gearing up for a major test on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
Team Titleist recently caught up with brand ambassadors Geoff Ogilvy, Greg Chalmers, Bill Haas and Marc Leishman to get their take on navigating the Ocean Course and why they trust Pro V1 and Pro V1x for their games.
With unpredictable weather, tough terrain and a layout that can be stretched out to just under 7,700 yards factoring into the equation, having confidence in your game and your golf ball is going to be key for players in the field.
"The more you can believe what you are going to hit and hit with, the better the swing you're going to put on it," said Ogilvy. "It's a trust and belief issue more than anything."
Chalmers adds, “I've been using the Pro V1x for seven or eight years, I know what it's going to do and I'm confident it's going to do it."
Hear what else they had to say in the video above.
J.J. Henry ran his Titleist Pro V1 golf ball in for four birdies Sunday to win the Reno-Tahoe Open while Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Kohles relied on a Pro V1x golf ball, new prototype Titleist 913 driver and a full bag of Titleist equipment to win the Cox Classic and lead a three-win week for Titleist players.
With the wins this weekend, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now combined to win 105 times this season across the worldwide professional tours, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all other golf balls combined.
A total of 12,995 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,075 and more than all competitors combined.
Using the modified stableford scoring system, it was a rare week on the PGA Tour where posting a big number was the goal at the end of the day. Players receive eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie and zero for par. They are also docked a point for bogey and three points for anything worse.
In this format, there is certainly a premium on eagles and birdies and J.J. Henry took full advantage. Henry tallied three eagles, 17 birdies and 46 pars en route to a 43-point total for the event.
"I said to some friends and my caddie that I really thought I was going to have a great week," Henry said. "Sometimes when you believe it, good things happen. And that's exactly what happened this week for me."
"Well, it's been a long time coming. This is my twelfth straight year on Tour. I got my first victory in 2006, but to finally kind of get over that hump again, it means a lot, not only to win, but to win here in such a neat place," added Henry.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Reno-Tahoe Open with 87, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (30), wedge (105) and putter (54) categories.
A total of 27 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 18 new 913D3 (13) and 913D2 (5) models.
Titleist was also the choice of six players in the Top 10 including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Brendan Steele, Tom Pernice Jr., and Pro V1x loyalists John Mallinger, Josh Teater and Todd Hamilton.
WEB.COM TOUR: Ben Kohles began Sunday two strokes off the lead but quickly took the lead and posted a bogey-free 9-under-par 62 to become the first player in Tour history to earn a victory in each of his first two professional starts.
Kohles relied on a V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment for his success, including a new 913D3 prototype driver. Kohles is now 2-for-2 with the big stick. He won last week the first time he put it in play.
"I just kept my head down. We were pedal to the metal at the end because you never know what will happen behind you," Kohles said in a television interview.
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
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Cox Classic field of 156 in the golf ball category with 109, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (48), wedge (168) and putter (59) categories.
"I think I played the best round of my life today. That was a blast," Kohles said after hitting 17 of 18 greens. "I'm pretty shocked myself. What are you supposed to do better than this? I don't think that part has sunk in yet. It's pretty life altering."
A total of 36 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 25 who chose the new 913D3 (18) and 913D2 (7) models.
CHAMPIONS: Pro V1 loyalist Bernhard Langer fired a final round 10-under 62, overcoming a six-stroke deficit to win the 3M Championship for the second time in four years. Langer recorded a 17-under par 198 total, two shots clear of runner-up Pro V1x loyalist David Peoples, who posted the best finish of his Champions Tour career.
"Winning is always special, but this is pretty important because it's been awhile since I've won, and especially after what I've been through the last few weeks being in contention and not being able to close the deal," Langer said. "It was very important for my confidence to pull off a win here sooner than later."
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the 3M Championship field of 81 in the golf ball category with 56, over five times the nearest competitor with 10. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (20) and wedge (66) categories.
WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS:Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker (Pro V1x, 913D3 prototype driver, 910Fd fairway metal, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges), closed with a 64 that included birdies on the final three holes to finish in a tie for 2nd, one shot behind the winner of the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational.
Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen finished solo fourth, another shot back, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy (Pro V1x, 913D3 prototype driver, 906F2 fairway metal, 910F fairway metal, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS putter) tied for 5th. He was followed by fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner (Pro V1, 910D2 driver, 910F fairway metal, 906F2 fairway metal, AP2 irons, Vokey Design SM4 sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron prototype putter) in solo 7th.
Pro V1x loyalists Luke Donald, Aaron Baddeley, and Lee Slattery along with Pro V1 loyalists K.J. Choi and Bo Van Pelt were among eight players who tied for eighth, as 10 of the 15 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational field of 78 in the golf ball category with 46, more than four times the nearest competitor with 11. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (22) and wedge (78) categories.
A total of 20 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 12 prototype 913D3 (8) and 913D2 (4) models. Among the Titleist Brand Ambassadors putting the new 913 prototype drivers in play for the first time this week were Bill Haas (8.5), Marc Leishman (7.5) and Geoff Ogilvy (9.5), all of whom gamed the 913D2 model.
PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICAS Q-SCHOOL: Titleist was the overwhelming favorite equipment brand among the field of 139 who participated in the PGA Tour Latinoamericas Q-School. Titleist was the top choice in golf balls (98), nearly five times the nearest competitor with 20. Titleist was also the leader in the fairway metal, iron, wedge and putter categories. Titleist was second in the driver category with 49, five shy of the leader.