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Posted: August 6, 2012
Earlier this week Team Titleist made the trip to Akron, Ohio to check in with the field at WGC at Firestone Country Club - the last stop before the season's final major. The 78-player field features 49 of the top 50 players in the world and promises to be a showcase of the top talents in golf.
This week offers veteran WGC players like Titleist Brand Ambassador and defending champion Adam Scott along with Bill Haas and Ben Crane one final tune-up before traveling to Kiawah, SC in search of their first major victory. For other WGC first-timers like Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Weisberger, Firestone is a tough challenge after his victory at the Lyoness Open.
In total, 46 players in the field are trusting Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist is also first in iron sets (22) and sand, lob and approach wedges (102).
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2,000 miles away in "The Biggest Little City in the World" at the PGA Tour's Reno-Tahoe Open, 87 players in the field are trusting Titleist golf balls for their success, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all other golf balls combined.
Titleist is also first in iron sets (30); sand, lob and approach wedges (136); and putters (54).
Good luck to both fields and here's to a weekend filled with great golf!
Posted: August 3, 2012
When it comes to world-class fields, this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational is among the best. A total of 49 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings will be teeing it up at Firestone Country Club on Thursday, with just Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (World No. 5 ) among the missing. Simpson and his wife, Dowd welcomed a new baby daughter, Willow Grace, last Saturday evening. Titleist golf ball loyalists occupy 26 of those Top 50 positions, including 10 full product line brand ambassadors.>> Adam Scott Ready to DefendTitleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott seeks to defend his 2011 championship after posting a four-shot win at this event last year. Scott never trailed following any round en route to his first World Golf Championships win, which included an opening 8-under par 62. The World No. 6 enters the tournament with confidence after his performance here last year and his runner-up finish at The Open Championship two weeks ago."It is always exciting to return as the defending champion," Scott told Team Titleist. "There is always a little extra motivation when you are defending, to try and hold onto the trophy. It would be quite an honor to defend a World Golf Championship with the field that's assembled this week."Scott also got in a couple of rounds at the Ocean Course at Kiawah earlier this week in preparation for the year's final major, the PGA Championship. It is a course he had never seen prior to visiting last week. "It was interesting," said Scott. "Not quite what I had expected. It's going to be very weather dependent. There's good scores out there in good weather, but if the wind blows, it's going to be very difficult."Scott made final preparations for this week's event by playing 18 holes with fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Geoff Ogilvy and Nick Watney on Wednesday.>> The Inside Scoop on Stricker's Prototype 913D3Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker, who made the switch to the new 913 prototype driver on the eve of the British Open is sticking with the new big stick after continuing to tweak it at Firestone on Tuesday. As it turns out, after trying other combinations, he remained with the exact specs and shaft that he was fit for in England. He also worked on his fairway metal in Akron, a 910Fd that he was working to his liking.
Driver: Titleist Prototype 913D3
Shaft: Motore Speeder VC 8.2
SureFit Tour Hosel Setting: A•1
Fairway Metal: Titleist 910Fd
Shaft: Fujikura Tour Spec 9.2
SureFit Tour Hosel Setting: A•1>> From Most to FirstTitleist golf ball loyalist Lee Westwood is playing in his 40th career World Golf Championships event, the most of any player in WGC history. By contrast, eight players in the field of 78 are participating in their very first World Golf Championships event, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jamie Donaldson, Scott Piercy and Bernd Weisberger (pictured below).
Donaldson won the Irish Open last month, while Piercy captured the Canadian Open last week. Wiesberger originally qualified via his victory at the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea in March, which he followed up with a victory at the Lyoness Open in his home country of Austria last Saturday.
This past weekend marked a big milestone for the tour launch of the new prototype 913 drivers as Titleist Brand Ambassadors Bernd Wiesberger and Ben Kohles recorded the first official wins on the worldwide professional tours with the new 913 drivers in their bag.
Wiesberger tweeted earlier this month after one of his first test session's with his new 913D3 driver, "I don't think I have ever hit a Driver that good. Guys, you can really look forward to the new [Titleist] 913 Driver line!"
Fast forward to this past weekend and he found himself atop the leaderboard on home soil at the Lyoness Open at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, Austria. This marked the first official win for the new Titleist 913 driver and Wiesberger's second career European Tour victory (and second win of the year).
Wiesberger worked with the Titleist European Support Team to get dialed in with his new driver and landed on the Titleist 913D3 7.5º with an Aldila RIP Alpha 80 shaft and a SureFit Tour hosel setting of A•1.
Back in the United States, Ben Kohles (who finished his amateur career last week) stepped up to the tee in his first professional event with a new 913D3 in the bag and never looked back. Trusting his new 913D3 driver, Kohles finished T-1 for the tournament in driving accuracy and won in fashion by dropping a 22-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole.
Kohles driver specs: Titleist 913D3 9.5º with a Graphite Design DI-7x shaft at 44.5" (tipped at 1") and a SureFit Tour hosel setting of D•1.
"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."
We are only a few short weeks into the tour seeding and performance validation process for the new prototype 913 drivers and the buzz on tour is continuing to build. Check out the links below for more 913 driver coverage and stay tuned to Team Titleist for the latest updates.
First Look: Prototype Titleist 913 Drivers
Slideshow: Seeding and Testing of New Prototype Titleist 913 Drivers Begins
Video: Seeding, Testing and Fitting the New Prototype Titleist 913 Drivers
Slideshow: Seeding and Testing of New Prototype Titleist 913 Drivers – Day 2
Video: First Impressions of New Prototype 913 Drivers