Winning on the PGA Tour fall series requires a lot of birdies, and a lot of confidence. Checking both of those items off the list, Pro V1x loyalist Jonas Blixt carded 21 birdies (T1) on his way to winning the Frys.com Open with a 16-under 268 (66-68-66-68) showing at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. This was Blixt's first career win on the PGA Tour and he becomes the third rookie to win in the 2012 season.
"I just told myself, just give it a good hit every time and see what happens," said Blixt. "Just focus. You can't do anything better than your best. That's what I did on every shot."
Also landing in the winners' circle were Titleist Brand Ambassadors Gaganjeet Bhullar (Asian Tour), Peter Wilson (Australasia Tour) and MeenWhee Kim (Korean Tour), Pro V1x loyalists Shawn Stefani (Web.com Tour), Liang Wenchong (One Asia Tour), Kenichi Kuboya (Japan Tour) and Alan Wagner (PGA Tour Latinoamerica). With these wins, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 157 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.
With a performance on the greens good enough for for first in both Putts Per Round (26.3) and Strokes Gained (2.468), Blixt captured his first PGA Tour victory and earned a PGA Tour exemption through the 2014 season.
Jason Kokrak, relying upon the new Titleist Pro V1x prototype golf ball, was among two players who tied for second place at the Frys.com Open. Kokrak led the field in Greens in Regulation (81.8%) and was ninth in Driving Distance (300.4) playing the new Pro V1x prototype for the first time in competition.
Third-round leader John Mallinger (Pro V1x) was among four players who tied for fourth at 14 under, along with Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker (New Pro V1 prototype golf ball). Walker closed with a Sunday-best and course record-tying nine-under 62. Walker also finished fourth in Driving Distance with a 304.8 average playing the new Pro V1 golf ball for the first time in competition.
In total, 89 players in the 132-player field trusted Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all other golf balls combined. This includes 21 players who teed up the new Pro V1 (3) and Pro V1x (18) prototype golf balls that were introduced on tour last week in Vegas.
Titleist was also first in the sand, lob and approach wedges (103) and putter (51) categories.
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WEB.COM: Pro V1x loyalist Shawn Stefani fired a final round 3-under-par 68 in an impressive a five-shot victory at the Miccosukee Championship. Stefani, who captured the Midwest Classic in August, finished with a 15-under-par 269 victory total.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Alistair Presnell (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges) finished solo second, after tying for third place last week. Stefani advanced to fourth and Presnell to 19th on the 2012 Web.com Tour money list with just two events remaining on the season. The top 25 earn 2013 PGA Tour cards.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 96 players in the field of 144 trusting Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 17. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (47), sand, lob and approach wedge (160) and putter (66) categories.
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ASIAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Gaganjeet Bhullar of India trusted a Pro V1x golf ball and a new 913D2 driver to win the 2012 Venetian Macau Open in wire-to-wire fashion for his second title on the Asian Tour in 2012.
Bhullar led from the first round with an 8-under par 63 and closed with a 3-under 68 to finish with a 16-under par total of 268, two shots better than fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jonathan Moore (Pro V1x). The win marks a trend of great play from Bhullar in the last month, a pattern he hopes will continue.
"This victory, I can't explain it right now. It's going to take a long time to sink in. Two wins in one month, it means a lot. Everyone works hard. My first wire-to-wire Asian Tour title. It was difficult in the end."
What's In Gaganjeet Bhullar's Titleist Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: 913D2 7.5º (Graphite Design Tour AD DI x)
Fairway Metal: 910Fd 13.5º (Mitsubishi-Rayon Diamana Kai'li x)
Irons: Titleist AP2 3-9
Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 48º, 54º, 60º
Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Newport 2
Pro V1x loyalists Thitiphun Chuayprakong and M. Siddikur tied for 3rd at 12-under, while Shiv Kapur finished in fifth place at 10 under to give Titleist balls users a sweep of the top five positions in the event.
Titleist was the top choice of the Venetian Macau Open field in the golf ball category with 94 players trusting Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21.
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JAPAN: It was a 1-2 finish for Titleist Pro V1x players at the Japan Open where Kenichi Kuboya came from behind to top Juvic Pagunsan by one shot. It marked the sixth-career JGTO win for Kuboya, who closed with a 1-under par 70 at Naha Golf Club en route to an 8-over 292 victory total.
Titleist was the top choice of the field in the golf ball category with 41 players trusting Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls. Titleist also led the field in sand, lob and approach wedges with 78.
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ONE ASIA: On the fifth hole of a sudden-death playoff, Liang Wen-chong rolled in his Pro V1x from 12 feet to capture the Nanshan China Masters. The exciting victory marked Wenchong's first OneAsia title since winning twice in 2010 and is the fourth of his career.
“I’m very happy,” said Liang after the playoff triumph. “I have never been involved in something like this."
Pro V1x loyalist Aaron Townsend narrowly missed the playoff, shooting 1-over 72 to finish alone in third. He was followed by Louis Oosthuizen (Pro V1x), who took solo fourth at 5-under 279.
Titleist was the golf ball of choice with 97 players in the 135-player field trusting Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 19. Titleist was also the top choice in iron sets (58), sand, lob and approach wedges (161) and putters (38).
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AUSTRALASIA: Peter Wilson (Pro V1) won his first PGA Tour of Australasia title on Sunday at the WA PGA Championship. The 34-year-old Wilson shot a final round 3-under 69 to post a winning score of 5-under 283, two shots clear of Glenn Joyner (Pro V1x) and three clear of Andrew Kelly (Pro V1x). Wilson built up a five-shot lead after 11 holes and then cruised home down the stretch, playing steadily under difficult, windy conditions at the challenging Kalgoorlie Golf Club.
“It’s just so good to win one finally,” he said after the maiden win. “I was 6-under after 11, I just had a hot start. I started to think about it for a while there, but I got it done in the end.”
The top five players at the WA PGA Championship used a Titleist golf ball, as did nine of the 10 players who finished among the top 10. Titleist was the top choice of the field in the golf ball category with 77 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 13.
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KOREA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Meen-Whee Kim captured the ShinHan DongHae Open on the first hole of a playoff with fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Kevin Na. The win marked the first-career Korea PGA Tour title for the 21-year-old Kim, who finished with an 4-under-par 284 total to force the playoff.
Three players tied for third at 2-under 286, including Charlie Wi (Pro V1) and In-Choon Hwang (Pro V1x).
Titleist was the golf ball of choice at the ShinHan DongHae Open where 82 players trusted Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than seven times the nearest competitor and more than all other golf balls combined.
What's In Meen-Whee Kim's Titleist Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: New 913D3
Fairway Metals: 910Fd 13.5º
Hybrids: 910H 18.0º
Irons: Titleist MB (3-PW)
Wedge: Vokey Design 54º, 60º
What's In Kevin Na's Titleist Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: 910D3 9.5º (OZIK HD6, Setting: A-1)
Fairway Metals: 910F 17.0º (Diamana White 73)
Hybrids: 910H 21.0º (OZIK ALTUS HB)
Irons: Titleist AP2 3-PW (Dynamic Gold Tour Issue)
Wedge: Vokey Design 54º, 60º (Dynamic Gold Tour Issue)
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 19 players in the field of 32 trusting Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with five. Titleist was also the top choice in the wedge (128) and putter (60) categories.
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LATINOAMERICA TOUR: Titleist rose to the top of the leader board at the Roberto De Vincenzo Invitational on Sunday, as nine out of 10 players in the top 10 trusted a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success, including the tournament champion of the inaugural event, Alan Wagner (Pro V1x). Wagner fired a 4-under 68 in the final round, good for a 15-under 273 total and a two-shot victory over fellow Pro V1x loyalists Oscar Fraustro and Ariel Canete.
Wagner closed with birdies on 17 and 18 to seal the win, his first on the Latino America Tour.
Daniel Stapff (Pro V1x) fired a 7-under 65 to claim a share of 4th place with, Julio Zapata (Pro V1x) and Armando Favela (Pro V1x).
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EUROPEAN: Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 81 players in the field of 132 trusting Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (33) and wedge (146) categories.
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CHAMPIONS: Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Greater Hickory Classic with 61 players in the field of 81 trusting Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with 10. Titleist was also the top choice of more players in the iron (21) and sand, lob and approach wedges (68) categories. Duffy Waldorf (Pro V1) was runner-up, one shot behind the winner, while Mark Wiebe (Pro V1) birdied the final hole to finish solo third.
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LPGA:Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with 45 players in the field of 71 trusting Titleist golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with 7. Pro V1x Loyalist Na Yeon Choi finished runner-up by by two shots. The Sime Darby Malaysia is the first stop on the LPGA Tour's four-event swing through Asia. The tour will be in South Korea, Taiwan and Japan the next three weeks.