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Posted: June 25, 2013
Titleist golf ball loyalist Ken Duke captured his first-career PGA Tour title with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff at the Travelers Championship. Trusting the Drop-and-Stop performance of the Pro V1 golf ball, Duke confidently fired his final approach shot inside 3 feet and converted the putt for his maiden victory.
Duke was one of 104 Titleist players in the field of 156, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16. He also topped a leader board that was covered with the names of Titleist golf ball loyalists, including 10 of the 12 players who finished among the top 10 and ties.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Graham DeLaet (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, CB/MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport Tour putter) finished a stroke out of the playoff in third, while Bubba Watson (Pro V1x) finished fourth, two shots behind the winner.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson posted bookend 5-under par 65s on Thursday and Sunday to finish in a tie for fifth place, three shots out of the playoff. Angel Cabrera (Pro V1x) and Rickie Fowler (Pro V1) were the only two players who posted better scores than Simpson on Sunday. Cabrera closed with a 7-under 63 to finish T-9, while Fowler fired a final round 6-under 64 to finish T-13.
The best round of the week went to Titleist Brand Ambassador Charley Hoffman (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, CB/MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron by Titleist GoLo 5 putter), who shot a 9-under par 61 on Thursday. Hoffman eventually finished T-7 for his fifth top-10 finish of the year.
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NOTES FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS
WEB.COM TOUR: Rex Hospital Open
- Of the 156-player field, 108 relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16.
- With a performance fit for a Hollywood script, Raleigh native and Titleist Brand Ambassador Chesson Hadley fired a final round 7-under 64 to cap off a storybook winning effort in front of his family and friends.
- Hadley waited out a lengthy rain delay before chasing down the 54-hole leader to win by two and earn his first-career title. He was five strokes behind the leader entering Sunday’s closing round.
- On Sunday, he played the final 10 holes in 7 under, including a birdie his final hole to secure the outright lead at 19 under.
- Hadley fired four rounds in the 60s, including an opening round 8-under 63.
- What’s in the Bag?: Pro V1x, 913D3 driver (9.5), 910F fairway metal (13.5), 712U utility iron (3), MB irons (4-P), Vokey Design SM4 TVD gap (52), sand (56) and lob (60) wedges.
- It was an emotional win for Hadley, who was born at Rex Hospital nearly 26 years ago.
- Said Hadley: “Honestly I can’t believe I won this. This is the greatest thing that has happened in my golfing career. It’s a dream come true.”
- Hadley advanced from No. 88 to No. 3 on the Web.com Tour money list in the span of five weeks, posting four top-10s in his last five starts: T-3/BMW Charity Pro-Am, T-6/Mexico Open, 2nd/Mid-Atlantic Championship, MC/Air Capital Classic, Winner/Rex Hospital Open.
- Titleist golf ball loyalists have won 10 times on the Web.com Tour, more than three times the nearest competitor (3).
JAPAN TOUR: Japan Golf Tour Championship
- Satoshi Kodaira, a 23-year old "Young Gun" from Japan, earned his first-career JGTO title by one shot over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors and Pro V1x loyalists S.K. Ho of Korea and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand.
- The win earns Kodaira a five-year exemption on the Japan Golf Tour, as well as an invitation to the WGC-bstone Invitational in August.
- What’s in Satoshi Kodaira’s Bag?: Pro V1x, 910D3 driver (9.5), 909H hybrid (17.0), 913Hd hybrid (20.0), MB irons (4-9), Vokey Design pitching (48), gap (52) and lob (58) wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter.
Team Titleist is heading to our nation's capital this week to bring you all of the action from the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club.
And as we get ready to head out to the range tomorrow morning, we'll be joining our Tour Reps and a few Golf Club R&D team members to capture the beginning of the tour seeding and performance validation process for the new prototype Titleist MB, CB, AP2 and AP1 irons (714 Series).
The Titleist tour department has built prototype sets for Titleist Brand Ambassadors to test and put in play as part of our development process. All Titleist golf clubs go through this critical step to validate their performance before being launched to market.
Click on the image above for a first look at the new family of prototype Titleist irons (714 series) and make sure you stay tuned to Team Titleist as we'll continue to share more news as the tour seeding and performance validation process continues across the worldwide professional tours.
Posted: June 13, 2013
What does it take to win the U.S. Open?
Each year a new script is written and each host course typically makes it mark among the history books as the twist and turns unfold.
Last year at the Olympic Club, it came down to a clutch par save on the 72nd hole for Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson, as he secured the victory and added the title of U.S. Open Champion to his resume.
So what was the winning recipe for Webb?
“In the U.S. Open, more importantly than anything, is the mental side of it. You’ve got to be tough. You’ve got to be patient. You’ve got to let things come to you,” said Webb.
Hear what else Webb had to say in the video above as he prepares to defend his title at Merion and see a special moment that we captured earlier in the year that features some pretty exclusive Pro V1x golf balls.
Posted: June 12, 2013
Challenging rough, tough pin placements, narrow fairways and a lot of pressure.
Welcome to U.S. Open Week.
As many of the world’s best players make their way to Ardmore, Penn., a true test awaits them at Merion Golf Club. And while a U.S. Open presents one of the toughest challenges and demands precision shot making, it is the type of competition that also drives players to be at their very best.
As we get ready for the drama to unfold, Team Titleist caught up with a number of Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists to get their take on what it means to compete and what it takes to win.
Check out the video above to see what players like defending U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson, reigning Masters Champion Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Matteo Mannassero, and Tim Clark (among others) had to say as they look to rise to the challenge.
Posted: June 11, 2013
Trusting a Titleist golf ball on every shot, three more players from across the globe achieved championship performances and entered the winner’s circle on Sunday.
In his first start at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Harris English posted four rounds in the sixties on his way to a 12-under par 268 to capture his first career PGA Tour victory. Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Joost Luiten began Sunday’s championship round at the Lyoness Open with a three shot lead, and consistent play resulted in a 17-under par 271 and his second career victory on the European Tour. On the Champions Tour, Pro V1 golf ball loyalist David Frost completed a 16-under par 272 to win the Regions Tradition and seize his first major on the senior circuit.
Adding three more victories to the trophy count, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 67 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all other competitors combined.
This is Team Titleist, let’s wrap-up the week…
PGA: FedEx St. Jude Classic
Winner: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Harris English
English, a Georgia native who played high school golf in Tennessee, posted a 6-under par 66 on Thursday and followed that up with a 8-under par 64 to hold the lead Friday. The heat and the wind increased throughout the weekend, and scoring conditions became more difficult, but English prevailed with back-to-back rounds of 1-under par 69. And he capped off his final round by trusting his Pro V1x golf ball to two birdies in the final three holes to seal the victory.
"It's quite an unbelievable feeling," said English following his win.
"The main thing that I am looking forward to is playing the Masters next year. Growing up in Georgia, I mean that was the main tournament that I always watched and went to when I was a kid. The invitation to the Masters is going to be very special and special for my family."
The win marks the first career PGA TOUR victory for English, who also has four top 10 finishes this season. Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings posted a final round 2-under par 68 to finish in a tie for second.
Of the 156-player field, 100 relied upon a Titleist golf ball, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 17.
EUROPEAN: Lyoneess Open
Winner: Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Joost Luiten
Luiten began his week Thursday with four straight birdies and never looked back as he went on to card 24 total birdies for the tournament. With the hot start and an opening round of 7-under par 65, Luiten remained confident through weather delays and achieved the win.
''It's a great feeling. It's been a great week,'' said Luiten in an interview. "I made a birdie on the 16th, and it's always nice to finish with par and par.''
Joining him in the Top 5, Titleist Brand Ambassador Romain Wattel and Pro V1x loyalist Wen-Chong Lian matched scores of 14-under par 274 to tie for a share of third place.
Of the 151-player field, 112 relied upon Titleist golf balls, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 23.
What’s in Joost Luiten’s Bag?: Pro V1 golf ball, 913D2 (7.5) driver, 913Fd (13.5) fairway metal, AP2 2 iron, CB irons (3-P), Vokey Design SM4 sand (54) and lob (60) wedges.
CHAMPIONS: Regions Tradition
Winner: Pro V1 golf ball loyalist David Frost
Also a winner at the Toshiba Classic earlier this year, Frost was able to notch his fifth career win and first major title on the Champions Tour with his victory at the Regions Tradition. This latest win moves Frost to the top of the season long Schwab Cup standings.
Of the 81-player field, 62 relied upon Titleist, more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 6.