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NATHAN GREEN TRUSTS TITLEIST PRO V1 TO CAPTURE FIRST CAREER PGA TOUR VICTORY AT THE RBC CANADIAN OPEN

TITLEIST EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING JULY 27, 2009

Nathan Green
Nathan Green

Fairhaven, MA (July 27, 2009): At the Monday conclusion to the rain-plagued RBC Canadian Open, Nathan Green (Pro V1) holed a par putt on the second hole of a sudden death playoff to capture his first career PGA TOUR victory. The 34-year-old fired a 4-under 68 in the final round to finish regulation at 18-under 270. He saved par on the first playoff hole and then tapped in for a par and his first win in 112 career PGA TOUR starts. It was fitting that Green's first victory would come in Canada. Green began his professional career on the Canadian Tour and, coincidentally, is a Toronto native (Toronto, Australia).


Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner (Pro V1, 909D Comp driver, 906F2 fairway metal, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Kombi putter) tied for third at 14-under 274, his best finish of the season. Jerry Kelly (Pro V1x) finished a further shot back, tied for fifth, and Titleist Brand Ambassador Michael Letzig (Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 670 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron prototype putter) had his first top-10 finish of the seasonLetzig posted 12-under 276 to tie eight players for eighth place, including Chris Baryla (Pro V1x, ZM irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Kombi putter), Scott Verplank (Pro V1, Vokey Design wedges), Scott McCarron (Pro V1x), Mark Calcavecchia (Pro V1) and Bob Estes (Pro V1).


Titleist was the top golf ball choice at the RBC Canadian Open with 119 players (77%), nearly twelve times more than the nearest competitor with 10. Titleist was also first in wedges (157) and putters (62). Titleist was second in drivers (38), fairway metals (28) and iron sets (43).


Green's victory marks the 17th for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the PGA Tour, nearly three times more than the nearest competitor with 6.

Titleist was also the golf ball of choice for the winners on the Champions, European, Asian and Japan Tours.  Additional weekly highlights below:



Loren Roberts
Loren Roberts

CHAMPIONS: Loren Roberts (Pro V1) won his second Senior Open Championship title on the third hole of a three-player sudden death playoff. All three players finished at 12-under 268. Bernhard Langer (Pro V1) missed the playoff by one shot, shooting a final round 65 to finish alone in fourth place. Roberts, who won his first Senior Open Championship title in 2006 at Turnberry, earned a spot in next year's Open Championship at St. Andrews with the victory.


Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 104 players, compared to 12 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also first in wedges (79), and second in drivers (28), iron sets (22) and putters (26).


Roberts' victory marks the 10th for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the Champions Tour, five times more than the nearest competitor with 2.




Ricardo Gonzalez
Ricardo Gonzalez

EUROPEAN: Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez (Pro V1x, 909H hybrid, Vokey prototype sand wedge, Vokey Spin Milled lob wedge) birdied five of his final six holes at the SAS Masters to secure his fourth career European Tour title in stunning fashion. The closing stretch gave him a final round 4-under par 69, to finish at 10-under 282, two strokes clear of runner-up Jamie Donaldson (Pro V1, Vokey Design wedges ).


Titleist was the top golf ball choice at the event with 110 players (71%), compared to 25 for the nearest competitor.


Gonzalez' victory marks the 16th for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the European Tour, 10 more than the nearest competitor with 6.


LPGA: Meena Lee (Pro V1) fired a final round 65 to shoot up the leaderboard for a 3rd place tie with Cristie Kerr (Pro V1), finishing one shot out of the Evian Masters playoff. Titleist was the top golf ball choice at the event with 63 players, compared to 10 for the nearest competitor.


NATIONWIDE: Tom Gillis (Pro V1, 695 CB irons, Vokey Design gap and sand wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5 putter) finished runner-up at the Cox Classic, one shot behind the winner, after he birdied three of his last four holes. Brent Delahoussaye (Pro V1x, Vokey Design sand wedge, Vokey Spin Milled lob wedge) finished alone in third place at 18-under 266. The winner of the event relied upon AP2 irons.


Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Cox Classic with 98 players, compared to 20 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also first in wedges (124) and putters (50). Titleist was second in drivers (24) and iron sets (32).

   



Gaganjeet Bhullar
Gaganjeet Bhullar

ASIAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Gaganjeet Bhullar of India (Pro V1x, 909D3 driver, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport putter) captured the Pertamina Indonesia President Invitational for his maiden victory on the Asian Tour. Bhullar, who had only one bogey in his four rounds, shot a final round 67 to finish with a 266 total (22-under par), two shots clear of runner-up Adam Blyth of Australia (Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 906F2 3-wood, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges).

Bhullar started the final round with a one shot lead over Blyth, then birdied 4 out of his first 6 holes and owned a four-shot lead at the turn. Blyth shot a final round 68 and now has 14 career top 10's on the Asian Tour. Of the 13 players who finished among the top 10 and ties, 11 relied upon Titleist for their success, including each of the top four.


Titleist was the top golf ball choice at the event with 122 players (78%), compared to 18 for the nearest competitor.

 


Andres Gonzales
Hiroyuki Fujita

JAPAN: Hiroyuki Fujita (Pro V1, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport putter) birdied three of the last four holes to win the Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup by one shot. The 40-year old Fujita recorded a 16-under 272 total for his seventh career Japan Golf Tour title, moving him to the top of the 2009 Japan Golf Tour money list.


Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 57 players. Titleist was also first in hybrids (22) and wedges (71).


USGA: Titleist was the most played golf ball at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship with 126 players (81%), compared to 17 for the nearest competitor. Titleist also swept every golf club count as the most-played brand in the driver (64), fairway metal (73), hybrid (44), iron (60), wedge (217) and putter (82) categories.


The 15-year old winner, who was also the medalist, relied upon the Pro V1x golf ball and 14 Titleist golf clubs in a 4 and 3 victory. His bag included the 909D2 driver (9.5), 909F2 (15.5) 3-wood, 909H hybrid (19.0), AP2 irons (3-P), Vokey Design sand (52) wedge, Spin Milled lob (60) wedge and Scotty Cameron Newport 1.5 T 10 putter.


The runner-up played the Pro V1x, Titleist 975F 3-wood (13.5), Titleist ZB irons (3-P), Vokey Design Spin Milled sand (54) and lob (58) wedges, and a Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter.


Titleist was also the most played golf ball at the U.S. Girls Junior Championship with 126 players (81%), compared to 10 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also first in wedges (143) and putters (63).


It was an all-Titleist final, as the winner relied upon the Pro V1 golf ball en route to a 6 and 5 victory over the Pro V1x-playing runner-up.

 

WORLDWIDE WINS: With four more wins this week, the 2009 Titleist golf ball victory count advanced to 86, that’s more than four times the nearest competitor with 19.


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