Titleist Tour Report for Week Ending October 30, 2011

Full Product Line Loyalists Lead Titleist to 6-Win Week

October 31, 2011 - Performance excellence by Titleist Brand Ambassadors was on display again this week, as Rory McIlroy and Bo Van Pelt registered impressive global victories against world-class fields.  In China, McIlroy trusted the Pro V1x golf ball and 14 Titleist golf clubs to win on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff at the Shanghai Masters, while Van Pelt relied upon the Pro V1 and a bag full of Titleist equipment to shatter the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic scoring record by five shots en route to a six-stroke victory in Malaysia.  Additional wins on the Nationwide, Japan, Australasian, and South African Tours advanced the Titleist golf ball win count across the2011 worldwide professional tours to 158, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 23.  Proof, that all around the world, when it matters most, more of the world's best count on superior consistency and performance of Titleist.


SHANGHAI MASTERS:  McIlroy finished regulation at 18-under 270 to force the playoff.  Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Seung-yul Noh (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, New MB/AP2 prototype irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Timeless putter) and Pro V1 loyalist Hunter Mahan (Pro V1x) tied for 3rd place at 13-under.

What's in Rory’s Bag?: Pro V1x golf ball, 910D2 driver (8.5), 906F2 fairway metals (13, 18), MB irons (3-9), Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching (48), sand (54) and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS putter.

CIMB ASIA PACIFIC CLASSIC:  Van Pelt made birdies on five of the last eight holes to close with a 7-under 64 for the six-shot win.  Playing partner Jeff Overton (Pro V1x), who finished 2nd after closing with a 69, described Van Pelt's final round as "one of the best rounds of golf I've ever seen."   It marked the second career PGA TOUR title for Van Pelt who also won the 2009 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.  The event was co-sanctioned by the U.S. PGA and Asian Tours.

Van Pelt's 23-under, 261 victory total shattered the scoring record for the second year tournament by five strokes.  Last year's inaugural event was won by fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane.

What's in Bo Van Pelt's Bag?:  Pro V1, 909D2 driver (8.5), 910Fd fairway metal (13.5), 910H hybrid (17), MB (5-P)/CB (4) irons, Vokey Design SM4 gap (52), sand (56) and lob (60) wedges.

Another Titleist Brand Ambassador, Cameron Tringale (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, New MB prototype irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron 009 putter), matched Van Pelt's closing 64 to share low round of the day, and finished in a three-way tie for 4th place that also included Mark Wilson (Pro V1x).

Ryan Palmer, who tied for 7th place, put himself in contention with an ace on the par-3 199-yard seventh hole, jarring his Pro V1 with an AP2 6-iron.  It was Palmer's third hole-in-one on the PGA Tour.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 28 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 6.  Titleist also was first in drivers (15); iron sets (16);  sand, lob and approach wedges (47); and putters (T-15).  Titleist was second in fairway metals (15).
NATIONWIDE: Pro V1 loyalist Ken Duke closed with a 4-under 68 to win the Nationwide Tour Championship.  Duke posted a 10-under 278 total, two strokes clear of his nearest competitor.  The win marks the second Nationwide Tour victory for Duke and his first since 2006.  Duke, who entered the tournament in 36th place on the official Nationwide Tour money list, earned enough to vault inside the top 25 and earn a trip back to the PGA Tour in 2012.

Daniel Chopra closed with a one-under 71 to take a share of 3rd place with fellow Pro V1x loyalist David Lingmerth.  Both players finished at 6-under 282.  The strong performance by Chopra, a former winner on the PGA Tour, also ensured him a spot among the 25 players who earned a 2012 PGA Tour card.

Of the 25 Nationwide players who have earned PGA Tour cards for the 2012 season, 15 relied on Titleist golf equipment for their success, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors:  Mark Anderson (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, 910F.d fairway metal, 910H hybrid, New AP2 prototype irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi Long putter); Erik Compton (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, CB and MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS Newport 2 putter);   Martin Flores (Pro V1x, 909D3 driver, 909F3 fairway metal, New AP2, CB, MB prototype irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron RD Concept 1 putter); and Kyle Thompson (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metals, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport putter); as well as Titleist golf ball loyalists: 
Jonas Blixt (Pro V1x); Miguel Carballo (Pro V1); Roberto Castro (Pro V1x);  Daniel Chopra (Pro V1x); Gavin Coles (Pro V1x); Ken Duke (Pro V1); Matt Goggin (Pro V1x); Troy Kelly (Pro V1);  John Mallinger (Pro V1x); Ted Potter, Jr. (Pro V1x); and Steve Wheatcroft (Pro V1x).

SOUTH AFRICA:  Titleist golf ball loyalist James Kamte (Pro V1x) captured the BMG Classic in a sudden death playoff for his fourth career Sunshine Tour title.  Both playoff participants ended regulation with a score of nine-under par 207.  Titleist Brand Ambassador Shaun Norris (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, New CB prototype irons, Vokey Design wedges) finished solo 3rd, one shot out of the playoff, while Brandon Pieters (Pro V1x) placed solo 4th, another shot back.  The top four finishers all relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.   Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 101 players (70%), compared to 36 for the nearest competitor.

JAPAN:  Koichiro Kawano (Pro V1x) captured the Mynavi ABC Championship in a sudden-death playoff for his first career JGTO title.  Kawano forced the playoff in dramatic fashion by posting an eagle 3 on the final hole of regulation.  Kawano came from three strokes back with a bogey-free 67, finishing regulation at 15-under 273. Hiroyuki Fujita (Pro V1) shared 3rd place at 14-under 274, one shot out of the playoff.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 40 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 9.  Titleist also was first in sand, lob and approach wedges (45); and putters (20).

AUSTRALASIAN:  Rohan Blizard (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) captured the Western Australian Open with a score of 10-under par.  He was two shots clear of Ashley Hall (Pro V1x), David McKenzie (Pro V1x) and Matt Jager (Pro V1), with Heath Reed (Pro V1x) a further shot back.  Blizzard topped a leaderboard that included Titleist golf ball loyalists in the top seven positions.

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Contact:  David Miles, Titleist Marketing Communications Manager, Acushnet Australia (03 9540 5000)

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