Titleist Ambassadors Top 2009 Order of Merit Standings

As the 2009 season comes to a close across the worldwide professional golf tours, we'd like to recognize two Titleist Brand Ambassadors whose consistent play throughout the year has earned them special honors as their respective tour's Order of Merit winners. Scott Strange won the inaugural OneAsia Order of Merit title after rounding out the season with a joint runner-up finish at the Australian PGA Championship. And Michael Sim (who was named 2009 Nationwide Player of the Year and whose three victories on the Nationwide Tour in 2009 earned him a "battlefield promotion" to the PGA Tour in 2010) also took top honors on the Australasian Tour, edging out Pro V1x loyalist Alistair Presnell and fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Peter O'Malley



The 25-year-old Sim played his way to the top of the Australian Order of Merit with a tie for fifth place at the Australian PGA Championship on Sunday. His Order of Merit win grants him exemptions into both the 2010 US Open, at Pebble Beach, and The 139th Open Championship, at St Andrews. As a world top 50-ranked player at the end of the year, he has also qualified for the 2010 Masters at Augusta National. Sim played in seven events on the Australasian Tour, collecting $315,087 in offical earnings. Click here more details. Scott Strange kicked off the new OneAsia Tour in style in 2009. In April he captured the first-ever OneAsia event, the Volvo China Open, which was co-sanctioned by the European PGA Tour. The 32-year-old Australian then finished in a tie for 12th place at this month’s Australian Open. Along with his strong showing at the Australian PGA Championship, Strange finished the 2009 campaign with $505,783 in offical earnings on the OneAsia money list. The fledgling OneAsia Tour was launched in 2009 in order to provide an elite series of professional golf events staged across the Asia-Pacific region. The organization is a partnership between the China Golf Association (CGA), the Korean Golf Association (KGA), the Korean PGA and the PGA of Australia. The 2009 schedule featured five events and plans are in place to increase the number to 12 to 15 in the year 2010, and 17 to 20 in 2011. Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott finished second to Strange on the OneAsia Order of Merit, with $274,579 in offical earnings, due in large part to his impressive victory at the Australian Open. Scott would have edged out Michael Sim for top honors on the Australasian Tour, but he did not play in the required number of events in order to be considered. (Players must contest a minimum of four tournaments to be eligible to win the Order of Merit; Scott only played in three). Click here for more details. It's also worth noting that several Titleist Pro V1 loyalists topped their respective tours in 2009, including: Lee Westwood (Pro V1x) - Race to Dubai and Order of Merit Winner, European PGA Tour (Click here for full story) Jiyai Shin (Pro V1) - #1 on LPGA Money List and Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year (Click here for full story) Loren Roberts (Pro V1) - Charles Schwab Cup Winner, Champions Tour (Click here for full story)

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