Jiyai ShinTrusts Pro V1 to Win Ricoh Women's British Open and Leads Titleist to Seven-Win Week

In driving wind and rain at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, a steady Jiyai Shin relied on her Titleist Pro V1 golf ball to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open by nine strokes and lead a seven-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the world.

“It was a long, long, very tough day... But I just keep focus on my shot, each single shot.  And then when I made the winning putt, it feels like, oh, my God, I was so excited.”

A windy Friday delayed the second round until Saturday, when Shin fired a new women’s course record with an 8-under par 64. The nine-shot victory sets a new record for the history of the event, bettering the previous margin by four shots.

“I think this course is made for me.  My shot was great this week from last week.  So I have a great confidence about here and then I have a great memory with this tournament, so always when I come to the British Open, I really enjoy by myself and it helped my game today.”

The win, which comes a week after capturing the Kingsmill Championship in a nine-hole playoff, is her ninth in less than five seasons on the LPGA Tour.

Of the 144-player field, 100 players trusted Titleist golf balls in pursuit of the season’s final major championship at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13.

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ASIA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Gaganjeet Bhullar birdied two of his last three holes on Monday to claim his third Asian Tour title at the weather-shortened Yeangder Tournament Players Championship. Bhullar fired a 3-under 69 in the third and final round in Tapei, Taiwan, good for a 12-under 204 total, four strokes clear of two players, including Pro V1x loyalist Thaworn Wiratchant.

Bhullar, who finished second to Wiratchant last week at the Worldwide Selangor Masters in Malaysia, trusted a Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment to capture his first Asian Tour title since winning the Asian Tour International in 2010.

"I believe it was my fighting spirit as I told myself that I've got to win this tournament no matter what happens," said Bhullar after the victory. "I knew I was playing well and I played really well on the par-fives all week."

Bhullar shot rounds of 66-69-69 in difficult conditions following typhoon conditions that struck the venue on the second and third days, eventually requiring that the contest be shortened to 54 holes.

What's In Gaganjeet Bhullar's Titleist Bag?:  

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
910D2 7.5º (Graphite Design Tour AD DI x)
Fairway Metal: 
910Fd 13.5º (Mitsubishi-Rayon Diamana Kai'li x)
Titleist AP2 3-9
Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 46º, 54º, 60º
Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Newport 2

American David Lipsky (Pro V1x) continued to play well in his rookie campaign with his fourth top-10 finish of the season. Lipsky closed with a 2-under 70 to take a share of 4th place with three fellow Pro V1x loyalists, including Berry HensonLin Wen-tang and Hung Chien-yao.

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the 144-player Yeangder TPC field in the golf ball category with 97, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 20.

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CHAMPIONS: Willie Wood rolled in his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball on 17 and 18 to punctuate a come-from-behind effort and capture the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship, Wood’s second win in three starts.

"I wish we had a tournament next week," Wood said. "I'm confident now. It's been so much fun playing well."

Wood played all 54 holes bogey-free by averaging a tournament second-best 26.7 putts per round. With rounds of 68 on Friday and Saturday, Wood holed 6 birdie putts for a 6-under 66 to finish the week at Kapolei Golf Course with 14-under 202.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 56 players in the field of 81, seven times the nearest competitor with 8.  Titleist was also the top choice in the wedge (56) category.

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WEB.COM: Rookie Luke Guthrie relied on a Pro V1x golf ball as he shot a final round 6-under 65 en route to a record-breaking four-shot win at the Albertsons Boise Open. The 22-year old posted a tournament-record winning score of 22-under 262 in capturing his first career win as a professional. Four players shared second place, including Titleist golf ball loyalists Richard H. Lee (Pro V1), Scott Gardiner (Pro V1x) and Steve Wheatcroft (Pro V1x).

Prior to his win in Idaho, Guthrie had been knocking at the door all season long, notching 5 top-10 finishes in his six starts. Guthrie explained that a change in his approach helped to get him over the hump in the final round.

"One of my main goals today was just to have fun," he said. "I kind of shot myself in the foot a few times just being too uptight and wanting it too bad and worrying about where this might put me on the money list. That's all kind of irrelevant once you tee it up."

With the victory, Guthrie advances to No. 4 on the Web.com money list. With six events remaining on the Web.com Tour schedul, Guthrie has made certain that he will earn his 2013 PGA Tour card.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Albertsons Boise Open with 108 players in the field of 156, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (42), wedge (158) and putter (65) categories.

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JAPAN: Pro V1 loyalist Hiroyuki Fujita fired a final round 4-under 68 to earn a come-from-behind victory at the ANA Open. It marked the third win of the year for Fujita, and the 14th of his 20-year JGTO career. The performance moved him to the top of the 2012 Japan Tour money list.

Four players tied for second place, a single shot behind Fujita's 16-under 272 winning total, including Wen-Chong Liang (Pro V1x) and Kurt Barnes (Pro V1).

Titleist was the top choice of the ANA Open field in the golf ball category with 60 players, more than twice the nearest competitor. Titleist also led the field in the iron (24) and wedge (115) categories.

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KOREA: Titleist Brand Ambassador DaeSub Kim, trusting the Pro V1 golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment, including the new 913 driver, captured the Dongbu Insurance Open one month after completing his two year military duty. Kim closed with a 2-under par 70 to edge fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador DoHoon Kim by four shots.

Kim topped a leaderboard that included nine of the top 10 finishers relying upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

What's In DaeSub Kim's Titleist Bag?:  

Ball: Titleist Pro V1
New 913D3
Fairway Metals: 910F
Hybrids: 910H

Irons: Titleist MB
Wedge: Vokey Design SM4

What's In DoHoon Kim's Titleist Bag?:  

Ball: Titleist Pro V1
New 913D3
Fairway Metal: 910F
Hybrid: 910H

Irons: Titleist MB
Wedge: Vokey Design SM4
Putter: Scotty Cameron

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 85 players in the field of 132, more than four times the nearest competitor with 20. Titleist was also the top choice in the wedge (128) and putter (60) categories.

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PGA TOUR LATINOAMÉRICA: Pro V1x loyalist Ariel Cañete captured his first Latino American title on Sunday, winning theTransAmerican Power Products Open in Monterey, Mexico by two shots. Cañete, who won the 2007 Joburg Open on the European Tour, shot a final round 4-under 68 to finish with an 18-under-par 270 victory total. The 37-year-old Argentine had an eagle and eight pars on the front nine on Sunday and clinched the victory with a birdie at the last. Tommy Cocha (Pro V1x), who won the tour's inaugural event last week, closed with a 3-under 67 to earn second place at 16-under par 272.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 117 players in the field of 144, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 20.

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Titleist Brand Ambassador Matteo Manassero (Pro V1x, 913D2 Driver, 910 hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design SM4 gap and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Laguna 1.5 putter) and Pro V1x loyalist Gregory Bourdy both shot final round 65s to finish T-3 at the BMW Italian Open presented by CartaSi.

103 players relied on Titleist golf balls at the Italian Open, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 18.

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