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Titleist the top choice for players on busy weekend in golf
11 Feb 2013
by AmateurGolf.com Staff

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FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (Feb. 11, 2013) -- Titleist was the top choice in golf balls (102/65%), wedges (128/35%) and putters (56/36%) among the field of 156 at the AT&T National Pro-Am. In fact, Titleist golf balls were played by more than four times the nearest competitor with 23. A total of 60 players at the event relied upon the New 2013 Pro V1 (9) or New 2013 Pro V1x (51) that began shipping to golf shops worldwide earlier this month. Titleist was also favored by 71 percent of the amateur field with 111 players trusting the #1 ball in golf, that’s more than five times the nearest competitor with 21.

Three of the top five finishers at the event relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including the runner-up (Pro V1x, 906F4 fairway metal, 913Hd hybrid, Vokey Design SM4 lob wedge, Scotty Cameron Newport Tour putter).

Titleist golf ball loyalist James Hahn (Pro V1x) and Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker (New 2013 Pro V1, 913D2 driver, 913 Fd fairway metals, MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Tour Rat prototype putter) were among three players who tied for third place.

The T3 finish at Pebble Beach was the best of the year for Walker, who closed with a bogey-free 66 on Sunday. He has now played in and made the cut at all five full-field events this year, including a previous best finish of T4 at the Farmers Insurance Open. He is scheduled to play again in next week’s Northern Trust Open where he finished T4 a year ago, two strokes out of a three-way playoff which was won by fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas.

Walker trusts all Titleist equipment from tee-through-green, starting with the New 2013 Pro V1 golf ball and 14 Titleist golf clubs (complete listing above). This week, Walker gamed a Scotty Cameron Tour Rat prototype putter that he also played at the Farmers Insurance Open. He rotates the Tour Rat with a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Tour model that he has had in the bag in three of five events this year. Statistically, Walker finished third in Total Putting and fourth in Strokes Gained – Putting (2.516) this week. He also tied for first in Eagles (2) and fourth in Birdies (21).

Like Walker, Hahn has also played in and made the cut in all five full-field events this year with his previous best finish being a T4 at the Humana Challenge.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark put new True Temper PX Rifle shafts in his Titleist CB irons this week. He liked the feel and ability to confidently hit the ball high and low without losing any distance. Clark, who finished second in the first full-field event of the season at the Sony Open in Hawaii, has made the cut in three of his first four events. This week, he rebounded from an opening round 76 to finish T46.

Walker, Hahn and Clark are now Nos. 9,10 and 11, respectively, in the 2013 FedExCup Standings.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Patrick Cantlay finished T9 playing on a sponsor’s exemption at Pebble Beach. Cantlay opened with a 6-under par 66 and closed with a 5-under par 67 to finish at 11-under 275. He also ranked T9 in Birdies (19), T10 in Greens in Regulation (76.39) and 21st in Driving Accuracy (76.36) trusting his Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist equipment from tee-through-green. His top 10 finish makes him exempt into next week’s Northern Trust Open.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Fritsch (Pro V1, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913Hd hybrid, CB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS putter) made his fourth cut through his first five events as a rookie on the PGA Tour. Fritsch posted a T40 finish overall, and teamed with legendary musician Huey Lewis (Pro V1, 913D3 driver, 910F fairway metals, 910H hybrid, AP1 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) to place T3 in the pro-am portion of the event. Fritsch was one of only two players in the field who averaged over 300 yards per drive (2nd/300.3). He also ranked 2nd in Greens in Regulation (83.33).

EUROPEAN TOUR

Titleist was the top choice in golf balls (145/69%), irons (71/34%) and wedges (323/44%) among the field of 210 at the Joburg Open in South Africa. In fact, Titleist golf balls were played by more than six times the nearest competitor with 24.

Titleist Brand Ambassadors George Coetzee (New 2013 Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 909F2 fairway metal, 712U prototype 3-iron, CB/MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges) and Ricardo Santos (New 2013 Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 910H hybrid, 712U prototype 3-4 irons, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges) tied for third place with Titleist golf ball loyalist Felipe Aguilar (New 2013 Pro V1x). It marked the fourth consecutive top 10 finish for Coetzee and the second straight third place finish for Aguilar, while Santos matched the winner’s closing 64 for best final round of the day. All three players relied upon the New 2013 Pro V1x golf ball for their success.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

The winner of the Allianz Championship, playing in his first-ever event on the Champions Tour, was also playing the New 2013 Pro V1x golf ball for the first time in competition. He also became the first Champions Tour player to win with the new golf ball.

The winner shot an 11-under par round of 61 on Saturday to propel him into the lead, which he never surrendered en route to a 17-under 199 victory total. Tied for second place, two shots back, was Titleist Brand Ambassador Tom Pernice, Jr. (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrids, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi putter) and Bernhard Langer (Pro V1), as Titleist golf ball loyalists occupied the first five positions on the leaderboard.

Titleist was the top choice in golf balls (59/73%) in the field of 81, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 8. Titleist was also the field favorite in irons (21), wedges (64) and putters (20). In addition to winning with the New 2013 Pro V1x golf ball, the champion also relied upon Vokey Design SM4 gap (52) and sand (56) wedges, and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Select GoLo N5 prototype putter.

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