We're finally here: The final event of the 2011 PGA Tour season, the Children's Miracle Network Classic.

And as always, the pressure is high as players try to secure their 2012 PGA Tour cards by finishing inside the top 125 on the money list.

On the flip side, Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson and Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald are also in Orlando, Fla., this week grappling for the No. 1 position. (Click here for your chance to win a Team Titleist prize pack featuring autographed items by both Webb and Luke.)

In other words, game on...

As he has graciously done throughout the year, photographer and Team Titleist member Greg Moore sent along some pictures from the practice rounds at Walt Disney World Resort to share with Team Titleist, which you can view in the slideshow below. (A few pics from our friends at ScottyCameron.com are also mixed in.)

Thanks Greg for all your great photos!

In a span of less than 24 hours this week, Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane won a PGA Tour event and welcomed his third child to the world.

 Following his playoff victory Sunday evening at the McGladrey Classic, Ben quickly hopped a plane back home to Dallas to be with his wife as they awaited the arrival of their third child.

Ben would soon post on Twitter: "It's a girl!!!! Saylor Mackenzie Crane 7.6 lbs Momma and baby are doing great!!"

With mother and daughter resting comfortably, Ben was gracious enough to take a couple minutes to check in with Team Titleist (via iPhone video from the hospital room) to talk about his recent visit to the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, Calif., to work with his coach and TPI co-founder, Dr. Greg Rose, and the resulting swing changes that helped him to a fourth-career PGA Tour victory.

Click on the above video to hear the entire story from Ben. And be sure to follow Ben on Twitter at @BenCraneGolf.

Thank you, Ben! Congratulations (twice)!


Bud Cauley, one of our newest Titleist Brand Ambassadors, has made history after only eight starts on the PGA Tour.

Having turned professional this summer following three years at the University of Alabama and a stellar amateur career, Bud wrapped up his 2012 PGA Tour card Sunday at the McGladrey Classic with a tie for 15th, trusting a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment.

It was his seventh made cut in eight starts, which included two top-four finishes and five top-24s, all of which added up to $735,150, currently the equivalent of 114th on the PGA Tour money list.

Players who finished in the top 125 on the PGA Tour Money List as non-members become exempt Tour members for the following season.

Bud, 21, will become the just the sixth player in history to bypass Q-School and go straight from college to the PGA Tour, a feat often attempted but rarely accomplished.

 "Well, if that's the case, obviously very exciting for me," Bud told the media Sunday at Sea Island Golf Club.

With one event left in the PGA Tour season, Bud didn't want to "jinx" his position until all was said and done.

“I can’t even get him to look ahead to his next plane flight,” Bud's father, Bill, told the Florida-Times Union.

“Let’s just say we feel better. He sort of padded the lead. I’ll do the daydreaming right now. But he’s not.”

Perhaps Bud hadn't yet seen the blog post on PGATour.com Sunday night that began with, "Mission accomplished. Bud Cauley will be a PGA Tour member in 2012."

"It's always been my dream to play on the PGA Tour, so if that's the case I'll be looking forward to next year," he said.

Bud, of Jacksonville, Fla., began his professional career in July at the U.S. Open at Congressional, where he finished T-63.

The former Walker Cup star followed with a T-24 a week later at the Travelers Championship, shooting four rounds in the 60s including a final-round 5-under 65.

A couple weeks later, Bud posted four more rounds in the 60s on his way to a T-4 finish at the Viking Classic.

He followed with a T-13 at the RBC Canadian Open and T-52 at the Wyndham Championship, his 2012 PGA Tour card only coming into clear view two weeks ago at the Frys.Com Open, where he again recorded four rounds in the 60s and placed solo-third.

Bud also mixed in a T-4 at the Nationwide Tour's Utah Championship during that stretch. (This week, he is playing in front of hometown fans at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open at the TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley course.)

Over his eight PGA Tour starts, Bud shot 20 rounds of 69 or better and averaged 69.44.

He also hit 72.78 percent of his greens in regulation, which would rank No. 1 on the PGA Tour.

"What happened to the learning curve that used to exist 10, 20 years ago?" one member of the media asked Bud Sunday evening.

"The golf ball doesn't know how old you are or anything," Bud said. "Just go out there and hit it and try to get it in the hole."

Team TItleist caught up with Bud earlier this season to talk about his jump to professional golf, which you can watch in the above video.

Here's a closer look at Bud's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 909D2 7.5º (Mitusbishi Diamana White 73)
3-wood: Titleist 910Fd 13.5º, A•4 SureFit Tour Setting (UST Mamiya Proforce V2 96)
Hybrid
: Titleist 910H 17º, B•1 Setting (Fujikura Speeder 904)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 21º, B•1 Setting (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Irons: Titleist MB (712 Series) 4-9 (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 48•06º, 56•14º, 60•04º (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Scott Cameron Newport 2 Studio Select



 Looking to add more distance off the tee, Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane made an adjustment to his Titleist 910D2 driver that helped him to his fourth PGA Tour victory.

For several years, Ben has been working with Titleist Performance Institute co-founder Greg Rose to regain ball speed he lost while suffering from back injuries.

During a recent fitting session with Larry Bobka, Titleist VP of Club Promotion, Ben put a new Bassara W 50 for Titleist driver shaft in his 910D2 and promptly recorded his first top 10-finish on the PGA Tour since April at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital Open.

Two weeks later, Ben followed it up with a final-round 7-under 63 and playoff victory at The McGladrey Classic.

At 53 grams, the Bassara W is one of the lightest shafts to ever win on Tour.

"We built this particular driver configuration based on a conversation with Greg Rose and Ben's desire for more distance," Bobka told Team Titleist. "Being a straight hitter with a delicate back, Ben needed a driver that created what I call 'easy distance.' "

The 910D2 with less loft (7.5º) than Ben's previous driver and the SureFit Tour hosel set at B•2 (standard loft, +.75º upright,  coupled with the longer (46") and lighter (53g) configuration of the Bassara W 50 for Titleist shaft helped Ben create more distance along with excellent launch conditions.

“Ben sent me a text after Vegas and said ‘Love it, bombing it baby,’ " Bobka said. "After his win at Sea Island he sent another one that said, ‘That driver you made me is so good... I have a lot more scoring opportunities.’”

Below are the specifications of Ben's new driver:
• 910D2 7.5º (B•2 SureFit Tour hosel setting)
• Titleist Bassara W 50-X (standard tipping)
• 46"
• D5 swingweight
• New Decade Green/Black 60R (logo underneath)

The Bassara W super-lightweight shafts, developed for Titleist by Mitsubishi Rayon, feature elastic titanium nickel wire technology for a more responsive tip section. The titanium nickel wire, which is widely used in eye glass frames, bends easily but quickly recovers to its original shape to promote high launch with good stability.

As with the Diamana for Titleist series, the Bassara W series matches shaft flex with specific torque values for great feel.

Bassara W for Titleist shaft options are available for all 910 metals via custom order at no upcharge.

For more information, please see your authorized Titleist fitting professional.

A WORLD OF SUCCESS FOR TITLEIST.
Crane Tops Simpson in Playoff. Tom Lewis Wins First as Professional. 
Choi Holds Off Tseng on LPGA.

October 17, 2011 - Players striving to win at the highest levels of competitive golf require complete confidence in themselves and trust in their equipment.  At the McGladrey Classic, Titleist Brand Ambassadors Ben Crane and Webb Simpson did just that, relying upon the Pro V1x golf ball and bags full of Titleist golf clubs to finish 1-2 in a sudden death playoff. 

Crane closed with a 7-under par 63 that included eight birdies over the final 11 holes to reach the playoff en route to his fourth career victory.  While Simpson, who has won twice this season, continued his career year and currently sits atop the 2011 PGA Tour money list with one event remaining.

The success stories continued around globe where, again this week, more players and more winners relied upon Titleist than all other golf balls combined.  In addition to Crane’s victory on the PGA Tour, 20-year old Tom Lewis, playing in just his third European Tour event as a professional, captured the Portugal Masters.  At the LPGA Malaysia, Na Yeon Choi edged fellow Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng by one shot for her first win of the year.  Additional victories on the Asian, Korean and South African Tours advanced the 2011 worldwide win count for Titleist to 146, more than six times the nearest competitor with 23.  Continued proof, that Titleist equipment doesn’t just meet the standard of the world’s best players, it sets it.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 16, 2011

PGA TOUR:  It was an all-Titleist Brand Ambassador playoff at the McGladrey Classic where Crane, who entered the final round five shots off the 54-hole lead held by Pro V1 loyalist Michael Thompson, finished tied in regulation with Simpson at 15-under 265. Thompson, a rookie, missed the playoff by one shot, but his third place finish marks his best performance of the season.  Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen closed with a 4-under 66 to finish at 13-under 267, good for solo 4th. 

 - With the win, Crane becomes the 16th different full-product Titleist Brand Ambassador to win on the PGA Tour this season.  Titleist full product line Brand Ambassadors have now won 19 times to date on the PGA Tour.

- Titleist golf ball players claimed 9 of the top-10 spots at the event. Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 87 players, nearly seven times the nearest competitor (13).  Titleist also was first in iron sets (36);  sand, lob and approach wedges (114); and putters (50).  Titleist was second in drivers (34); and fairway metals (36).   

What’s in Ben Crane’s Bag?: Pro V1x, 910D2 driver (7.5 with Titleist Bassara W 50-X, 46” shaft, B-2 setting), 910F fairway metal (17.0), 910H hybrid (21.0), AP2 irons (5-PW), Vokey Design approach (51), sand (56) and lob (60) wedges.

What’s in Webb Simpson’s Bag?:  Pro V1x, 909D3 driver (10.5), 910F fairway metals (13.5, 17.0), 910H hybrid (21.0), 680 irons (4-P), Vokey TVD sand (54) and lob (58) wedges.

EUROPEAN TOUR:   Tom Lewis (Pro V1) closed with a 7-under 65 en route to 21-under par 263 victory total, two shots clear of runner-up and Titleist Brand Ambassador Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, 910H hybrid, New MB prototype irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter).   Lewis is now exempt for two years on the European Tour.

- Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 74 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18. 


LPGA TOUR:  Na Yeon Choi reversed the outcome of the previous week’s 1-2 finish by holding off hard-charging World No. 1 Yani Tseng to win the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.  The win was the first of the year for Choi and the fifth of her three-year career.  She has posted ten top-10 finishes this season, including two runner-up performances.  Choi fired a final round 3-under 68 to finish at 15-under 269. Tseng, who started the final round four shots behind Choi, closed with a 6-under 65.

- Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 49 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 6. 

SOUTH AFRICAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Doug McGuigan (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, New CB prototype irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) won his fifth career Sunshine Tour title in a playoff at the KCM Zambia Open.  McGuigan outlasted fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jean Hugo (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, New MB prototype irons, Vokey Design wedges) on the fifth extra hole after both players finished regulation at 16-under par 272.  Pro V1x loyalists Robert Wiederkehr, Bradford Vaughan, and Allan Versfeld, finished 3rd through 5th, as Titleist golf ball players secured the top five positions on the leaderboard.

- Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 72 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 18.

ASIAN:  David Gleeson of Australia (Pro V1x) captured the Hero Indian Open for his third career Asian Tour title, and his first since 2008.  Gleeson stretched his one shot overnight lead to a winning margin of three strokes following a final round 4-under 68, and a 20-under 268 victory total.  Runner-up Chiragh Kumar of India (Pro V1x, ZB Irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges) finished solo 2nd, while Ross Bain (Pro V1x) and last week's winner, LU Wei Chih of Taiwan (Pro V1x), tied for 3rd place another shot back.
 
- Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 104 players (71%), more than five times the nearest competitor with 18.  Titleist also was first in iron sets and sand, lob and approach wedges.    

KOREA:  Kang, KyungNam (Pro V1, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, Vokey Design gap and sand wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport Circle T Putter) closed with a 1-under 70 at the Meritz Solmoro Open to earn his second win of the season.  Kang finished at 7-under 277 for a one-shot win over Titleist Brand Ambassador Han, MinKyu (Pro V1, 910D3 driver, 910H hybrid, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport Circle T putter).

- Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 85 players, five times the nearest competitor with 17.  Titleist also was first in fairway metals (45); hybrids (78); and sand, lob and approach wedges (108); and second in drivers (27); iron sets (35); and putters (35).

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
TITLEIST AU TOUR BLOG:  http://titleistblog.com/AU
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Contact:  David Miles, Titleist Marketing Communications Manager, Acushnet Australia (03 9540 5000)
David_Miles@acushnetgolf.com

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