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Manassero conjures up Malaysian magic with Titleist
April 18, 2011

TitleistTitleist Brand Ambassadors claimed victories around the world this weekend led by teenage sensation Matteo Manassero (Pro V1x) who won his second European Tour title just days before his 18th birthday. The record-breaking Italian, who became the Tour’s youngest-ever winner on his way to the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year honours in 2010, was in scintillating form as he stormed to victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open with a final round 68 (-4) and a 272 (-16) winning total. Manassero held off stiff competition from fellow Titleist Ambassadors Gregory Bourdy, Rory McIlroy and Rafael Cabrera-Bello who finished second, third and tied fourth respectively. In addition to climbing to a career-high 33rd in the Official World Golf Rankings he becomes the first player in history to have claimed two European Tour victories before the age of 18. Joining Manassero in the winners circle was PGA Tour rookie Brendan Steele (Pro V1x) who showed his metal with a clutch up-and-down on the 72nd hole to win his maiden PGA Tour title at the Valero Texas Open.

Trusting Titleist equipment from tee-to-green in Kuala Lumpur, Manassero’s winning bag included the Pro V1x golf ball, 910D2 driver, 910F fairways, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges, and a Scotty Cameron Studio Select Fastback putter. In addition to being Manassero’s golf ball of choice, Titleist also dominated the golf ball count at the Maybank Malaysian Open with 96 players in the field playing the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 20.

On the PGA Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendan Steele displayed tremendous composure under pressure, as he utilised a host of Titleist equipment to conquer the relentless windy conditions in the Lone Star State of Texas. Steele's equipment included the Pro V1x golf ball, Titleist driver, fairways and hybrid, MB irons, and Vokey Design Wedges. The 28 year-old American finished with 12 straight pars for a 1-under par 71, as he overcame the toughest course on the PGA Tour so far this season. Runner-up and fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Charley Hoffman utilised the legendary Pro V1 golf ball, 910D3 driver, MB irons, Vokey Design Wedges, and Scotty Cameron Red X Putter to shoot a closing 67. Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Valero Texas Open with 104 players putting their trust in the #1 ball in golf, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 12. Highlighting the strength of Titleist’s products, the brand also topped the counts in iron sets, wedges and putters at the Valero Texas Open.

Elsewhere, on the Nationwide Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Daniel Chopra won the rain shortened Fresh Express Classic in San Francisco after the final round was cancelled due to a dense bank of fog that settled over the course. Chopra’s one stroke victory over Titleist Brand Ambassador Luke List (new Pro V1x) completed a Titleist 1-2 and further increased Titleist’s impressive worldwide golf ball win count in 2011 to 36, compared to just 8 for its nearest competitor.

A second European Tour title for Manassero plus a debut victory for fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador and PGA Tour rookie Brendan Steele, coupled with a further victory for a on the Nationwide Tour, continues to prove that the world’s best players opt for the matchless performance of Titleist for their success.


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