Titleist Tour Report: 07.02.23

2023 Pro V1x
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2023 Pro V1x

DP WORLD TOUR | Betfred British Masters

Titleist Brand Ambassador Daniel Hillier played his final four holes in 5 under par to win his first DP World Tour title. The 24-year-old New Zealander – gaming a NEW Pro V1x golf ball, TSR3 driver and full bag of Titleist equipment – played The Belfry’s 15th through 17th holes in eagle-birdie-eagle to seize the two-shot victory.

On the par-5 15th, Hillier used his Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5 to drain a 40-foot eagle putt. From a fairway bunker, he knocked his Pro V1x for a tap-in on the par-4 16th. And on 17, he hit his second shot to 6 feet and rolled his Pro V1x in for his second eagle in three holes.

“I’m over the moon and a bit lost for words,” Hillier said. “Those last few holes are going to take a while to process I think.”

  • WITB | Daniel Hillier: NEW Titleist Pro V1x; TSR3 9.0; 620 CB 4-6, 620 MB 7-9; Vokey Design SM9 46.10F, 50.12F, 54.10S, 58.08M wedges; Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5 tour prototype putter.


The tour seeding and validation of new T-Series irons continued this week at the Betfred British Masters, with players on the DP World Tour getting the chance to game the new models in competition for the first time. Titleist reps were on site at The Belfry, working through testing with players. Eleven players put new models straight in the bag on Thursday, including Jordan Smith, Antoine Rozner and Grant Forrest.

Rozner put new T100 models (3-5 irons) in the bag in irons after his testing session:

“I've always been a blade fan, and to be honest, this visually, when you set down it looks like a blade. So, I'm really happy. I also get a little bit more height, which was what I was looking for the last few weeks. So, this is great. I think this is going to be perfect for the people who want the look of a blade, look for a little bit of forgiveness as well, and a really good first impression.”

“In one word, sweeter,” Rozner said on the feeling of new T100.

Forrest added a new T100 4 iron for many of the same reasons:

“Yeah, so just the MB 4 iron is quite thin and a little bit uncomfortable to look down on sometimes. The T100 just helps the launch get up in the air. It’s really, really good for heading into par-5s or long par-3s. And you just get that little bit more forgiveness as well. Golf's hard enough. Why make it any harder? … Being used to the MBs, you're still looking for something quite soft, even in the longer irons. I think that the T100 really, you get the best of both worlds. It still feels really soft, but you just get that extra bit of forgiveness as well.”

Also putting NEW T-Series immediately in play at The Belfry: Oliver Bekker (T150 4-9), Louis de Jager: (T100 3-P), Jeremy Freiburghaus (T100 3-9), Zander Lombard: (T200 3-4, T150 5-P irons), Richard Mansell (T100 4-6), Lukas Nemecz (T100 4-9) and Clement Sordet (T100 4-9).

For the week, Titleist was the most played iron with 53 players, 15 more than the nearest competitor.


Bernhard Langer, playing his NEW Pro V1x golf ball, rewrote the history books yet again with a two-shot victory at the U.S. Senior Open, claiming his 12th senior major title while becoming the winningest player in PGA TOUR Champions history with 46 victories. Langer also became the oldest U.S. Senior Open Champion in history at 65 years of age.

Over the four rounds at SentryWorld, the Hall of Famer led the field in Driving Accuracy (87.5%, 49/56) and Greens in Regulation (72.2%, 52/72) while finishing T3 in Scrambling (70%, 14/20). Langer topped a leader board that featured eight Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players in the final top 10, including runner-up Steve Stricker, who has finished worse than second just once (T5) in his last six starts.


The U.S. Senior Open champion gamed a Vokey Design Proto 60.10K lob wedge, finishing the week T3 in Scrambling (70%, 14/20) and T8 in Sand Saves (75%, 6/8).

KORN FERRY TOUR | Memorial Health Championship

Paul Barjon (Pro V1x) shot a final round 6-under 65 to earn his second career Korn Ferry Tour victory. The 30-year-old Frenchman shot four sub-66 rounds (65-62-66-65) to finish at 26 under and win by one shot. For the week, Barjon made 27 birdies and one eagle, and he got his Pro V1x up-and-down for par 82% of the time. With the victory, he is projected to move up 119 spots in the season-long points race to No. 28 in his pursuit for a PGA TOUR card.

Eight of the top 10 players on the final leader board played a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball.

JAPAN TOUR | Shigeo Nagashima Invitational Sega Sammy Cup

Titleist Brand Ambassador Jbe Kruger earned his second career JGTO win, turning in four rounds of 67 or better (66-67-65-67) to win by three shots. Kruger, whose winning setup included his Pro V1x Left Dash golf ball and TSR3 driver, closed with a bogey-free, five-birdie Sunday.

  • WITB | Jbe Kruger: Titleist Pro V1x Left Dash; TSR3 9.0 driver; TS2 16.5 fairway; 816 H1 19.0, 23.0 hybrids; T100 5-P irons; Vokey Design SM9 50.12F, SM8 56.10S, WedgeWorks 60.06K wedges

AMATEUR | North & South Amateur

The winner of the 123rd North & South Amateur, playing a NEW Pro V1 golf ball, claimed his second Elite Amateur Golf Series event in two weeks, following up his win at last week’s Northeast Amateur with a victory at Pinehurst No. 2. The champion, who won the 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, defeated his opponent, 1 up, in Sunday’s final match to clinch the title.

AMATEUR | European Amateur Championship

The winner of the European Amateur Championship played a NEW Pro V1 golf ball en route to a wire-to-wire victory at Parnu Bay Golf Links in Estonia. The 19-year-old Spaniard opened the week with a 10-under 62 and followed with rounds of 66-66-73 to reach 21 under and win by two shots. With the win, the champion punched a ticket to the 151st Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club later this month.

PGA TOUR LATINOÁMERICA | Bupa Tour Championship

Titleist Brand Ambassador Chandler Blanchet won for the second time this year on the PGA Tour Latinoámerica, emerging on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff. Blanchet, gaming a NEW Pro V1x golf ball, TSR3 driver, T100 irons and Vokey Design SM9 wedges, shot a final round 2-under 70 to post 6 under for the week and join Jeremy Gandon (NEW Pro V1x) and Justin Doeden (NEW Pro V1) in the all-Titleist playoff. Blanchet and Gandon both made birdie on the second extra hole before Blanchet’s par on the third clinched the title.

  • WITB | Chandler Blanchett: NEW Titleist Pro V1x golf ball; TSR3 9.0 driver; TSR3 15.0 fairway; TS2 21.0 hybrid; T100 4-P irons; Vokey Design SM9 50, 54, 58 wedges.


Davis Lamb (Pro V1) earned his first career PGA Tour Canada victory, posting a final-nine 31 to win by three shots. Lamb, who had to Monday qualify into the event, made three birdies over his last six holes to secure the victory. Lamb opened the week with a tournament-best 64, following with rounds of 68-68-70 to finish the week at 18 under.

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