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  • Bettinardi Releases New ArmLock Putter

    Award Winning Studio Stock Lineup gets Mallet Armlock

     

    Bettinardi Golf, known for their world class putters, which are precision milled in their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility just outside of Chicago, IL, has extended their Studio Stock line to include the Studio Stock 38 Armlock. The SS38 Armlock, milled from a solid block of 303 stainless steel, will now offer amateur golfers alike a high performing, compact mallet in an Armlock style putter. The SS38 joins the SS28 Slotback as the 2nd Armlock option in the Golf Digest Gold winning 2019 Studio Stock Series.

    Bettinardi Golf pioneered the Armlock technology in 2013 with Robert J. Bettinardi and his work alongside brand advocate Matt Kuchar, a 9-time PGA Tour winner. Kuchar, who was looking for ways to become a more consistent putter after winning the PGA Tour money title in 2010, turned to Robert to become his go-to source for his most trusted club in the bag. Over the last 9 months on the PGA Tour, the Armlock technique of putting has won eight times including two by Matt Kuchar, creating a surge in demand and interest in the unique style.

    “The Beauty of the Armlock style of putting is that it takes out any unwanted wrist and hand motion in the putting stroke, and putts an emphasis on the upper body in order to swing it more consistently under pressure when it matters most”, said Sam Bettinardi, Vice President of Bettinardi Golf. “We are very proud to have been the first company in golf to introduce the Armlock method of putting 6 years ago with Bettinardi Brand Advocate Matt Kuchar, and will continue promoting and investing in this method by adding the SS38 as a new mallet option”.

     

    The Studio Stock 38 Armlock mallet putter was crafted from the finest 303 Stainless Steel, and precision milled to a 400-gram head weight with Bettinardi’s patented Major winning F.I.T. Face Milling. The SS38 was engineered to be a more rounded, compact, cavity-back mallet to offer players high MOI, forgiveness, and easy alignment. Completed in a stunning hand-polished platinum finish, the SS38 is extremely durable and offers a clean appearance with its single-bend look with one shaft of offset, and minimal toe hang. The SS38 Armlock will be paired with a 15” Deep Etched Cord Grip by Lamkin and a premium matching headcover.

  • Another Victory for Kuchar and Bettinardi Golf at The Sony Open

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    Clutch Putting Down the Stretch Lifts Kuchar to Second Win of The 2019 PGA Season

    Using his custom Tour Dept. KM-1 (Kuchar Model 1) Armlock model from the specialist milled putter manufacturer based in Tinley Park, Illinois, Matt Kuchar poured in clutch putt after clutch putt on the back 9 of Wai’alae Country for a final round 66, and lifting him to win the 2019 Sony Open. The Sony Open was Kuchar’s second win in three starts to open the 2018-2019 PGA Tour season, 9th overall PGA Tour victory, and his 100th top 10 finish of his career.

    “Matt played terrific golf all week, and really came through in the clutch on the back 9 of Wai’alae Country Club, to secure his 2nd PGA win in only three starts”, said Sam Bettinardi, Vice President of Bettinardi Golf. “Matt’s putting only got better with added pressure, as he continues to prove why he is one of the best American players in the game of golf.”
    The 40-year-old carded 24-birdies for the tournament and had a 7.038 strokes gained putting, which was fourth best in the field this week. With the win, Kuchar jumped to 22nd in the Official World Golf Rankings and second in the Fedex Cup standings. Matt is the first two-time winner of the season.

    “My putter remained hot all week and having made so many birdies, I knew it wouldn’t let me down at the end,” said Kuchar, who before we won in Mexico, saw his last victory come at the 2014 RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina. “To win again, two out of three starts is crazy to comprehend,” said Kuchar.

    Kuchar designed his 40.5” Soft Carbon Steel KM-1 putter with F.I.T. Face Technology together with master craftsman Bob Bettinardi. It features a 19” long custom Lamkin Armlock grip that he locks parallel to his left forearm for a more stable putting stroke – known as the Armlock. The pair have worked together since 2011 and Bettinardi is the only equipment manufacturer to offer an Armlock model to all golfers.

    “It was Matt’s idea to try the Armlock method,” said Bob Bettinardi. “He wanted something to take the small muscles out of his putting stroke and after testing, he settled on the Model 1, because he wanted a blade-style putter with a wider body to give him a better view of the sightline when pressing forward,” he added.

    The win is Bettinardi’s 1st of 2019, following an impressive 2018 season that included a company record 10 professional victories, including their third Major Championship title at The Open at Carnoustie in July 2018. Bettinardi’s growing Tour Staff includes Matt Kuchar, Eddie Pepperell, Haotong Li, Ben Silverman, Jim Herman, and Fred Couples. Bettinardi Golf is one of the fastest-growing equipment brands in golf, and has become increasingly popular for its hand-crafted putters made in the USA from a single piece of high-quality steel.

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  • Bettinardi Golf Signs Putter Fan Eddie Pepperell

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    British Masters champion no longer has to buy his Bettinardi putters!

    Bettinardi Golf has signed Eddie Pepperell, one of Europe’s brightest Tour stars, who 20 months ago purchased a Studio Stock 8 putter from his local stockist in Thame, Oxfordshire.

    Since putting the putter into play in April 2017, Eddie has moved from 513 to 38 in the world rankings and captured two European Tour titles, winning in style at the Qatar Masters and British Masters events this year. He has also achieved an impressive 14 top 10 finishes after switching to a Bettinardi putter. “I've tried a number of putters and time and time again, it's the one model I keep coming back to" said Eddie. “Positively I wont have to buy a Bettinardi putter again, but having bought four putters from Core Golf, I'm just hoping I haven't put them out of business as a result!" he added.

    The popular Englishman with a large social media following, contributed to a total of 10 victories for Bettinardi Tour players last season, including Open champion and Europe’s No.1 player Francesco Molinari. Other standout performances with Bettinardi putters last season came from China’s top-ranked player Haotong Li and long-term brand ambassador Matt Kuchar.

    “We’re really excited to welcome Eddie to the Bettinardi Tour staff, especially given his obvious love of the putters and willingness as a Tour professional to invest in what he saw as the best premium product to improve his game,” said Executive Vice President, Sam Bettinardi.

    “Once Eddie stayed ahead of a strong field at the British Masters to win his second Tour title of the year with a Bettinardi putter, we decided to reopen negotiations and we’re delighted with the outcome. It means that we now have another top 50 player in the world playing Bettinardi putters and can look forward to the 2019 season with a great line up of star players, each using a different model,” added Sam.

    Francesco Molinari won his first Major, first PGA Tour event and the BWM PGA Championship with a Double-Aged Stainless Steel (DASS) BBZero Tour model with FIT Face Milling. Haotong Li used a custom Studio Stock 3 Tour Edition putter to win Omega Dubai Desert Classic in January, before switching to a custom Tour Soft Carbon BBZero, while Matt Kuchar used his ever-reliable ArmLock method (Tour Dept. DASS KM-Model) to win in Mexico recently.

    Since the brand was established in 1998, Bettinardi putters have secured more than 80 victories around the world across all professional Tours. As well as BB-Series and Studio Stock lines, the new Bettinardi line-up of putters for 2019 also includes the eye-catching Queen B #6 putter, used to win the LPGA Season Finale just three weeks ago. It is designed for the player seeking an elegant crossover between a blade and mallet.

  • Bettinardi brand taken to next level in 2018

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    Molinari crowned Europe’s top golfer and win number 10 comes at the LPGA's season-ending CME Group Tour Championship

     

    According to its founder, the premium Bettinardi putter brand has been taken to a new level this year - thanks to a record collection of international Tour wins.

    Robert Bettinardi, the master craftsman of putters, has overseen a total of 10 victories this season, plus numerous top-10 finishes across four elite professional Tours, earning its brand ambassadors more than $15million in prize money.

    No player benefitted more from his Bettinardi putter than Francesco Molinari, winner of the Claret Jug in July who capped off his record year yesterday after being crowned Europe's No.1 player at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. The Italian’s success was backed up by standout performances from another new signing for 2018, China’s top ranked player Haotong Li, plus long-term brand ambassadors Matt Kuchar and Fred Couples.

    “The investment we made in Tour players at the start of the year has been validated with Bettinardi being the putter brand on everybody’s lips,” said Robert, who founded the brand nearly 20 years ago. “We sat down as a team around this time last year and said we really wanted to make an impact on all Tours and we couldn’t have wished for a better outcome.

    “We work incredibly closely with our Tour department to ensure that our players have the best putter to suit their game week in, week out. We invited Francesco to our factory just outside of Chicago following his Open Championship victory as we wanted to show our appreciation to him and what it means to have him as a brand ambassador. We’re delighted that he secured the Race to Dubai title, as he’s been the best player on the European Tour this year and made an important breakthrough in the States too,” he added.

    Using a custom DASS BBZero model, Francesco won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May and shortly after claimed his first PGA Tour victory at the Quicken Loans National in June, before his first Major title at Carnoustie. The glory didn’t stop there though for the World Number Six as the Italian became the first-ever player to win five-out-of-five matches at the Ryder Cup in September.

    Win number ten for the brand came this weekend at the LPGA's season-ending CME Group Tour Championship using a Tour Dept.Queen B #6 with a special PVD finish and triple sight line.

    The eye-catching Queen B #6 putter is back in the Bettinardi line-up for 2019. For the player seeking an elegant crossover between a blade and mallet, the QB6 features soft carbon steel head features a high toe topline, wide body and flange, plus a newly crafted offset shaft for ideal balance and superior visualisation at address.

    Kuchar was back in the winner’s circle recently by claiming the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico, using the ever-reliable ArmLock method (Tour Dept. DASS KM-Model) created with Robert in 2011. Haotong Li has also recorded his best-ever season that’s seen him jump into the world’s top-40 for the first time. Using a custom Studio Stock 3 Tour Edition putter, he won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in January, before switching to his custom Tour Soft Carbon BBZero and registering four top-10 finishes in his last six starts to end 9th in the Race to Dubai rankings.

    Other Bettinardi victories on the European Tour this year included the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in February, with the same player and his Studio Stock #8 putter also winning the British Masters in October. Two more victories have come on the Mackenzie Tour (PGA Canadian Tour).

    Since the brand was established in 1998, Bettinardi putters have secured more than 70 victories around the world across all professional Tours.

  • Kuchar's faith in his Bettinardi putter pays off

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    Hard work on ArmLock technique delivers record tournament win

     

    Matt Kuchar kept faith with his Bettinardi ArmLock putter to claim his first PGA Tour title in four years by winning the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

    Using his custom DASS KM-1 (Kuchar Model 1) ArmLock model from the specialist milled putter manufacturer based in Chicago, Kuchar rattled in a clutch putt from three-feet on the 18th for his eighth PGA title following a final round 69 (-2) and a one-shot victory.

    The 40-year-old shot a tournament record (-22) - including 26-birdies - for his best 72-hole score on Tour and 14th career victory. He also succeeded with local caddie David Ortiz on the bag, as regular man John Wood away at a reunion.

    “My putter was hot all week and having made so many birdies, I knew it wouldn’t let me down at the end,” said Kuchar, whose last victory came at the 2014 RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina. “It feels so good to be back in the winner’s circle. I’ve worked so hard on my putting and I’ve always trusted the technique Bob and I created. I just needed things to fall into place,” he added.

    Kuchar designed his 42” DASS KM-1 putter with F.I.T Face Technology together with master craftsman Bob Bettinardi. It features a long grip that he locks parallel to his left forearm for a more stable putting stroke – known as the ArmLock. The pair have worked together since 2011 and Bettinardi is the only equipment manufacturer to offer an ArmLock model to golfers.

    “It was Matt’s idea to try the ArmLock method,” said Bob Bettinardi. “He wanted something to take the small muscles out of his putting stroke and after testing he settled on the Model 1, because he wanted a blade-style putter with a wider body to give him a better view of the sightline when pressing forward,” he added.

    The win is Bettinardi’s ninth on Tour this season including the brand’s third Major Championship title, with Francesco Molinari’s victory at The Open at Carnoustie in July. China’s newest golfing superstar Haotong Li has also enjoyed a record season using his custom Studio Stock 3 Tour Edition putter to win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in January and record four top-10 finishes in his last five starts

    Bettinardi Golf is one of the fastest-growing equipment brands in golf.  It has become increasingly popular for its hand-crafted putters made in the USA from a single piece of high-quality steel using hi-tech CNC milling technology.

    DASS KM-1 (Kuchar Model 1) facts:
    - Face Balanced Putter (Heel Toe Weighted with no toe-hang) with F.I.T. Face Technology
    - 400 grams with 2.5 offset (forcing the club forward)
    - 70 Degrees of loft & 71 degrees of lie

  • New Bettinardi putters inspired by Tour Proven Technology

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     2019 range developed with direct input from Champion Golfer Molinari

     

    The stunning 2019 range of premium hand-crafted Bettinardi putters has been designed and developed with the help of its high-profile Tour players, including Open Champion and Ryder Cup hero Francesco Molinari.

    The brand-new Studio Stock Series includes the SS2, SS28 Slot Back (Centre Shaft and ArmLock option) and SS38 models, made from an extremely durable 303 stainless steel base metal and given the softest face milling in the company’s history from new CNC-Machining advancements and techniques perfected over the last 20 years. The end product is softest face ever milled by Bettinardi, which proved victorious when the face milling was put into play by Francesco Molinari to win the Claret Jug at Carnoustie this year, following his visit to the brand’s state-of-the-art factory just outside Chicago.

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    The latest Queen B range includes the re-engineered QB5 and QB6, plus the all-new QB10 and features the exclusive Bettinardi Micro Honeycomb Face milling, allowing for a muted, yet crisp feel at impact for players looking for constant speed and feel. The new putters have been perfected following Tour feedback from the popular Italian and other brand ambassadors, including multiple PGA Tour winner Matt Kuchar; European Tour star Haotong Li and World Golf Hall of Famer Fred Couples, plus the expertise of Robert Bettinardi over the last thirty years in fine tuning premium products.

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    The 2019 range consists of 12 premium putters (including the SS28 Slot Back in Centre Shaft and ArmLock), across its three-striking series, which also includes the award-winning BB models (BB1, BB29, BB39 & BB56).

    “These new putters have been proven on the game’s biggest stage, along with being significantly tested at our headquarters to produce the best range we have ever had,” said Robert Bettinardi, CEO and Founder.

    “Each putter is hand-crafted in the USA from a single piece of high-quality milled carbon or stainless steel using hi-tech CNC milling technology and expert craftsmanship.

    “Moving into our 20th anniversary of production next year, we look back on this year with huge satisfaction thanks to victories across the PGA and European Tours, plus the fantastic Major win. But, we also pride ourselves on producing a range that is suitable for every golfer, from the elite pro to the enthusiastic amateur,” he added.

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    Every model in the new SS Series incorporates the deepest F.I.T (Feel Impact Technology) Face ever produced by the brand - 20% deeper than previous models for an even softer feel at impact and the highly durable 303 Stainless Steel metal, milled from a solid block of steel.

    The SS2 makes its way back into the Studio Stock Series, but not without undergoing aesthetic and performance enhancements. Milled from a solid block of 303 stainless steel, the hosel has been positioned slightly forward toward the toe, which gives the SS2 slightly less toe than our traditional blade style putters. The raised shoulders and newly-rounded bumpers provide ideal perimeter weighting and a fresh appearance at address.

    The first-ever Studio Stock 28 Slot Back was designed to offer an impressive crossover between a blade and mini-mallet. Robert Bettinardi worked with his PGA Tour staff to refine the popular SS28 model by finely milling a slot in the rear flange in order to frame the ball perfectly and allow for maximum forgiveness at impact. The SS28 SB was engineered with a single bend shaft and square profile with greater perimeter weighting and higher MOI characteristics with feedback from Major champions.

    Completing the Studio Stock Series is the SS38, a new design engineered from the idea to bring a more rounded, compact, cavity-back mallet to the SS line. It features high MOI, forgiveness on off-centre hits and easy alignment, plus a single-bend shaft and minimal toe hang.

    All Studio Stock Series putters are completed with a Platinum finish with details hand-painted in a sharp Sapphire blue. Paired with a royal blue leather headcover and a Lamkin Deep Etched Cord Grip, all models come in 33”- 35” length options. The SS2 and standard SS28 features 70° Lie and 3° loft with a 1/4 toe hang; the SS28 ArmLock comes in 71° lie, 5° loft and 1/8 toe hang; the SS28 centre shaft includes 70° lie, 3° loft and 1/2 toe hang; and the SS38 features 70° lie, 3° loft and 1/8 toe hang.

    Queen B Series

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    Designed to combine performance with stunning looks, the QB5, QB6 and QB10 putters are milled using the finest proprietary blend of soft carbon steel and completed with a Champagne Silver finish and Tiffany Blue hand-painted colour scheme.

    The Queen B 5 makes its return to the line-up as one of the more sought-after blades Bettinardi has ever produced. Featuring a modern and popular head shape, perfect for those seeking a heavier feel (362-gram head weight), the QB5 also includes cleaner lines, tighter milled radiuses and softer bumpers.

    The Queen B 6 putter is for the player seeking an elegant crossover between a blade and mallet, with refined characteristics. The soft carbon steel head features a high toe topline, wide body and flange, plus a newly crafted offset shaft for ideal balance and superior visualisation at address.

    Bettinardi designs and crafts all putters with the true player in mind and most importantly from feedback and research from the world’s top golfers. From prototype to reality, the all-new Queen B 10 is refined for the player seeking a rounded, traditional mallet with softer visual cues and supreme performance benefits with its Micro Honeycomb milled face. Precisely milled to weigh 362 grams, the QB10 features the brand’s trademark crescent milled neck for ideal offset and optimal toe hang for a one-piece milled mallet.

    “The direct feedback we’ve had from our Tour professionals has been invaluable,” said Sam Bettinardi, Vice President of the brand. “From prototype to reality, the QB10 received so much Tour praise, that we felt we had no choice but to put this model into production. It mixes our Tour winning crescent neck with a new, cleaner and rounded mallet,” he added.

    The Queen B range comes paired with a grey leather and Tiffany blue headcover and a Lamkin Deep Etched Cord Grip in 33”- 35” length options. The QB5 features 70° Lie and 3° Loft with a 1/2 toe hang; the QB6 comes in 70° Lie, 3° Loft and 1/8 toe hang; and the QB10 includes 70° Lie, 3° Loft and 1/2 toe hang. The QB6 is also available in a left-handed model.

    All Bettinardi putters come with a distinctive headcover at the following RRP: All Studio Stock Series (£359); all Queen Bee models (£329); and all the BB Series (£279).

  • Bettinardi Golf Masters another Tour Win

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    Premium putter brand enjoying a stellar season with eight Tour wins

     

    Bettinardi Golf, the specialist milled putter manufacturer based in Chicago, has enjoyed its best ever season with standout victories on both the PGA and European Tours.

    Victory with the brand’s Studio Stock #8 blade putter at the British Masters at Walton Heath, is the eighth on Tour this season, plus a number of top-10 finishes with over $6 million won by players using a Bettinardi putter.

    The stellar season has included the brand’s third Major Championship victory, with Francesco Molinari’s win at The Open at Carnoustie in July. The Italian has enjoyed his best season on Tour after switching to his custom DASS BBZero model in May. He then won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth shortly after and claimed his first PGA Tour victory at the Quicken Loans National in June.

    “This season has been truly remarkable and one that will continue to expand the brand’s global reputation,” said CEO and founder, Robert Bettinardi.

    “We’re proud to have brand ambassadors around the world represent us in the professional manner they have over the years. We share their passion for golf and it’s great to see them in play in front of millions of fans around the world,” he added.

    China’s newest golfing superstar Haotong Li was first on the 2018 winner’s podium using his custom Studio Stock 3 Tour Edition putter to win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in January. The European Tour labelled Li’s performance in the final round as ‘putting perfection’, after he holed 14 out of 14 putts inside 10 foot and ranked 1st in both putts per GIR (1.49) and putts per round (23.8).

    Another title followed in February at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, with the same player and putter proving to be a winning combination as they were in Surrey this past weekend. Two victories have also come on the Mackenzie Tour (PGA Canadian Tour).

    Since the brand was established in 1999, Bettinardi putters have won 69 professional victories around the world in more than 40 countries.

    Other brand ambassadors include some of the biggest names in golf with Matt Kuchar (Kuchar Model 1 ArmLock) and Fred Couples (FCB – Fred Couples Blade) alongside the new global stars of Francesco and Haotong.

    Bettinardi Golf is one of the fastest-growing equipment brands in golf.  It has become famous for its hand-crafted putters made in the USA from a single piece of high-quality steel using hi-tech CNC milling technology.

  • Custom-fit Bettinardi puts Molinari in Ryder Cup record books

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    Paris performance follows Open Championship glory in sizzling summer of golf

     

    Armed with the confidence gained from his trusted hand-crafted Bettinardi putter, the Open Champion became the first ever European Ryder Cup player to win all five matches in the bi-annual event, where his standout performance on the greens saw him win 34 out of the 75 holes (45% played at Le Golf National, recording 25 birdies in the process.

    Always known as one of the straightest hitters on Tour, it was once believed that putting under pressure was his Achilles heel. But, since he put a Bettinardi putter in the bag, he has climbed 15 places in the Official World Golf Rankings (OGWR), earning more than $6 million in prize money. The 35-year-old Italian currently sits 6th in the world following a sizzling summer of golf. He currently leads the European Tour Race to Dubai rankings with the season ending DP World Tour Championships coming up in November, following a 17th place finish in the PGA Tour FedEx Cup.

    Francesco currently averages 1.775 in putts per GIR on the European Tour this season along with an average of just under seven single putts per round. On the PGA Tour, his putting average is down to 1.546 with a 30% birdie or better conversion rate on GIR hit.

    The popular Italian signed with Bettinardi at the start of the year and switched to his current Double Aged Stainless Steel (DASS) BBZero Tour putter before the Players Championship in May. Before his first Major win, Molinari claimed the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth - the BMW PGA Championship - and followed up with his first PGA Tour title at the Quicken Loans National in July with a resounding eight-shot victory.

    “To be the best, you have to use the best and that’s why I choose Bettinardi,” said Francesco, during a recent visit to the state-of-the art Bettinardi factory, just outside of Chicago where his putter was hand-crafted from a single piece of high-quality milled double-aged stainless steel using hi-tech CNC milling technology.

    “We’re so proud to see how much confidence Francesco has gained from using one of our custom-built putters,” said company President Robert Bettinardi. “He keeps topping up his achievements and breaking records and as a brand with an Italian heritage, we could not wish for better playing ambassador.“He’s now a global player and his achievements amount to a great story for us, which shows if you get the custom-fitting for the most important club in the bag right, then results will surely follow,” he added.

  • Molinari becomes Champion Golfer with Bettinardi putter

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    -World-class putting performance lands Italy’s first Major golf title-

     

    Francesco Molinari withstood a final round challenge from playing partner Tiger Woods to win his first Major title at the 147th Open Championship with another world-class putting performance using his Bettinardi BBZero Tour putter.

    The new Champion Golfer of the Year and the most consistent player in the world in recent months, birdied the formidable 18th hole for a final bogey-free round of 69 and a two-shot victory at Carnoustie, where his putts per GIR amounted to 1.770. Starting three shots back from the leaders, including defending champion Jordan Spieth, he became the fifth golfer to hold the lead during a captivating day, as his last putt secured Italy’s first Major title four years before the country hosts The Ryder Cup.

    The popular Italian signed with Bettinardi at the start of the year and switched to his current Double Aged Stainless Steel (DASS) BBZero Tour putter before the Players Championship in May, ahead of winning the BMW PGA Championship and achieving his first PGA Tour title at the Quicken Loans National earlier this month with a resounding eight-shot victory.

    Armed with the confidence gained from his trusted Bettinardi putter, Francesco has now achieved a remarkable sequence of three wins and two runner-up spots in his last six starts. At the toughest of the British Open venues, he played 37 holes without dropping a shot and managed an unrivalled bogey-free weekend on the wind-swept links course. Always known as one of the straightest hitters on Tour, it was once believed that putting under pressure was his Achilles heel. Not any longer, as he now ranks at No.6 in the world.

    “I think it will take a long time for this to sink in,” said Francesco after accepting the Claret Jug. “To go bogey-free at the weekend around a track like this, it’s very good. I was as calm as you can be in the final round in The Open. I felt like I was ready for it,” added the 35-year-old, who recently visit the Bettinardi plant in Chicago where his putter was crafted.

    “We’re so proud to see Francesco winning his first Major title and become the hottest player in the world right now with a Bettinardi putter that we created for him,” said company President Robert Bettinardi. “Francesco’s magnificent achievement tops off a remarkable run of performances with a putter that clearly gives him enormous confidence every time he plays and our brand with an Italian heritage could not have a better playing ambassador,” he added.

  • Molinari claims first PGA Tour title with putting masterclass

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    - Italian’s Bettinardi putter proves red hot on way to an 8-shot victory-

     

    Francesco Molinari produced a masterclass on the greens with his latest Bettinardi putter, holing more than 120 feet of putts during the final round to win his maiden PGA Tour title with an eight-shot victory at the Quicken Loans National.

    Using a Bettinardi Double Aged Stainless Steel (DASS) BBZero Tour model, with FIT Face Milling and a sight dot on the top, the world number 17 carded a bogey-free course record, eight under 62, to finish on a tournament record 21 under par.

    The popular Italian gave an imperious performance in leading the event, which included a back-nine of 29. He was six-under through holes 10-14 at TPC Potomac, Maryland and his round featured seven single putts, including a 50-foot eagle putt on the 10th hole.

    Molinari signed with Bettinardi at the start of the year and has worked closely with famed putter maker Robert Bettinardi to create the best model for his game. He switched to his current putter before the Players Championship in May ahead of winning the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth a few weeks later.

    “Francesco has put his trust in Bettinardi because of our ability to make any small adjustments at short notice, while retaining the premium quality of the putter” said Sam Bettinardi, Head of Sales and Marketing. “He’s proud to be working with a company that has Italian heritage and superior craftsmanship. If he calls us, we can move quickly to get his putter built and with Robert’s office 15 feet away from the shop floor, he can oversee everything and gives Francesco great confidence in the final product.

    “Together we have created the perfect putter for him and he has enormous confidence in the BBZero Tour model, which he’s shown with two impressive victories in the last five weeks,” added Sam.

    Tournament host, Tiger Woods, described Molinari’s performance as ‘phenomenal’ and Sky Sports pundit and Francesco’s coach, Denis Pugh mentioned on air, that confidence with his putter is at an all-time high.

    “Everyone knows Francesco is a straight driver and he’s always had a laser-like iron game, but now he’s found inspiration with his putter and he’s not wasting shots on the greens anymore,” said Pugh.

    Molinari only had two bogeys all week as he posted four rounds in the 60’s (67-65-65-62) and finished 1st in the putting statistics (GIR) with 105 on 62.

    The victory lifted him to 42nd in the FedEx Cup ranking and puts him on course to qualify for the Tour Championship, which he narrowly missed last year. He also cemented his position in the European Points List for automatic qualification for the Ryder Cup in September.

    The 35-year-old, who has former US Ryder Cup captain Dave Stockton as his putting coach, has had an impressive season playing on both sides of the Atlantic. He followed up the comprehensive victory at Wentworth with a runners-up spot at his home event, the Italian Open and a top-25 finish at the US Open.

    Molinari has amassed nearly $30 million in prize money with six career victories, following wins at the WGC HSBC Champions in 2010 and two wins at the Italian Open a decade apart in 2006 and 2016. He also won the Open de España in 2012.

    Having turned pro in 2004, he has represented Europe twice at the Ryder Cup - winning in both 2010 at Celtic Manor and in 2012 at Medinah. He also won the Omega Mission Hills World Cup for Italy in 2009, playing alongside his brother Edoardo.

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