When Titleist Golf Ball Loyalists Padraig Harrington and Daniel Berger walked to the first hole of a sudden death playoff at The Honda Classic, the eventual outcome was in question, however, the winning golf ball was not - it would be a New Pro V1x. Harrington secured the title with a par on the second extra hole for his second win with the New Pro V1x in less than three months.

Both playoff participants finished regulation at 6-under-par 274, one shot clear of three players, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Ian Poulter

"When I get in contention I can still hit the shots, it felt good today," said Harrington.

The win secures Padraig's spot in this years Masters and earns him a two year exemption on the PGA Tour. 

Congratulations on a fantastic week, Padraig!

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS

 Titleist Golf Ball Loylist Andy Sullivan became the first player to win twice with the New Pro V1x golf ball after closing with a 6-under-par 66 to capture the Joburg Open. Sullivan finished the tournament with a 17-under-par 270 victory total.

 On the LPGA Tour, Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Amy Yang rallied to win the Honda LPGA Thailand by two strokes over three players using the New 2015 Pro V1. Yang closed with a 3-under-par 69 to finish with a 15-under-par 273 victory total.

TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS

In total, 23,166 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with 468 and more than all competitors combined.

With another victory this week, Titleist’s victory count in the young 2015 season advances to 21. That's more than twice the nearest competitor with 8 and more than all competitors combined.


THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD  |  WEEK ENDING March 1, 2015

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA Tour The Honda Classic 87 17
European Tour Joburg Open 158 23
LPGA Tour Honda LPGA Thailand 42 7

Welcome to the 2015 Joburg Open

With the European Tour now in full swing, we head back down to South Africa for the next three weeks.  This week sees the Tour heading to the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington GC to contest the Joburg Open.

 With one of the largest fields the European Tour will see, Titleist was once again the overwhelming golf ball choice with 158 players teeing up a Pro V1 or Pro V1x - more than all other golf balls combined. There are Titleist ball loyalists scattered all over the leaderboard. Those leading the charge after round one and early into round 2 are Pro V1 loyalist Tjaart Van der Valt and Kevin Phelan, along with Pro V1x loyalists Anthony Wall, Matthew Baldwin, and Stuart Manley.

Stay tuned to Team Titleist for more info.

How good is the new family of 915F and 915Fd fairway metals? Just ask Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings…

"The 3-wood for a PGA Tour player or any player in general is the hardest club in the world to fit and I got into it in about five swings," said Stallings of his experience being fit for a new 915Fd (15º with SureFit Tour setting of D•1).

 This is just one example from the more than 100 players who have already put the new 915 metals in play across the worldwide professional tours. And the new 915F and 915Fd are the fastest fairway designs Titleist has ever developed, significantly increasing distance for serious golfers of all swing speeds from the tee and turf while maintaining high MOI for forgiveness.

The 915 fairways provide improved performance through three key advancements:

Active Recoil Channel - The proprietary long, deep, forward-positioned sole channel that actively flexes at impact and recoils to launch the ball off the face with higher speed and lower spin

Ultra Thin Face - a high-strength, uniformly thin high-speed face insert that increases ball speed across the face

High-MOI Design - coupled with a low center of gravity (CG) location to deliver stability and forgiveness by preserving ball speed across the face for more distance, more often

Those technologies, combined with the fitting precision of Titleist’s industry-leading SureFit Tour hosel and tour-validated looks, sound and feel, make for the most complete, consistent metals performance in the game.

Still need more convincing? How about this story from Titleist Brand Ambassador Kevin Na…

"I had a friend ask, 'Are you playing the new Titleist fairways?' And I said, '915? Yeah, I put it in play the first day!' And he said, 'You've been playing that other 3-wood for seven years, it must be good.' You know it!"

Be sure to check out the video above to see what some of the other Titleist Brand Ambassadors are saying about the 915 fairways.

Titleist on Tour: 2015 Honda Classic

Warm weather, high winds and fantastic layouts greet the best players in the world as they head east for the Florida swing. The first stop is this week's Honda Classic, contested on the difficult Champions Course at PGA National Resort. Known for penal rough, demanding Par-4's and one of the toughest closing stretches in all of golf, PGA National offers players and fans alike excitement from the first shot to the last putt.

The Honda Classic also features one of the strongest fields in golf, due in large part to the fact it is a "home game" for many of the world's best players.

"Playing in front of a home crowd is special. You don't get to do that very often, especially here at PGA National. Family is here, a bunch of friends, things like that. It's special for me," said Palm Beach native and Titleist Brand Ambassador Brooks Koepka.

Titleist Pro V1x Loyalist and local resident Rickie Fowler echo's Brooks sentiments.

"Obviously this is kind of my second home. I've been a resident down here in South Florida in Jupiter for five years now, so it's nice to be sleeping in my own bed, being at home, some home cooking," said Fowler.

Despite the local knowledge, familiar surroundings and opportunity to sleep in one's own bed, players still understand it will be a difficult week, and quality ball striking will be the key to success for the eventual champion.

"It plays very tough, you have to drive the ball well, when you add the wind it only become more difficult to find fairways. Approaches are also very difficult, you have to be on from green-to-tee," said Fowler.

We look forward to another fantastic weekend of tournament action. Good luck to all of #TeamTitleist!

BY THE NUMBERS: 2015 HONDA CLASSIC

 This week at the Honda Classic, Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 87 players in the field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That's more than x times the nearest competitor with 17.

Titleist Vokey Wedges were also the top choice in the approach, sand and lob wedge (124) category.

Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist James Hahn won the Northern Trust Open after converting a 25-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a three-man playoff. It marked the first career PGA TOUR victory for Hahn, who fired back-to-back 2-under-par 69s on the weekend. 

James relied on an impressive all around performance to take home the title, ranking in the Top-30 in driving accuracy (28), sand saves (T9), strokes gained tee-to-green (2) and strokes-gained-putting (T1), but it was one shot in particular that he believes was a key to the victory.

On the second playoff hole, James had a difficult shot from the rough over the green on the demanding, yet driveable, par-4 10th. With complete confidence in his golf ball, James pulled off an impressive flop shot, landing within 12 feet allowing him to make birdie to extend the playoff.

"I love those shots... that's one of those shots where I've been practicing with my brother ever since I was five years old. You know, pick the most difficult lie, try to get up‑and‑down, and it's to win a golf tournament. I had a lot of confidence over that shot," said Hahn.

The victory also means an invitation to this years Masters tournament, a fact not lost on the newly crowned champion.

"I can not wait to go the Masters. I will certainly clear my schedule for that one."

Congratulations on a fantastic tournament, James. See you in Augusta!

TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS

In total, 2,879 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with 427 and more than all competitors combined.

With another victory this week, Titleist’s victory count in the young 2015 season advances to 18. That's more than twice the nearest competitor with 8 and more than all competitors combined.

THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD  |  WEEK ENDING February 22, 2015

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA Tour Northern Trust Open 90 14
European Tour Hero Indian Open 99 14
LPGA Tour ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open 121 8
Australasian Tour Queensland PGA Championship 101 13
South African Tour Dimension Data Pro-Am 132 20
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