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Posted: 16 September 2014
Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Billy Horschel claimed golf’s largest prize following a three-shot win at the season-ending TOUR Championship, leaving no doubt as to who is currently the hottest golfer in the game.
With his second playoff win in as many weeks, Horschel claimed the FedExCup trophy and the $10 million bonus that goes to the winner of the PGA Tour's season-long race.
It was an historic stretch of golf for Horschel, who closed the playoffs shooting 12 straight rounds in the 60's. At 27, he becomes the youngest player ever to the win the FedExCup.
"I'm on cloud nine," Horschel said following the victory. "It's unbelievable. I kept believing, everyone on my team kept believing in me and just kept my head up high. I'm a positive guy, I always see things glass half full, and it turned out for the best, and I can't be more thrilled. To cap it off like this has been pretty unbelievable."
Horschel shot 2-under 68 in the final round, displaying commanding control over his golf ball tee-to-green and a deft touch on East Lake's putting surfaces. Also evident was a renewed confidence and focused mental approach that paid huge dividends when he needed it the most.
"I knew my game was in the right shape," Horschel said. "I just needed to get out of my own way, needed to allow my golf game to show, and did it show the last three weeks.
"The Playoffs are the biggest, besides the majors, are the four biggest events we have on the PGA Tour and that's when the light shines the brightest. And it just gives me so much confidence, so much thrill to accomplish something like this, especially with the guys I was going up against."
Including Billy Horschel, 19 players in the elite 29-man field at the TOUR Championship relied on a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success in the FedExCup playoffs, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 4 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist golf ball loyalists won 26 PGA Tour events this season (compared to 7 for the nearest competitor), including all four FedExCup Playoff events.
WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS
Titleist Brand Ambassador Justin Thomas earned his first-career Web.com Tour title on Sunday, capturing the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. Thomas, who relied on a Pro V1x golf ball and a full complement of Titleist golf clubs – including a new prototype Titleist 915D3 driver and prototype 915Fd fairway metal – hit a Vokey Design SM5 lob wedge from 79 yards to 2 feet, setting up a birdie on the par-4 18th that sent the action to extra holes.
On the Australasian Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Stephens trusted his Pro V1 golf ball and a full complement of Titleist clubs to record a five-stroke victory in the South Pacific Open Championship. Stephens, who finished with a 15-under par 269 victory total, vaulted to the lead following a second round 7-under-par 64 and never relinquished the top position.
In Taipei, Pro V1x loyalist Prom Meesawat rallied to capture the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship with a par on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. Nicknamed "The Big Dolphin," Meeswat birdied the last hole of regulation for a final round 3-under-par 69 en route to his second career Asian Tour crown.
And to round out the week's success, in China, Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist David McKenzie closed with a 3-under par 69, posting a 16-under 272 total that was good for a 2-stroke margin of victory at the Cadillac Championship in Beijing. The win marks the second title of McKenzie's PGA Tour China Series career.
TEAM TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS
With another four wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 132. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 30 and more than all competitors combined.
In total, 18,559 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 3,101 and more than all competitors combined.
THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD | WEEK ENDING September 14, 2014
Posted: 10 September 2014
Titleist Brand Ambassador Louis De Jager managed difficult conditions and gusty winds to shoot a three round total of 2-under-par 208. De Jager secured his second career Sunshine Tour title with a par on the first playoff hole.
Let's take a closer look at the Titleist equipment De Jager used during his second career Sunshine Tour victory.
Golf Ball: Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 913D2 (10.5º) with Aldila Tour Green 65 X shaft, and SureFit Tour Hosel Setting B•2Fairway Wood: Titleist 913 F (15º) with Oban Kiyoshi Purple 75 X and SureFit Tour Hosel Irons: 712U (3-5), Titleist CB Irons (6-7) and Titleist MB Irons (8-PW) with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shaftsWedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled SM5 46, 56.10 and 60.07 with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shaftsPutter: Scotty Cameron Prototype
Determination, grit and focus were all on display Sunday afternoon at the BMW Championship as Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Billy Horschel posted a final round 1-under 69 to secure the victory and move into second place in the FedEx Cup standings.
“Yeah, it's great to win this championship,” said Horschel during his post-round interview.
“I felt pretty good starting the day off. I had a great warm-up session on the range. I hit a really good drive on No. 1, made birdie. Hit a bad second shot on 2, but came back with another birdie. After that I was sort of on grind mode.”
And for Billy, being in “grind mode” means keeping just about every aspect of his game sharp as he ranked in the top 15 for the tournament in Driving Distance (9), Driving Accuracy (14), Greens in Regulation (2) and Strokes Gained Putting (1).
Billy also credits this win to hard work with his team and his focus on constantly improving as a player.
Billy will be looking to carry this momentum of solid play into the Tour Championship this week.
"I'm a lot better player than I was six months ago. I understand my game a lot better… we have worked hard to become better players and do the right thing course management wise. And this is just another stepping stone to hopefully a lot bigger things in the future.”
It’s this type of focus and determination that we can all appreciate and hope to add into our own golf games.
Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Wes Short Jr. eagled the final hole to claim his first Champions Tour victory at the Quebec Championship. Short shot a final round 8-under-par 64 to complete a three day total of 15-under-par 201. It was also a great week for Titleist golf ball players as the top 9 finishers all trusted a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball.
On the Sunshine Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Louis de Jager captured the Vodacom Origins of Golf – Wild Coast on the first hole of a three-way sudden death playoff that also included Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Haydn Porteous. The win marks De Jager's second career Sunshine Tour Title.
To round out the week's success, Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Mark Silvers captured his first career Canadian Tour victory by winning a playoff at the Cape Breton Celtic Classic. Silvers shot a final round 6-under-par 66 for a four day total of 15-under-par.
With another four wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 127. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 28 and more than all competitors combined.
In total, 17,968 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,004 and more than all competitors combined.
THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD | WEEK ENDING September 8, 2014
Posted: 5 September 2014
Welcome to the Omega European Masters.
Held at one of the most picturesque courses on the Tour, Crans-sur-Sierre.
Everywhere you look...
...there is an incredible view.
Every hole has a backdrop to admire...
..even the range!
Titleist brand ambassador Jbe Kruger is impressed.
Scotty Cameron prototype Futura X putters on display.
A closer look.
Sihwan Kim on the putting green.
Mortiz Lampert with a novel way of using a Titleist alignment stick.
Seems to have worked.
Scotty custom GoLo 3
Titleist brand ambassador Victor Dubuisson's bag.
This week he's gaming the cactus wedge.
See you next week.
This week, the European Tour climbs it's way into the heart of the Swiss Alps to Crans-Montana for the 68th playing of the Omega European Masters on the infamous Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club. There is no denying this golf course has some of the most spectacular views to be seen during the entire European Tour schedule.
Staff Ambassador Victor Dubuisson and Pro V1 loyalist Jamie Donaldson have started well this week, fresh off their automatic inclusion to the European Ryder Cup team. Another player that has begun the tournament with a bang after consecutive 65's is Staff Ambassador Brooks Koepka.
Good luck to everyone this week, and stay tuned to team Titleist for further updates.
Posted: 3 September 2014
Queensland, Australia native and Titleist Brand Ambassador Andrew Dodt relied on his Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment to capture the Queensland Open. The win was very special for the man who grew up dreaming of winning his State Open.
"It's one of the proudest days of my career...To win your state open is pretty cool. I saw all the famous names on the trophy and thought how great it would be to have mine on it alongside them."
Congratulations on your great play, Andrew!
What's in Andrew's Bag?
Golf Ball: Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 913D3 (9.5) with Graphite Design DI 6 (X) shaft, and SureFit Tour Hosel Setting B•2Fairway Wood: Titleist 913 F (13.5º) with PX graphite Tour Issue shaft, and SureFit Tour Hosel Setting B•2Irons: 714 CB (2-9) with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shaftsWedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled SM5 46, 54.11 and 60.07 with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shaftsPutter: Scotty Cameron Prototype