Rookies and Recent Korn Ferry Grads Off to a Hot Start

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By Zack R., Team Titleist Staff

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  1. The 2021-2022 PGA TOUR Season is underway and the recent Korn Ferry Tour graduates aren’t wasting any time in making their presence known on TOUR and Team Titleist is well represented (to say the least) in this group of rookies and recent grads. Look no further back than last week at the Sanderson Farms Championship where Will Zalatoris broke the course record, posting a 61 in the second round, and the final leaderboard featured seven Titleist ball players in the Top-10 (and ties) including Cameron Young (T2), Hayden Buckley (T4) and Sahith Theegala (T8).

    In fact, six Titleist Brand Ambassadors (Davis RileyWill ZalatorisLee HodgesBrandon WuCameron YoungNick Hardy) along with 16 of the 25 grads are trusting a Titleist Pro V1Pro V1x or Pro V1x Left Dash golf ball including:

    Stephan Jaeger (Pro V1), Mito Pereira (Pro V1), Taylor Moore (Pro V1), Greyson Sigg (Pro V1), Davis Riley (Pro V1), Will Zalatoris (Pro V1), Lee Hodges (Pro V1x), David Lipsky (Pro V1x Left Dash), Brandon Wu (Pro V1), Paul Barjon (Pro V1x), Seth Reeves (Pro V1), Cameron Young (Pro V1), Nick Hardy (Pro V1x), Curtis Thompson (Pro V1x), David Skinns (Pro V1x) and Ben Kohles (Pro V1x Left Dash).

    We recently caught up with a few of these players to get some insight into their games, what Titleist equipment they have in the bag, how they mark their golf balls and what they’re looking forward to on the PGA TOUR – and in case you missed any of it, we’ve put a little mix of the content below for you to enjoy. So, check it out!

    Will Zalatoris (Pro V1)

    Cameron Young (Pro V1)

    It’s no secret that Titleist Brand Ambassador Cameron Young will be a force to be reckoned with on the PGA Tour. After a breakout season on the Korn Ferry Tour this past year, Young inked two victories (back-to-back, nonetheless) to finish 17th on the season long points list to earn his spot as a PGA Tour rookie this season. A true underdog story – he started last year’s Korn Ferry Tour season with no status and carded a T2 finish last week at The Sanderson Farms Championship in just his second start as a PGA Tour member. 

    See what he’s got in the bag this week at TPC Summerlin. Note: Since catching up with Cam earlier this summer at the U.S. Open, he’s since added a new T200 4-iron to his setup.

    Hayden Buckley (Pro V1)

    Also starting his season out strong is Titleist Brand Ambassador Hayden Buckley, who finished T4 last week in his home state of Mississippi in his second start as a PGA Tour member. We touched base with Hayden earlier last month at the Fortinet Championship to see what he’s got in his bag – including a look at how he marks his Pro V1, T100/T100·S combo set and his Xbox live name that you can find stamped on his Vokey Design Wedges.

    Sahith Theegala (Pro V1)

    If you peered at the leaderboard at all last week during the Sanderson Farms Championship, you’d notice the name of  Pro V1 loyalist Sahith Theegala in and around the top. In his second start as a PGA Tour member, he held at least a share of the lead throughout the first three rounds – eventually earning himself a top-10 finish to bypass this week’s Monday qualifier in Vegas and gain entry into the Shriner’s Open.

    Get to know Sahith and hear more on why Pro V1 is the right ball for his game.

    Lee Hodges (Pro V1x)

    Josh Creel (Pro V1x)

  2. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    There are some great golfers in the 25. I remember the Nationwide Tour when it was here in Mt Pleasant, SC.
    We got to see some awesome play and some move to great careers. Still have my 25 hats from working that tour. Was the Marshals Chair. All of them are great golfers just need that one break. Welcome Ambassadors and Tour Players to the big show.
  3. Frank P

    Frank P
    Port St. Lucie, FL

    It's amazing how these guys wedges look, all rusted and nicked. Meanwhile there are people on this site that are ready to blow a gasket over a little nick or a little rust. Some even think that Titleist should replace the club. These are not instruments used to perform surgery, but implements used to strike a golf ball that sits on wet turf, grass and sand.
  4. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Good point, Frank. =) My main concern, regarding my wedges, is the grooves. How are they wearing? Do not care how pretty they are. Only the face hits the ball and makes it perform.

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