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Posted: 5 March 2015
The top 50 players in the world are in Miami this week for the WGC-Cadillac Championship, the second World Golf Championship of the 2015 season. Contested on the famed Blue course at Trump National Doral Miami, which underwent a vast redesign in 2013 that included new greens and bunkers, the Cadillac Championship consistently delivers exceptional displays of golf.
"The golf course is in the best shape I've ever seen it," said Titleist Pro V1x Loyalist and 2014 Cadillac Championship runner-up Bubba Watson "Last year was rock hard because of a brand new golf course, but now the greens are perfect and he fairways are unbelievable, so scores should be lower."
Titleist Pro V1x Loyalist Jamie Donaldson, who also finished second last year at this event, believes the key to playing well is solid ball striking, managing the wind and avoiding the numerous water hazards spread out on the course.
"It's usually blowing. I played a practice round today and it's blowing very hard, it's very difficult. You've just got to keep it out of the water and avoid the big number," said Donaldson.
With one of the strongest fields in golf, a famous layout and plenty of Southern Florida sunshine, spectators and fans are in for an exciting weekend of tournament golf.
BY THE NUMBERS: 2015 WGC Cadillac Championship
This week at the WGC Cadillac Championship, Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 42 players in the field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That's more than 4 times the nearest competitor with 10.
Titleist was also the top choice in the driver (22) iron (26) approach, sand and lob wedge (69) categories.
Posted: 4 March 2015
With four rounds in the 60’s that featured a total of 24 birdies and one eagle, Titleist Brand Ambassador Chesson Hadley was in top form last year as he charged up the leaderboard and captured his first career PGA Tour title at the 2014 Puerto Rico Open at Trump International Golf Club.
As Hadley looks to defend his title this week, let’s revisit a couple of his keys to success from 2014.
Key #1: Getting off to a fast start… Hadley was a combined 12-under-par on the front 9 for the week. With a lot of birdies being made out on the course, it was critical to keep pace with the field and remain near the top of the leaderboard.
Key #2: Bringing a solid short game… Last year, Hadley also credited a fantastic short game, and in particular one shot, for his ability to take home top honors. Faced with a challenging short-sided chip shot to a tucked pin on the Par-5 5th hole, Hadley pulled his 60 degree Vokey Design wedge and sent his Pro V1x confidently into the hole for an eagle.
Key #3: Finishing strong… Hadley also finished strong down the stretch closing with back-to-back birdies on the final two holes at Trump International GC to win by two shots.
The victory setup a successful 2014 campaign for Hadley, one that ended with him being named 2014 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. It was certainly a year to remember.
Posted: 2 March 2015
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
Posted: 26 February 2015
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.
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.