It was a strong finish to the season for Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Derek Fathauer as he capped off an impressive Web.com Tour Finals campaign with his first career professional victory at the Web.com Tour Championship. 

With the win, Derek claimed the top spot on the Web.com Tour Finals money list and secured fully exempt status for the 2014-15 PGA Tour season along with a spot in The Players Championship. The key for Derek this week was staying in the moment and focusing on the task ahead. 

"I was trying to force it for the first few events. I did a better job of staying patient this week and not looking too far ahead." Said Fathauer. 

After securing a trip back to the PGA Tour for the 2014 – 2015 season, Derek is also looking to build on his past experience and bring a more complete approach to next season.

"I think my all-around game is better now and I'm mentally tougher. I'm ready to give it another try"

And here is a fast fact courtesy of PGATOUR.com… Derek became the first champion on the Web.com Tour this season to lead the field in putting for a given tournament, only needing a four-round total of 98 putts at the Web.com Tour Championship.  

With the season complete, Titleist Golf Ball Loyalists won 19 Web.com Tour events compared to 3 for the nearest competitor. In addition, 35 of the 50 players who earned PGA Tour cards for next season trusted a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x for their success.

Congratulations, Derek! We’ll see you on the PGA Tour next year.

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS

Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Joost Luiten captured the ISPS Handa Wales Open by one shot to claim his fourth career European Tour victory. Luiten closed with an even par 71 en route to a 14-under 270 victory total.

On the LPGA Tour, Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Mi Jung Hur fired a 67-66 on the weekend to establish a new tournament record of 21-under par 267 at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic to claim her second career LPGA Tour victory. 

To round out the week's action, Pro V1 loyalist Paul Goydos carded a final round 4-under-par 68 to win the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship for his first Champions Tour title. Goydos posted a tournament-record of 19-under-par 197 in just his fifth start on the Champions Tour.

TEAM TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS

With another four wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 136. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 31 and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 19,026 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 3,201 and more than all competitors combined.

THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD  |  WEEK ENDING September 21, 2014

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
European Tour ISPS Handa Wales Open 95 21
LPGA Tour Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic 84 9
Champions Tour Pacific Links Hawaii Championship 53 10
Web.com Tour Web.com Tour Championship 85 13
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We have again tapped the expertise of Titleist Staff Professional Martin Hall for the latest edition of 18 Shots Presented by Titleist. In this episode, Martin explains the fundamentals needed to hit it close to a front pin.

To do this, Martin tells us to move the ball forward in the stance, use extra wrist hinge on the takeaway and finish the swing with a high follow through. This will help create a high, soft ball flight that will land softly.

Try this tip next time you face a front pin, and be sure to check out other 18 Shots episodes in the link below. 

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It doesn’t get much bigger than this week on the Web.com Tour as the season comes to a close at the Web.com Tour Championship. And with 25 promotions to the PGA Tour on the line, players  will have to manage their emotions and their games on the difficult, newly renovated Dye's Valley Course in Ponta Vedra Beach, Florida. 

Having experienced this pressure first-hand last year, Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Steve Wheatcroft knows the challenge and the opportunity that faces the field.

"It’s a tough course to play on with pressure... It’s getting a TOUR card versus not getting one, so there’s going to be a lot of pressure for those guys this week; it’s a life-changer if you can get to the PGA Tour.”

One significant change to the golf course was the reversal of the 9's. The course now ends with a demanding four-hole stretch featuring three of the most difficult holes on the course. 

When you mix in all of the ingredients – one of the strongest fields of the Web.com Tour, a demanding four-hole final stretch featuring three of the most difficult holes on the course and dreams of joining the PGA Tour next season – it’s safe to say we are in for some exciting golf this weekend.

Web.com Tour Championship By the Numbers

 This week at the Web.com TOUR Championship, Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball choice with 85 players in the field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That's more than five times the nearest competitor with 13. 

Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (36) and approach, sand and lob wedge (143) categories.

SHOTS AND SCENES

 Titleist Brand Ambassador Hunter Haas splits the fairway at Dye's Valley Course.

 Titleist golf ball loyalist James Nitties shaped his Pro V1x left to right on this tee shot, a perfect shot for the gentle dogleg right.

 Titleist Brand Ambassador Zac Blair shot a 63 in the opening round to set the early pace in Ponte Vedra.

 Titleist Brand Ambassador Roger Sloan is one of four Canadians in the field hoping to make a big splash this week.

 Titleist Brand Ambassador Justin Thomas is hoping to keep the momentum rolling after his impressive victory at last week's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational.

 Titleist Brand Ambassador Harrison Frazar puts a smooth stroke on his Pro V1x golf ball.

 Good luck to all the players this week from Team Titleist!  Hope to see you next year on the 2014-2015 PGA TOUR!

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