This weekend, golf fans will have some exciting viewing options to consider. In addition to the World Golf Championship event taking place at Firestone Country Club, the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship is also underway in the "Biggest Little City in the World" - Reno, Nevada.

And the fireworks have already begun at this unique event that uses a modified Stableford scoring system. In this format, the goal is not to shoot the lowest score relative to par, but to accumulate the highest point total. Stableford encourages aggressive play, with greater point weight given to birdies and eagles than bogeys and doubles. Here's how the point system breaks down:

• Double Eagle: 8 points
• Eagle: 5 points
• Birdie: 2 points
• Par: 0 points
• Bogey: -1 point
• Double Bogey or more: -3 points

At last year’s event, Titleist Brand Ambassador Geoff Ogilvy entered the winners circle in convincing style, setting a tournament record with his +49-point total. And as players look to rack up the points this week at Montreaux Golf and Country Club, we're bringing you inside the ropes and on the practice green with our latest photo gallery courtesy of the Scotty Cameron Tour team.

So check out the photos above.

TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS

 Titleist is the top choice at the Barracuda Championship with 86 players trusting a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That's more than 4 times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist also led the field in the irons (31) category and Titleist Vokey Design wedges were the top choice among players in the approach, sand and lob wedge (130) category.

#TeamTitleist

Read more

An elite field of 77 players has gathered in Akron, Ohio in pursuit of the final crown jewel in this season's World Golf Championship series, the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational. In their quest for the title, players will have to manage the demanding 7,360-yard, par-70 layout at Firestone Country Club.

With seven par-4's measuring more than 460 yards in length, players will have to drive the ball well and hit a lot of solid approach as they take on this challenging setup. As Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman told us on Wednesday"Being in the right position on the fairways and greens will be important... and you never want to be above the hole or short side yourself in the rough, as these greens are extremely fast."

Team Titleist was on-site at the start of the week in Akron, as players readied their games and fine-tuned their equipment. Take a look through our photo gallery above for exclusive images of Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jimmy Walker, Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Adam Scott and Bill Haas (among many others) on the course and the practice tee.

TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS

 Titleist is the top choice at the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational with 42 players in the limited field trusting a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That's more than three times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist also led the field in the hybrid (16) and irons (23) and Vokey Design wedges were the top choice in the approach, sand and lob wedge (62) category.

#TeamTitleist

Read more

How will players approach the always demanding 7,400 yard South Course at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio this week? Well, Team Titleist jumped inside the ropes with Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman during his practice round on Wednesday to get the scoop on some of his keys to success at this final WGC event of the 2014-15 season.

"I really like this course," said Leishman, who led the field in birdies with 23 at this event last year. "It sets up well for me. My natural ball flight is a slight fade, but I don't mind working it either way. Keeping the ball in the fairway off the tee is critical on this course since the rough is so penal."

Last year the course was wet and players were able to fire at the pins according to Leishman. With no rain in the forecast, that doesn't look like it will be the case this year. 

"As the week progresses, the fairways should get firm and fast and the greens will be harder to hold, especially coming out of the rough," said Leishman.

"Being in the right position on the fairways and greens will be important.  You want to be coming into these greens from the proper angle given the tree-lined fairways, and you never want to be above the hole or short side yourself in the rough, as these greens are extremely fast."

And when you look at his stats, you can see that Leishman has been hitting it close all year as he leads the PGA Tour in approach shots from the fairway (150-175 yards), averaging 22'8" from the hole. He’s also fourth in putting percentage from 10-15'.

Trusting the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist equipment from tee-through-green, Leishman also averages 293.1 yards off the tee and hits two-thirds of his Greens in Regulation.

Leishman is currently No. 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He has qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs every year since 2009 when he won PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, and currently standing at No. 49, is assured of making his seventh straight appearance.

"This marks the beginning of what I hope is a great stretch of golf," said Leishman. "Hopefully, I can put myself in good position for the FedExCup Playoffs and get back to the TOUR Championship in September."

Best of luck this week, Marc! And thanks again for letting us join you for a walk.

WHAT'S IN MARC LEISHMAN'S BAG
 Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 915D4 (9.5º) w/Mitsubishi Kurokage Black 70 X shaft
Fairway Metal: Titleist 913F (16.5º) w/Fujikura Motore VC9.2 TS X shaft
Irons: Titleist 712U (2) w/NS Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X shafts
Titleist CB 714 (3-6)
Titleist MB 714 (7-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design Raw Finish SM5 48.08 (bent to 47°) w/NS Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X shafts
Vokey Design Raw Finish SM5 54.10 (bent to 53°)
Vokey Design Raw Finish SM5 58.08
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Super Rat prototype putter

#TeamTitleist

Read more
Prev Entries Older Entries