With 24 birdies, one eagle and four rounds in the 60s, 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 set up 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.

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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

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA Tour The Honda Classic 87 17
European Tour Joburg Open 158 23
LPGA Tour Honda LPGA Thailand 42 7
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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.

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