Greg Trout and Ken Stoick have created a strong friendship thanks in large part to their mutual love for the game of golf. Their passion for the game also led to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as they were selected as the 2014 Titleist Performance Institute Experience Grand Prize winners.

This past December we had the chance to spend the day with them at the state-of-the-art Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, Calif. as they received the Tour treatment while getting precision fit for a complete bag of Titleist clubs. 

As we got to know Greg and Ken more, we learned just how dedicated they are to the game. From coaching high school golf teams and toughing it out on the course during windy and cold conditions in Wyoming, to playing over 50 rounds a year at their home course, Greg and Ken are the definition of passionate golfers.

Watch the video above to see some highlights from their day and hear more about the experience. 

Thank you, Greg and Ken for your passion and support. Enjoy the new clubs! Team Titleist would also like to send our appreciation to the staff of the Titleist Performance Institute, including Robert and Dino, for their hospitality.

And thank you again to all of the Team Titleist members who entered the sweepstakes. 

What's in Greg Trout's bag?

Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: 915D3 (8.5º)
Fairways: 915Fd (15º)
Hybrids: 915Hd (20.5º)
Irons: AP2 (4-PW)
Wedges: Vokey SM5 50.08, 56.10 and 58.08
Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo 5

What's in Ken Stoick's bag?

Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: 915D2 (8.5º)
Fairways: 915F (15º)
Hybrid: 915H (21º)
Irons: AP2 (5-PW)
Wedges: Vokey SM5 50.12, 54.14 and 58.11 
Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo 7 Dual Balance

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Titleist on Tour: 2015 Northern Trust Open

The PGA Tour heads to the classic Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA for the Northern Trust Open. Stretching out to over 7,400 yards, and featuring some of the most difficult greens on tour, Riviera proves to be a stern test every year for the best players in the world.

Titleist Golf Ball Loyalist and defending champion Bubba Watson knows what it takes to play well here. Bubba shot back-to-back 64's on the weekend to claim the title, a win that set the stage for the best year of his career.

"To go around this golf course and make no bogies, it's tricky around here with this kind of grass. So to go bogey‑free was pretty special. And then have a win on top of that, it was a big deal. It kind of got me going in the right direction and I had my best year on Tour." said Watson.

2012 Champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas believes Riviera's classic layout is the star of the show.

"I think the best part of this course is that it doesn't change much over the years, it's a great design. It's all right in front of you. The par 3's are difficult, and you have to try and take advantage of the par 5's," said Haas. 

With a classic setting, a strong field and perfect southern California weather, the Northern Trust Open is sure to be an event worth watching.


 This week at the Northern Trust Open, Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 90 players in the field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That's more than 6 times the nearest competitor with 14.

Titleist Vokey Wedges were also the top choice in the approach, sand and lob wedge (131) category.

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Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas has already won once this year on the PGA TOUR, firing four consecutive rounds in the 60s to edge four players by one shot at the Humana Challenge in January. He enters this week with confidence having won the 2012 Northern Trust Open in a three-way playoff, followed by an impressive T-3 finish in 2013. It is clear that Bill considers Riviera CC one of his favorite layouts on Tour.

"I really enjoy this course because anybody in the field can win," said Haas.  "It is not necessarily a bombers course, although long hitters have won. But like most every week, the key to winning success is putting. Putting becomes even more important here given the speed and undulation of the greens."

Haas, the 2011 FedEx Cup champion, would know a little bit about putting on the Riviera greens, as he drained a 43-foot birdie putt for his win in 2012 on the second extra hole (10th) of the playoff. 

 "I remember I putted really well that week, and the players that have the hot putters this week will most likely find themselves in the hunt. The two holes that stand out from that win were the birdie I made on 17 in regulation and then, of course, the putt to win it on the second playoff hole."

"I think the best part of this course is that it doesn't change much over the years. It's all right in front of you. If I had to pick a stretch of holes where players can pick up ground on the field it would would be numbers 12 through 15. If I am even par through that stretch at the end of the week, I would be satisfied."

That stretch includes three of the longest par 4's on the card, including the 479 yard 12th, the 459 yard 13th and the 487 yard 15th.

"You don't have to be real long on this course, but you do have to position your shots to give you the best approach into the greens," said Haas. "It's not tricked-up or unfair and it's a great test of golf."

And the final key to success for Bill Haas this week? Being here for the duration of the tournament. His wife is due to have their second child a week from Friday.

"I certainly showed up here thinking I could compete. Pretty much when I tee it up on Thursday, I'll be focused on the task at hand. The only instruction my wife gave me was not to unpack my suitcase. So I'll keep my phone on and my suitcase packed and ready to go just in case. But I will be playing at 100 percent."

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