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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Titleist on Tour: 2015 Honda Classic

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.

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