The top 50 players in the world are in Miami this week for the WGC-Cadillac Championship, the second World Golf Championship of the 2015 season. Contested on the famed Blue course at Trump National Doral Miami, which underwent a vast redesign in 2013 that included new greens and bunkers, the Cadillac Championship consistently delivers exceptional displays of golf.

"The golf course is in the best shape I've ever seen it," said Titleist Pro V1x Loyalist and 2014 Cadillac Championship runner-up Bubba Watson "Last year was rock hard because of a brand new golf course, but now the greens are perfect and he fairways are unbelievable, so scores should be lower."

Titleist Pro V1x Loyalist Jamie Donaldson, who also finished second last year at this event, believes the key to playing well is solid ball striking, managing the wind and avoiding the numerous water hazards spread out on the course.

"It's usually blowing. I played a practice round today and it's blowing very hard, it's very difficult. You've just got to keep it out of the water and avoid the big number," said Donaldson. 

With one of the strongest fields in golf, a famous layout and plenty of Southern Florida sunshine, spectators and fans are in for an exciting weekend of tournament golf.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2015 WGC Cadillac Championship

 This week at the WGC Cadillac Championship, Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 42 players in the field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That's more than 4 times the nearest competitor with 10.

Titleist was also the top choice in the driver (22) iron (26) approach, sand and lob wedge (69) categories.

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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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