WATSON PREVAILS IN PLAYOFF FOR SECOND TRAVELERS TITLE

Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Bubba Watson converted an 8-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff to capture the Travelers Championship for the second time. Watson’s first Travelers victory came in 2010 and marked the first of his eight current PGA Tour wins.

Watson closed with a three-under-par 67 en route to a 16-under 264 total. It marks the second victory of the season for Watson, who also won in a playoff at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in November.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Graham DeLaet (Pro V1x) shot four rounds in the 60s en route to a fourth place finish.

DeLaet as well as Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Carl Pettersson (5th) and Luke Donald (T-7) were among four players who punched their tickets for the Open Championship at St. Andrews based on their finishes this week. The Travelers is part of the Open Qualifying Series, and the top four players who finish inside the top 12 and who aren't already qualified for the year's third major earn invites.

THE SURVEY SAYS: Titleist golf balls have now been played to win 21 of the 33 events on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR, more than five times the nearest competitor with 4.

Titleist golf balls were the top choice of more players at the Travelers Championship with 100, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 17.

Titleist was also the field favorite in irons with 41 (compared to 32 for nearest competitor) and wedges with 153 (compared to 56 for nearest competitor).

TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

GRAHAM DELAET (4th)
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball
Driver: Titleist 915D4 driver (8.5º) w/Proforce VTS shaft
Fairway: Titleist 915Fd fairway metal (13.5º)
Irons: Titleist CB 714 irons (3-5) and MB 714 (6-9) w/True Temper Dynamic Gold with Sensicore shafts
Wedges: Vokey Design SM5 (46), sand (54) and TVD-K lob (60) wedges

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CHOI CHARGES INTO THE WINNERS CIRCLE AT NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP

Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Na Yeon Choi finished eagle, birdie, par to clinch the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at 15-under par, two shots clear of her nearest competitor.

The victory marks the second of the season for Choi who also won the season opening Coates Golf Championship.

It is the ninth win of her LPGA Tour career.

Titleist golf balls were the top choice of more players in the field of 144 with 107, over 13 times the nearest competitor with 8.

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MAGGERT CAPTURES U.S. SENIOR OPEN FOR SECOND MAJOR IN 2015

Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Jeff Maggert captured the U.S. Senior Open for his second major victory on the Champions Tour this year.

Maggert closed with a 5-under 65 en route to a 10-under par 270 victory total, two shots clear of his nearest competitor.

Maggert won his first 50-and-over major last month at the Regions Tradition.

Pro V1 loyalist Bernhard Langer, who shared the lead with Maggert after three rounds, tied for third at seven-under.

Billy Andrade (Pro V1) shot the lowest score of the final day with a 6-under par 63. He finished one stroke shy of the record for the lowest 18-hole score in any USGA Open championship.

Titleist golf balls were the top choice of more players at the event with 107, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 22.

Titleist was also the field favorite in wedges with 123 and putters (T1) with 45.

The win was the seventh for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2015 Champions Tour, more than all other golf balls combined.

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OPPENHEIM FIRES FINAL ROUND 64 TO CAPTURE MAIDEN WIN ON WEB.COM TOUR

Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Rob Oppenheim rallied to capture the Air Capital Classic after firing a final round six-under par 64.

Oppenheim’s 13-under 267 victory total was one shot clear of Titleist Brand Ambassador Andy Winings (Pro V1x, 915D3 driver, 915F fairway metal, 712U 3 and 4 irons, CB 714 irons, Vokey Design SM5 pitching and sand wedges and SM4 lob wedge).

Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Rhein Gibson and Nicholas Lindheim tied for third place another shot back as each of the top four finishers relied upon Titleist for their success.

Titleist golf balls were the top choice of more players at the event with 95, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 20.

Titleist was also the field favorite in irons with 41 and wedges with 159.

The win was the seventh for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2015 Web.com Tour, more than three times the nearest competitor with 2.

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MUTO CAPTURES 6TH JAPAN TOUR TITLE IN PLAYOFF FASHION

Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Toshinori Muto closed with a 3-under par 68, including a birdie on the 72nd hole, en route to a 14-under par 270 total to force a sudden-death playoff at the ISPS Handa Global Cup.

Muto won with another birdie on the second extra hole to secure his sixth career JGTO title.

Four players tied for fourth place, two shots behind the playoff participants, including three Titleist loyalists – Ian Poulter, David Smail and H.W. Ryu.

Titleist golf balls have now been played to win six of the first eight events on the JGTO, five times the nearest competitor with one.

Titleist golf balls were the top choice of more players at the ISPS Handa Global Cup with 75, more than all other golf balls combined.

Titleist was also the field favorite in irons with 30 and wedges with 130.

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LEE RELIES ON PRO V1 AND TITLEIST CLUBS TEE TO GREEN FOR FIRST KOREAN TOUR VICTORY

Titleist Brand Ambassador SooMin Lee (Pro V1, 915D3/8.5° driver, 915F/13.5°, 18° fairway metals, CB 714/3-6 irons, MB 714/7-PW irons, Vokey Design SM4 gap/52° and lob/58° wedges, Scotty Cameron 009 prototype putter) fired a final round 5-under par 67 at the Gunsan CC Open en route to a 14-under 274 victory total and his first career Korean PGA Tour title.

Lee also won this same event two years ago as an amateur playing a Titleist golf ball and full bag of Titleist equipment.

Fellow Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist JiHoon Lee closed with a 3-under par and a 276 total to finish in solo second place, one shot ahead of Titleist Brand Ambassador MinChang Lee (Pro V1x), as Titleist players occupied the top three positions on the leaderboard.

In fact, 11 of the 13 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

Titleist golf balls have now been played to win three of the first four events on the Korean PGA Tour

Titleist golf balls were the top choice of more players at the event with 125, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 15.

THE WINNING SETUP: SooMin Lee

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball
Driver: Titleist 915D3 driver (8.5º)
Fairway: Titleist 915F fairway metal (13.5º, 18°)
Irons: Titleist CB 714 irons (3-6) and MB 714 (7-PW)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 gap (52)and lob (60) wedges

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SPOONER BREAKS THROUGH AT SYNCRUDE BOREAL OPEN

Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Kevin Spooner was the final man standing at the Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON, after a par on the fifth hole of a playoff on Sunday earned him his first career Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada victory.

Spooner began the day nine strokes off the lead, but bolted out of the gate in his final round with four birdies and an eagle en route to a front-nine 30. With three more birdies on the back-nine, Spooner posted a 9-under 63, good for a 16-under total and a spot in the eventual playoff.

The win earns Spooner exempt status and moves him to no. 2 on the Canadian Tour Order of Merit.

Titleist golf balls were the top choice of more players at the event with 103, more than five times the nearest competitor with 20.

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TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS

In total, 11,999 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,988 and more than all competitors combined.With five more wins this week, Titleist’s 2015 victory count advances to 82. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all competitors combined.

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA TOUR Travelers Championship 100 17
EUROPEAN TOUR BMW International Open 107 22
LPGA TOUR Walmart NW
Arkansas Championship
107 8
CHAMPIONS TOUR U.S. Senior Open Championship 107 22
WEB.COM TOUR Air Capital Classic 95 20
JAPAN TOUR ISPS Handa Global Cup 75 44
KOREAN TOUR Gunsan CC Open 125 15
MACKENZIE TOUR- CANADIAN TOUR The Syncrude Boreal Open 103 20

 

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Team Titleist caught up with Titleist Brand Ambassador Graham DeLaet during the Travelers Championship pro-am on Wednesday and got his reflections on what it takes to succeed at TPC River Highlands. DeLaet, a 2006 Boise State graduate and native of Saskatchewan, Canada, has mounted a solid 2015 campaign that includes two top 10's and three top 25 finishes coming into the week.

"I really enjoy playing here," said DeLaet, who is playing in the Travelers Championship for the sixth consecutive year. "It is probably one of the most fun courses we play on tour all year. Depending on weather conditions the winning score could be anywhere between 10-under and 20-under. You just never know. We got some torrential rain yesterday so the course is playing a little soft right now. If that stays true some guys could go low."

The course will play to 6,841 yards and a par 70.

"The track is not real long by tour standards, but it gives you a lot of different club options of the tee," said DeLaet. "It allows you to use every club in your bag and really makes you think about how you want to play certain holes. Course management will be a key to success because there are a lot of risk-reward opportunities that can help you gain or possibly lose momentum during a round."

Last year's winner, Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Kevin Streelman, birdied the final seven holes to win by one shot.

DeLaet specifically pointed out hole Nos. 15-18, describing them "as the most exciting closing stretch we play on tour. Depending on where you stand when you get to No. 15, you have to decide whether to go for the reachable par 4 or not. If you are off line you could get into big trouble with water on the left and sand on the right. If you get it on the green you have a shot at eagle. Water also comes into play on each of the next three shots, including the tee shot on No. 16, and the tee shot and approach shot on No. 17. You need a great tee ball in order to have a shot at birdie on No. 18."

 DeLaet has already started the week off in the right direction by winning the sixth annual 15 ½ Charity Challenge presented by Travelers during Tuesday's practice round.

The 15 ½ hole is a 40-foot wide, 15-foot long floating green shaped in the form of the Travelers red umbrella logo. The green bobs on the surface of the pond bordering the 15th, 16th and 17th holes. As players come off the 15th green, they each take at shot at hitting the tiny target. Graham won top honors this year, recording the closest shot to the pin at two inches.

Travelers will donate $10,000 to the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation, a foundation the DeLaets created to improve the health and wellness of children, as well as supporting the development of junior golfers at all stages.

Congratulations on the great shot, Graham, and good luck this week!

WHAT’S IN GRAHAM DELAET'S BAG
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 915D4 (8.5º) 
Fairway: Titleist 915Fd (13.5º)
Irons: Titleist CB 714 (3-5) and MB 714 (6-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM5, pitching (46º), sand (54º) and TVD K-grind lob (60º) wedges

Take a closer look at the closing holes at TPC River Highlands in the gallery below:

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Staring down Chambers Bay’s 18th hole with a share of the lead at the U.S. Open, Jordan Spieth knew the moment called for power and precision – specifically, a perfect driver-3-wood combo to reach the 604-yard par-5 in two shots.

The tee shot required pinpoint accuracy to one of the narrowest fairways on the course, a diagonal landing area guarded by severe bunkering. Less than half (49 percent) the field hit the 18th fairway Sunday.

Jordan steadied his focus and developed his plan of attack.

“I knew I needed to fade the ball off the tee,” he said. “The wind was down and a little off the right, which is a perfect opportunity for me to try and play a nice, just soft fade.”

He pulled his 915D2 driver, teed up his Pro V1x, and went to work.

“I struck it right on the middle of the face,” Jordan added. “I said put it in the fairway, give yourself a chance. It got right up there on the upslope, I couldn't have placed it in a better spot.”

After calming his nerves and executing the tee shot he’d envisioned, Jordan was in the fairway with an uphill lie and what he called a “perfect number – 250 yards to the front edge (of the green), 282 hole adjusted.” Still, the 18th green boasted the most severe undulations on the entire course.

Once again, staying in the moment, he worked through the details, the numbers and the options he had for his next shot. The club of choice for this pivotal approach? His 915F 15º 3-wood.

“For my 3-wood that flies typically 265 yards or so," Spieth said. His goal was to "try to land it on about that number."

Jordan visualized his shot and made an aggressive pass at the ball.

“Very, very pure… In midair I was going to be pleased anywhere on the green. And then with the roar I knew it stayed on the top ledge,” Jordan said.

Spieth's Pro V1x came to rest 20-feet from the hole. He two-putted for birdie to cap off a perfectly executed hole of golf and ultimately secure a one-shot victory at the 115th U.S. Open.

Last November at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, Jordan put the 2015 Pro V1x golf ball and his 915D2 driver in play for the first time. He’s played 1,300 stroke-play holes since in 157 under par, breaking par in 57 of 72 rounds and breaking 70 a total of 42 times.

As for Jordan's thoughts on the overall performance of his 915 metals...

"It’s effortless distance. It’s distance without needing to force it through your swing and therefore your swing stays consistent through the bag for 18 holes," said Jordan.

"You’re going to be able to carry that bunker with the same swing you’ve had before and therefore, you’re going to stay more consistent throughout the bag."

We'd say this is certainly a success story and if you have a 915 story that you want to share, we want to hear it!

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