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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Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist James Hahn won the Northern Trust Open after converting a 25-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a three-man playoff. It marked the first career PGA TOUR victory for Hahn, who fired back-to-back 2-under-par 69s on the weekend. 

James relied on an impressive all around performance to take home the title, ranking in the Top-30 in driving accuracy (28), sand saves (T9), strokes gained tee-to-green (2) and strokes-gained-putting (T1), but it was one shot in particular that he believes was a key to the victory.

On the second playoff hole, James had a difficult shot from the rough over the green on the demanding, yet driveable, par-4 10th. With complete confidence in his golf ball, James pulled off an impressive flop shot, landing within 12 feet allowing him to make birdie to extend the playoff.

"I love those shots... that's one of those shots where I've been practicing with my brother ever since I was five years old. You know, pick the most difficult lie, try to get up‑and‑down, and it's to win a golf tournament. I had a lot of confidence over that shot," said Hahn.

The victory also means an invitation to this years Masters tournament, a fact not lost on the newly crowned champion.

"I can not wait to go the Masters. I will certainly clear my schedule for that one."

Congratulations on a fantastic tournament, James. See you in Augusta!

TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS

In total, 2,879 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with 427 and more than all competitors combined.

With another victory this week, Titleist’s victory count in the young 2015 season advances to 18. That's more than twice the nearest competitor with 8 and more than all competitors combined.

THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD  |  WEEK ENDING February 22, 2015

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA Tour Northern Trust Open 90 14
European Tour Hero Indian Open 99 14
LPGA Tour ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open 121 8
Australasian Tour Queensland PGA Championship 101 13
South African Tour Dimension Data Pro-Am 132 20
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The #1 Ball in Golf - 2015 Wins

Titleist is the #1 ball for more players and more champions across the worldwide professional tours. Thus far in the new 2015 season, Titleist golf ball players have already recorded 18 victories around the world, compared to 8 for the nearest competitor. Since its introduction in 2000, the Pro V1 golf ball franchise has been the golf ball of choice for more than 2,200 champions worldwide.

Below is a listing of tournaments won by Titleist golf ball players on the major worldwide professional tours in 2015.

TOUR (wins) TOURNAMENT PLAYER BALL MODEL

PGA TOUR (9) Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Ben Martin Pro V1x
  The McGladrey Classic Robert Streb Pro V1x
  CIMB Classic Winner Pro V1x
  WGC-HSBC Champions Bubba Watson Pro V1x prototype
  OHL Classic at Mayakoba Charley Hoffman Pro V1x prototype
  Sony Open in Hawaii Jimmy Walker Pro V1
  Humana Challenge Bill Haas Pro V1x
  Waste Management Phoenix Open Brooks Koepka Pro V1x
  Northern Trust Open James Hahn Pro V1x
       

EUROPEAN (3) South African Open Andy Sullivan Pro V1x
  Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Gary Stal Pro V1x
  True Thailand Classic Andrew Dodt Pro V1x
       

LPGA (2) Coates Golf Championship Na Yeon Choi Pro V1x
  Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic Sei Young Kim Pro V1
       

CHAMPIONS (1) Allianz Championship Paul Goydos Pro V1
       

WEB.COM (1) Panama Claro Championship Matthew Goggin Pro V1
       

AUSTRALASIAN (2) Victorian Open Richard Green Pro V1
  MBZ Victorian PGA Championship Aaron Townsend Pro V1x
       
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