For some, earning their PGA Tour card is a dream come true. For others, it is a chance to return to the PGA Tour and have another chance to compete against the best players in the world. This past weekend, 125 players teed it up at the Tour finals looking to make their final move into the top 50 and secure a spot on the PGA Tour for the 2014-2015 season.

This was the second year where 50 PGA Tour cards were made available through the Web.Com Tour – 25 for the Top 25 on the money list during the regular season, and another 25 for the top performing players (without a regular season promotion) during the Web.Com Tour Finals.

We're also proud to report that 35 of the 50 players who earned a PGA Tour card trusted a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x for their success. That's five times the nearest competitor with six and more than all other competitors combined.

Congratulations to the Tour Class of 2014 and best of luck on the PGA Tour this season.

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It was a strong finish to the season for Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Derek Fathauer as he capped off an impressive Tour Finals campaign with his first career professional victory at the Tour Championship. 

With the win, Derek claimed the top spot on the Tour Finals money list and secured fully exempt status for the 2014-15 PGA Tour season along with a spot in The Players Championship. The key for Derek this week was staying in the moment and focusing on the task ahead. 

"I was trying to force it for the first few events. I did a better job of staying patient this week and not looking too far ahead." Said Fathauer. 

After securing a trip back to the PGA Tour for the 2014 – 2015 season, Derek is also looking to build on his past experience and bring a more complete approach to next season.

"I think my all-around game is better now and I'm mentally tougher. I'm ready to give it another try"

And here is a fast fact courtesy of… Derek became the first champion on the Tour this season to lead the field in putting for a given tournament, only needing a four-round total of 98 putts at the Tour Championship.  

With the season complete, Titleist Golf Ball Loyalists won 19 Tour events compared to 3 for the nearest competitor. In addition, 35 of the 50 players who earned PGA Tour cards for next season trusted a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x for their success.

Congratulations, Derek! We’ll see you on the PGA Tour next year.


Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Joost Luiten captured the ISPS Handa Wales Open by one shot to claim his fourth career European Tour victory. Luiten closed with an even par 71 en route to a 14-under 270 victory total.

On the LPGA Tour, Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Mi Jung Hur fired a 67-66 on the weekend to establish a new tournament record of 21-under par 267 at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic to claim her second career LPGA Tour victory. 

To round out the week's action, Pro V1 loyalist Paul Goydos carded a final round 4-under-par 68 to win the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship for his first Champions Tour title. Goydos posted a tournament-record of 19-under-par 197 in just his fifth start on the Champions Tour.


With another four wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 136. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 31 and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 19,026 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 3,201 and more than all competitors combined.


TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
European Tour ISPS Handa Wales Open 95 21
LPGA Tour Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic 84 9
Champions Tour Pacific Links Hawaii Championship 53 10 Tour Tour Championship 85 13
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We have again tapped the expertise of Titleist Staff Professional Martin Hall for the latest edition of 18 Shots Presented by Titleist. In this episode, Martin explains the fundamentals needed to hit it close to a front pin.

To do this, Martin tells us to move the ball forward in the stance, use extra wrist hinge on the takeaway and finish the swing with a high follow through. This will help create a high, soft ball flight that will land softly.

Try this tip next time you face a front pin, and be sure to check out other 18 Shots episodes in the link below. 

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