After an exciting two weeks of island life on Hawaii, the bags were packed and the tour made its away across the Pacific to sunny California for the start of the inaugural Humana Challenge.

Players rolled in to PGA West in La Quinta, Ca. earlier this week to get in their reps on the range and Team Titleist member Greg Moore was there to catch all of the action.

Check out the slideshow below. And as always, thanks Greg!

Pro V1x loyalist Johnson Wagner had been telling friends and family that he'd win a PGA Tour event early in 2012. It took him just 15 days to make good on that promise.

With renewed confidence (not to mention a new mustache), Wagner rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for four birdies over the final 12 holes Sunday to capture the Sony Open in Hawaii for his third-career PGA Tour victory.

 "Yeah, I was definitely telling people to expect something early this year, which is a nice feeling," said Wagner, who shot rounds of 68-66-66-67 at Waialae Country Club for a 13-under 267 total and two-shot triumph.

Wagner, 31, credited the success to plain old hard work during the off-season, both on the course and in the gym.

"I'm just going to try to get better every day," said Wagner, who will be soon receiving an invitation to compete in this year's Master Tournament.

"It's a terrible cliché but I'm just going to try to get better and keep working out and keep doing the things I'm doing."

It marked the second consecutive win and a sweep of the "Aloha Swing" for Titleist golf ball players to start the 2012 PGA Tour season, following Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker's (Pro V1x) three-shot victory last weekend at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. (Wagner finished T-9 at Kapalua.)

Last season, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players won 33 of the PGA Tour's 44 events, including Wagner's victory at the Mayakoba Classic.

This week, 99 players at the Sony Open relied on Titleist golf ball for their success, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also No. 1 in iron sets (37); sand, lob and approach wedges (120); and putters (56).

• CHINA: Zhang Xin Jun (Pro V1x) earned his first career win at the China PGA Tour's Hainan event, topping a leader board the featured eight Titleist golf ball players in the top 10.

Zhang closed in 3-under 69 for a 17-under 271 total, two shots ahead of Lee Joung Wook (Pro V1x). Li Hao Tong (Pro V1x) and Su Dong (Pro V1x) tied for third place, another two shots back.

A total of 88 players trusted Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls in the event, nearly nine times the nearest competitor with 10 and more than all other golf ball combined. Titleist was also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (120).

• EUROPEAN TOUR: At the Joburg Open, 148 players teed up Titleist golf balls, 120 more than the nearest competitor with 28 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (61); and wedges (206).

It's pretty easy to sum up Sony Open week at Waialae Country Club: Great golf, and even better views.

(Or is it the other way around?)

For Team Titleist, it's definitely about giving a first "Aloha!" of 2012 to many of our Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists, including several of the rookies making their debuts as full-time PGA Tour members (i.e., Bud Cauley, Seung-yul Noh and Erik Compton).

A total of 99 players in the field this week are playing Titleist golf balls, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist is also No. 1 in iron sets (37); sand, lob and approach wedges (120); and putters (56).

In the slideshow below, we're taking a closer look at some of the Titleist equipment in this week's field, including more pics of the new Scotty Cameron Select line due out this spring.

(Also be sure to check out this week's Scotty Cameron Tour Slideshow on ScottyCameron.com.)

Enjoy!

  

The 2012 PGA Tour season opened in familiar fashion this weekend, with Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker leading a 1-through-8 finish for Titleist golf ball players at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag of Titleist equipment, Stricker closed in 4-under 69 for a 23-under 269 total and three-shot victory in Hawaii, the 12th of his PGA Tour career and eighth in last 50 starts.

Stricker's victory also capped a three-win weekend sweep by Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players across the worldwide professional tours, including wins by Louis Oosthuizen (Pro V1x) and Scott Arnold (Pro V1). Last year, Titleist players combined for 175 wins around the world, nearly 150 more than the nearest competitor with 27 and more than all competitors combined.

Once again, Stricker's success was largely the result of staying nice and steady. Off the tee, he sent his Pro V1x sailing long and straight down the fairways at Kapalua's Plantation Course. Around the green, he chipped and pitched and putted his way to 26 total birdies, many of those coming during his bogey-free 10-under 63 (eight birdies, one eagle) in Round 2.

 "My caddie, says, 'Do what you do,' and I think that sums it up the best. We just go about and do our thing. It may not be the flashiest thing at times, but I do other things well,"  said Stricker, the only player to have won won multiple times the last three seasons (2009, 2010, 2011).

"I chip and putt well, I'm driving the ball well. … Everybody has got a little bit different game, and that's the way I just kind of look at mine and do the things that we know how to do the best."

Such results have led to 43 consecutive made cuts, currently the longest streak on the PGA Tour. (He hasn't missed a weekend since 2009.)

Stricker, who last season won The Memorial and John Deere Classic, topped a leader board that included a Titleist golf ball loyalist in each of the top eight positions and 10 of the top 11.

Pro V1x loyalist Martin Laird finished alone in second, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson and defending champion Jonathan Byrd (Pro V1x) tied for third. For Simpson, it was his seventh top-10 finish in his last eight PGA Tour events.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 23 of the 27 players trusting the #1 ball in golf in the winners-only field. The nearest competitor had two. In fact, Titleist was the top choice across every major equipment category, including drivers (13); fairway metals (12); hybrids (9); irons (14); sand, lob and approach wedges (38); and putters (14).

Here's a closer look at Steve Stricker's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 909D3 8.5º, (UST Mamiya Proforce V2 86)
3-wood: Titleist 906F2 13º, (UST Mamiya Proforce V2 96) 
Hybrid: Titleist 909H 19º (UST Mamiya Proforce V2 Hybrid 104)
Irons: AP2 3-P (KBS Prototype)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 253•09º, 259•11º (True Temper Dynamic Gold w/Sensicore)

 • EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen opened 2012 with four rounds in the 60's to successfully defend his Africa Open title at East London Golf Club in South Africa.

The former British Open champion won on home soil for the second consecutive year, closing with a 6-under 67 for a 27-under 265 total and two-shot victory over countryman Tjaart Van der Walt (Pro V1). He won last year's event in a three-way playoff.

Oosthuizen has now placed inside the top eight in his last six European Tour starts, dating back to the 2011 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Titleist was the golf ball of choice at the event with 156 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all competitors combined.

• AUSTRALIAN: It was a 1-2-3 finish for Pro V1 players at the Victorian Open as Scott Arnold earned his first professional victory with some last-minute fireworks.

Faced with a plugged lie in a bunker on the final hole, Arnold slammed his wedge into the sand and watched as Pro V1 flew toward the flagstick, spun and stopped a couple feet from the hole.

Arnold tapped in for a 3-under 68 and 12-under 272 total, one stroke clear of Kurt Barnes (Pro V1), who closed in 5-under 66. Pro V1x loyalist Mike Hendry rounded out the Top 3.

Among the top-10 finishers at the Victorian Open, seven relied on a Titleist golf ball for their success. Titleist was the golf ball of choice at the event with 110 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all other golf balls combined.

Aloha from the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, where Team Titleist is in full force. Twenty-three of the 27 players on this week's tee sheet are Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists, including 14 of the top 15 players at the top of the leader board heading into Monday night's prime time finale.

We were on the ground at Kapalua's Plantation Course earlier in the week, catching up with players as they flipped the switch back into tournament mode.

You can view all of our pictures from the practice rounds in the slideshow below. And check back next week for even more inside-the-ropes updates from the Sony Open.

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