Leading up to the final majors of 2013, Team Titleist caught up with Jason Dufner on the range at the Travelers Championship and, as always, Jason was kind enough to take some time out for us and share some insight on a variety of topics – including what it would mean to him to become a major champion.

"I feel like I've established myself as a guy who can compete out here and play in the big events. To win one of those events would be a lifelong dream, and a crowning achievement on my career," said Jason.

Fast forward a few weeks and after a historic run at Oak Hill Country Club, Jason’s name will forever be inscribed on the Wanamaker Trophy and it is a dream come true.

Congratulations, Jason!

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For Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner, it was certainly a week to remember at the PGA Championship and it went something like this…

Thursday: Get off to a solid start and put yourself in prime position.

Friday: Set a new course record, join the elite group of players to fire a 63 during a major championship and climb to the top of the leaderboard.

Saturday: Keep the nerves in check and continue the steady play.

Sunday: Put on a display of precision shot making skill, keep the field at bay, hoist the Wanamaker Trophy and add your name to the history books.

Trusting his Pro V1 golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment including a new set of AP2 prototype irons (714 series), Jason went on to post a 10-under par 270 total (68 - 63 - 71 - 68) at historic Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY to claim his his first career major championship victory.

“For me to be competitive on this type of golf course, I felt like I had to have a great week ball?striking and I was able to do it.  I hit a lot of fairways,” Dufner said after the round. “When I did hit the fairways, I hit a ton of greens, and that was the difference for me.”

Jason started the final round on Sunday one shot off the lead, but he routinely found the center cut of the fairway on a very narrow set up at Oak Hill Country Club and steadied his sights on the pins as he hit one green in regulation after another. Keeping himself in near perfect position throughout the round, he continued to apply pressure to the field as he reclaimed the lead on the eighth hole and never looked back.

“It was a tough test for me,” Dufner said. “My name will always be on this trophy, and nobody can take that away from me, so it's a great accomplishment for me and I'm really excited about it.”

Jason joins Titleist Brand Ambassador and 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott as a first-time major champion during the 2013 PGA Tour season. The win also marks the 90th victory for Titleist golf ball players on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 31 and more than all other competitors combined.

Of the 156-player field, 87 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 24.

Titleist is also the top choice in the iron (41) and sand, lob and approach wedge (142) categories.

What’s in Jason Dufner’s bag?: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, 910D2 driver (9.5º),  913F fairway metal (13.5º), 913F.d Low Spin fairway metal (18º), 913H hybrid (19º), AP2 prototype irons  (714 series) (4-PW), Vokey Design SM4 56.14 (bent to 54º) sand wedge and TVD K-grind lob (60º) wedge, Scotty Cameron by Titleist Circa 62 #6 putter.

Equipment Notes from the PGA Championship…

Leading up to the PGA Championship, Jason continued to work closely with the Titleist Tour Support team to dial in his equipment which included a transition to a new set of AP2 prototype irons (714 series) at the WGC event at Firestone a week earlier. In an interview with Team Titleist at Firestone, he commented on the new and improved sole design and bounce configuration, which resulted in an improved turf interaction.

Jason was one of 15 players in the PGA Championship field who put a set of new prototype irons in play. Titleist Brand Ambassadors Tim Clark (CB) and Marc Leishman (MB) were among the players who put the irons in play for the first time at Oak Hill.

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Web.Com: Andrew Svoboda, relying on his Pro V1x golf ball, fired an 8-under 64 in Sunday’s final round to win the 24th annual Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper and earn his first career title.

Following the round which saw Andrew hit all eighteen greens and ten of the fourteen fairways, Svoboda told reporters, “I knew I had to go low,” he said. “I knew it was going to be at least 20-under.”

Svoboda reached 20-under, and kept going lower: “I knew what was going on,” Andrew said in an interview. “When I got to 20 I thought I wanted to get to 22. When I did that, I just made sure to make pars down the stretch.”

Of the 156-player field, 109 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all competitors combined.

The season’s final major is underway at Oak Hill Country Club and the story lines are shaping up as we head into the weekend at the PGA Championship.

Will there be another first time major winner this season? Will we see a player add the Wannamaker Trophy to his existing major championship collection? And will we see another dramatic finish that comes down to the wire?

And as we watch the play unfold, 87 players will be trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball at the PGA Championship. That’s more than three times the nearest competitor with 24 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist is also the top choice in the iron (41) and sand, lob and approach wedge (142) categories.

Low numbers are being posted and we're rooting for an exciting culmination to the 2013 Major Championship season on the PGA Tour.

Good luck to all of Team Titleist!

It’s never easy to close out a tournament with back-to-back birdies and it’s an even more difficult feat during the final round of a major championship at the birthplace of golf – The Old Course at St. Andrews. But that is exactly what Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis did this weekend as she captured the Ricoh Women’s British Open title in dramatic fashion.

Stacy’s win capped off a weekend that featured a total of four wins for Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players across the worldwide professional tours. Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 88 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 28 and more than all other competitors combined.

Joining Stacy in the winner’s circle this week, Titleist Brand Ambassador Tom Pernice, Jr. birdied the final two holes to capture the 3M Championship for his second Champions Tour title. On the Web.com Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Martin closed with a 4-under par 67 to win the Mylan Classic by five shots, earning his second win (United Leasing Championship) in six weeks.

And at the Bosung C.C. Open, Titleist Brand Ambassador Tae Hoon Kim achieved his dream of a first career win on the KPGA Tour, finishing at 21-under 267 for a three shot victory.

For a quick recap of all the action, check out the Team Titleist notes from around the tours below.

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LPGA: Ricoh Women’s British Open

  • Of the 144-player field, 95 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 12.
  • Lewis birdied the final two holes in dramatic fashion – including a 25 foot putt on the 18th - en route to her second career major championship title.
  • Lewis closed with an even-par 72 for a two-shot victory over her two nearest competitors, including Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Hee Young Park.  She finished with an 8-under par 280 victory total.
  • Lewis was among 20 players who had to play 36 holes on Sunday after play was suspended on Saturday due to 40 mph gusts of wind.

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CHAMPIONS: 3M Championship

  • Of the 81-player field, 63 players relied upon Titleist, more than 12 times the nearest competitor (5).
  • Pernice closed with a 4-under par 68 en route to a 17-under 199 victory total, one shot clear of Pro V1 golf ball loyalists Jeff Sluman and Corey Pavin, who shot final rounds of 62 and 66, respectively.
  • Sluman birdied his first seven holes of the day.
  • Even though he had a tap-in birdie for the win on the final hole, Pernice drained a 40-footer on the 17th that set up the victory.
  • What’s in Tom Pernice’s Bag?:  Pro V1x, 913D3 driver (8.5), 913F fairway metal (13.5), 913H hybrids (17, 21), AP2 irons (4-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48), sand (56) and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi putter.

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WEB.COM: Mylan Classic

  • Of the 144-player field, 95 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, five times the nearest competitor with 19.
  • Martin finished with a 17-under 267 victory total, one shot off the tournament record. The Web.com Tour’s hottest player has five top-6 finishes in his last six starts and has moved to No. 2 on the money list.
  • What’s in Ben Martin’s Bag?: Pro V1x, 910D3 driver (8.5), 910Fd fairway metal (13.5), 913H hybrid (19), CB irons (3, 5-P), Vokey Design SM4 gap (50) and sand (54) wedges, Vokey Design TVD K grind lob (58) wedge, Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour putter.

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KOREA: Bosung C.C. Open

  • Of the 156-player field, 110 players relied upon Titleist, more than five times the nearest competitor (20).
  • What’s in Tae Hoon Kim’s Bag?:  Pro V1x, 913D2 driver (9.5), 913F fairway metal (15), 913H hybrid (19), CB (3-5) and MB (6-PW) irons, Vokey Design SM4 gap (52) and lob (58) wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport putter.
  • Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Dong Min Lee (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrids, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport putter) finished in solo third place, four shots behind the champion.
  • Eleven of the 13 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.    

This week, we hit the road to Akron, OH for a little journey inside the ropes of the WGC event at Firestone CC to catch up with many of the top players in the world. On the agenda for most, a final tune-up before the season's final major.

And this week, 52% of the players at the WGC Invitational will trust a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success as they traverse a course that requires great length, precision and touch.

Check out the video above to see what players like Titleist Brand Ambassadors Adam Scott, Webb Simpson, Bill Haas, John Merrick, Jason Dufner, and Steve Stricker (just to name a few) were up to as they made their final preparations for the week ahead.

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