As the final events play out for the 2013 season on the worldwide professional golf tours, the winning ways continue for players trusting Titleist. Relying on a Pro V1x golf ball and new AP2 irons (714 series) among his full bag of Titleist equipment, Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson rallied from four shots behind with eight holes to play to capture the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. The comeback will be long remembered for a stunning hole out by Johnson on the 72nd hole that forced a playoff in which he ultimately prevailed.

 Joining Johnson in this week's winners' circle, Titleist Brand Ambassador Marcelo Rozo captured his first career victory on the LatinoAmerica Tour, raising the trophy at the VISA Argentina Open. Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players have now won 158 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 40 and more than all other competitors combined.

 To date, 22,010 players have trusted a Titleist golf ball across the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,238 and more than all other competitors combined.

Let's review this weekend's action from around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.

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PGA TOUR (Unofficial): Northwestern Mutual World Challenge

Johnson's dramatic finish came after his approach to the 72nd hole found the hazard fronting the 18th green. Playing his fourth shot from a drop zone 58 yards from the flag, Johnson played a knockdown shot with his Vokey Design Hand Ground, 60-degree, V-Grind lob wedge that skipped, bounced twice, halted inches beyond the pin and then spun back gently into the heart of the cup, capping a 4-under round of 68. The par matched his playing partner, who got up and down from a greenside bunker at the last to send the contest to extra holes. Both players finished with 13-under 275 scoring totals.

 Returning to the 444-yard 18th hole at Sherwood Country Club for the first playoff hole, Johnson struck a perfect drive down the right side of the fairway. Relying upon his new AP2 9-iron, Johnson struck a solid approach that left him a 15-foot birdie putt. His birdie bid burned the left edge of the cup, but the tap-in par was all he needed after his fellow competitor made bogey.

Just prior to attending the Northwester Mutual World Challenge, Johnson visited the Titleist Test Facility in Oceanside, CA.  During testing with the Titleist Club R&D Team, Johnson decided to put new AP2 irons (714 series) in the bag, as well as a new 18-degree 913FD fairway metal.

The new AP1 and AP2 (714 Series) irons feature progressive designs to produce optimum launch, trajectory and distance for each loft.  Advanced CG height progression, precisely designed into both models, creates higher launching long irons and flatter launching short irons for more carry distance with outstanding control to help players stop the ball on the green, closer to the hole.

While the World Challenge is not recognized as an official event on the PGA TOUR schedule, it does provide world ranking points and the win vaulted Johnson to No. 9 in the Official World Golf Rankings.  This marks the first time in his career that Johnson has occupied a spot in the top-10.

"I feel very fortunate, and a bit lucky," Johnson would say after the victory. "A little too dramatic for me.”

Though luck was on his side at the last, Zach's play down the stretch seemed to foreshadow the memorable shot. On the par-5 16th, he laid up and nearly holed a sand wedge from 88 yards. The shot led to a tap-in birdie. On the very next hole Johnson flagged his 8-iron tee shot, sinking a four foot birdie putt that gave him a share of the lead as they headed to the wild finish.

WHAT’S IN ZACH JOHNSON’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 (8.5°) driver, 913FD (15.0°, 18.0°) fairway metals, AP1 (4) and new AP2 (5-9) irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°) and sand (54°) wedges, Vokey Design Hand Ground (60°, V-Grind) wedge.

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LATINOAMERICA TOUR: VISA Argentina Open

 Of the 131-player field, 108 players trusted Titleist golf balls, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 13.

In the final event on the 2013 LatinoAmerica Tour calendar, Marcelo Rozo closed with an even-par 72 on Sunday, good for a 10-under-par 278 and a two-shot margin of victory in his first LatinoAmerica Tour win.

Jeff Gove (Pro V1x), a three time winner on the Web.com Tour, finished with a 5-under 67 to take solo second at the event.

Two players tied for 3rd at 7-under 281, including fellow Pro V1x loyalist Bronson Burgoon.

WHAT’S IN MARCELO ROZO’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 (8.5°) driver, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 approach (52°) and lob (58°) wedges.

 

 Across the world of golf, the winning momentum continued for Titleist golf ball players, as two more Titleist golf ball loyalists entered the winners' circle this week, led by Titleist Brand Ambassador Gagnjeet Bhullar, who captured his first Asian Tour victory of the season at the Indonesian Open.

 Along with Pro V1x loyalist Fabian Gomez, who captured his maiden LatinoAmerica Tour victory at the Personal Classic, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players have now won 157 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 40 and more than all other competitors combined.

 To date, 21,749 players around the world have trusted a Titleist golf ball on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,206 and more than all other competitors combined. Proof yet again that Titleist is the #1 ball in golf.

Let's take a trip around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.

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ASIAN TOUR: Indonesian Open

 Of the 144-player field, 96 players trusted Titleist golf balls, more than 5 times the nearest competitor with 18.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Gagnjeet Bhullar won in wire-to-wire fashion on Sunday, closing the Indonesian Open in style with a bogey-free 3-under 68 in the final round. The win marks the fifth career Asian Tour victory for the Indian.

Bhullar, who shot four rounds in the 60s, posted a 16-under 268 total, good for a three-shot margin of victory.

"In golf anything is possible, that's what I have always believed in,” said Bhullar after the win. “If you have trust in your abilities and will power, you can excel anywhere.”

WHAT’S IN GAGANJEET BHULLAR’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 driver (7.5°), 913FD fairway metal (13.5°, 18.5°), AP2 irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°), sand (54°) and lob (60°) wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter.

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ONEASIA TOUR: Emirates Australian Open

 Of the 156-player field, 115 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 21.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott came within a single shot of capturing a rare Australian triple crown on Sunday, posting a runner-up finish at the Emirates Australian Open. Scott, who earlier this month had captured both the Australian PGA Championship and Australian Masters (in addition to partnering for an Australain win in the World Cup), shot a 1-under 71 in his final round at Royal Sydney GC. He posted a 17-under 271 total, one shot away from forcing a playoff.

Scott, who had set a course record with his opening round 10-under 62, kept the near-miss in perspective. Though admitting to reporters on Sunday that he "was gutted" at not having closed out the Aussie Open, he recognized how successful 2013 has been for him.

"It's been a great year. Obviously I didn't want to finish like that (but) I'll get over this tonight and look forward to a few weeks rest and get ready to go next year".

In addition to his wins down under, Scott captured his first major title at this year's Masters Tournament and added a FedExCup playoff event win at The Barclays. He is currently ranked No. 2 in the Offical World Golf Rankings.

WHAT’S IN ADAM SCOTT’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, 913D3 driver (9.5°), 910FD fairway metal (15°), 712U 2-iron, 680 irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°) and sand (54°) wedges, Vokey Design TVD K-grind lob (60°) wedge, Scotty Cameron Futura X long putter.

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LATINOAMERICA TOUR: Personal Classic

 Of the 132-player field, 107 players trusted Titleist golf balls, more than 8 times the nearest competitor with 13.

It was a 1-2-T3 finish at the Personal Classic in Buenos Aires, where each of the top-6 players relied on a Titleist golf ball for his success.

Pro V1x loyalist Fabian Gomez captured his first LatinoAmerica Tour title on home soil on Sunday, closing with a 5-under 67 at La Reserva Cardales. The performance gave the Argentine a 19-under 269 total, two shots clear of fellow Pro V1x loyalist Christian Espinoza.

Bronson Burgoon (Pro V1x) and Matias O'Curry (Pro V1) both posted 7-under 65s in the final round for a share of joint 3rd place with Pro V1x loyalists Rafael Echenique (66) and Maximiliano Godoy (69).

The #1 Ball in Golf - 2013 Wins

 

Titleist is the #1 ball for more players and more champions across the worldwide professional tours. In fact, Titleist golf ball players have recorded 157 victories around the world, compared to 40 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 2,000 champions worldwide.

Below is a listing of tournaments won by Titleist golf ball players on the major worldwide professional tours in 2013.

TOUR (wins)
TOURNAMENT PLAYER BALL MODEL
 

 

PGA TOUR (19) Humana Challenge Brian Gay Pro V1x
  Northern Trust Open John Merrick Pro V1x
  Honda Classic Michael Thompson Pro V1x
  Tampa Bay Championship Kevin Streelman Pro V1x
  Shell Houston Open D.A. Points Pro V1x
  THE MASTERS Adam Scott Pro V1
  Zurich Classic of New Orleans Billy Horschel Pro V1x
  Wells Fargo Championship Derek Ernst Pro V1x
  FedEx St. Jude Classic Harris English Pro V1x
  The Travelers Championship Ken Duke Pro V1
  AT&T National Bill Haas Pro V1x
  The Greenbrier Classic Jonas Blixt Pro V1x
  John Deere Classic Jordan Spieth Pro V1x
  Sanderson Farms Championship Woody Austin Pro V1x
  THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP Jason Dufner Pro V1
  The Barclays Adam Scott Pro V1
  Deutsche Bank Championship Henrik Stenson Pro V1x
  BMW Championship Zach Johnson Pro V1x
  The TOUR Championship Henrik Stenson Pro V1x
       

EUROPEAN (23)  Volvo Golf Champions Louis Oosthuizen Pro V1x
  Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Jamie Donaldson Pro V1
  Commercialbank Qatar Masters Chris Wood Pro V1x
  Omega Dubai Desert Classic Winner Pro V1x
  Africa Open Darren Fichardt Pro V1x
  Avantha Masters Thomas Aiken Pro V1x
  Maybank Malaysia Open Kiradech Aphibarnrat Pro V1x
  Trophee Hassan II Marcel Siem Pro V1x
  Ballantines Championship Brett Rumford Pro V1x
  Volvo China Open Brett Rumford Pro V1x
  Madeira Island Open Peter Uihlein Pro V1x
  BMW PGA Championship Matteo Manassero Pro V1x
  Nordea Masters Mikko Ilonen Pro V1x
  Lyoness Open Joost Luiten Pro V1
  Najet Hotels et Golfs Open Simon Thornton Pro V1x
  Russian Masters Michael Hoey Pro V1
  ISPS Handa Wales Open Gregory Bourdy Pro V1x
  KLM Open Joost Luiten Pro V1
  70° Open D'Italia Julien Quesne Pro V1x
  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship David Howell Pro V1x
  Perth International Jin Jeong Pro V1
  Turkish Airlines Open Victor Dubuisson Pro V1x
  DP World Tour Championship Henrik Stenson Pro V1x
       

LPGA (11) ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open Jiyai Shin Pro V1
  HSBC Women's Championship Stacy Lewis Pro V1x
  RR Donnelly LPGA Founders Cup Stacy Lewis Pro V1x
  Kia Classic Beatriz Recari Pro V1
  Kinsgmill Championship Cristie Kerr Pro V1
  Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Hee Young Park Pro V1
  Marathon Classic Beatriz Recari Pro V1
  Ricoh Women's British Open Championship Stacy Lewis Pro V1x
  CN Canadian Women's Open Champion (amateur) Pro V1
  Reignwood LPGA Classic Shanshan Feng Pro V1x
  LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship Amy Yang Pro V1
  CME Group Titleholders Shanshan Feng Pro V1x
       

CHAMPIONS (21) Allianz Championship Champion Pro V1x
  ACE Group Classic Bernhard Langer Pro V1
  Toshiba Classic David Frost Pro V1
  Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Michael Allen Pro V1x
  Greater Gwinnett Championship Bernhard Langer Pro V1x
  Insperity Championship Esteban Toledo Pro V1x
  Principal Charity Classic Russ Cochran Pro V1
  Regions Tradition David Frost Pro V1
  Constellation Senior Players Championship Kenny Perry Pro V1x
  U.S. Senior Open Championship Kenny Perry Pro V1x
  Senior Open Championship Mark Wiebe Pro V1
  3M Championship Tom Pernice, Jr. Pro V1x
  Dick's Sporting Goods Open Bart Bryant Pro V1
  Boeing Classic John Riegger Pro V1x
  Shaw Charity Classic Rocco Mediate Pro V1x
  Montreal Championship Esteban Toledo Pro V1x
  Pacific Links Hawaii Mark Wiebe Pro V1
  Nature Valley First Tee Open Kirk Triplett Pro V1x
  SAS Championship Russ Cochran Pro V1
  Greater Hickory Classic Michael Allen Pro V1x
  AT&T Championship Kenny Perry Pro V1x
       

WEB.COM (16) Panama Claro Championship Kevin Foley Pro V1x
  Colombia Championship Patrick Cantlay Pro V1x
  Chile Classic Kevin Kisner Pro V1x
  Chitimacha Louisiana Open Edward Loar Pro V1x
  Brasil Classic Benjamin Alvarado Pro V1x
  WNB Golf Classic Alex Aragon Pro V1x
  Stadion Classic at UGA Brendon Todd Pro V1x
  BMW Charity Pro-Am Mark Anderson Pro V1x
  Air Capital Classic Scott Parel Pro V1x
  The Rex Hospital Open Chesson Hadley Pro V1x
  United Leasing Championship Ben Martin Pro V1x
  Mylan Classic Ben Martin Pro V1x
  Price Cutter Charity Classic Andrew Svoboda Pro V1x
  News Sentinel Open Peter Malnati Pro V1x
  Chiquita Classic Andrew Svoboda Pro V1x
  Web.com Tour Championship Chesson Hadley Pro V1x
       

SOUTH AFRICAN (10) Telkom PGA Pro-Am Oliver Bekker Pro V1x
  Golden Pilsner Zimbabwe Open Jake Roos Pro V1x
  Investec Royal Swazi Open James Kingston Pro V1x
  Vodacom Origins of Golf - Langebaan Jean Hugo Pro V1x
  Wild Waves Golf Challenge Andrew Curlewis Pro V1x
  Vodacom Origins of Golf - Parys Andrew Curlewis Pro V1x
  Platinum Classic Neil Schietkat Pro V1x
  Vodacom Origins of Golf Final JJ Senekal Pro V1x
  BMG Classic Ulrich Van Den Berg Pro V1x
  Lion of Africa Cape Town Open Tjaart Van Der Walt Pro V1x
       

ASIAN (11) Zaykabar Myanmar Open Chawalit Plaphol Pro V1x
  Chiangmai Golf Classic Scott Hend Pro V1x
  Panasonic Open India Wade Ormsby Pro V1x
  Solaire Open Lin Wen-tang Pro V1x
  CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters Bernd Wiesberger

Pro V1x

  Yeangder TPC Thaworn Wiratchant Pro V1x
  Mercuries Taiwan Masters Scott Hend Pro V1
 

CJ Invitational

Sung-Hoon Kang

Pro V1x

  Venetian Macau Open Scott Hend Pro V1
  Resorts World Manila Masters Wen-Chong Liang Pro V1x
  Indonesian Open Gaganjeet Bhullar Pro V1x
       

ONEASIA (4) Indonesia PGA Championship Choi Ho-sung Pro V1
  Sk Telecom Open Matthew Griffin Pro V1x
  56th Kolon Korea Open Sung-Hoon Kang Pro V1x
  Australian PGA Championship Adam Scott Pro V1
       

JAPAN (7) Chunichi Crowns Michio Matsumura Pro V1x
  Japan Golf Tour Championship Satoshi Kodaira Pro V1x
  Kansai Open Brad Kennedy Pro V1x
  Vana H Cup Augusta Sung-Joon Park Pro V1x
  Asia Pacific Panasonic Championship Masahiro Kawamura Pro V1
  Japan Open Champion Pro V1x
 

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Daisuke Maruyama Pro V1x
  Dunlop Phoenix Luke Donald Pro V1x
       

AUSTRALASIAN (12) Victorian PGA Championship David McKenzie Pro V1x
  Heritage Classic David Brandson Pro V1x
  Queensland PGA Championship Brad Kennedy Pro V1x
  The Victorian Open Matt Giles Pro V1x
  New Zealand PGA Championship Mike Hendry Pro V1x
  Queensland Open Nick Cullen Pro V1x
  South Pacific Open Championship Andre Stolz Pro V1x
  WA PGA Championship Jack Wilson Pro V1
  WA Open Championship Josh Geary Pro V1x
  Australian PGA Championship Adam Scott Pro V1
  Talisker Masters Adam Scott Pro V1
  Gloria Jeans NSW Open Aron Price Pro V1x
       

KOREAN (7) 1st Happiness Kwangju Bank Open Kyung-Nam Kang Pro V1
  Gunsan Open Soo-Min Lee Pro V1x
  Bosung CC Open Tae-Hoon Kim Pro V1x
  56th KPGA Championship Hyung-Tae Kim Pro V1x
  Dongbu Insurance Open Chang-Woo Lee Pro V1
  Munsingwear Match Play Championship Do-Hoon Kim Pro V1x
  Herald KYJ Tour Championship In-Hoi Hur Pro V1x
       

CANADIAN (4) Dakota Dunes Open Wil Collins Pro V1x
  The Wildfire Invitational Mark Hubbard Pro V1
  Cape Breton Celtic Classic Mackenzie Hughes Pro V1x
  Tour Championship of Canada Max Gilbert Pro V1x
       

CHINA (2) China PGA - Yangjiang Event Li Chao Pro V1x
  China PGA - Quingdao Event Randall Jacob Ellison Pro V1x
  China-PGA - Chongqing Event Guang Ming Yang Pro V1x
       

LATINOAMERICA (7) 55° Abierto Mexicano de Golf Ted Purdy Pro V1
  82° Abierto OSDE del Centro Angel Cabrera Pro V1x
  Roberto De Vincenzo Invitational Jose de Jesus Rodriguez Pro V1x
  Mundo Maya Open Jorge Fernandez-Valdes Pro V1x
  Puerto Rico Classic Ryan Sullivan Pro V1x
  Arturo Calle Colombia Classic Jose de Jesus Rodriguez Pro V1x
  Lexus Peru Open Julián Etulain Pro V1x
  Personal Classic Fabian Gomez Pro V1x
       

 

Your tee shot was pure, and you're thinking birdie as you move from tee box to the fairway. But when you arrive at your ball, the resulting lie has your front foot several inches below your back foot.

The fantasy of a wedge and a kick-in is now replaced with just preventing a bogey.

We asked Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen to help us level our stance, and our heads, for this tough shot.

Louis told us that he sees most amateurs make the mistake of distributing their weight on their rear foot.

"You need to put your weight on your (lead) foot, to make sure you get everything level to the ball, to make sure you make good contact with the ball."

Watch the video above to see what else Louis has to say about alignment, to turn this shot into a highlight in your next round.

So, you find yourself off the green, needing to lob your Titleist golf ball relatively high in the air to end up near the pin.

We know this shot can make even the most skilled wedge player second-guess themselves.

So, we asked our friends at Titleist Performance Institute to provide some help. Their Advisory Board Member, PGA Professional James Sieckmann, says the easiest way is not necessarily the best-known.

"It's opposite of what a lot of people think. If you are going to hit it high, you need to lower the handle...the more you lower the handle, the more loft is added to the club," says James.

Check out the video to see what else James advises on the setup and swing for this shot. And for more drills and exercises for your golf game, head over to http://www.myTPI.com.

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