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Posted: January 26, 2015
Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas charged back to the winner's circle on Sunday, claiming his second career Humana Challenge title. Haas relied on solid driving, accurate iron play and a deft putting touch to post a 22-under 266 total, good for a one-shot victory in the California desert.
Let's take a closer look at Haas's winning setup from this past week.
WHAT'S IN BILL HAAS'S BAG
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball Driver: Titleist 915D2 driver (8.5º) w/Aldila Rogue X shaft Fairway: Titleist 915F fairway metal (13.5º) w/Mitsubishi Dimana Blue S+ 80 TX shaft Fairway: Titleist 915F fairway metal (18.0º) w/Mitsubishi Dimana Blue S+ 80 TX shaft Irons: Titleist AP 714 irons (3-PW) w/Nippon NS Pro Proto X shafts Wedges: Vokey Design SM5 sand (54º) and lob (60º) wedges w/True Temper Dynamic Golf X100 shafts Putter: Scotty Cameron 303 GSS
The front page of the Humana Challenge leaderboard was flush with Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists, and it was Bill Haas who sat alone at the top after the final putt fell on Sunday.
Haas closed with a 5-under par 67 en route to a 22-under par 266 victory total, one shot clear of five players, including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Charley Hoffman(New Pro V1x, 915D2 driver, 915F fairway metal, 913Hd hybrid, MB 714 irons, Vokey Design SM5 pitching, approach, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo 5 putter), as well as Titleist golf ball loyalists Sung-Joon Park (New Pro V1x), Brendan Steele (Pro V1x) and Steve Wheatcroft (Pro V1x).
Titleist Brand Ambassador Justin Thomas (Pro V1x, 915D3 driver, 915 Fd fairway metal, 913 Hd hybrid, MB irons, Vokey SM5 pitching, approach, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Super Rat putter), who fired a 9-under par 63 on Friday, finished in a three-way tie for seventh. The PGA TOUR rookie finished T-6 at last week’s Sony Open in Hawaii.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Erik Compton (Pro V1x, 915D3 driver, 915Fd fairway metal, 915 Hd hybrids, MB irons, Vokey SM5 approach, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron prototype putter) rounded out the top-10 with his T-10 finish.
“It's definitely a relief,” Haas said after the tournament, his first event since the WGC-HSBC Champions in China back in November. “Any kind of a win is unbelievable.”
With the win, Haas has now tallied six PGA Tour career wins including another Humana Challenge title back in 2010.
A few keys that helped Haas to victory this week would be his success in hitting the green and then converting the putts when he got there. Haas finished T-3 in Greens in Regulation (77.8%) and 4th in Strokes Gained Putting.
Runner-up Charley Hoffman was firing on all cylinders off the tee with a 301.8 yard average drive, but more importantly, he was finding the fairway 77.8% of the time, finishing T-5 in Driving Accuracy. Justin Thomas was T-1 in Birdies with 26 in 72 holes. He also finished 2nd in Driving Distance with a 310.6 average (including a 337 yard blast) and T-4 in Putts Per Greens in Regulation (1.566).
TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS:
In total, 1,144 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with 229 and more than all competitors combined.
With two wins this week, Titleist’s victory count in the young 2015 season advances to 9, compared to 5 for the nearest competitor and more than all competitors combined.
THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD | WEEK ENDING January 25, 2015
Posted: January 23, 2015
The PGA Tour is in California this week for the Humana Challenge, an exciting event where the scores are low and the action is non-stop. Contested on three different courses, players will have to adapt each day to tackle the variety of challenges presented at the third event of the 2015 season.
Despite having to adjust to a new course each of the first three days, the field will have to stay aggressive if they hope to keep pace with the leaders.
"These courses certainly aren't easy, but they give you a lot of opportunities. With the perfect greens, if someone's playing well, they're going to shoot and make a lot of birdies out there. You're going to have to get up there with that mentality with going low and not being afraid to make some birdies and get on some runs," said Titleist Pro V1x Loyalist Luke Donald.
Some players in the field are starting their 2015 season this week, using it as an opportunity to get their games in shape.
"This event is great. Playing in the Palm Springs area is awesome. The weather is always fantastic for the most part and the golf courses are pretty reasonable. I think they give you a good gauge of where you're at, what you need to work on," said Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner.
With perfect weather, great course conditions and a field with some of the best players in the world, the Humana Challenge is sure to provide golf fans excitement throughout the week.
BY THE NUMBERS: 2015 HUMANA CHALLENGE
This week at the Humana Challenge, Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 102 players in the field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That's more than six times the nearest competitor with 15.
Titleist was also the top choice in the approach, sand and lob wedge (124) and putters (59) categories.