“That 8-iron worked out pretty perfect there on 17,” said Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Streb moments after sitting down at his post-round press conference as he reflected on his dramatic playoff win at the McGladrey Classic.

This shot on the second hole of the three-man playoff put Robert in prime position to cap off an impressive final-round performance. After steadying his nerves, Robert converted the birdie putt and secured his first career PGA Tour victory.

Robert started the day five-strokes off the lead but went on to author a stellar round that included a total of 9 birdies (not including the playoff clinching 74th hole). This was the exclamation point to a week of steady play for Robert where he carded all four rounds in the 60s and posted a 14-under-par 266. 

The key to Robert’s early season success and confidence on the course…

“Just trying to improve, trying to get better, and obviously it paid off pretty big today.”

We’d agree.  Congratulations, Robert!

Let's take a closer look at the equipment Robert used to win this past weekend. 

#TeamTitleist

Titleist Brand Ambasador Robert Streb fired a final round 7-under-par 63 to earn a spot in a three-way all-Titleist golf ball playoff and claim victory over Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendon de Jonge and Titleist Pro V1x Loyalist Will MacKenzie at the McGladrey Classic. The 63 marked the lowest round of Streb's young career and capped off an impressive 14-under-par 266 victory total.

Robert credits his impressive play to a renewed focus on all aspects of his game. Robert ranked in the Top 15 in Driving Distance (6), Strokes Gained Tee to Green (13) and Strokes Gained Putting (2).

"I'm just trying to improve. Trying to get wedges closer, putt better, drive it better. Just kind of try to keep steadily improving in all aspects," said Streb.

The victory also punches Robert's ticket to next year's Masters, a major accomplishment for the man who listed playing Augusta National as the number one goal on his list.

"Very excited. You know, you spend so much time watching Augusta on TV as a kid and I'm just very thrilled, and just excited to see what it's like."

Congratulations on your great play, Robert! 

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS:

Titleist Pro V1 Loyalist Lee-Anne Pace earned her first career LPGA Tour victory at the rain-shortened Blue Bay LPGA. Pace posted a 16-under-par 200 victory total to finish three shots ahead of Pro V1x Loyalist Caroline Masson.

At the AT&T Championship on the Champions Tour, Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Michael Allen converted a 5-foot birdie putt to claim a two shot victory with a 15-under-par 201 victory total.

TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS

With another three wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 151. That's more than three times the nearest competitor with 40 and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 21,307 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,574 and more than all competitors combined.


THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD  |  WEEK ENDING October 26, 2014

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA Tour The McGladrey Classic 86 15
LPGA Tour Blue Bay LPGA 56 7
Champions Tour AT&T Championship 54 8

The #1 Ball in Golf - 2014 Wins

 

Titleist is the #1 ball for more players and more champions across the worldwide professional tours. To date, Titleist golf ball players have recorded 151 victories around the world in 2014, 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 2014.

TOUR (wins)
TOURNAMENT PLAYER BALL MODEL
 

 

PGA TOUR (26) Frys.com Open Jimmy Walker Pro V1
  Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Webb Simpson Pro V1x
  CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Winner Pro V1x
  The McGladrey Classic Winner Pro V1x
  OHL Classic at Mayakoba Winner Pro V1x
  Hyundai Tournament of Champions Zach Johnson Pro V1x
  Sony Open in Hawaii Jimmy Walker Pro V1
  Farmers Insurance Open Scott Stallings Pro V1x
  AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Jimmy Walker Pro V1
  Northern Trust Open Bubba Watson Pro V1x
  Puerto Rico Open Chesson Hadley Pro V1x
  Valspar Championship John Senden Pro V1
  Valero Texas Open Steven Bowditch Pro V1x
  Shell Houston Open Matt Jones Pro V1x
  THE MASTERS Bubba Watson Pro V1x
  HP Byron Nelson Championship Brendon Todd Pro V1x
  Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Adam Scott Pro V1
  FedEx St. Jude Classic Ben Crane Pro V1x
  Travelers Championship Kevin Streelman Pro V1x
  Greenbrier Classic Angel Cabrera Pro V1x
  RBC Canadian Open Tim Clark Pro V1
  Barracuda Open Geoff Ogilvy Pro V1x
  The Barclays Hunter Mahan Pro V1x
  Deutsche Bank Championship Winner Pro V1x
  BMW Championship Billy Horschel Pro V1x
  The TOUR Championship Billy Horschel Pro V1x
       
...

The best players in the world are in beautiful Sea Island, Georgia for the McGladrey Classic. Held on the scenic Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club, the McGladrey Classic will surely provide fireworks as players will be looking to go low on the 7,055 yard, Par-70 layout.

Despite a history of low scores, players realize they will have to be on their game if they expect to be in contention on Sunday. 

"This golf course is in as great a shape as I've ever seen it...They've made the golf course somehow a little bit better. It is normally very windy here, and if it is, it can play very difficult," said Titleist Brand Ambassador, and Sea Island resident, Zach Johnson.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Martin is trying to maintain the momentum from his first career victory last week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

"I'm looking forward to trying to put all that behind me and go out to compete this week..just looking forward to getting back on the golf course".

With a strong field and fantastic setting, it should be an exciting weekend of golf in Sea Island. 

BY THE NUMBERS: 2014 McGladrey Classic

 Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 86 players in the field trusting a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That’s more than five times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also the top choice among players in the irons (38) and sand, lob and approach wedge (138) and putter (48) categories.

SHOTS AND SCENES

 If conditions stay as calm as they were on Tuesday at Sea Island, we may see some agressive play from players this week.

 But even without a strong wind blowing, the Seaside Course is a great test.

 Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Martin stays in the groove after capturing his first career victory last week.

 Beautiful views like this await players on many holes at Sea Island.

 Good luck to all of Team Titleist this week!


Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Martin arrived at the scenic Sea Island Golf Club practice facility on Tuesday morning, receiving congratulations from his peers following his first career PGA Tour victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Sunday. The quiet Clemson graduate shyly accepted the accolades and went about his business between the constant interruptions. Martin played the final four holes in 4-under par to ultimately win by two shots. When he was asked by Team Titleist what he felt his shot of the day was, he - and his caddie Alex who was also present - could not limit it to just one.

His winning stretch began on the 341 yard 15th hole which he drove to the middle of the green and two-putted for birdie. "That was probably my best drive of the week given the circumstances at the time. I had pulled a couple of drives previously and that is not a hole you want to be left."  He birdied the 15th hole four times en route to his 20-under par 264 victory total.

He followed his birdie with an eagle on the 560-yard par 5 16th hole. Following a  312-yard drive down the middle of the fairway, Martin never wavered about hitting "a smooth 6-iron over the water to the middle of the green. We had 190 yards to the front and about 200 to the pin which was a perfect yardage for that club." The ball landed 46 feet from the pin which he converted for his second eagle of the week (he also eagled the 16th in Round 1).

The tee shot on the par 3 196 yard 17th was also critical, as the green is guarded by water on the left. "We just wanted to play it to the middle right of the green and that's what we did." Martin left his shot 48 feet from the pin for a simple two-putt par.

Martin completed his first victory in style, splitting the fairway on the 444-yard par 4 with a 297-yard drive. He left his approach shot 19 feet from the hole which he "calmly" converted for birdie and a two-shot victory. "It may not have shown on the outside, but my heart was pounding. It was something I have worked for all my life and I just wanted to finish strong." 

Strong, indeed.

LEADERBOARD WATCHING?

Anybody who watched the broadcast of Martin's performance on Sunday heard the announcers discussing at length the comment Ben made on Saturday about not watching the leaderboard during competition, even if he was in the lead. Team Titleist asked Martin about his philosophy and if he actually took a peek during the day.

"I really didn't.  When you are out there in the heat of the competition, you can feel things that are going on around you." 

With his caddie, Alex, by his side, Team Titleist asked him if he ever said anything. 

"Absolutely not," said Alex, which is when Ben chimed in and said, "I asked him on the 18th fairway if I need to do anything special."  Alex's response, "Hit the green and two-putt." Martin did one better.

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