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Posted: September 8, 2014
Determination, grit and focus were all on display Sunday afternoon at the BMW Championship as Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Billy Horschel posted a final round 1-under 69 to secure the victory and move into second place in the FedEx Cup standings.
“Yeah, it's great to win this championship,” said Horschel during his post-round interview.
“I felt pretty good starting the day off. I had a great warm-up session on the range. I hit a really good drive on No. 1, made birdie. Hit a bad second shot on 2, but came back with another birdie. After that I was sort of on grind mode.”
And for Billy, being in “grind mode” means keeping just about every aspect of his game sharp as he ranked in the top 15 for the tournament in Driving Distance (9), Driving Accuracy (14), Greens in Regulation (2) and Strokes Gained Putting (1).
Billy also credits this win to hard work with his team and his focus on constantly improving as a player.
Billy will be looking to carry this momentum of solid play into the Tour Championship this week.
"I'm a lot better player than I was six months ago. I understand my game a lot better… we have worked hard to become better players and do the right thing course management wise. And this is just another stepping stone to hopefully a lot bigger things in the future.”
It’s this type of focus and determination that we can all appreciate and hope to add into our own golf games.
WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS
Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Wes Short Jr. eagled the final hole to claim his first Champions Tour victory at the Quebec Championship. Short shot a final round 8-under-par 64 to complete a three day total of 15-under-par 201. It was also a great week for Titleist golf ball players as the top 9 finishers all trusted a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball.
On the Sunshine Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Louis de Jager captured the Vodacom Origins of Golf – Wild Coast on the first hole of a three-way sudden death playoff that also included Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Haydn Porteous. The win marks De Jager's second career Sunshine Tour Title.
To round out the week's success, Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Mark Silvers captured his first career Canadian Tour victory by winning a playoff at the Cape Breton Celtic Classic. Silvers shot a final round 6-under-par 66 for a four day total of 15-under-par.
TEAM TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS
With another four wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 127. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 28 and more than all competitors combined.
In total, 17,968 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,004 and more than all competitors combined.
THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD | WEEK ENDING September 8, 2014
Posted: September 5, 2014
Not every lie on the golf course is perfectly flat and golfers need to know how to adjust to all kinds of situations to help encourage a confident swing.
As Titleist Staff Professional Michael Breed tells us in this latest edition of 18 Shots Presented by Titleist, it's important to adjust your alignment, stance and grip to compensate for an uneven lie.
In this tip, Michael focuses on how to approach a shot when faced with a lie above your feet. A few of his keys... grip down and aim right of the target to ensure solid contact and better control.
Bring this shot to the course and click on the image below for even more great tips and advice for your game.
The FedEx Cup Playoffs head west this week to Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colorado for the BMW Championship. The classic William S. Flynn design stretches out to over 7,300 yards, but with the course at an elevation of 5,380 feet, players will have to focus more on control than distance.
"There are certain courses that probably lend themselves to hitting it high and far. I'm not so sure this is one of them," said defending champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson.
"I love the way the golf course lays out, I like what it demands. It's fair, it's right out in front of you."
When asked about the setup in the Mile High City, Pro V1x loyalist Hunter Mahan echoed Zach's sentiments and stressed the importance of finding fairways.
"At this altitude it's really not a very long golf course. The rough is thick. The rough is pretty heavy on the fairways and off the greens...So, you have to be very careful where you leave your tee shots"
“I think that this is going to be one of those tournaments where there's going to be a lot of really good rounds and going into Sunday, even the back nine, you never know what could happen.”
With such an exacting test of golf this week, players will have to be on point with every shot if they hope to take home the trophy and put themselves in the drivers seat for the Tour Championship.
BY THE NUMBERS: 2014 BMW CHAMPIONSHIP
This week at the BMW Championship, Titleist is the top golf ball choice with 37 players in the limited field of 69 trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success.
Titleist was also the top choice in the fairway wood (29), hybrid (10), iron (20) and approach, sand and lob wedge (54) categories.
SHOTS AND SCENES
This week Zach Johnson is setting his sights on a second consecutive BMW Championship title.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott tees off during an early-morning practice round at Cherry Hills CC.
Players will need a hot putter as well as a little luck to master the subtle greens this week at Cherry Hills.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth is in top form heading into the BMW. He currently ranks 9th in the FedExCup point standings.
Titleist Brand Ambassadors Morgan Hoffmann (top left), Graham DeLaet (top right), Cameron Tringale (bottom left) and Geoff Ogilvy (bottom right) are ready to keep the Playoff momentum rolling!
Posted: September 3, 2014
Titleist Brand Ambassador Colin Nell captured his first career Sunshine Tour victory at the Wild Waves Golf Challenge. Facing difficult conditions and high winds, Colin persevered and carded a 10-under-par victory total to claim his first career Sunshine Tour Victory.
Let's take a look inside the bag at the Titleist equipment Colin trusted en route to his victory this weekend...
What's in Colin's Bag?
Golf Ball: Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 913D3 (9.5º) with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6 X shaftFairway Wood: Titleist 913 F.d (15º) with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X shaftIrons: 712U (2, 3 irons) Titleist CB irons (4-6) and Titleist MB irons (7-PW) with KBS C-Taper (X-stiff flex) shaftsWedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled SM5 52.08, 56.10 and 60.04 with Dynamic Gold S200 shafts
Posted: September 2, 2014
With two eagles, 21 birdies, 44 pars and only five bogeys over the course of four rounds at the Hotel Fitness Championship,Titleist Brand Ambassador Bud Cauley put on an impressive display of golf to secure his first career win as a professional.
Bud’s final round 7-under-par 65, featuring seven birdies and no bogeys, was the exclamation mark to a week of solid play and capped off an exciting come from behind win.
"I knew I had to get off to a quick start and get a few of those (birdies) to get up with those guys and get near the lead...I knew a quick start was huge," said Cauley during his post-round interview.
"It was fun to be out there on a Sunday, swinging well and making putts – I’m just excited to go play next week.”
Bud’s performance this week highlighted the importance of a complete game and being able to rely on his golf ball from tee to green. Trusting his Pro V1x golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment, Bud ranked in the Top-20 for the week in Putts/GIR (T-14), Greens in Regulation (T-19) and Driving Distance (15).
“Win’s like this are a great example of why we focus on the complete game when fitting golfers to their golf balls,” said Titleist Golf Ball Fitting Manager Mike Rich.
“We’re always looking at total game performance and to optimize launch conditions throughout the bag for golfers. Our goal is to help players find the right combination short game control and long game distance that will result in lower scores.
The win also secures Bud’s status on the PGA Tour for the 2014 – 2015 season.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Andrew Dodt birdied four of his last six holes to shoot a final round 67 in route to a 7-under-par 281 total to capture the Queensland Open by two shots.
On the Canadian Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Nate McCoy captured The Wildfire Invitational to secure his first career PGA TOUR Canada win and his first win as a professional. McCoy fired a final round 7-under-par 65 for a four day total of 19-under-par 269. The win moves McCoy to No. 8 on the Order of Merit.
Titleist Pro V1 loyalist Hiroyuki Fujita came from six shots back to reach and win an all-Titleist playoff over Wen-Chong Liang (Pro V1x) at the RZ Everlasting KBC Augusta. The win marked Fujita’s 17th career Japan Golf Tour title.
At the Wild Waves Golf Challenge on the South African Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Colin Nel carded two consecutive rounds of 5-under-par 65 to post a 10-under par victory total.
With another seven wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 123. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 28 and more than all competitors combined.
In total, 17,399 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,811 and more than all competitors combined.
THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD | WEEK ENDING August 31, 2014