There was no shortage of excitement this weekend across the worldwide professional tours as a pair of first-time winners were crowned. After authoring a stellar final round performance, Titleist Brand Ambassador Matt Jones prevailed in a sudden-death playoff at the Shell Houston Open and earned his first career PGA Tour victory.

And on the European Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Marco Crespi fired a 3-under 69 in the final round of the NH Collection Open to secure his first career title.

With two more wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 36 – more than four times the nearest competitor with 7 and more than all competitors combined.

To date, 5,327 players have trusted a Titleist golf ball across the worldwide professional tours in 2014, more than six times the nearest competitor with 816 and more than all other competitors combined.


TEAM TITLEIST WEEKEND RECAP...

PGA TOUR: Shell Houston Open

 Titleist was the top golf ball choice at the Shell Houston Open with 91 players in the field of 144 trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than four times the nearest competitor with 19.

Matt Jones, began the day six shots off the lead, but closed with a 6-under par 66, which included a 46-foot, double-breaking putt for birdie on the final hole of regulation. He finished with a 15-under 273 total to earn a spot in the two-man playoff. Jones prevailed in the first hole of the playoff after holing out his for birdie from 40-yards away.

Jones’ fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Cameron Tringale (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 913H hybrid, MB 714 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS putter) finished solo fourth, three shots out of the playoff, while Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Shawn Stefani and Rickie Fowler finished solo 5th and 6th, respectively.

What's in Matt Jones' Titleist Bag?

Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: 913D2 (9.5º) driver w/UST Mamiya ATTAS Elements 7X shaft
Fairways: 910F (15º) fairway metal w/UST Mamiya ATTAS Elements 8X shaft
Irons: MB (3-9) irons w/Dynamic Gold True Temper Tour Issue S400 shafts
Wedges: Vokey Design pitching (50º), sand (54º) and lob (58º) wedges w/Dynamic Golf Tour Issue S400 shafts
Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Rat 2 prototype putter

Jones is the fourth Titleist golf ball loyalist to win his first career PGA TOUR event this season, joining Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jimmy Walker (Frys.com Open), Chesson Hadley (Puerto Rico Open) and last week’s champion at the Valero Texas Open, Steven Bowditch.

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EUROPEAN PGA TOUR: NH Collection Open

 Titleist was the top golf ball choice at the NH Collection Open with 103 players in the field of 144 trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19.

Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Marco Crespi earned his first career European Tour at the NH Collection Open in Spain. Crespi posted a 10-under 278 victory total, two shots clear of his nearest competitors.

“I started very well today,” Crespi said after the victory. “I birdied the first and that gave me the confidence to go low. I just had to manage my pressure on the back nine.”

Crespi is a two-time Challenge Tour winner and finished fourth at the South African Open earlier this season.

The win is the seventh for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the European Tour this season, more than three times the nearest competitor with 2.

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LPGA TOUR: Kraft Nabisco Championship

 Titleist was the top golf ball choice at the Kraft Nabisco Championship with 76 players in the field of 111 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 9.

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SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR: Telkom PGA Championship

 Titleist was the top golf ball choice at the Telkom PGA Championship with 115 players in the field of 156 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than four times the nearest competitor with 26.

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PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA: Mundo Maya Open

 Titleist was the top golf ball choice at the Mundo Maya Open with 112 players in the field of 144 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, seven times the nearest competitor with 16.

 

The PGA Tour season’s first major may be less than a week away but there’s still work to be done as players gear up to make a run at the Shell Houston Open.

Staying focused on the task at hand will be key and this week 91 players in the field of 144 will trust a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success - more than four times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also the top choice of players in the sand, lob, gap and approach wedge category with 126.

Team Titleist was on-site early in the week to capture all of the sights and sounds from around the course and on the practice tee, so check out the video above for a tour inside the ropes.

Good luck to all of #TeamTitleist this weekend! 

From special deliveries to dialing-in drivers and equipment updates, our Tour Reps opened up their notebooks to give Team Titleist a quick run down of all the action from this week. Here's the latest news straight from the Titleist Tour Van:

HANDLED WITH CARE...

>> Following the third round of the Valero Texas Open, rookie Andrew Loupe contacted Titleist VP of Tour Promotions Chris Tuten with news that he bent his Titleist MB 9-iron in the neck and the shaft and asked if it was possible to have it replaced or repaired. The concerned Loupe, playing in just his ninth career PGA TOUR event, was tied for 2nd place at the time and would be playing in Sunday's final group. Considering manufacturers are required to leave tournament sites on Wednesday, Tuten contacted fellow Titleist Tech Representative Brett Fleming, who was already in Houston with the Titleist Tour Van in preparation for this week's event. Fleming secured Loupe's club specifications and immediately went to work building a new club on Saturday evening. Fleming then took the first flight to San Antonio on Sunday morning and hand delivered the club to Loupe in advance of his afternoon tee time. Loupe ultimately tied for 4th, securing the best finish of his PGA TOUR career and a spot in the Shell Houston Open field. Loupe was extremely appreciative and visited the Titleist Tour Van in Houston to personally thank the tour leadership team for their efforts. Loupe's momentum continued into the Shell Houston Open where he fired a first round 4-under par 68. 

IRON UPDATES...

>> Not usually one for change, Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker visited Titleist's Oceanside Test Facility in California last week and came away with a new set of Titleist AP2 irons (3-PW) with Project X 6.5 shafts. Stricker commented that the soles of the new irons go through the turf easier and more efficiently than his previous AP2 710 irons, and he likes the kick that the new shafts provide. Stricker had KBS C-taper shafts in his previous irons. Stricker fired a first round 4-under par 68 at the Shell Houston Open with his new set-up.

>> Brand Ambassador Peter Uihlein made a change in his set composition, replacing his Titleist 712U 2-iron with a new Titleist 913F.d 18.0* fairway metal. He also replaced the shaft in his 913F.d 13.5* with a Fujikura Tour Spec 9.2X, the same shaft that is in his new 18.0*. Both are positioned to the A1 Titleist SureFit hosel setting. Uihlein opened with a 3-under par 69.

DIALING IN THEIR DRIVERS...

>> Among the 30 full product line Titleist Brand Ambassadors in the Shell Houston Open field, Bill Haas and Erik Compton were a couple of players looking to fine tune their Titleist 913 drivers.

>> Haas was seeking to lower the spin on his Titleist 913D2 8.5* driver. The team provided him with a new head in the same model, loft and Aldila Rogue 70X shaft, but used a lighter rear weight and set the adjustable Titleist SureFit hosel to B•1, which lowered spin and optimized the ball flight that Haas preferred.

>> Compton was seeking additional distance and accuracy with his Titleist driver. The team provided him with a new Titleist 913D3 9.5* head and switched out his Graphite Design Tour AD BB 7X shaft with a Graphite Design Tour AD Di 6X. They also found that C•1 was the optimum setting to the adjustable Titleist SureFit hosel for Compton's launch conditions and Erik gave the Titleist Tech team a thumb’s up following Tuesday's practice round.

THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD...

>> At the Shell Houston Open, Titleist tops the golf ball category in the 144-player field with 91 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 19.  Entering this week, Titleist golf ball loyalists have won 13 of the 20 PGA TOUR events played this season, more than four times the nearest competitor with 3.  Titleist players have also accumulated more victories in the driver (7), irons (7) and wedge categories.

>> In addition, at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the year's first major on the LPGA Tour, 77 players in the 111-player field will trust a Titleist golf ball for their success - nearly 10 times the nearest competitor with 8. 

Making a hole-in-one is a shining moment in any golfer’s career. It’s a rare feat that many, if not most of us are unable to achieve in lifetimes of playing.  Making a hole-in-one in competition is rarer still.  But how about making two holes-in-one, on consecutive days, at the same professional tournament?  The odds are astronomical.

And yet it happened just last week, when Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Laura Diaz validated a Saturday ace with a second hole-in-one on Sunday at the LPGA Tour’s Kia Classic in Carlsbad, CA.  In doing so the two-time LPGA Tour winner became only the second player in LPGA Tour history with two holes-in-one in the same event.

 Team Titleist was lucky to catch up with Laura shortly after her historic weekend and she told us how she captured lightning in a bottle - twice.  Her first ace on Saturday came at the 3rd hole at Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club, a short par-3 guarded by water.

“We had 94 yards to the pin, 89 to the front to cover the water,” Laura told us. “I hit my Vokey 50-degree planning to hit a 100 yard shot. The shot came off a little right of my target, but it landed about 10 yards past the pin and sucked back perfectly, right into the hole.”

Laura has had seven holes-in-one in her career and three in LPGA  Tour events, so we asked if her reaction was more blasé than ours might be.

“Oh, no. My caddy was shocked but I was sooo excited and my playing partner Amelia Lewis (who also trusts a Pro V1x golf ball) and her brother Chris were just as excited. We hugged and high-fived.”

Perhaps just to show that the ace was no fluke, two holes later, at the uphill par-5 5th hole, Laura holed out another shot with her 50-degree Vokey, this time from the fairway for an eagle.  

“With other clubs it depends where the pins are, but I usually aim at the pins with my wedges,” Laura explained.

We were curious about Laura’s approach once Sunday rolled around. Can that kind of success fuel a player’s confidence?

 “Definitely,” Laura said. “When my day started I thought to myself.. sure would be cool to make another hole-in-one one today.”

She would only have to wait until the next par-3 opportunity at Aviara’s 6th hole.

“The 6th usually plays a club longer. We had 162 yards and I was trying to hit a high cut with my 6-iron.  The shot came off great. The hole plays uphill, so I didn't see it hit the surface. We could see the spectators react up at the green, though, and my group went crazy.”

Not one to rest on her laurels, Laura stayed aggressive on the very next hole, a downhill par-4.  

“I was just trying to go through my routine on 7. I was in between my wedge and my 50. The wind picked up and I decided to hit the 50-degree again.”

Good decision. The shot spun in for another eagle.

“I holed out a total of 3 times with my 50-degree Vokey when I finished my round on Sunday. I love my wedges but 50 may have one up on my other Vokeys now.”

So how does a world-class player commemorate a momentous performance like this?  She looks ahead to the next opportunity.

“How did I celebrate,” Laura asked.  “I drove to Palm Springs to play in The Kraft after having Chipotle for dinner.”

But she couriered her Pro V1x’s and Vokey 50-degree wedge out for appropriate mounting and bronzing, right?

“No,” Laura told us.  “I gave the Pro V1x’s to the volunteers in our group. As for the 50, I will bronze it someday, but for now I want to keep holing out with it.”

Finally, we asked Laura her secret and what we can do to chase down our own holes-in-one. Her answer?

“Go buy some Pro V1x golf balls and a Vokey 50.. And GO FOR IT!”

Congratulations, Laura, from all of us here at Team Titleist. Thanks for your time and we wish you the best of luck at this week’s Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major on the LPGA Tour calendar.

#TeamTitleist

Major trust is on display this week in Rancho Mirage, CA as the LPGA Tour dives into their major season at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

And as players look to take the coveted “Champions Plunge” into Poppie’s Pond, 77 players in the field of 111 will tee-up a Titleist golf ball. That’s more than nine times the nearest competitor with 8 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist is also first in the sand, lob and approach wedge category (71).

If the early round action is any indication, we’re in for some excitement this weekend as the birdies have been falling and players are posting some low numbers on the Dinah Shore Tournament course.

Best of luck to all of #TeamTitleist!

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