The week of the Open Championship is always an exciting one for us at Team Titleist. We get to enjoy some great golf and we also get to celebrate the birthday of Master Craftsman Bob Vokey.

Bob has spent the vast majority of his distinguished career working closely with many of the best players in the world, listening to their feedback, taking copious notes and transforming his concepts into some of the most trusted and highest performing wedges on tour.

As “The Voke” likes to say…

"I have always said since the day I arrived at Titleist, that I have the best R&D facility in the world - the PGA TOUR."

So to help us send a very special birthday wish, we caught up with some of the players who trust his creations week in and week out under the most challenging course conditions.

Watch the video above and join us in wishing “The Voke” a very Happy Birthday!

 

When it comes to getting ready for a major championship and knowing what gear players on the PGA Tour will be looking to dial-in leading up to an event, the Titleist Tour Staff has their collective finger on the pulse.

Armed with our trusty camera and a list of questions, we jumped inside the ropes to catch up with Titleist Tour Representative Jim Curran to get an insider’s take on what equipment changes we should expect to see, what the atmosphere will be like at Hoylake and what player’s should focus on to make sure they are ready for this major test.

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The third major of the PGA Tour season is upon us and the world’s best golfers have made the journey to Hoylake to take on the seaside links of Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

The challenging links layout has seen a few recent updates designed to make an already difficult test a bit harder. The Open layout has been lengthened to play at 7,312 yards and while a number of bunkers have been removed, there are still 82 sand filled hazards spread out across the course.

And as players set their sights on hoisting the Claret Jug, we caught up with Titleist Brand Ambassadors Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Jason Dufner, Graham DeLaet, Matt Jones, Webb Simpson and Jimmy Walker along with Titleist Golf Ball Loyalists Louis Oosthuizen, Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood, Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel and Hunter Mahan for an exclusive look at what it means to them to play in The Open.

Welcome to Open Championship week!

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At the RICOH Womens British Open Titleist Pro V1 loyalist Mo Martin eagled the final hole to capture her first career win along with her first LPGA Major championship. Martin was the only player to break par for the championship, finishing at 1 under-par 287 total for a one-shot victory over two players, including Pro V1x loyalist Shanshan Feng.

On the Web.Com Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Andres Gonzales fired four consecutive rounds in the 60’s, including a first round 9-under-par 62, to win the Utah Championship in wire-to-wire fashion. Gonzales posted a 21-under-par 263 victory total, four shots clear of three fellow Pro V1x golf ball loyalists – Adam Crawford, Sung Kang and Travis Bertoni.

At The Players Cup on the Canadian PGA Tour, Pro V1x Loyalist Timothy Madigan outlasted fellow Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Matt Hill and Ricky McDonald by one shot. Madigan closed with an even-par 71 to earn his first career win on the PGA Tour Canada, posting a 9-under-par 275 victory total. 

To round out the week, Titleist Brand Ambassador Matthew Griffin closed with a 6-under-par 66 to win the KPGA Championship by three shots over Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist KyongJun Moon.

With four more wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 95. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 22 and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 13,595 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,195 and more than all competitors combined.

THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD  |  WEEK ENDING July 13, 2014

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA Tour John Deere Classic 104 17
European Tour Scottish Open 100 28
LPGA Tour RICOH Women's British Open 100 11
Champions Tour U.S. Senior OpenOpen 102 23
Web.com Tour Utah Championship 102 22
Canadian Tour The Players Cup 92 26
Korean Tour KPGA Championship 117 14

The PGA Tour heads to the Midwest this week for the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois for the last stop before the season's next major - The Open Championship. Players will be looking to go low at TPC Deere Run and get their games into peak condition on the 7,258-yard layout. 

 And when it comes to shooting low scores, Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 104 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 17 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also the top choice among players in the sand, lob and approach wedge (151) and putter (59) categories.

Fast Fact: Titleist Brand Ambassador's have claimed victory at the John Deere Classic every year since 2009. Steve Stricker (2009-2011), Zach Johnson (2012) and Jordan Spieth (2013).

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