Titleist Brand Ambassador Louis De Jager captured his third career Sunshine Tour crown at the Nedbank Affinity Cup. Jager shot a 12-under-par 204 total to force a playoff with fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Danie Van Tonder. 

De Jager trusted his Pro V1x golf ball and a full compliment of 915 metals, Titleist irons, Vokey wedges and a Scotty Cameron putter to birdie his final two holes in regulation and the first two playoff holes to claim the victory. 

Let's take a closer look at the winning setup used by Louis this week. 

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For Titleist Pro V1x Loyalist Bubba Watson it was a weekend that featured a few “firsts” in addition to claiming his seventh career PGA Tour title. It was his first event and first win of the new season, his first win outside of the United States, his first WGC title, and he became the first player to win with the new Titleist Pro V1x prototype golf ball on the worldwide professional tours. It was also his first time playing the new golf ball in competition.

And there was certainly a lot of drama leading up to the win as Bubba came to his final hole of regulation two shots off the lead. Watson was faced with a daunting bunker shot but with one perfect pass through the sand he sent his ball onto the green and watched it roll in for eagle.

"It's one of those things, you always joke about holing it, and then it actually went in. So I didn't know how to react and so I just kind of screamed and I lost my voice a little bit," said Watson.

The hole-out secured Bubba’s spot in a playoff with Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark as both players finished at 11-under-par 277. And for an encore, Bubba converted a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole of the playoff to end the day in Shanghai.

"It means a lot. To win outside the U.S., that's one of my goals for my career...To win a World Golf Championships, one of our premiere events, and again outside the U.S., this means a lot. This is very special to me"

Bubba also used the new Pro V1x prototype while leading the field in birdies and driving distance, a solid combination when looking to claim victory. 

Congratulations, Bubba!

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS:

It was an all-Titleist three-man playoff at the Panasonic Open India, where Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist S.S.P. Chowrasia of India prevailed for his third career Asian Tour title. Chowrasia closed with a final round six-under-par 66 to earn a spot in the playoff at 12-under-par 276.


On the South African Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Louis de Jager converted an 8-foot putt for birdie on the second hole of a sudden death playoff to capture the NedBank Affinity Cup for his third career Sunshine Tour crown.

To round out the weekend success, Titleist Brand Ambassador Rafael Becker shot a final round 7-under-par 62 to claim the PGA Tour Latinoamerica Alberto do Brazil by three shots. 


TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS

With another four wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 160. That's more than three times the nearest competitor with 42 and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 21,964 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,719 and more than all competitors combined.

THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD  |  WEEK ENDING November 9, 2014

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
WGC  HSBC Champions 41 17
PGA Tour  Sanderson Farms Championship 85 16
Asian Tour Panasonic Open India 104 7
South African Tour Nedbank Affinity Cup 64 16
Korean Tour Shinhan DongHae Open 73 8

There are a lot of early season points on the line this week with events on the PGA Tour spanning across the globe and a high-powered field has assembled in Jackson, Mississippi looking to claim the Sanderson Farms Classic title and jump start their 2014 – 2015 campaigns.

The tournament is making its debut at the Country Club of Jackson and players will be facing another stern test on the 7,354-yard layout. Looking to defend his title on the new course, Titleist Pro V1x Loyalist Woody Austin had nothing but positive comments.

"It's a beautiful place, so the greens are extremely nice, really quick. The golf course is in great shape."

Enjoying a homecoming this week, Mississippi native and Pro V1x Loyalist Heath Slocum was always eager for an opportunity to tackle this classic course. This week, he will finally get his chance. 

"Yeah, this is one of the courses growing up that I always heard things about, so I just never got to play.  I'm really excited that I get to play it tomorrow," said Slocum.

Slocum also sees this as an opportunity to start building the all important confidence and momentum that is critical to kicking off the long season ahead.

“If you could especially get a winner and get some momentum and get ahead of the field or get ahead of the curve. I think that maybe it will invigorate your off-season.”

With a new course and a strong field, it is sure to be a fun week in Mississippi.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship

 Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 85 players in the field trusting a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. Five times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also the top choice among players in the sand, lob and approach wedge (138) and putter (54) categories. 


SHOTS AND SCENES


Titleist Brand Ambassador John Peterson
tees off during the first round of the Sanderson Farms Championship.


Titleist Brand Ambassador Martin Flores
watches his Pro V1x fly down the fairway.


Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Streb
is going for his second win of the new season.

When our golf club R&D team set out to develop the new line-up of Titleist 915 drivers and fairways, they knew that having the right complement of tour-proven, high-performance shafts was going to play an important role in helping serious golfers looking to maximize speed and timing.

After researching and testing a variety of options, the end result is a matrix that features five new premium shafts from the most played families on Tour to fit a wide range of players and swing speeds.

Let’s take a closer look at this impressive roster of shafts that will be available with the new 915 family of metals.

The Aldila Rogue Silver (110MSI) and Rogue Black (95MSI) use aerospace grade graphitic carbon fiber in a special layer in the butt of the shaft. This high end fiber provides Rogue shafts with excellent feel and control, with Rogue Silver delivering slightly lower launch and spin compared to Rogue Black.

The Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ White, Diamana S+ Blue and Diamana M+ Red feature adaptive balance points and progressive torque matching to optimize stability across a wide spectrum of swing speeds. New ToughQure resin provides strengthened tip sections versus prior generation Diamana shafts.

Aldila Rogue Silver 60/70 and Rogue Black 60/70/80 as well as Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ White 50/60/70/80, Diamana S+ Blue 50/60/70/80, and Diamana M+ Red 40/50/60/70 are all available as no upcharge options with 915 drivers and fairways (flex availability varies by weight).

Click on the chart below to view a comparison of the 915 stock shaft launch and spin characteristics, and be sure to visit a Titleist fitting professional to get fit for the new 915 metals.

View the Titleist Custom Club Options book for more information on all of the options available with the new 915 metals.

The field is set in Shanghai as 40 of the Top-50 golfers in the world teed off this week at the World Golf Championships - HSBC Champions. And with a lot of low scores being posted in the early rounds, players know how important it is to get off to a fast start and keep the momentum going.

“Obviously a very important tournament this week and a good chance for me to get off to a good start and give myself some comfort early in the new FedExCup season,” said Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott.

“You really have to be on your game in all areas. There can't be anything lacking.”

This complete game approach requires a mental focus and determination from the first tee shot to the final putt. As Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson explains, it’s also about approaching every tournament with the same goals – to compete at a high level and win.

“I think any golf tournament, you're trying to win, you're trying to compete at a high level.  It really doesn't matter if it's a major or regular event, you want to win.”

The combination of additional FedExCup points, a large purse and an extremely deep field have made the HSBC Champions one of the Tour's premier events and there should be plenty of low scores and high drama this weekend.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2014 WGC HSBC Champions

 Titleist is the golf ball of choice with 41 players in this limited field event trusting a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jordan Spieth and Marc Leishman along with golf ball loyalists Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan and Ian Poulter all put a new Pro V1x prototype golf ball in play.

Titleist was also the top choice among players in the irons (23) and sand, lob and approach wedge (63) categories.

SHOTS AND SCENES:


Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott rolling a few putts to get used to the greens at Sheshan International.


Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth send his Pro V1x on a pin seeking journey.


2012 HSBC Champions winner and Titleist Pro V1x Loyalist Ian Poulter is looking to capture a third career WGC crown.


Louis Oosthuizen reading the green before sending his Pro V1x to the hole.

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