With four rounds in the 60’s that featured a total of 24 birdies and one eagle, Titleist Brand Ambassador Chesson HadleyTitleist Brand Ambassador Chesson Hadley was in top form this past weekend as he charged up the leaderboard and captured his first career PGA Tour title at the Puerto Rico Open. And to put an exclamation mark on the win, Hadley closed with back-to-back birdies on the final two holes at Trump International GC to win by two shots.

With Hadley’s win, Titleist golf ball players have now earned 27 victories across the Worldwide Professional Tours in 2014, more than four times the nearest competitor with 6 and more than all other golf balls combined.

In total, 3,589 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 560 and more than all competitors combined.

Let’s review the action from Rio Grande, Puerto Rico in this week’s Team Titleist Tour Recap.

PGA TOUR: Puerto Rico Open

Hadley (Pro V1x) was one of 81 players who relied on a Titleist golf ball at the event, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also the field favorite in the sand, lob and approach wedge (126) and putter (53) categories.

Hadley, who also trusts a full bag of Titleist golf clubs, posted a 21-under, 267 total to claim his first victory. The win comes in just the 13th career PGA Tour appearance for the 26-year-old and it earns him a two-year tour exemption along with spots in the 2014 Players Championship, 2014 PGA Championship and the 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

What's in Chesson Hadley's Bag?

Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: 913D3 (9.5º) driver with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 72 X shaft
Fairways: 910F (13.5º) fairway metal with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 82 X shaft
Utility Iron: 712U (3) with Mitsubishi Fubuki AX H500 X shaft
Irons: MB irons (4-9) with Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Wedges: New Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 (SM5) gap (52º), sand (56º) and lob (60º) wedges with Dynamic Gold Spinner shafts

Hadley also becomes the first rookie winner since fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic in July.

"It's incredible. It's a dream come true,” Hadley said after the win. “This is what you dream of as a 6-year-old out in the bunker, hitting bunker shots on the range … It hasn't sunk in yet. It'll be nice to sleep on it and wake up in the morning knowing I'm a PGA Tour champion and nobody can ever take that away from me.”

Hadley won twice last year on the Web.com Tour, capturing the Rex Hospital Open in his hometown of Raleigh, N.C., and the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship.

Hadley’s fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador, Ben Martin closed with a 66 to finish in solo 3rd at 17-under 271.

Equipment Note: Hadley carries three new Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 (SM5) wedges and credited his victory to his chip-in for birdie on No. 5.

“Probably the shot that won me the tournament was the chip in on 5. I mean I was dead over there and I hit the nastiest little nipper over there, and it snuck in the left door.”

Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 (SM5) wedges will be available in golf shops beginning March 14th.
(More details here).

TITLEIST LEADERBOARD: Hadley’s victory marks the 11th for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR, more than five times the nearest competitor with 2.

Titleist Brand Ambassadors have now won 7 events on the PGA TOUR. Along with Hadley's success, other victories by Titleist Brand Ambassadors this season include: Jimmy Walker (Frys.com Open, SONY Open in Hawaii, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am), Webb Simpson (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), Zach Johnson (Hyundai Tournament of Champions) and Scott Stallings (Farmers Insurance Open).

A Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball was also played by the winners at the CIMB Classic, McGladrey Classic, OHL Classic at Mayakoba and by Bubba Watson (Pro V1x) at the Northern Trust Open.

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This week an elite field has assembled at the newly renovated Blue Monster course at Trump Doral. Team Titleist was on site as players prepared for the WGC-Cadillac Championship.  

With the wind picking up, players will need complete command over their golf ball and here in Miami the choice is clear - 37 players in the limited field of 68 are trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than four times the nearest competitor with 9 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also the favorite in the sand, lob and approach wedge (83) category.

Check out the video above and here’s to another exciting weekend of golf.

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It is a busy week out on tour with the WGC-Cadillac Championship underway at the newly redesigned Blue Monster at Trump Doral and the Puerto Rico Open in full swing at Trump International GC in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

And to make sure the players in both fields are ready to roll on the greens, the Scotty Cameron team is on-site in both locations and they're giving Team Titleist a closer look at all of the action.

So take a walk around the practice greens at Doral and Puerto Rico by clicking on the slideshow above and see the collection of Scotty Cameron putters that made their way out on tour this week.

Enjoy and good luck to all of #TeamTitleist this week.

When it comes to driving, the best players in the world know that distance is only half of the equation. The other half - accuracy.

This is why the PGA Tour’s “Overall Driving” statistic combines both of these elements when factoring the rankings. And outside of making that perfect swing, having the right strategy off the tee and selecting the right club for the shot that lies ahead can make all of the difference when it comes to finding the fairway.

Enter Titleist Brand Ambassador Geoff Ogilvy with a little advice on how you can get more comfortable and gain some confidence with your 3-wood.

“You’ll get a lot better with your 3-wood if maybe you can take a few weeks off with your driver, or even just a few rounds,” Geoff advises in the video above.

As Geoff explained to us, the shorter shaft and added loft of a fairway metal creates a tighter pattern of dispersion than a driver.  So the misses are better.  Another added benefit of this little break… you’ll be on your way to dialing-in another go-to shot from the tee.

Give this a try and here's to finding more fairways!

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Winning for the first time on Tour requires confidence, patience and a lot of hard work. It also takes unwavering trust in your golf ball, something that Rashid Khan and Dimi Papadatos both exhibited on Sunday as they each won for the first time on their respective tours.

Relying on his Pro V1x golf ball, Khan captured his first career Asian Tour title, winning the season-opening Sail SBI Open in New Delhi, India, with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Papadatos also relied on a Pro V1x as he earned his first-career win as a professional with a four-shot victory at the Australasian Tour’s New Zealand Open.

With two more wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 26 – more than four times the nearest competitor with 6 and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 3,381 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 509 and more than all competitors combined.

Check out the Team Titleist Tour Recap below for some quick highlights from this past weekend’s action.

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PGA TOUR: Honda Classic

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball choice at the Honda Classic, with 84 players in the 144-player field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than four times the nearest competitors with 20 and more than all competitors combined.

Pro V1x loyalist Ryan Palmer shot four rounds in the 60s at PGA National, posting an 8-under 272 total that earned him a place in a four-player playoff and an eventual T-2 finish. Palmer also finished runner-up at this year’s Humana Challenge in January.

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EUROPEAN TOUR: Tshwane Open

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball choice at the event, with 109 players in the 156-player field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist Brand Ambassadors Michael Hoey and Danie van Tonder each trusted a Pro V1x golf ball and full bags of Titleist golf clubs as they posted final scores of 17-under 271, good for a share of second place.

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ASIAN TOUR/Sail SBI Open:

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball choice at the event, with 124 players in the 150-player field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined.

The 23-year old Rashid Khan, a native of India, opened with a first round 11-under par 61 en route to an 18-under 270 total at his home course.

Khan won on the first playoff hole after hitting what he described as one of the best shots of his life. Lying in the middle of the fairway on the par-5 18th hole at Delhi Golf Club, Khan hit a 269-yard 3-metal that landed pin high and settled on the fringe. His bold play was rewarded when he converted the two-putt for birdie.

"I had to be aggressive. I had to go for it,” Khan explained after the victory. "Awesome. Winning here on my home course is always special and it was really important to get this. It means a lot."

Khan topped a leaderboard that included eight Titleist golf ball loyalists among the 11 players who finished in the Top 10 and ties.

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AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: New Zealand Open:

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball choice at the New Zealand Open, with 108 players in the 136-player field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Dimi Papadatos (Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver, 913F.d fairway metal, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter), who held the overnight lead by one shot at 12-under-par, made the turn in 1-under before making five birdies on the back nine to post a final round of 6-under 66.

He finished at 18-under-par 270, four strokes clear of his closest pursuer.

“I didn’t really think at the start of the week I would have had my name on the trophy,” Papadatos said after the victory, “but as the week started to progress, I thought there was a good chance so I’m pretty happy. I kept believing in myself and telling myself I could do it, the whole way round.”

With the win, Papadatos earned 16 World Rankings points, status on the PGA Tour of Australasia until 2016 and three starts on the Japan Tour.

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