Welcome to the 96th PGA Championship

Countless hours of practice have been logged. Hundreds of competitive rounds have been played. And all of the preparation brings us to the final major of the 2014 PGA Tour season – the PGA Championship.

As the major season culminates this week at Valhalla Golf Club, the focus level and determination of the field will be amplified as players look to claim the Wanamaker Trophy and have their name etched in history as a Major Champion.

The PGA Championship is always a special tournament that historically features some of the more exciting finishes, so we caught up with Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jason DufnerAdam Scott, Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker along with golf ball loyalists Henrik Stenson, Billy Horschel, Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, Louis Oosthuizen and Rickie Fowler to get their perspective on this unique challenge.

#TeamTitleist

Each year, in the weeks leading up to the season's final major on the PGA Tour, the PGA of America stages the PGA Professional National Championship (PNC) to showcase the talent and recognize many of the finest players from the association's ranks of more than 27,000 member professionals.

Since 1968, this event has served as the club professionals “Major” event of the year and it honors their dedicated efforts to grow the game by helping all golfers enjoy the golfing experience more thoroughly.

The PNC also carries with it a special reward for those who place among the 20 top finishers – a spot in the field at the PGA Championship and the opportunity to compete for the Walter Hagen Cup.

Last month a group of 312 PGA professionals gathered at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club and Grande Dunes Resort Club in Myrtle Beach for the 47th playing of the PNC. And at the end of the four-day event, 10 of the 20 players who earned their spot in the 2014 PGA Championship trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.

Best of luck to all of our Team Titleist Club Professionals in the field this week and we hope you’ll join us in thanking all PGA Professionals for their tireless commitment and dedication to the game of golf.

PGA ProfessionalHometownClub Affiliation
Frank Esposito, Jr.
Pro V1x
Monroe, NJ Brooklake Country Club
Florham Park, NJ
Dustin Volk
Pro V1x
Layton, UT Valley View Golf Course
Layton, UT
Johan Kok
Pro V1x
Brentwood, TN Temple Hills Country Club
Brentwood, TN
David Tentis
Pro V1x
Woodbury, MN Troy Burne Golf Club
Hudson, WI
Rob Corcoran
Pro V1x
Melbourne, FL Paxabogue Golf Center
Sagaponack, NY
Jerry Smith
Pro V1
Scottsdale, AZ Golf Club of Scottsdale
Scottsdale, AZ
Aaron Krueger
Pro V1x
Norwalk, IA Wakonda Club
Des Moines, IA
David McNabb
Pro V1x
Newark, DE Applebrook Golf Club
Malvern, PA
Matt Pesta
Pro V1x
Wixom, MI Lincoln Hills Golf Course
Birmingham, MI
Jim McGovern
Pro V1
Oradell, NJ White Beeches Golf & Country Club
Haworth, NJ

It was a big Sunday for Titleist Brand Ambassador Geoff Ogilvy this past weekend at the Barracuda Championship where he not only took home top honors but also punched his ticket to this week's PGA Championship, earned a spot at next year's Tournament of Champions in Kapalua and jumped up 65 spots on the FedEx Cup standings.

Geoff also became the first player to win on the PGA Tour with a new Titleist 915 prototype driver in his bag.

As Geoff said in his post round interview, "It was a satisfying win", and we would certainly agree.

So let's take a look inside the bag at the Titleist equipment Geoff trusted en route to his victory this weekend...

What's in Geoff's Bag?

Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 915 Prototype Driver (9.5) With Aldila Rogue 70 (X) shaft, and SureFit Tour Hosel Setting A•1 
Fairway Wood: Titleist 913 FD (15º)  
Irons: 714 CB (2 iron) 714 MB (3-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled SM5 48, 54, 60

Congratulations, Geoff!

Playing a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment (including a new 915D2 prototype driver - available in November), Titleist Brand Ambassador Geoff Ogilvy captured his eighth career PGA TOUR title at the Barracuda Championship on Sunday in Reno, NV. Geoff carded two eagles, 22 birdies, 43 pars and only five bogies in the tournament to secure a total of 49 points in the modified Stableford scoring event.

On the Champions Tour, Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Kenny Perry converted a 15-foot putt for birdie on the final hole of the 3M Championship to top Bernhard Langer (Pro V1) by one shot. Perry closed with a 7-under-par 65 for his second victory of the year and seventh overall on the Champions Tour.

Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Satoshi Kodaira closed with a final round of 4-under 68 en route to a 16-under-par 272 victory total to claim victory at the Fukushima Open on the Japan Tour. 

On the Canadian PGA Tour, Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Brock Mackenzie closed with a 6-under-par 66 to secure a four-stroke victory at the ATB Financial Classic. MacKenzie's victory total of 27-under-par is the second-lowest mark in Canadian PGA Tour Canada history. The win marks his second career Canadian PGA Tour title.

And to round out the week's success, Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Keith Horne earned a three-shot victory at the Vodacom Origins of Golf at St. Francis Links to secure his sixth Sunshine Tour title.

With five more wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 106. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 23 and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 14,867 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,444 and more than all competitors combined.

 THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD  |  WEEK ENDING August 3, 2014

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA Tour WGC Invitational at Firestone CC 42 9
PGA Tour Barracuda Championship 85 16
Champions Tour 3M Championship 58 10
Web.com Tour Stonebrae Championship 96 27
Canada Tour ATB Financial Classic 95 21
South African Tour Vodacom Origins of Golf - St. Francis Links 51 15

An international field has assembled in Akron, Ohio this week for the WGC Invitational at Firestone CC. Featuring 76 of the best golfers in the world from 22 different countries, the field will be tested by the difficult 7,343-yard South Course as players look to claim the prestigious title and build momentum leading into next week's PGA Championship.

 With one of the largest purses of the season and bonus FedEx Cup points at stake, it's no surprise that 42 players in the limited field will trust a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success.

That’s more than four times the nearest competitor with 9 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also the top choice among players in the hybrids (12), irons (23) and sand, lob and approach wedge (63) categories. Titleist also shared the top spot in the driver category with 21 drivers in play.

Good luck to all of #TeamTitleist this weekend!

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