There are few events in all of sports that create as much pressure, intensity and passion as the Ryder Cup. Every other year some of the best professional golfers from Europe and the United States earn the honor to represent their country for one impassioned weekend of golf.

This year, the 40th playing of the Ryder Cup will be held on the Centenary course at the Gleneagles Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland. With flags flying and patriotic chants echoing across the course, players will have to manage the conditions, and their emotions, if they hope to claim victory for themselves, their team and their country.

We caught up with Titleist Brand Ambassadors Zach Johnson and Webb Simpson, along with Titleist Golf Ball Loyalists Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson to get a first-hand account of what it's like to play in the ultimate team competition. 

Whether you’re cheering for Team Europe to retain the cup or you’re hoping to see Team USA claim victory, we can all agree that there will be plenty of excitement at Gleneagles this weekend.

Best of luck to both teams and to all of the competitors.


Four years ago, Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth was 17 years old and playing in the Junior Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, site of this years Ryder Cup. Even then, he had the desire to see himself representing the U.S. at this year's Ryder Cup.

“I remember when I was here four years ago and thinking, is there a chance that I could be here four years from now for The Ryder Cup? And what do you know. It's pretty awesome to be here having stayed in the same place, and I think the same team room that we have now in the hotel."

A stepping-stone for many great players in the past, Jordan also reflected on how this experience helped shape his goal for making the 2014 squad.

"Back then, they showed us videos of the Junior Ryder Cup and guys that have gone on to become professional golfers since. Looking back on those videos that we watched and to know that I'm one of those guys now that's representing the United States of America, it's a really cool feeling.”

Admitting that he has been looking forward to this year's Ryder Cup for a while, Spieth, who plays the Pro V1x golf ball and a full complement of Titleist golf clubs, went back to his Junior Ryder Cup roots.

“I found one of the special Scotty Cameron putter head covers I had from then. I've been using that for a month or so. I used it through the Playoffs just getting ready. I thought it was a cool thing to do. It was cool that I still had it."

Be sure to keep an eye out for Jordan's cover this week at Gleneagles!

What's in Jordan Spieth's bag?

Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D2 Driver (9.5º) 
Fairway Wood: Titleist 915F Prototype Fairway Wood (15º) 
Hybrid: Titleist 915Hd Prototype Hybrid (20.5º) 
Irons: Titleist AP2 irons (4-PW) 
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled SM5 46º, 52º, 56º and 60º
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport Beach Prototype

For some, earning their PGA Tour card is a dream come true. For others, it is a chance to return to the PGA Tour and have another chance to compete against the best players in the world. This past weekend, 125 players teed it up at the Tour finals looking to make their final move into the top 50 and secure a spot on the PGA Tour for the 2014-2015 season.

This was the second year where 50 PGA Tour cards were made available through the Web.Com Tour – 25 for the Top 25 on the money list during the regular season, and another 25 for the top performing players (without a regular season promotion) during the Web.Com Tour Finals.

We're also proud to report that 35 of the 50 players who earned a PGA Tour card trusted a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x for their success. That's five times the nearest competitor with six and more than all other competitors combined.

Congratulations to the Tour Class of 2014 and best of luck on the PGA Tour this season.

It was a strong finish to the season for Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Derek Fathauer as he capped off an impressive Tour Finals campaign with his first career professional victory at the Tour Championship. 

With the win, Derek claimed the top spot on the Tour Finals money list and secured fully exempt status for the 2014-15 PGA Tour season along with a spot in The Players Championship. The key for Derek this week was staying in the moment and focusing on the task ahead. 

"I was trying to force it for the first few events. I did a better job of staying patient this week and not looking too far ahead." Said Fathauer. 

After securing a trip back to the PGA Tour for the 2014 – 2015 season, Derek is also looking to build on his past experience and bring a more complete approach to next season.

"I think my all-around game is better now and I'm mentally tougher. I'm ready to give it another try"

And here is a fast fact courtesy of… Derek became the first champion on the Tour this season to lead the field in putting for a given tournament, only needing a four-round total of 98 putts at the Tour Championship.  

With the season complete, Titleist Golf Ball Loyalists won 19 Tour events compared to 3 for the nearest competitor. In addition, 35 of the 50 players who earned PGA Tour cards for next season trusted a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x for their success.

Congratulations, Derek! We’ll see you on the PGA Tour next year.


Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Joost Luiten captured the ISPS Handa Wales Open by one shot to claim his fourth career European Tour victory. Luiten closed with an even par 71 en route to a 14-under 270 victory total.

On the LPGA Tour, Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Mi Jung Hur fired a 67-66 on the weekend to establish a new tournament record of 21-under par 267 at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic to claim her second career LPGA Tour victory. 

To round out the week's action, Pro V1 loyalist Paul Goydos carded a final round 4-under-par 68 to win the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship for his first Champions Tour title. Goydos posted a tournament-record of 19-under-par 197 in just his fifth start on the Champions Tour.


With another four wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 136. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 31 and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 19,026 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 3,201 and more than all competitors combined.


TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
European Tour ISPS Handa Wales Open 95 21
LPGA Tour Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic 84 9
Champions Tour Pacific Links Hawaii Championship 53 10 Tour Tour Championship 85 13

We have again tapped the expertise of Titleist Staff Professional Martin Hall for the latest edition of 18 Shots Presented by Titleist. In this episode, Martin explains the fundamentals needed to hit it close to a front pin.

To do this, Martin tells us to move the ball forward in the stance, use extra wrist hinge on the takeaway and finish the swing with a high follow through. This will help create a high, soft ball flight that will land softly.

Try this tip next time you face a front pin, and be sure to check out other 18 Shots episodes in the link below. 

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