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Posted: October 22, 2014
Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Martin arrived at the scenic Sea Island Golf Club practice facility on Tuesday morning, receiving congratulations from his peers following his first career PGA Tour victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Sunday. The quiet Clemson graduate shyly accepted the accolades and went about his business between the constant interruptions. Martin played the final four holes in 4-under par to ultimately win by two shots. When he was asked by Team Titleist what he felt his shot of the day was, he - and his caddie Alex who was also present - could not limit it to just one.
His winning stretch began on the 341 yard 15th hole which he drove to the middle of the green and two-putted for birdie. "That was probably my best drive of the week given the circumstances at the time. I had pulled a couple of drives previously and that is not a hole you want to be left." He birdied the 15th hole four times en route to his 20-under par 264 victory total.
He followed his birdie with an eagle on the 560-yard par 5 16th hole. Following a 312-yard drive down the middle of the fairway, Martin never wavered about hitting "a smooth 6-iron over the water to the middle of the green. We had 190 yards to the front and about 200 to the pin which was a perfect yardage for that club." The ball landed 46 feet from the pin which he converted for his second eagle of the week (he also eagled the 16th in Round 1).
The tee shot on the par 3 196 yard 17th was also critical, as the green is guarded by water on the left. "We just wanted to play it to the middle right of the green and that's what we did." Martin left his shot 48 feet from the pin for a simple two-putt par.
Martin completed his first victory in style, splitting the fairway on the 444-yard par 4 with a 297-yard drive. He left his approach shot 19 feet from the hole which he "calmly" converted for birdie and a two-shot victory. "It may not have shown on the outside, but my heart was pounding. It was something I have worked for all my life and I just wanted to finish strong."
Anybody who watched the broadcast of Martin's performance on Sunday heard the announcers discussing at length the comment Ben made on Saturday about not watching the leaderboard during competition, even if he was in the lead. Team Titleist asked Martin about his philosophy and if he actually took a peek during the day.
"I really didn't. When you are out there in the heat of the competition, you can feel things that are going on around you."
With his caddie, Alex, by his side, Team Titleist asked him if he ever said anything.
"Absolutely not," said Alex, which is when Ben chimed in and said, "I asked him on the 18th fairway if I need to do anything special." Alex's response, "Hit the green and two-putt." Martin did one better.
Jay Haas capped off a memorable weekend as he claimed his 17th career Champions Tour victory two days after his son, Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas, joined him in the Wake Forest Hall of Fame.
The win, Jay's third victory at this event, included a first round 63, giving him a lead he would not relinquish. Jay's 17-under-par total was the product of impressive ball striking, where he was second in driving accuracy (93%) and fourth in GIR (87%).
Let's take a closer look at the equipment Jay used this week.
Posted: October 21, 2014
The development path for the new Titleist 915 family of metals started in Carlsbad, Ca. where our team of golf club experts spent countless hours, days and months conceptualizing, prototyping and refining new ways to deliver distance without compromise for all serious golfers.
And before any Titleist golf club is introduced to the market, it has to pass a critical checkpoint – the player validation process on the PGA Tour.
“If you want to make the best product in the world, you’ve got to prove yourself with the best players in the world,” said Chris McGinley, vice president of Titleist golf club marketing.
Earlier this year we hopped on the Titleist Tour Support Van to join the team as they made the final drive to Congressional Country Club for the start of the new 915D2 and 915D3 tour seeding and player validation process. As the initial excitement for this introduction continued to build from a whisper to a roar on tour, we knew we had to go along for the ride.
Now we’re bringing this experience to you with this insider’s view of the tour launch.
Posted: October 20, 2014
In just the second event of the 2014 – 2015 PGA Tour season, Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Martin authored an impressive win at TPC Summerlin where he posted four rounds in the 60s to top the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open leaderboard.
Ben took full advantage of the moving day conditions by carding 10 birdies, seven pars and only one bogey on Saturday for a 9-under-par 62 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round. The steady play continued on Sunday for Ben and he secured his first career PGA Tour victory with a birdie on the 72nd hole.
A quick look at the stats for the week… Ben led the field in total birdies (26), Putts per GIR (1.576) and Strokes Gained Total (14.001). And here is the Titleist equipment that Ben trusted en route to his win:
Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Martin claimed his first career PGA Tour victory this week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Martin played the final four holes in 4-under-par, a stretch that included a clutch 45-foot eagle putt on the par-5 16th to help finish with a 20-under-par 264 victory total.
Ranking in the top-20 in Fairways hit (18th), GIR (3rd) and Strokes Gained Putting (2nd) this week had Ben in position to stay aggressive, an approach he knew he needed to take if he expected to pull off the victory.
"You know, it was a tough course to have the lead at because you know that just hitting the middle of the green and making pars wasn't going to get it done, so to finish it off and finally get a couple putts to go in there at the end was obviously huge," said Martin.
The win also punches Ben's ticket to the Masters, an extra special perk for the man who grew up just an hour from Augusta.
"I was thinking about that a little bit last night, trying not to, but growing up about an hour from Augusta...it will be pretty cool."
Ben's complete trust in his equipment helped him realize two dreams this weekend.
Congratulations on your great play, Ben!
Titleist Pro V1x Loyalist Mikko Ilonen captured the Volvo World Match Play Championship on the European Tour following a hard-fought 3 and 1 victory over top-seed Henrik Stenson in an all-Titleist Pro V1x final.
At the maiden Hong Kong Open on the European Tour, Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Scott Hend won with a par on the first hole of a sudden death playoff over Titleist Brand Ambassador Kevin Phelan. Both players finished the tournament at 13-under-par 267.
Titleist Pro V1 Loyalist Kyu Jung Baek won the LPGA Tours KEB-HanaBank Championship in Korea with a birdie on the first hole. It marked Baek’s first career LPGA Tour victory in her first career start.
At the Greater Hickory Kia Classic on the Champions Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Jay Haas closed with a 5-under par 66 for a two-stroke victory for his 17th career Champions Tour Victory. During the win, Haas extended his streak of under-par rounds to 23 and finished with a 17-under-par 196 victory total.
To round out the weeks success, Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Oscar David Alvarez closed with a 3-under-par 69 en route to a one shot win at the TransAmerican Power Products CRV Mexico Open.
TEAM TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS
With another six wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 149. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 36 and more than all competitors combined.
In total, 20,977 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,682 and more than all competitors combined.
THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD | WEEK ENDING October 19, 2014