Moving Day

Bryce Molder Titleist Brand Ambassador Bryce Molder had a strong back nine on Saturday to earn himself a share of the lead heading into Sunday’s final round at the Nationwide Tour Championship. After birdies on both par 5’s on the front, Molder’s third round 64 really picked up steam on the par 4 12th hole. He birdied that hole, and then the next three on his way to posting a 5 under par 30 on the back 9. “Once you make one, the hole looks a lot bigger,” Molder noted. Molder started the week 32 on the Nationwide Tour Official Money List and this former member of the PGA Tour (2002, 2007) knows Saturday’s round didn’t guarantee him a return trip. “I have a lot of work to do tomorrow to head back to the Tour. Right now I’m trying to chase down and win a golf tournament.” The weather report for Sunday is calling for more wind than the field has seen so far, and perhaps even some late day rain. Bryce commented, “It’s going to be a tough day and if the wind picks up, you’re just going to have to be a little more patient.” Molder is confident enough in his ball striking to know that he has the shots to combat any conditions. Of the shots he know he can hit under pressure, Molder said “The best shot I have going for me right now is a little bunt driver. It’s a lower ball flight and doesn’t spin as much; it doesn’t get off line and I just feel comfortable hitting it so that’s been my go-to shot.” Molder uses a 909 D3 to hit that “go-to” shot. He put in play earlier this season and told us, “I get the same shot pattern as my last Titleist driver but the spin rate is a little less. The first week I used it, I hit the balls as long as I had hit it all year so I kept it in the bag!”

The Nationwide Tour Championship is underway with the top 60 players vying for one of the 2009 PGA TOUR cards that will be awarded to the top 25 finishers on the season-ending money list come Sunday.  We caught up with several Titleist Brand Ambassadors who shared their thoughts about what is on the line this weekend and their motivation to advance to the big tour ... check out the video below.

Haas in Hunt for Return to PGA TOUR

Hunter Haas
Hunter Haas
Competitive. Driven. Focused. Committed. These are all words easily used to describe Hunter Haas the golfer. They are also words well suited to Hunter Haas the chef. The man who entered the week at 26th on the Nationwide Tour Official Money List is also an accomplished barbecue cook. Cooking competitively is such a passion of his, that Hunter skipped this year’s Mexico Open to compete at the Zops Abilene Wild Game Feast. While working to perfect recipes for chili, pork spare ribs, steak fajitas, and all sorts of chicken dishes, Haas shares his hobby with his friends and colleagues. Last month he packed up his smoker and grill and towed his trailer to Midland, Texas where he cooked as much food as he could for the players, caddies and staff of the WNB Golf Classic. Rumor has it the food was so good the crowd cleaned him out in 30 minutes! To be sure, Haas is passionate about his vocation as well. He postponed by a year his decision to turn professional when he won the 1999 U.S. Public Links. That victory garnered him an invitation to the 2000 Masters Tournament, an experience he simply could not let pass. That week was one of many events which propelled Hunter to a tie for 8th at the 2000 PGA Tour Qualifying School, a full exemption to the 2001 PGA Tour, and a hot start to his professional career. Haas in now in his eighth year as a pro and is well positioned to return to the PGA Tour following this week's season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship. Haas sits a mere $469 outside of the Top 25 and a ticket to 2009 PGA Tour. Since every player in the 59-man field will cash a check, Hunter would like to decide his own fate with a strong performance. Haas fired a first round 3-under 68, good for a share of ninth place at TPC Craig Ranch, just outside of Dallas and in proximity to his Fort Worth home. In fact, when he is home, Hunter plays at least 6o percent of his golf at Craig Ranch. While that may not give him a huge advantage in the Tour Championship, Haas contends, “it sure doesn’t hurt!” What's in Hunter Haas' Bag?: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, 907D2 driver (9.5), 904F 3-wood (15.0), AP2 irons (4-9), Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching (50), gap (52), sand (56) and lob (60) wedges.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Karlsson hits his tee shot on the first hole during the opening round of the HSBC Champions. Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Karlsson launched his bid to capture a second Order of Merit when he began The Race to Dubai on The 2009 European Tour International Schedule at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Karlsson struck the opening tee shot in the tournament which begins the European Tour season that will climax in November 2009 when the top 60 players compete in the richest tournament in golf - the Dubai World Championship. "I felt very privileged to be the first Swedish player to win the Harry Vardon Trophy and now to be given the chance to defend it in the inaugural Race to Dubai is another important milestone in my career," said Karlsson. The HSBC Champions features a world-class field that includes Karlsson's fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Adam Scott, and Ross Fisher among others, as well as 2008 two-time major champion Padraig Harrington, FedEx Cup winner Vijay Singh and TOUR Championship winner Camilo Villegas, all Titleist golf ball loyalists.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott returns to action this week at the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai, China. The event features seven of the top eight players in the Official World Golf Ranking and is co-sanctioned by the European Tour, which is kicking off its 2009 schedule and newly established Race to Dubai season-long competition. This will be Adam's first official tour event since the BMW Championship on the PGA Tour in September. Here's what he'll have in the bag when he tees it up Thursday at Sheshan International Golf Club.

Adam Scott
Golf Ball Pro V1
909D2 (9.5°)
UST Proforce V2 85X
909F2 (13.5°)
UST Proforce V2 95X
909H (21°)
UST Proforce V2 Hybrid 100X
AP2 (3-9)
True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100
Vokey Design 200 Series (49°)
Vokey Design Spin Milled (55° & 60-T)
True Temper Dynamic Gold
Putter Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS