The Titleist Pro V1 golf ball that sits on display in Jeff Polonus' house was once thought to be lost forever.

It was just a few weeks ago that Polonus purchased a dozen Pro V1s before his qualifying round in the Flight A division of the Peoria (Ill.) Men's City golf tournament, where had finished runner-up twice.

The first ball Polonus pulled from the box was a Pro V1 No. 8 – his lucky "softball number" and also a number he has on his license plate. His first shot of the tournament hooked into the long, left rough.

"I probably spent four of the (allowed) five minutes looking for it," said Polonus. With seconds to spare, one of Polonus' competitors found the ball after almost driving over it in his golf cart.

Later that day on the 18th green, Polonus picked that same Pro V1 #8 out of the hole. He would go on to use the ball for another 27 holes at Mt. Hawley Country Club, not to mention all six matches in his run to victory in Men's City tournament.

It all added up to 127 holes.

"It was always just sitting there in my bag," said Polonus, "so I just kept playing with it."

On the 18th hole of the Men's City final at Newman Golf Course, Polonus hit his drive down the fairway, 110 yards from the pin. He pulled out his 57-degree Vokey wedge and sent his approach shot right at the flag. The Pro V1 #8 landed 3 feet past hole and spun back to 5 feet, going out in style.

His opponent eventually conceded the putt and the match, 2 up. At that moment, Polonus' 127-hole-old Pro V1 #8 officially went into retirement.

"I hadn't even done the math until it was all done," he said. "I didn't want to jinx myself,"

A tee shot that rolled under some grass clippings registered as the only other scare.

"Other than that, it was always in play and always functioned, " he said. "I just kind of kept going."

Our Scotty Cameron reps were on the scene earlier this week at The Barclays making sure the world's best have what they need on the greens for the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup Playoffs. Take a look at some very cool new putters in this latest slideshow straight from Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J.

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At this week's U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., 242 players (78 percent of the field) put their trust in Titleist golf balls, more than than eight times the nearest competitor with 28. Titleist was also the tee-to-green favorite across ever major golf club category, including Drivers (111), Iron Sets (133), Putters (135), Fairway Woods (131), Hybrids (85) and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (404).

The U.S. Amateur, one of the most prestigious individual events in amateur golf, continues the golf ball momentum Titleist has enjoyed on the PGA Tour and across all of the worldwide professional tours, at the PGA Professional National Championship, and at every level of competitive amateur golf.

• Two weeks ago at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club, 136 players (87 percent of the field) trusted Titleist golf balls, more than 15 times the nearest competitor with nine. Titleist also was the favorite of more players than any other brand in Iron Sets (41), Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (181) and Putters (65).

Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson came to The Barclays this week hoping to get the fit dialed in on his new Titleist 910D3 (9.5) prototype driver, even after shooting a 7-under 63 in the final round of last week's Wyndham Championship to finish in a tie for eighth and jump to No. 94 in the FedEx Cup points standings.

Simpson, who found 71 percent of his fairways in Sunday's final round, noticed that most of his drives at Wyndham featured a 2-to-3 yard fade, as opposed to the natural 2-to-3 yard draw to which he is accustomed. Last week, Simpson gamed the 910 with a D4 setting (standard lie angle, +.75 loft).

On the range Tuesday at Ridgewood Country Club, Simpson met with Titleist Senior Club Fitting Analyst Dino Antenucci to figure out which 910 adjustment settings would work better.

All it took was a few quick turns of the SureFit Tour Hosel. As Simpson connected with his Pro V1x golf ball, a smile immediately came over his face. He walked over to give Antenucci a high-five.

The C3 setting (.75 upright lie angle, +.75 loft) helped Simpson turn the ball over better, but also allowed him to play the fade as necessary.

"He also liked the look of it more," said Antenucci. "Pretty simple."

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Titleist Staff Professional David Reasoner, the Head PGA Professional at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., took a quick break from his hosting duties at this week's Barclays Championship to visit the Titleist Tour Van for some "Tour treatment."

Check out the video below to hear more about Reasoner's experience, his new Vokey wedges and the weekend ahead at Ridgewood CC:

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