The third event of the PGA Tour season is underway at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., where birdies are always expected in bunches. And we're sending three lucky Team Titleist members to the event this year to watch all those putts fall.

Team Titleist members T. Quealy, E. Buxton and L. Wahlert won tickets to this event through Team Titleist and will be on-hand as Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas looks to make it back-to-back victories in the desert.

Haas earned his first PGA Tour victory at last year's Hope with five consecutive rounds of 68 or better, rolling in his Pro V1x golf ball for a final-round 8-under 64 and 30-under 330 total, one shot better than a group of three players including Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark and Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson.

"I'm excited to be back, excited to have all the feelings of winning last year…," said Haas, who also won the Viking Classic last October. He was featured in this week's Titleist Tour Report on Golf Channel, which you can watch below.

"A lot of people don't understand how hard it is to win out here and just winning once was a goal of mine – and goal achieved."

This week, Haas is one of 88 players in the field at the Bob Hope Classic trusting a Titleist golf ball for their success, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all other competitors combined. Thirty-four players are playing new Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x prototype golf balls.

Titleist is also first in Iron Sets (35); Hybrids (29), including 19 new Titleist 910H hybrids; Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (105); and Putters (51).

TV coverage of the tournament on Golf Channel is as follows (all times ET):
• Wednesday, Jan. 19: 3-6 p.m.

• Thursday, Jan. 20: 3-6 p.m.

• Friday, Jan. 21: 3-6 p.m.

• Saturday, Jan. 22: 3-7 p.m.

• Sunday, Jan. 23: 3-7 p.m.



For more information about the tournament or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.bobhopeclassic.com/

To hear more from defending champion Bill Haas, check out the Titleist Tour Report below:

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To start the 2011 season, Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark stepped to the first tee at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii with a new Titleist Pro V1 prototype golf ball in his hand and a set of new Titleist golf clubs in his bag.

One of the newest Titleist Brand Ambassadors, Clark would post 68 or better in six of his next eight rounds, including a final-round 64 at last week's Sony Open that left him one shot back of the winner, Pro V1x loyalist Mark Wilson.

"I feel like I've worked into (the new equipment) really quickly," Tim Clark told Golf Channel on a recent Titleist Tour Report (which you can watch below). "In two weeks I feel very comfortable with the product, and the control with the golf ball has been great these last two weeks in the wind."

Check out the Titleist Tour Report in the video below to hear more from Tim – and be sure to check out the Video section on Titleist.com for more Titleist Tour Reports, Fitters' Forums and Tips from the Tour.

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Here's a closer look at Clark's Titleist equipment:

Ball: New Titleist Pro V1 Prototype
Driver: 910D3 10.5, C•1 SFT setting (Mitsubishi 'ahina 60X)
Fairway: 910F 15.0 A•1 SFT setting (Grafalloy Prolite 35X)
Irons (4-9): CB (Rifle 6.0)
Wedges
(48.06, 54.10, 60.08): Vokey Design Spin Milled (True Temper Dynamic Gold)



Pro V1x loyalist Mark Wilson's bogey-free, 36-hole Sunday at the Sony Open culminated in his third PGA Tour title and the second consecutive victory for Titleist golf ball players to start the 2011 PGA Tour season.

When all was said and done, Wilson played his final 40 holes at Waialae Country Club without making a bogey, showcasing the hard work he has put in following a trip to the Titleist Performance Insititute during the offseason.

He closed with rounds of 65-67 for a 16-under 264 total and two-shot victory to lead a 1-2-3-4 finish for Titleist golf ball players. Last week, Pro V1 loyalist Jonathan Byrd won the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, outlasting Pro V1 loyalist Robert Garrigus in a playoff.

"That's one of those neat stats to have. I don't have too many bogey-free rounds in my career, so it's pretty cool to have two in the same day," said Wilson, also a winner at the 2009 Mayakoba Classic and 2007 Honda Classic.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark trusted a new Titleist Pro V1 prototype golf ball in posting a final-round 64, tying for second at 14-under 266 with Pro V1x loyalist Steve Marino, who played a new Pro V1x prototype golf ball. Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker also played the new Pro V1 prototype golf ball and finished fourth at 13-under 267.

In total, 91 players in the Sony Open field trusted Titleist golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all other competitors combined.

Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (41);  Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (129); and Putters (53).

Wilson began and ended the day nice and steady, despite the 36-hole rush created by Thursday's washout of play. In between rounds Sunday, Wilson had just six minutes to spare, so he ran to his locker for a chicken sandwich and a new box of Pro V1x golf balls.

"I made it with two minutes to spare," Wilson said.

In the end, it was Wilson's short game that took center stage. He made a 12-footer for par on the par-3 17th and got up-and-down for birdie from 30 yards on the par-5 18th to secure the victory – and his first trip to the Masters.

"Those guys out of (the Titleist Performance Institute) in Carlsbad really helped me out last November. I owe a lot to those guys. They really helped me," Wilson said in his post-victory press conference.

"I always thought I was a great practicer, but they gave me some neat ideas, a short game thing, and I've really just been focusing on my wedges this year 100 yards and in … I've been practicing a lot, the 50-, 60-, 40-yard kind of pitches and getting them up-and-down. It helped me in Disney (6th place) last year, but yeah, short game was good this week around the greens, too."

Wilson finished fourth for the week in scrambling (78 percent) and tied for sixth in putts per round (27.5).

"That was one of the things TPI helped me out with a lot, reading greens," Wilson said.

AUSTRALASIAN TOUR:  It was a 1-2-3 finish for New Pro V1x prototype golf ball players at the Cellarbrations Victorian PGA Championship, as Pro V1x loyalist James Nitties closed with a 3-under 68 to edge Titleist Brand Ambassador Peter O’Malley by one shot.

With the win, Nitties became the sixth player across the worldwide professional tours to find the winner's circle playing either the new Pro V1 or Pro V1x prototype golf ball. Of the 11 players who finished in the top 10, 10 trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.

"This is a great win and a great field – it’s the best Vic PGA field I’ve ever played in," said Nitties, who posted rounds of 63-66-69 for an 18-under 198 total, pulling ahead with a birdie on the par-4 17th at the Sandhurst Club.

“It’s good to come home and play well. I mean to do well in any event is good, but at home its even better,” he said.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Andrew Buckle claimed solo third, four shots back of Nitties.



EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Joburg Open with 153 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 23. 


Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (60) and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (238).




Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendan Steele will be making his debut as a full-time PGA Tour member this week at the Sony Open in Hawaii, as long as the sun comes out sooner than later in Honolulu.

"Rain in Hawaii. Going to have to wait at least one more day for the PGA Tour Debut," Steele Tweeted Thursday from Waialae Country Club, where the first round was officially postponed around 1 p.m. local time.

He also sent a Tweet to fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Troy Merritt: "@TROYMERRITT_PGA What are you planning on doing today?"

Fortunately for Steele, the Los Angeles Kings (his favorite sports team) face off tonight against the St. Louis Blues. That should help kill a few hours at least.

"I'm a big hockey fan, which is a little strange for a California guy," Steele, 27, says in a recent Titleist Tour Report (which you can watch below).

Steele, who lives in Idyllwild, Calif., and graduated from the University of California-Riverside in 2005, played last season on the Nationwide Tour, where he finished sixth on the money list to earn his 2011 PGA Tour card. He is one of 22 PGA Tour rookies that will trust Titleist golf balls for their success in 2011.

Steele closed the 2010 season especially strong, making his last six cuts and winning the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship in a playoff.

Amid that final seven-week stretch, he also finished fourth at the Chattanooga Classic, tied for ninth at the Albertsons Boise Open, and skipped the second-to-last Nationwide event of the year to officiate a best friend's wedding in San Diego.

“They asked me at a Halloween party last year and I thought they were kidding. Turns out they were serious,” Steele told Golfweek.com in October.  “… and I just wanted to play my heart out for those seven (consecutive) events so I could take that one off.”

How about some more fun facts?

Steele's uncle, Anthony Geary, plays Luke on "General Hospital." He grew up in a small California town (Hemet, Calif.) that didn't have a golf course or a driving range and didn't start playing golf until he was 13. And his dream foursome includes Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and his brother, Sean, who first taught him how to play.

Check out the Titleist Tour Report below to learn a little more about Brendan. You can follow him on Twitter at @Brendan_Steele.

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Happy New Year. I hope everyone had a good holiday season. Here we are, second week into 2011, not the way I wanted to start the year in Maui but I'm working hard and there are definite signs of some good things to come. I had a frustrating day with my putter for the first round on Thursday but stayed positive and turned it around on Friday and had a solid third round until my double on 18. Sunday was just ordinary and couldn't really get anything going so that being said my final result showed it. Time to shake it off and I'll head over to Honolulu this afternoon and get some practice in before the Sony Open starts on Thursday.

I really enjoy starting the year in Hawaii – Kapalua is a great destination and the tournament organizers and sponsors are first-class. I want wish Gary Planos well in his next endeavor. Gary has been the tournament chairman over the past 27 years and he will definitely be missed. Gary, thanks for all that you have done for the game!

I'm sure you all are aware of the devastating floods in Australia. The Queensland flood is the latest extreme weather event to devastate large areas of the country. There are areas of Australia that are still trying to rebuild from last year's devastating bushfires. The flooding has definitely caught Australia off guard. If you're able to help in any way please go to www.qld.gov.au/floods/ for more information and ways to donate. 

Well, I need to wrap this up and start packing. I'm off to the airport shortly. I'll catch you from Honolulu.

- Adam

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Here's a closer look at Adam's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: 910D3 10.5, A•1 SFT Setting (Proforce V2 86)
Fairway wood: 910Fd 15.0, C•2 SFT Setting (Rombax Pro95)
Hybrid: 909H 21.0 (Proforce V2 Hybrid 104)
Irons (3-9): Titleist MB (KBS Tour)
Wedges (49, 54, 60): Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C 200 Series (KBS Tour)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2

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